Southern Stars Announce Cancellation of April 19 Concert

It is with reluctance that the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass have cancelled their American Tributes concert on April 19 at the Stone Memorial HS auditorium. This has become necessary due to the Covid-19 virus, the nationwide recommendations of limiting the size of social gatherings, and the extended closing of school system facilities through April 26.

For those who have already purchased a ticket for this last concert of the season (includes season ticket patrons), the following policy of two options will be enacted related to refunds:

1) Exchange the ticket for one of the concerts in the 2020/2021 season. This can not be resolved at our normal ticket outlets. You must contact Dwight Wages directly (see below for contact information).

OR

2) Donate the ticket value (no exchange) back to the Southern Stars to help with their financial status.

The SSSB are a 501-c3 non-profit organization, and rely heavily on the ticket sales for each concert to bring their brand of “Premium Entertainment” to the Crossville area. NOTE: The SSSB will sending an email directly to all patrons affected by this circumstance with details of the refund choices. If you do not receive a direct email, please contact the SSSB per the following: For further details and questions, contact SSSB President, Dwight Wages, at dwight.wages@gmail.com or 931-484-6939.

We thank our loyal patrons for your support and want you to know that we will be initiating our 13th consecutive season in September, 2020. While the specific dates are yet to be confirmed with Stone Memorial HS’s calendar, the following are estimates of when the concerts might occur:

• September (Labor Day weekend) – Tentative outdoor concert at the new Mirror Lake Performance venue (under construction)
• Late September (Sunday at 3pm) – 1st subscription concert at Stone Memorial HS Auditorium
• Late November – Christmas Concert (Free to the public) at Stone Memorial HS Auditorium
• February 2021 (Sunday at 3pm) – 2nd subscription concert at Stone Memorial HS Auditorium
• April 2021 (Sunday at 3pm) – 3rd subscription concert at Stone Memorial HS Auditorium

Sincerely,

Dwight Wages
President & Founder – Southern Stars Symphonic Brass

Amparito Roca, as performed by the SSSB

We’ve missed performing “live” for you during COVID-19, so we put together this video performance of Amparito Roca as a ‘thank you’ to our audience for supporting us all of these years, and to say “we hope to play for you in person very, very soon!”

Please view it on our YouTube Channel (link below), and subscribe while you are there. We will be adding several videos in the near future. Thank you!

The remainder of the 2020 SSSB Season Canceled Due to COVID-19

We regret to announce the remaining concerts on the Southern Stars’ concert season for the spring of 2020 have been canceled due to COVID-19.

We had hoped to play a Memorial Day Weekend Concert, however, things remain uncertain with the virus, as well as the finish date for the new outdoor venue at Fairfield Glade.

In summary, we wish you all to stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you in August as we kick off our 2020-21 season.

Stay tuned!

Jericho Brass Band reading session features trumpet great Vincent DiMartino as guest artist, March 14, 2020

The Jericho Brass Band of Chattanooga, Tennessee, presents its 2020 Brass Band Reading Clinic with trumpet great Vincent DiMartino (International trumpet performer and educator) as the special guest artist.

The clinic takes place Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School Bandroom. The school is located at 1850 Battlefield Parkway, Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, 30742. Contact the folks at the Jericho Band by calling (423) 653-0854 or emailing rjstichler@gmail.com with any questions.

The cost is $20 per person and only $10 for students to participate. Crossville/Southern Stars folks looking to car-pool should contact Dwight Wages at dwight.wages@gmail.com or via his cell phone number.

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE READING SESSION! Below is a link to the form to indicate your plans to attend, what instrument you play, etc.
Click the link below to get started!
https://bit.ly/3a23n20

Vincent DiMartino

Southern Stars kick off 2020 this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 beginning at 3:00 pm Central at the Stone Memorial High School Auditorium

The renowned Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band have been performing a three-concert Crossville Music Series for the past 12 years. This professional instrumental ensemble of 30 musicians from Eastern and Middle Tennessee has established a national reputation through their CDs and performances at the Great American Brass Band Festival where they have played for audiences of nearly 10,000 and receiving standing ovations. Locally, they have established a loyal patron base and have also performed twice at The Cumberland County Playhouse’s concert series to highly-appreciative audiences. However, they want YOU to hear them to realize this entertainment group that is a local, cultural gem.

