Southern Stars Present FREE Christmas Concert – Dec. 1

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass are giving a Christmas present to the greater Crossville area by providing a FREE ADMISSION concert of Christmas and Holiday music. This 30-musician-strong professional instrumental ensemble’s concerts normally require a purchased ticket, but on a bi-annual basis, they invite the community to come to hear this premiere group as their gift to the community for their support over the years.

The members of the SSSB are drawn from outstanding musicians who travel to Crossville from Nashville, Cookeville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, S. E. Kentucky and Crossville areas and represent university and secondary music educators and some others with careers that are also top accomplished musicians.

The concert is on Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm in the outstanding, 1,200-seat auditorium of Stone Memorial High School located at 2800 Cook Rd. in Crossville.

This year’s concert program includes many favorites for the season and will feature several instrumental soloists accompanied by the SSSB. The featured soloists’ selections are:

“Frosty the Snowman” – a tuba and bass trombone rendition

“Ding Dong Merrily on High” – euphonium solo

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – tuba solo, and

“Christmas Song” also known as “Chestnuts Roasting” – flugelhorn solo.

Rounding out the rest of the concert will be the following:

“Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson

“Good Christian Men Rejoice” and “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” – both done in a big band swing style

“Christmas Suite”

“Silent Night”

“Carol of the Bells”

“Holly & the Ivy”

“Hallelujah” – from Handel’s “Messiah”

“Trepak” from the “Nutcracker Suite”

“Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson including whip cracks and even a horse whinny!

Our generous sponsors are: Bed & Biscuit Kennel – Concert Season Sponsor, and this concert’s sponsors – Tim & Susan Tewalt and the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club. It is their financial support that allows this concert to be provided FREE to the public and we give thanks to them.

A tradition of this Christmas concert is the receiving of a free-will offering of which a significant portion, in the spirit of this season, is given to two deserving non-profit organizations. This year the Southern Stars are pleased to provide donations from the free-will offering to: (1) Hospice of Cumberland County in support of Cumberland House, and (2) House of Hope / Threads of Hope.

Over the 11 years of the SSSB’s existence, this special Christmas concert and the generosity of the audiences, have allowed the donation of significant funds to many other area non-profit organizations.

This concert has historically had a high attendance with capacity level crowds which is a recognition of the interest in getting to hear the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass present beloved music of the coming Christmas season.

There is plenty of parking at the high school. Doors to the concert will open at 2:30 pm. Attendees are welcomed to visit tables in the lobby where the two recipient non-profits will have information about their organizations.

The SSSB will also have their ticket sales table where you can purchase tickets for their final two concerts of the season, which are on Feb. 10 and April 28 of 2019. Single tickets for Adults are $22, and Students are $5, and a short season ticket for both future concerts is $35.

John Philip Sousa Concert slated for Sunday, Sept. 23 by the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band (SSSB) kicks off their 2018/2019 concert season on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 pm at the beautiful 1200-seat auditorium at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville.

The brass band is a 30-musician-strong, professional instrumental ensemble in their 11th season of providing their brand of “Premium Entertainment” with their three-concert season in Crossville, Tennessee. The musicians are drawn from the areas of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cookeville, Crossville, Knoxville, and southeastern Kentucky, and represent university & secondary music educators as well as other careers who are also excellent musicians.

The Sept. 23 concert is themed “SOUSA FEST” and will feature many selections by the famous John Philip Sousa, dubbed the March King for his prodigious compositions of outstanding marches.

The concert will be presented in the style of the concerts that the Sousa Band performed at the turn of the 20th Century.

Music selections will include:
“Fanfare for Fenway” by John Williams
“Esprit de Corps” march by Sousa
“Blue Bells of Scotland” – cornet solo by Kathryn Adduci (new principal cornetist)
“Simple Gifts” – a Shaker hymn tune
“Mother Hubbard” march by Sousa
“Miss Trombone” a trombone section feature, “Shennadoah” – euphonium solo by Briana Elgelbert (principal euphonium)
Selections from “Showboat” the musical
“Bride Elect” selections by Sousa
“Black & White Rag” – xylophone solo by Marco Schrripa (TTU adjunct percussion professor)
“How Great Thou Art” – hymn feature
“Across the Danube” march by Sousa
“American Civil War Fantasy” by Bilick, and
“Semper Fidelis,” the official U.S. Marines march by Sousa.

