MSB joins Sept. 7 concert celebrating Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John’s dad was a trumpet player, so we just had to be part of “Egads! We’re still standing,” a community concert celebrating the legendary musician and the kickoff off his final tour in Allentown, Pa.

Come join us and other local musicians, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. 5th St., Allentown, Pa.

Free-will donations will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Mainstreet Brass recordings on MSR Classics label receive critical acclaim

Mainstreet Brass recordings on the MSR Classics label continue to receive critical acclaim from the news media and trade publications.

Holiday Classics and Future Favorites for Brass Quintet

“By Request,” released in 2008, received a review in the March 2010 issue of the International Trumpet Guild Journal. The CD is a collection of Mainstreet Brass concert favorites as well as music requested by its audiences over the years. The 18 selections presented on the recording, many of them commissioned by Mainstreet Brass, range from classical, to blues and swing to folks songs.

“Mainstreet Brass is a unique and talented quintet that is willing to take risks. The group is to be commended and thanked for taking the initiative to commission new works for brass quintet,” said Mark Lynn of the University of North Texas.

“This album is an entertaining example of cogent brass quintet playing.”

He described the “high-flying virtuosic playing” by Mainstreet Brass trumpeters Kevin Long and Don Hughes as “fantastic.”

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