About Southern Arts Brass Quintet
Formed in 1968, the SABQ has worked with and performed for composers John Cheetham, Eric Ewazen, Karel Husa, Vincent Persichetti, William Presser, Gunther Schuller, and Luigi Zaninelli. The group has also performed for President George H.W. Bush and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. The Southern Arts Brass Quintet is comprised of faculty members in the School of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Current members of the group are:
- Jason Bergman, trumpet
- Anderson Romero, trumpet
- Heidi Lucas, horn
- Ben McIlwain, trombone
- Richard Perry, tuba
Each year, the Southern Arts Brass Quintet performs several concerts on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi and in the Hattiesburg area. We also provide music for commencement ceremonies at the Hattiesburg campus of Southern Miss. In addition to these performances, the group performs often at off-campus venues and tours throughout the southeastern United States. The Southern Arts Brass Quintet is also actively involved in music education and community outreach through educational presentations in schools, community concerts, and performing as featured artists along with concert bands and orchestras. In recent years, we have performed at schools in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas. If you are a music educator interested in having the SABQ visit your school, please contact us.
The repertoire for the group is diverse including:
- Standard literature originally composed for brass quintet by composers such as Victor Ewald, Witold Lutoslawski, Verne Reynolds, and Joseph Horovitz
- Transcriptions of music from the masters like Bach, Handel, and Shostakovich
- Newer works for brass quintet by composers such as James Sclater, Daniel Schnyder, Robert Suderburg and Richard Peaslee
Arrangements by members of the SABQ:
Jazz and Popular Music - tap your foot to Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Broadway hits.