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USAF’s Gateway Brass to perform at Lamar

brassGateway Brass, the brass ensemble of the United States Air Force’s Band of the West will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Music Building on the campus of Lamar University. The ensemble plays a wide variety of brass music, from blues and jazz, to pop tunes and military music.

The concert is organized by Brian Shook, assistant professor of music and trumpet/brass specialist at Lamar.

“We are thrilled to welcome Gateway Brass to Lamar to give our students and the public an opportunity to support our troops and hear this incredibly talented, professional brass ensemble,” said Shook. 

Selections at the concert will include “Liberty Fanfare,” composed by John Williams to celebrate the centennial of the Statue of Liberty, and Eric Ewazen’s “Colchester Fantasy,” composed at a music festival in Colchester, England. Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain, and each movement in the fantasy is named after an old Colchester pub. The ensemble will also perform Enrique Crespo’s “Suite Americana No. 1,” and Henry Fillmore’s “Rolling Thunder,” a “screamer” of an upbeat circus march. The concert concludes with “America the Beautiful,” and a service song medley. 

Stationed at Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland Air Force Base, Gateway Brass features two trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion, and is dedicated to presenting to its audiences the total spectrum of today’s musical literature.

The members of Gateway Brass bring to the Air Force many years of professional experience with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, touring shows, and today’s popular artists.

Gateway Brass performs for civilian and military audiences throughout the southwestern United States with a repertoire spanning five centuries. The ensemble travels more than 20,000 annually and appears in more than 100 concerts and clinics. The group performs at military ceremonies, conducts educational clinics and presents entertaining community concerts throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, and New Mexico.

For more information, please visit the Band of the West at, or on Facebook at

The concert is presented by the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar. Call (409) 880-8144 for additional information.