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 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 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!

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

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 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

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.


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.


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
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.


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:
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 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