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/.

Southern Stars present “Roaring 20’s & Broadway hits” on May 20


Crossville’s own professional brass band of 30 musicians, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, will be giving their last concert of this season on Saturday, May 20 at 7 pm at Crossville’s Stone Memorial HS’s 1200 seat auditorium. The concert will feature music from the Roaring 20’s era, with other selections from Broadway, and even a movie theme and a Beatles hit.

 
You will certainly find a wide variety of music that is sure to meet with approval by the appreciative audiences who have come to understand the great quality and value of this cultural addition to Crossville. Members of the SSSB are top brass instrumentalists and percussion musicians from Eastern & Middle Tenn. and include University music professors, secondary music educators and great musicians from other career backgrounds. The SSSB is in its 9th season.
 
Sponsors for this concert whose support helps keep this outstanding instrumental ensemble financially viable are: Season Sponsor – Bed & Biscuit Kennel, and Concert Sponsors – Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, David Bell – State Farm Insurance, and Cumberland Eye Care (Drs. Gallaway and Holt). The SSSB encourages folks to patronize these sponsors who have been loyal sponsors of our Crossville concert series.
 

The theme for this concert is “Strike Up the Band” which indicates the rousing music which is on this concert program. A special guest conductor, Dr. Ronald Holz, will be on hand to direct some selections and share the baton with our regular director, Dr. Steven Sudduth. Ron Holz is a renowned director and musicologist who retired recently as the Director of Music at Asbury College (now Asbury University) and was the longtime director of the Lexington Brass Band. The band’s principal cornet for the past 4 season’s, Alex Wilborn, will be featured soloist on the beautiful and dynamic “Manhattan” piece. This will be Alex’s last concert with the SSSB, as he has been accepted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York City for graduate school, to further his career plans to be a member of a top tier symphony orchestra.
 

Alex Wilborn

Alex Wilborn

 

The remainder of the concert will contain the following selections: “Breezin’ Down Broadway” (medley of Broadway hits), “Mardi Gras” from Grofe’s Mississippi Suite, John Philip Sousa’s ” Who’s Who in Navy Blue”, “Jurassic Park” movie theme, Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm”, the latin hit “Malaguena”, Gershwin’s “Strike Up The Band”, Holst’s “Moorside Suite”, the big top march “Entry of the Gladiators”, Beatles hit “Ticket to Ride”, roaring 20’s hit “That’s a Plenty”, and the Spanish March “Amparito Roca”.

 

Ticket prices for this concert are $22 for Adults and $5 for Students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following outlets: Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of Tennessee branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, and at Bed & Biscuit Kennel (off of Peavine Rd.). Group sales discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. Call Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939 for additional details on group sales or other questions.

 

The Southern Stars have also been honored with an invitation to provide three concerts at the “one-of-its-kind” Great American Brass Band Festival on June 3 & 4 in Danville, KY. They have been selected to represent the North American brass bands and will be one of 20 other music ensembles performing at this weekend of FREE outdoor concerts. This is the 29th annual GABBF event and it is common to have audiences of 5,000.

Southern Stars present “Valentines in Brass” on Sunday, Feb. 12

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass will present their winter concert with the theme of “Valentines in Brass” on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3 pm at the 1200 seat auditorium at Stone Memorial HS. Two very special guest artists from the Cumberland County Playhouse staff will be featured during this concert with this 30-piece professional instrumental ensemble known for their “Premium Entertainment” presentations.  Sponsors for this concert are: Season sponsor – Bed & Biscuit Kennel, Concert sponsor – Gordon Atchley of Farm Bureau Insurance, and Guest artist sponsors – LaVerne Killian, and Tim & Sue Tewalt.

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Nicole Hackman will sing “Our Love is Here to Stay” and Jason Ross will present the Bobby Darin big band version of “Hello Dolly.” Nicole and Jason will also perform a medley of selections from the musical “Oklahoma” which will have you humming many of those famous songs. The band will perform the following selections to round out this very enjoyable concert:  “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” “De-lovely,” “Molly on the Shore,” “Huntress” march, “2nd Suite in F Major” (Holst), “El Capitan” march, “Appassionata” – baritone horn solo, and “Capriccio for Trombone.”

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Adult tickets are $22 and student tickets are $5. The SSSB are offering a particularly good value “Short Season” ticket to both the Feb. 12 and May 20 concerts which cost only $35, with a savings of $9 off the cost of separate tickets to these concerts.  In addition, the Short Season ticket carries seating in a reserved section and ability to exchange tickets for a concert that you may have to miss.
Tickets are now available at the following outlets: Cumberland Eye Center in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of TN branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, and Bed & Biscuit Kennel. Any questions, call Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939.

Free Christmas Concert by Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Dec. 4, 2016

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) are presenting a FREE admission Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3pm at the beautiful and acoustically fine, 1200-seat Stone Memorial HS auditorium. The concert by this 30-piece professional instrumental ensemble is their gift to the residents of Cumberland County and the sponsors who have been important to the success of this group of musicians who rehearse here and provide a series of three ticketed concerts in Crossville each year.

The sponsors for this concert are Bed & Biscuit Kennels (season sponsor) and concert sponsors Edward Jones – Peter Bisbee, broker and the Cumberland Auto Center (Toyota/Chrysler/Dodge/Kia/Jeep/Fiat) in Cookeville.

The SSSB are now in their 9th season of providing their trademark “Premium Entertainment” and have built a devoted local audience of season-ticket holders and other regular attendees who have been impressed with the outstanding quality and skills of these top level musicians.

The 27 brass and 3-4 percussionist musicians who perform with the SSSB, are from the locales of Knoxville, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Cookeville, Crossville, and even Kentucky. Their conductor is Dr. Steven Sudduth who is director of bands and low brass professor at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.

The Christmas concert this year is themed as “A Brassy Christmas” and will include a variety of holiday music selections. The concert will feature several of the SSSB musicians on special arrangements for a cornet trio (“Brassman’s Holiday), and the trombone section (“Let There Be Peace on Earth”).

The rest of the concert will include other holiday offerings such as: “All Thru the Night”, “Holiday Samba”, “Silent Night”, “Sleigh Ride”, “Christmas Suite” which is a medley of Christmas carols, “Season’s Greetings”, “Christmas Reverie”, and “Christmas Finale.”

There are no advance tickets or vouchers required to obtain admission to this FREE concert. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. There will be a free-will offering taken during the concert with a portion of the proceeds to go to two non-profit organizations.

The first is the Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County, which is a nonprofit agency providing affordable, professional mental health and relationship counseling from a Christian perspective to people of Cumberland and surrounding counties.  The other recipient is the Bread of Life, which provides shelter, food, and clothing to the homeless.

This is an outstanding opportunity for those who have never heard a symphonic brass band, and in particular, the SSSB, to experience this gift to local residents.
The group is anticipating a full house, so plan to make this a priority for your family to enjoy this performance. Doors will open to the auditorium 30 minutes prior to the concert which begins at 3pm and the concert with intermission is expected to last 90 minutes.

To be fair to all the attendees, the SSSB asks that there not be any saving of seats (other than one), as the concert is a first come, first served basis. Ushers will enforce this policy, so the SSSB asks the cooperation of the attendees at this event.

For additional questions contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939.

Southern Stars kick off the 2016-17 Season this Sunday, Oct 9

It was just over one year ago that a terrorist murdered the five Armed Forces service personnel in nearby Chattanooga. A special piece of music titled “The FIVE” will be performed by the Southern Stars to remember the sacrifice of these Marines and Navy personnel. With so many terrible acts of violence against our military and police, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) have chosen to honor those who have dedicated their careers to serve and protect us, our military, police, firemen and EMT’s. Your attendance to pay tribute to these unsung service personnel will inspire you with pride and gratitude.

A concert of patriotic music titled “Duty & Service” will be presented by this 30-piece professional instrumental ensemble on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. at Stone Memorial High School in Crossville, as the opening concert of their 9th season presenting three-concert series. All active or retired military veterans, police personnel, firemen and EMT personnel will be admitted FREE to this concert and their spouses and children will be admitted at reduced ticket prices. Admission and tickets to this concert for the above service personnel will not be available at the normal ticket outlets.

Tickets to the general public are priced at $22 for adults and $5 for students. Season tickets for the three Crossville concerts are $50, for a savings of $16 over the cost of purchasing individual concerts. The other concerts are on Feb. 12 and May 20. Ticket outlets are Cumberland Eye Center in Fairfield Glade and First National Bank of TN branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville.

For FREE admission to the concert, police, firemen and EMT’s are requested to wear their uniforms. Military veterans should contact the VSO (Veteran Services Organization), or the other veteran organizations (American Legion, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam War Vets, etc.) for their FREE ticket vouchers. These vouchers are not available at regular ticket outlets listed above. Any answers to any questions, please contact Dwight Wages at (931) 484-6939.