Tickets are available at the following outlets:
On It’s Way (FedEx & UPS dropoff outlet in the FFG Village Mall); First National Bank of TN branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade; and Bed & Biscuit Kennel (off of Peavine Road).

Adult tickets are $22 and Students are $5. Season tickets for all three concerts (9/23, 2/10/19, and 4/28/19) are only $50, a significant savings over purchasing single concert tickets.

Season ticket patrons have seating in a reserved section and can exchange a ticket from a concert they cannot attend for a replacement ticket to one of the other concerts.

As an extra bonus, season tickets purchased by Sept. 7 will be eligible to attend an “EARLY BIRD” reception on Friday, Sept. 14 where refreshments will be served and drawings held for the winning of a FREE season ticket, individual tickets to other concerts, and the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band CDs & DVDs.

If you have not experienced this musical gem yet, you owe it to yourself to find out why those that have attended rave about the quality and value of SSSB concerts. We are so certain that you will find the concerts worth it, founder Dwight Wages offers a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Where can you get such an assurance for other live performances?

The SSSB concert last May at The Cumberland County Playhouse was a 500-seat sell-out and the audience was extremely complimentary. Come check the group out in the 2018-19 Season!

Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band set to release new CD & DVD

This past May, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) gave a sold-out concert as one of the Cumberland County Playhouse‘s Mainstage concert series. The theme of the concert was “Hot Brass & Cool Ballads” and the focus was the presentation of jazz, Dixieland, and Big Band stylings.

As the Playhouse Mainstage has a capacity of around 500, versus the 1200-seat auditorium where the SSSB normally performs, the audience was “up close and personal” with the band. The multi-level staging allowed the percussion section to be easily seen and even the tuba musicians were more visible, which enhanced the audience’s visual enjoyment to see the band more intimately.

As a result, this concert had terrific audience interaction, and the applause and ovations after each selection proved that this performance was extremely well received. Comments like “Best concert ever,” “loved being able to be so close to the band,” “Do more concerts here,” “Best sound and lighting ever,” “Wow, wow, wow!!” and “The big band selections were great.”

As many of the band’s patrons have been asking when a new CD/DVD might become available, and coupled with the audience reaction to the above concert, the ensemble’s leaders have decided to produce both a CD and DVD of this LIVE performance as this style of music is so universally appreciated by the band’s patrons.

The DVD video was made in high definition and the color quality of the DVD is very pleasing. Besides selections by the band only, there are seven tracks that feature SSSB instrumental soloists and two Playhouse staff vocalists.

The concert selections are:
Caravan
Cute
The Debutante (Alex Wilborn – cornet soloist)
I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Hannah Hays – vocalist)
Blue Rondo a la Turk
Danny Boy (Raquel Rodriguez – cornet soloist)
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Children of Sanchez (Chris McCormick – flugelhorn, Jon Cormack – trumpet soloists)
That’s a Plenty
Georgia On My Mind (Chris McCormick – trumpet soloist)
Miller Magic
Luck Be a Lady (Jason Ross – vocalist)
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Sing, Sing, Sing (soloists: Chris McCormick and John Cormack – trumpets, and Kurt Snider – Trap set).

While we anticipate that many folks who saw this concert will be interested in having a CD or DVD, those who missed this outstanding concert will most certainly want to have one—or both!—for their enjoyment.

The price of the CD is $15 and the DVD is $17. Direct your inquiries to the band’s founder and President, Dwight Wages, via email at dwight.wages@gmail.com or through Facebook messaging for ordering details.

Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band Announces 2018-19 Season

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) are announcing their 2018/2019 Crossville Concert Series and that tickets for these concerts are now available at their ticket outlets.

“This is the 11th season for this 30-musician, professional instrumental music ensemble and we will continue to provide our brand of Premium Entertainment,” said Dwight Wages, founder and President of this group.

“We capped off our 10th anniversary season with a sold-out Mainstage concert at The Cumberland County Playhouse this past May which received an outstanding response from the audience, and patrons can expect a continuation of high quality this season.”

