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Fountain City Brass Band Wins 7th U.S. Open

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Fountain City Brass Band, which is directed by Joseph Parisi and features Conservatory faculty, students, and alumni, won its 7th U.S. Open title.  It is the band's fourth consecutive win.

4barsrest.com notes:

It was the Kansas City band’s seventh victory in the last eight years at America’s premier entertainment championship and saw them once again dominate their rivals with their 25 minute programme.

Fountain City, with their prize winning percussion section on tip top form, opened with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s When Eagles Sing.

Their solo talents were shown by a stunning rendition of the traditional polka solo ‘Cleopatra’ played by Chris Larios, as well as Dr Ryan Sharp on soprano and Roger Caliman on kit featuring on a thumping new rendition of ‘Birdland’ by Lee Harrelson.

The finale saw an intriguing segue from the famous ’Largo’ from ‘A New World Symphony’ into the last section of Philip Harper’s ‘The Divine Right’

Delighted MD: The band’s delighted MD Dr Joseph Parisi, felt that the result was once again down to the immense hard work and commitment of his players.

“We thoroughly enjoyed putting this performance together,” he told 4BR. “And I feel it demonstrated FCBB's ability to switch styles and genres within the 25 minute programme.”

Congratulations!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu