Sounds of Brass 20th annual concert features trumpet master Zach Lyman



Zach Lyman, a master trumpet player will be highlighted at the Sounds of Brass concert Jan. 14 at TCC. photo courtesy of PLU

Brass Unlimited and friends cordially invites the community to the 20th annual “Sounds of Brass” concert, Sunday, Jan. 14, 3 p.m. The concert will be at Tacoma Community College, Building #2, which is located on the north side of the campus. Use the main entrance off of South 12th Street (between Mildred and Pearl Streets), followed by the first right to parking.

The featured guests are Zach Lyman and Mary McCann. McCann is on the staff at KNKX/NPR. She is a broadcaster, poet and performer, has written three one-woman shows and had her poetry published by Arizona State University. As a poet, Internet radio programmer, broadcast radio DJ, producer and performer, McCann creates with sound. She has traveled the world by motorcycle and camped under the stars in both hemispheres. McCann will be narrating the fable story “Puss in Boots” set to music.

Lyman is associate professor of music at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), where he teaches classroom music, directs the trumpet ensemble, coaches chamber music and performs with the Lyric Brass Quintet. He holds the doctor of musical arts degree in trumpet performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship, the highest award for graduate study. Lyman received the bachelor of music degree with honors from the College of Wooster and the master of music degree with honors and distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

He is active as an orchestral, chamber and solo performer and has performed with the New England Philharmonic, and the Boston Philharmonic, Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities Symphony Orchestras. Lyman has also performed as featured soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, PLU Wind Ensemble, PLU Symphony Orchestra, The University Chorale and the Choir of the West, and plays throughout the Northwest as a member of the Seattle-based Mosaic Brass Quintet. He is a regular performer with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, and is on the faculty of the Evergreen Music Festival. He also serves as director of the Tacoma Young Chamber Players, the South Sound’s premier chamber music experience for young adults.

Dr. Lyman’s articles have been published by American Music and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His trumpet warm-up book, “Practical Daily Warm-Ups for Trumpet,” is published by Keveli Music. The Lyric Brass Quintet’s CD, “American Music for Brass Quintet,” is available from Emeritus Recordings. Lyman lives in Tacoma with his wife Anne and extremely energetic 8-year-old son Milo and mischievous 4-year-old daughter Eleanor. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and being a disgruntled Red Sox fan. He will perform music by Handel and Hovhaness.

In addition to the guest artists, the concert will feature a 14-member brass and percussion ensemble under the direction of John Falskow, T.C.C. department chair. Music selections will include music of Shostakovich, Byrd, Prokofiev, Bernstein, and Granados. Participating musicians are present or previous members of Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Concert Band, N.W. Ballet, Navy Band, etc.

Brass Unlimited was formed in 1998 by four professional music educators. The tightly knit and versatile brass group is recognized as one of Tacoma’s leading chamber ensembles. With its own unique arrangements of music from the renaissance to the works of Charles Ives, the group enjoys sharing with its audiences a rich and diverse repertoire that celebrates the sound of brass.

Brass Unlimited’s members have performed with some of the most recognized Northwest regional ensembles and national acts, including the Tacoma Symphony, Geoffrey Ballet, Seattle Opera, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Federal Way Symphonic Band, Tacoma Concert Band, Stan Kenton Orchestra, Billy May Orchestra, the O-Jays, the Four Tops and the Temptations.

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