The opening concert is themed as “SOUSA FEST” and will feature a program with several selections written by John Philip Sousa, to be performed in the manner that Sousa’s Band did at the turn of the 20th century. This concert is at 3 pm on Sunday, Sept. 23.

The second concert is themed “A VALENTINE GIFT” as it will be presented the week of Valentine’s Day at 3 pm on Sunday, Feb. 10. Music selections will present a wide variety of music styles as the SSSB gift to you.

The last concert of the subscription series will be at 3 pm, Sunday, April 28 and the theme is “ACROSS THE POND.”
This concert will take the listener on a musical tour through Europe with selections associated with a variety of overseas countries.

All concerts are held at the 1200-seat auditorium of Stone Memorial High School.

Ticket prices have been unchanged for several years and continue to be an outstanding value for a group of this quality and reputation. Single concert tickets are $22 for Adults, and $5 for students and a season ticket for all three concerts is a significant saving of $50.

Season ticket purchasers receive seating in a reserved section and have the benefit of being able to exchange tickets for a concert they can not attend, and for an additional ticket for one of the other two concerts.

Ticket outlets are: 1) First National Bank of Tennessee branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville, 2) On Its Way (UPS/FedEx location) in the Fairfield Glade Village Mall, and 3) Bed & Biscuit Kennel located just off of Peavine Road.

As an extra incentive, season tickets purchased by Sept.7, will qualify the purchaser to attend an “EARLY BIRD” reception on Sept. 14 where they will learn more about the concert season, enjoy refreshments, and have the chance to win their season tickets FREE, win free individual concert tickets, and SSSB CDs or DVDs.

Any questions concerning the coming concert season may direct their questions to Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939 or via email at dwight.wages@gmail.com.

Southern Stars Symphonic Brass to Perform on Playhouse Concert Series, May 26

The Cumberland County Playhouse is pleased to host the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) for a Mainstage Concert on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30pm. This concert is themed as Hot Brass and Cool Ballads and will feature big band swing, dixieland, and jazz stylings. In addition to the selections by the SSSB, four members of the Playhouse’s resident acting company will be guest vocalists with the SSSB during the concert (Jason Ross, Hannah Hayes, Ross & Jess Griffin).

The Southern Stars Brass Band is celebrating its 10th season as a professional ensemble of instrumental musicians who rehearse and perform a series of annual concerts in Crossville, which is their geographic home. The ensemble is a 30-member group comprised of 27 brass instrumentalists and 3 percussionists. The brass instruments used are cornets, alto horns, flugelhorn, baritones, euphoniums, trombones, and tubas, and the percussionists play a full array of xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, tympani, trap set, and other miscellaneous percussion equipment. The musicians are from Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cookeville, Crossville, Knoxville, and SE Kentucky and are comprised of university music faculty, secondary music educators, and other career fields who are also outstanding musicians. The group’s music director is Dr. Steven Sudduth, who is head of bands at the University of the Cumberland in Wilmington, KY.    

The brass band is nationally recognized as one of the premier brass bands in North America, and have produced two CDs and a DVD, which will be available to purchase at this concert. They have been honored to be invited to perform on two occasions at the prestigious Great American Brass Band Festival where they have received standing ovations from the estimated 7,500 people in attendance. Their concerts typically cover a wide range of music styles including: Patriotic, marches, Broadway, movie and tv themes, sacred, overtures and orchestral transcriptions, and big band swing.

The May 26 concert will focus on the genres of big band swing, dixieland and jazz stylings and will include the following selections: Duke Ellington’s Caravan, Hannah Hayes will sing I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Ross & Jess Griffen wll provide vocals for Gershwin’s Cheek to Cheek, Chuck Mangione’s hit – Children of Sanchez, That’s a Plenty, Georgia on My Mind – flugelhorn solo by TTU jazz professor Chris McCormick, Jason Ross will sing Luck Be a Lady from the musical “Guys and Dolls,” Miller Magic – a medley of Glen Miller tunes, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, and a rousing finale of the big band hit – Sing, Sing, Sing. As an extra special treat, Alex Wilborn (a 2017 graduate of TTU, and currently in NYC at the Julliard School of Music’s grad program, and the former principal cornetist with the SSSB) will be back to perform a technical cornet solo of the selection – Debutante.

Tickets are available at the CCP box office (phone: 931-484-5000) or can be purchased online at the CCP website. The tickets are an outstanding bargain at $15 and sales have been brisk so don’t wait too long to secure your seats. Take this opportunity to hear this outstanding group perform a concert that will be memorable for their unique brand of “Premium Entertainment.”

SSSB in concert Sunday, March 4, 3 pm Central

Don’t miss the final concert of the 10th anniversary season of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band this Sunday, March 4, 2018, beginning at 3:00 pm Central at Stone Memorial High School.

Read more about the band, this concert, and ticket info here:

http://www.crossville-chronicle.com/news/lifestyles/sssb-celebrates-th-anniversary/article_4539f4ce-1807-11e8-8c7f-bb4be3340245.html

SSSB Founder & President Dwight Wages Interviewed on local college station

Nov. 19 Southern Stars Concert to Feature Soloists

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, a 30-piece professional instrumental ensemble, will give the second concert of their Crossville Concert Series on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3pm in the beautiful 1200 seat auditorium of Stone Memorial HS.

This is the 10th anniversary celebration season of providing their unique concert performances which are backed up by their motto of “Premium Entertainment.” Business sponsors for this concert are: Bed & Biscuit Kennel (Season sponsor) and Concert Sponsors Cumberland Eye Care, and Farm Bureau Insurance – Gordon Atchley.

Dwight Wages is the group’s founder, President, Artistic Director and performs in the SSSB as well.

“When people take the initiative to come to our concerts, I hear nothing but praise for the quality & value of our performances,” Wages says. “I am so confident of how our audiences receive our concerts, that I am announcing a money-back guarantee to anyone who feels that our quality of performance did not meet their expectations.”

“Where have you ever had anyone backup their entertainment with a promise such as this?” Wages added. “It is my sincere hope that folks who have never been to our concerts, make the time to invest in tickets for this concert and take the challenge to see and hear for themselves why people keep returning and remark what a gem the SSSB are and why we deserve the support of the community.”

This concert is themed BRASS POPS, and will include a wide variety of music styles and genres that will include patriotic, marches, light classical, a medley of WW2 songs, a movie soundtrack theme, and the band’s three feature soloists.

Ten-year-old Kyra Crosby (of Cookeville) will be singing “Let it Go,” the hit song from “Frozen” the 2013 Walt Disney animation hit. Kyra has performed at The Cumberland County Playhouse and was featured at the FGRS “Golden Age of Broadway” concerts last August.

Tennessee Tech University School of Music jazz professor, Chris McCormick will provide his cool improvisations on a flugelhorn solo of the jazz ballad “Laura.”

Dr. Raquel Rodriquez, Tennessee Tech University School of Music associate professor of the trumpet studio and principal solo cornet with the SSSB, will demonstrate her outstanding cornet mastery in her performance of the aptly named “Whirlwind Polka,” which is full of fast triple tonguing and pyrotechnics. Read more about Dr. Rodriquez here: https://www.tntech.edu/fine-arts/music/faculty/brass/rodriquez/

In honor of the proximity of this concert to Veterans Day, the SSSB will perform “Hymn to the Fallen” from the classic Tom Hanks movie “Saving Private Ryan” and the WW2 medley of songs of that era, “Bless Em’ All.”

Other selections are: “Sandpaper Ballet” featuring our percussion section on various grits of sandpaper for this unique Leroy Anderson classic; the Latin-flavored “Tico, Tico,” “Simple Gifts,” and the marches “Washington Post” and “Klaxon.”

Finally, the Southern Stars will treat the audience to the performance of “Year of the Dragon” which is an example of the difficult compositions used in International Brass Band Championships to showcase high-quality ensembles.

Tickets for the concert are available at the following locations: 1) Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, 2) First National Bank of TN branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville, and 3) at Bed & Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Rd.

Short Season tickets for the Nov. 19 and March 4 concerts are a bargain at $35 and offer exchange privileges. Single ticket prices are $22 for Adults and $5 for Students.

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band Kicks Off Their 10th Anniversary Concert Season on Sept. 10

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) is one of only three professional ensembles of its kind in the U.S., they perform a three-concert series right in Crossville at the beautiful 1200-seat auditorium at Stone Memorial HS.

