M5 Mexican Brass Band members playing brass instruments

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

M5 Mexican Brass will open the 9th annual Chicago Brass Festival at Northeastern Illinois University at 7:30 p.m. on March 10. The performance will take place in the Auditorium on the Main Campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

The Chicago Brass Festival is a two-day event and will feature a series of workshops with Northeastern faculty and guest artists on March 11.

Founded by Associate Professor of Music Travis Heath, the Chicago Brass Festival hosts world-renowned performers and is dedicated to presenting quality concerts, master-classes, and educational events.

Past performers include Brandon Ridenour, Mnozil Brass, American Brass Quintet, Christopher Martin, John Hagstrom, Spanish Brass, Boston Brass, Rex Richardson, Wycliffe Gordon, The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band Brass Quintet, Burning River Brass, Don Rader, John Almeida, and Carole Nowicki.

Here are the scheduled events for March 11:

9 a.m.
Welcome and registration with coffee and doughnuts

9:30 a.m. FA 145 and FA 144
Sectional warm-ups

10 a.m. Recital Hall
Master class with M5 Mexican Brass 
(soloist and preformed groups)

11:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. Recital Hall
NEIU faculty performance

3 p.m. Recital Hall
Concert featuring Festival Brass High School Honors Ensemble with NEIU Faculty Brass and NEIU Brass Ensemble

The Chicago Brass Festival is open to the public. All events are free, except for the M5 Mexican Brass performance, which is a ticketed event and also is a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern’s Office of Cultural Events. Parking permits are required to park on campus.