If you are new to the area, or are a resident who has not yet experienced the SSSB in concert, you should contact SSSB founder Dwight Wages in advance of their February 9 concert for a special opportunity for you to attend as a gift from the SSSB. To take advantage of this special offer contact Dwight at 931-484-6939 or email him at dwight.wages@gmail.com.

Their coming concert on Sunday, February 9 at 3 pm is at Stone Memorial High School’s beautiful 1200 seat auditorium and is titled “Cupid’ Favorites” in honor of the proximity to Valentine’s Day.

Music Director, Dr. Steven Sudduth, and Artistic Director, Dwight Wages, have selected a concert program that contains a wide variety of music to showcase their style of “Premium Entertainment” that is their motto.

Special guest vocalists will be: Angela Anderson, a School of Music at Tennessee Tech music degree graduate who has twice performed at Carnegie Hall and sung a solo at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Steven Boyce is owner of Rush’s Musical Services, Inc.- Knoxville,TN music stores in Knoxville where he performs with the acclaimed Knoxville Choral Society and is cantor at St. John’s Cathedral.

The program includes:
— two John Philip Sousa marches – “Fairest of the Fair” and “Our Flirtations”

— “Porgy and Bess” medley sung by Angela and Steve;

— two Beatles hits by Lennon & McCartney – “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Ticket to Ride”

— Billy Joel’s hit – “Lullabye, Good Night My Sweetheart” featuring their fluglehorn and trombone musicians

— “Bring Him Home” from the musical Les Misérables and featuring Steve Boyce as vocalist

— “Seranata” by Leroy Anderson

— “Tijuana Brass” medley

— “If We Hold On Together” from the movie “The Land Before Time” and featuring Angela Anderson as vocalist

— “Listeria” featuring a xylophone duet by SSSB musicians – Marco Schrippa (TTU adjunct percussion professor) and Chandler Franco (TTU percussion student)

— “Gershwin for Brass” a medley of George Gershwin hits.

Adult tickets are $22 and Students are admitted free. A short season ticket for the two remaining concerts on Feb. 9 and April 19 is a bargain for $35 and a savings of $9 versus purchasing single tickets.

The April 19 concert is entitled American Tribute and will feature American composers and songs from our musical traditions.

Tickets are available at the following locations:
First National Bank of TN branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville; On Its Way (UPS/Fedex store) in the Glade’s Village Mall; and Bed and Biscuit Kennel (off Peavine Road), and at the door at the concert.

The Southern Stars are a 501-c3 non-profit organization and accepts donations to their “Fund for Achievement” which supports Cumberland County school’s music programs.

Southern Stars Kick Off Season with a Blast of Tubas!

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) begin their 3 concert Crossville Concert Series on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3pm at the beautiful 1200 seat auditorium and will feature as guest artists the 15 member TTU Tuba/Euphonium ensemble. The other SSSB concerts will be on Feb. 9, and April 19 and if you have not yet heard this 30 piece ensemble of professional musicians previously, you need to experience their style of Premium Entertainment to see why those that have attended consider their concerts to be of exceptional quality and value.

The coming concert on Sept. 29 carries the theme of Classics and Jazz and will feature music to fit those two genres. Jazz selections will include big band swing and an upbeat 70’s version of this genre. Classics does not necessarily imply Classical, but music that are classic favorites. The concert will include the following selections: Two Sousa marches – The Glory of the Yankee Navy and The Free Lance march; Cartoon Classics; Indiana Jones – The Temple of Doom; Salute to the Count (Basie); La Fiesta (a Chick Corea composition); Lux Aurumque (as arranged by our conductor, Dr. Stephen Sudduth); Lil’ Darlin’; Them Basses; and two feature soloists from the SSSB: Briana Elgelbert- Vogt will perform the euphonium solo – Party Piece; and Dr. Kathryn Adduci will perform the cornet solo – Slavische Fantasie. Both of these are virtuoso selections by two musicians who are outstanding instrumentalists. Sponsors for this concert are Bed & Biscuit Kennel (season) and Cumberland Eye Care (concert sponsor).

