NEWS | Feb. 20, 2013

North Charleston hosts free concert by USAF Heritage Brass Quintet

By Ann Simmons City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department Arts coordinator

The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is hosting a free afternoon concert by the United States Air Force Heritage Brass Quintet from the USAF Heritage of America Band at the Sterett Hall Auditorium on the former Charleston Naval Base, March 17, 2013, at 3 p.m.

The concert will feature the diverse talents of five professional Airman-musicians from Joint Base Langley - Eustis in Hampton, Va., whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. From Bach to the Beatles and patriotic favorites, Heritage Brass offers a musical experience sure to be enjoyed by all audiences.

The Heritage Brass, formed in 1973, tours the United States' mid-Atlantic region from South Carolina to Delaware, always leaving audiences impressed and delighted with the ensemble's world-class musicianship and entertaining showmanship. From classical to jazz and popular music, the quintet brings its brilliant brass sound to all music genres, providing a variety of music that's as educational as it is exciting.

The group has also performed the National Anthem and other patriotic music at Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles games and NASCAR's Dover 400.

Additionally, Heritage Brass performs in a variety of other venues including concert halls, theaters, schools, museums, and hospitals, and often presents clinics at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels. The quintet also participated in the ceremony marking the merger of Naval Weapons Station Charleston and Air Force Bases in Charleston, South Carolina, to form Joint Base Charleston.

The USAF Heritage Brass concert is free, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with request to:

Tickets, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, PO Box 190016, North Charleston, S.C., 29419-9016.

There is a limit of six tickets per mail-in request. Tickets are also available for pick up Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office on the second floor of North Charleston City Hall, located at 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, S.C., 29406. Unclaimed seats will be available to non-ticket holders 15 minutes prior to concert time.

For more information about this concert or other programs and services offered by the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, call 740-5854, email culturalarts@northcharleston.org, or visit http://bit.ly/culturalarts.