This “Duty & Service” concert will feature the following music: “Olympic Fanfare,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “The Five,” “American Pageant,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Glen Miller Magic,” “Mighty Fortress” and John Philip Sousa marches “Solid Men to the Front,” “Guide Right” and “Yorktown Centennial.”

The Southern Stars are recognized as one of the premiere brass band ensembles in North American and have been recently honored by being asked to perform three concerts at the Great American Brass Band Festival on June 3-4 in Danville, KY. This event consistently draws between 30,000 to 40,000 attendees to this yearly event, and it is typical to have 5,000 people to hear the SSSB in concert.

The Southern Stars look forward to having a large appreciative audience to honor our service personnel who provide “Duty and Service” to all of us.

2016 – 2017 Season Announced!

Here’s the scoop on the 2016-17 Season!
 
CONCERT – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 – 3pm
CONCERT – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 – 3pm
CONCERT – Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 – 3pm
CONCERT – Sat. May 20, 2017 – 7pm
 
All concerts are subject to change; season tickets will remain at $50 for the three paid concerts, and $22 and $5 each for the individual concerts. The Dec. 5 concert is free admission.
 
The Southern Stars will also be appearing for at The Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky. This is a free event, and the band will tentatively be performing Saturday, June 3, at Noon, and again early in the evening. The band is also slated to play Sunday, June 4, at 1pm (Eastern Daylight time).
 
More details to follow on both the regular season, as well as details about the band’s special appearance at The Great American Brass Band Festival!

Nashville’s Buddy Greene in concert with the SSSB on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Buddy Greene will make a return engagement to perform with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) on Saturday, April 16 at 7 pm Central at the Stone Memorial HS auditorium in Crossville, TN. This auditorium seats 1200 and has beautiful acoustics and seating is very comfortable. The theme of this concert is Buddy Greene & Friends. The concert program music selections will be announced soon.

Buddy Greene and friends perform with the Southern Stars Brass on Saturday, April 16, at 7 pm Central.

Buddy Greene and friends perform with the Southern Stars Brass on Saturday, April 16, at 7 pm Central.

Buddy and sideman Jeff Taylor last appeared with the Southern Stars in 2013 and nearly 900 attended that concert. Patrons left the concert truly amazed at the talent and stage presence of Buddy and Jeff.

“SSSB patrons have been asking for a return engagement and we have been able to find a time from Buddy’s schedule to make this happen,” said Dwight Wages, President and founder of the SSSB.  “Buddy’s persona is such that during a concert, you feel as if you are a friend of his.”

Besides performing with the SSSB for a couple of selections, he will also favor the audience with a separate, 30-minute concert of his music stylings where he will play harmonica, guitar and sing, accompanied by his Nashville sidemen.

The 30-piece professional brass ensemble will also perform selections of their own for this nearly two-hour concert (including intermission).  The SSSB and Buddy will have their CD/DVD assortments available for purchase.

Tickets will be $25 for Adults, and students will be $5. Tickets will be available in the Crossville, TN area beginning on March 1 at the following locations: Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of TN branches in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, Bed & Biscuit Kennel, and at Cumberland Co. Playhouse at their box office, by phone (931-484-5000), or via the Playhouse website.

Tickets will also be available at the door. For out of town people wishing to purchase in advance, please contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939.

Southern Stars present “Castles, Highlands, and Moors” on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) are a 30-piece professional brass instrumental ensemble which rehearses and provides a three-concert series in Crossville, TN each season. The upcoming concert is their second in their 8th season of providing “Premium Entertainment” to residents of the area. The musicians are top players on their instrument, and hail from Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cookeville, Crossville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and southeastern Kentucky. This concert will be held at the beautiful 1200-seat auditorium of Stone Memorial High School in Crossville, TN.

Terri Utsey will be the guest vocalist with the Southern Stars on Feb. 20, 2016.

Terri Utsey will be the guest vocalist with the Southern Stars on Feb. 20, 2016.

Guest vocalist for the concert will be local favorite Terri Utsey. Terri made her first public appearance in 2010 at the Historic Palace Theatre right here in Crossville, where she performed with the Cumberland Jamboree.  She enjoys singing all types of music, and has performed for a variety of benefits and charitable organizations in Crossville as well as Fairfield Glade. Recently she has added big band stylings to her repertoire as the female vocalist with the Swing Street Orchestra, managed by Rusty McClanahan. For her debut with the Southern Stars, Terri will be singing the classic Irish folk song “Danny Boy,” and the hymn used in the movie “Titanic,” which is the beloved “Nearer My God To Thee.”