The TTU Tuba (9) and Euphonium (6) ensemble will be performing their own set of classic selections: Rise up, My Love, My Fair One; Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Toccata from Symphony No. 5 in F minor; and Euphunk (featuring TTU Associate Professor of Trombone, Joshua Houser, on euphonium). This TTU ensemble is led by professor Winston Morris who is world renowned in the world of low brass. They will wow you with their outstanding technical playing, especially on the Toccata, which was composed to be played by an organ with great technique required.

Adult tickets prices for an individual concert are $22 and Students are admitted free. Season tickets for all three concerts are $50 and a particularly good value versus $66 for purchasing a single tickets for each concert. Season ticket patrons can exchange a ticket from a concert they have to miss, for an additional ticket to one of the other concerts, to avoid losing out on their investment. Plus season ticket holders have access to a reserved premium seating section. Advance tickets are available at: First National Bank of TN branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade; On It’s Way (UPS/Fedex dropoff location) in the Fairfield Glade Village Mall; and Bed & Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Road. Tickets will be available at the concert

If you are new to the area, or are a resident who has not yet experienced the SSSB in concert, contact SSSB founder Dwight Wages in advance of the Sept. 29 concert, he will have a special opportunity for you to attend as a gift from the SSSB. To take advantage of this special offer contact Dwight at 931-484-6939 or at dwight.wages@gmail.com. It is rare for brass bands to be found in a small city like Crossville…………they are normally only available in large metropolitan cities like L.A., Boston, St. Louis, Atlanta, K.C., Chicago, etc. We are fortunate to have this gem in our area, so please come out and experience the quality of this entertainment group.

New music in the works for 2019-2020

One piece we’ve purchased for the upcoming season is Chick Corea’s exciting La Fiesta. Here’s a sample of one arrangement you might enjoy until we get our chart!

Southern Stars Have Return Engagement at Playhouse

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB), a 30-piece instrumental music ensemble, is returning to present a Mainstage concert themed From Big Band to Broadway on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30pm. at the Cumberland Countp Playhouse.

The SSSB wowed the capacity audience last May and the patrons fortunate to hear this premier ensemble provided accolades and many testimonials to how impressed they were with the talent and outstanding program that was presented.

SSSB founder and Artistic Director, Dwight Wages, has programmed a concert full of selections that will impress the audience with the variety of music and the the list of featured soloists.

Big band selections will include: “Bill Bailey,” “Birdland,” “The Peanut Vendor,” “When the Saints” (go marching in), “Route 66 theme,” “American Patrol,” and “Swing Legends.”

From Broadway, selections include:  “Wicked” (the musical), which will feature vocalist Erica Birmingham performing hit songs “Defying Gravity” and “Popular” in addition to “I Dreamed a Dream” (from Les Miserables), “Hushabye Mountain” (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) – Eb alto horn soloist (Lisa Burden),  “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (from Carousel) sung by vocalist Emily McCormick, “Broadway!,” “Evermore” (from Beauty and the Beast) – Euphonium soloist (Briana Engelbert – Vogt), and “The Greatest Show on Earth!”

The SSSB are pleased to present two guest vocalists for this concert. Emily McCormick holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Memphis, where she appeared in several mainstage productions. University credits include Next to Normal, Nine, Spring Awakening, and Oklahoma! She has also worked with Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre, and Ohio Light Opera, were she performed six shows in rep throughout the summer. Emily is the daughter of SSSB musician Chris McCormick (jazz professor at TTU).

Erica Birmingham is currently finishing her sophomore year at Belmont University. She is a Commercial Voice major with an emphasis in Music Performance. Next fall, she will perform with Pops, one of Belmont’s top commercial ensembles. Erica has been cast in several musicals within the community, such as The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Phantom Tollbooth, and many others. She has performed in multiple venues, including McMinnville’s Park Theatre, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Gaylord Convention Center. This summer, she will be studying music abroad in Ghana, Africa as well as German Humanities in Berlin. Upon graduation from Belmont, Erica aspires to be a professional performer, with her sights set on one day performing on Broadway.

