Monday, May 20th, 2024

The Celestial Brass Gives Banff Send-off Concert

Millersville’s Celestial Brass will be performing “An Evening with The Celestial Brass” concert in Steinman Hall at 42 N. Prince Street in Lancaster, July 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The Celestial Brass has performed at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and has also had the opportunity to be coached by members of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, Manhattan Brassworld and world-renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis. They will be traveling to Alberta, Canada for the Banff Brass Ensemble Residency July 19-31.

“We hope to share a part of our passion for the music with the audience,” said Nate Petley, Celestial Brass trombone player.

The Celestial Brass consists of a tuba, trombone, two trumpets and a french horn. Members of the Celestial Brass include Dan Meeker of York, Pa., Nate Petley of Lebanon, Pa., John Maurer of Upper Darby, Pa., Dan Stauffer of Lebanon, Pa., Tommy Reiger of Hershey, Pa. and will feature soprano Katy Lessie of Douglassville, Pa. All of whom are music majors at Millersville University.

“The Celestial Brass is looking forward to an exciting evening of music making as we prepare for our trip to the Brass Ensemble Residency in Alberta, Canada,” said Meeker.

The Banff program offers musicians a great learning experience. It covers topics ranging from concert presentation, preparing for auditions and competitions to marketing and professional management. The musicians will have various opportunities to perform and possibly record a demo CD as a group.

“We are extremely excited for this show and hope we have a good turn out,” said Petley.

“An Evening with The Celestial Brass” is free and open to the public. Any donations for their trip to Canada are accepted and appreciated. The performance will include works by Georges Bizet, Edward Elgar, Dave Brubeck and more. For more information, contact the Celestial Brass at

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