The series of concerts this season are all scheduled on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm Central and those dates are September 10, November 19, and March 4.

The musicians in this 30-piece ensemble (27 brass instrumentalists and 3-4 percussionists) are top-quality musicians on their instruments and hail from the regions of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cookeville, Crossville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and southeastern Kentucky who come together to rehearse in Crossville and perform concerts for the enjoyment of residents of the greater Cumberland area.

They include professors of music at the university level, select high school band directors, and skilled musicians from other careers who also have advanced skills as musicians.

As a measure of their reputation in North America, they were invited to perform this past June at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY where they performed three concerts, one of which drew an audience of 6,000.

One audience member remarked, “I have been coming here for 14 straight years, and the SSSB gave the most entertaining and enjoyable concert during that time period.”

The SSSB have produced two CD’s and a DVD which have received very positive comments from international reviewers.

The Sept. concert theme is “Celebration Music,” which will honor their 10 years of providing concerts (see below for more details on that concert).

The Nov. 19 concert theme is “Brass Pops” where selections will showcase classical to popular styles. The last concert of the season is March 4 and the theme is “Bright Lights and Big Screen” which will feature Broadway and movie hits.

The Sept. 10 concert and the other two concerts of this season is supported by the season sponsor, Bed & Biscuit Kennel.

Since this is the 10th anniversary season, the SSSB is planning special drawings and door prizes to be given away at each concert as thanks for the resident support.

The Sept. 10 “Celebration Music” will feature the following selections:
1) “Liberty Fanfare”
2) “Pantomime” -euphonium solo by TTU’s Justin Gorodetzky
3) hymn tune “Beautiful Savior”
4) “Carnival of Venice” – cornet solo by the new TTU trumpet professor Raquel Rodriguez
5) “Manhattan” march
6) “Disney Spectacular” a medley of hits from Disney movies
7) “Fanfare for the Common Man”
8) “Ragtime for Horns” – featuring the Eb Alto horn trio
9) “Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite” – circus march
10) “And the Band Played On”
11) “Morning, Noon, and Night” overture by Von Suppe.

Tickets are now available for purchase at Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of Tennessee (branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville), and at Bed & Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Road.

Adult tickets are $22/concert and Student tickets are $5/concert. Season tickets for all three concerts are only $50 which is a savings of $16 versus the purchase of individual tickets for each concert.

Artistic Director & Founder Dwight Wages, explains “the season ticket is a particularly good deal as the SSSB offers to exchange tickets for a concert you can not attend, with a replacement ticket to one of the other concert dates. In addition, season ticket holders get seating in a reserved section of the auditorium.”

Wages stated, “We have a loyal season ticket base of 325 and typical average attendance of between 450 to 600. I encourage anyone who has not heard one of our concerts to give us a try, as this many season ticket patrons indicates that we are a very good value and folks are missing out on “Premium Entertainment,” which is our motto for each concert. I have not had a single complaint in 10 years for any disappointment, but only very positive feedback.”

The SSSB is also honored to be part of The Cumberland County Playhouse’s 2017 Concert Series on May 26. This concert is themed Hot Brass & Cool Ballads and will feature jazz, big band stylings, and sweet tunes.

Tickets for that concert will be separately promoted by the Playhouse and will be available in through the Playhouse box office and at http://www.ccplayhouse.com.

For any questions about the SSSB or future concerts, contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939.

SSSB performs at Great American Brass Band Fest

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band will be performing at the Great American Brass Band Festival this weekend, June 3-4, in beautiful Danville, Kentucky. The band will feature guest soloist trumpeter Jens Lindemann on Saturday evening.

The Great American Brass Band Festival is a festival that celebrates brass music and is in its 28th year. The festival is every June in beautiful downtown Danville, Kentucky and on the campus of Centre College. The Festival is a free, family-friendly, four-day event. Bands come from all over the United States and Europe. Many events are featured throughout the four days, including, a Bayou and Brass Street Party, People’s Parade, Great American Picnic, Kids Art Fest, Great American Swing Dance and our newest event, The Great American Art Festival. Travel to Danville, Kentucky and enjoy this one of a kind Festival. For complete information, visit http://www.gabbf.org/new/festival/.