Tickets are $25 and are available thru the Playhouse box-office (phone 931-484-5000), or on-line at www.ccplayhouse.com.

Southern Stars kick off 2019 on Feb. 10 with the perfect date for your Valentine

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) will provide their second concert of their Crossville Concert Series on Sunday, February 10 at 3 pm at the Stone Memorial High School auditorium.

With the proximity to the official Valentine Day of Feb. 14, the ensemble has prepared a variety of music appropriate for the theme of A Valentine Gift. So grab your significant other and come to hear this outstanding 30-piece instrumental, professional ensemble’s concert program of selections that should have you snugging a little closer and maybe even holding hands with your date!

The following selections will be performed:
“The Beau Ideal” – Sousa march
“La Virgin de la Macarena” – featuring principal cornet soloist Kathryn Adduci (current interim Trumpet professor at TTU)
“Sunrise Over the Blue Ridge”
“Believe Me With All Your Endearing Young Charms” – featuring a euphonium duet by Briana Engelbert – Vogt and Austin Vogt
“National Emblem March”
“Someone to Watch Over Me”
“American Salute” by Morton Gould
“Sweet Georgia Brown”
“Barn Dance and Cowboy Hymn”
“Can’t Buy Me Love” – the great Beatles hit
“Cheek to Cheek” – an Irving Berlin classic
“Bonnie Annie Laurie” – Sousa march
selections from “My Fair Lady”

Tickets for this concert will be available on Jan. 14 at the following locations:  On Its Way store in the Fairfield Glade Village Mall,  First National Bank of Tennessee branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, and Bed & Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Road.

Adults tickets are $22 and Student tickets are $5. A “Short Season” ticket for this concert and the Sunday, April 28 concert is bargain-priced at $35, a $7 savings versus purchasing individual tickets and allows for a ticket exchange if you need to miss a concert.

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SSSB concert on April 28 theme is Across the Pond

The last concert of the 2018/2019 subscription series by the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass will be on Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville. The concert will feature music from European countries of the UK, Scotland, Norway, Austria, France, Ireland, and Italy.

While the full program is not fully designed at this time, selections may include: Dambusters March,  Lord of the Rings, Hey Jude, It’s Not Unusual… all from the UK;  Valdres march from Norway; Cossack march from Russia; Birewegge Polka and Rondo Allegretto (Mozart) from the Weber Clarinet Concerto –  the latter performed on trumpet by our principal cornet Kathryn Adduci (with Mozart representing Austria!). April in Paris from France;  ‘Neath Dublin Skies – a euphonium solo by principal euphonium Briana Engelbert-Vogt, and An Irish Blessing—both from Ireland; and La Danza from Italy.

Ticket prices for adults are $22 and Students are admitted FREE.
Tickets are available at: On Its Way store in the Fairfield Glade Village Mall, First National Bank of Tennessee branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, and Bed & Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Road.

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The Cumberland County Playhouse has invited the SSSB to perform on May 25, with a program themed Big Band to Broadway.

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) have been engaged for a return encore performance of a Playhouse Mainstage concert on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30pm. The SSSB performed a sold-out concert at the Playhouse in May of 2018 to an extremely appreciative audience that featured exclusively big band swing and jazz music.

A very well-received CD & DVD were both made of this live concert, Jazzing at the Playhouse, which has received excellent reviews by patrons or both the CD and DVD.

For the coming May 25 concert, the theme is Big Band to Broadway and all selections will be different from the 2018 concert. The full program has not been decided yet, but selections being considered include:

Broadway selections:
Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables)
Porgy & Bess selections
Showboat selections
Evermore from Beauty & the Beast
Wicked selections.

Big band and jazz selections being considered include:
The Peanut Vendor
American Patrol
Birdland
In a Sentimental Mood
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Tickets will be sold by the Cumberland County Playhouse only and they are priced at $25. This will likely be a sold-out performance, so folks are encouraged to order their tickets online or contact the Playhouse Box Office soon to ensure seating.

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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.