As the concert theme above suggests, the remainder of the music will be associated with England, Scotland and Ireland and as typical of SSSB concerts, will include a wide variety of styles.  Selections will include the following music pieces (and the country represented): “The Men of Harlech” (Wales), “Colonial Song” (England), “Gaelforce”  (Scotland), the Beatles hit “Can’t Buy Me Love” (England), movie overture from “Far & Away” which featured Tom Cruise and Nichole Kidman (Ireland),  “James Bond Collection” (England), “Colonel Bogey march” (England). The SSSB will also feature three of their own outstanding musicians as soloists:  Chris McCormick on the flugelhorn to play “Ye Banks & Braes” (Scotland);  Lisa Burden on alto horn to play “The Lark in the Clear Air” (Ireland), and principal cornetist Alex Wilborn to play “Rule Britiania” (England).

Tickets for this concert go on sale on January 4 and can be purchased at Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of TN branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville, Bed & Biscuit Kennel, and at the box office or by phone or website of the Cumberland County Playhouse. Adult tickets are $22, and students are admitted free as a means of encouraging children and teenagers to be exposed to outstanding music.

The SSSB are offering a particularly good deal with the purchase of a “short season” ticket, which gives admission to the Feb. 20 concert, as well as the April 16 concert which will feature Nashville entertainer Buddy Greene, as a highly-requested return guest artist. The “short season” ticket is discounted to $35, which is a savings of $12 from the price of the two remaining concerts which are $22 and $25 respectively.

This is a terrific offer which not only provides seating in a reserved section, but also includes the benefit of being able to exchange a ticket for use for another concert should the need arise. The Southern Stars encourages its patrons to take advantage of this opportunity to hear a group of musicians that attracts audiences of 400-500 on average. Haven’t heard a professional brass band? You owe it to yourself to find out about the quality music that is here in your backyard, entertaining folks for into the band’s eighth season in 2015-16!

Southern Stars Brass mourns the passing of friend and guitar great, Pete Huttlinger

Pete Huttlinger, 54, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Monday, January 11.

Pete Huttlinger, 54, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Monday, January 11.

It is with great sadness the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass learned tonight of the passing of guitar virtuoso Pete Huttlinger. Huttlinger was a friend of the band, and had been a wonderful guest soloist in a recent concert. His musical genius, effortless mastery of his instrument, and his wit that made his stage presence something to be envied will all be greatly missed. The band and its President and Founder, Dwight Wages, extends condolences to Pete’s family, loved ones, friends, and fans everywhere. May he rest in peace, and may his music last forever.

He was a 1984 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and in 2000 won the National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. Country legend Vince Gill once described as him as “wickedly gifted,” and his performances and recordings lived up to that compliment.

Mr. Huttlinger is survived by his beloved wife, Erin Morris Huttlinger (the couple recently co-authored a book, “Joined at the Heart: A Story of Love, Guitars, Resilience and Marigolds”); stepchildren Sean Della Croce and James Della Croce; a brother, Frank Huttlinger, in California; and a sister, Theresa Vigour, in Mississippi.

Read more here:
http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/01/15/master-guitarist-pete-huttlinger-dies/78796926/

Southern Stars to appear at Arts Assoc. of S.E. KY on April 23, 2016

The Southern Stars are honored to participate in the 54th concert season presented by the Arts Association of S.E. Kentucky.  The Arts Association is presenting a 7 concert series of highly acclaimed artists and ensembles, including guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, gospel singer Sandy Patty, and the Peach State Opera company presenting Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”.

 

The SSSB will be presenting the closing concert of the season on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  The concert is scheduled for 7:30 pm and will be held at the O. Wayne Rollins Center on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.   General admission ticket prices for the concert are $30 for Adults, and $15 for students from elementary to college age.  

 

Music selections for the concert will be released at a later date, but attendees can be assured that the program will include a wide variety of music styles and genre, and will feature virtuoso soloists from within the ensemble.   The SSSB pride themselves on providing “Premium Entertainment” and have produced 2 CD’s and a DVD which demonstrate their repertoire and skills.

 

For more information about the concert series, use the following link to the Arts Association website http://www.fineartsseky.org/#!schedule/cjg9, or contact SSSB President and founder, Dwight Wages, at 931-484-6939.