Heritage’s brass choir recently performed at the candlelight walk in downtown Littleton. On Friday November 25th, the group set up on the corner of Main Street and Sycamore Street to play for the Littleton community.
“It’s a great way for our program to spread holiday cheer,” says Garren Cuthrell, band director.
As the city began selling candles to those who awaited Santa’s arrival in downtown Littleton, the brass choir’s audience grew. Many families stopped to listen; children danced to the festive music that the brass choir played.
“It was really cool to see that a fairly large number of people were willing to stand out in the cold to listen to us. It’s a really neat feeling, getting to share the music we work so hard on with people,” explains Owen Haley ’18, trombone player.
The brass players are able to get into the holiday spirit through their music.
“This is one of the few times we play for people not in a concert setting, and it’s great to be able to brighten someone’s day with beautiful music and holiday cheer,” says Haley.
There is more responsibility placed on the individual musician because the brass choir is a small ensemble. When there isn’t the sound of an entire band to hide in, the parts are more exposed. The timbre of each brass instrument blends together nicely, and when someone does not know their part it is evident they aren’t fitting in with everyone else’s sound.
“Because the brass choir is a smaller ensemble than we normally play in, there is a new level of responsibility as well as many more individual musical opportunities. I get to play parts in brass choir that I may not have in a larger group. I think it is a super great way to get into the holiday spirit and have a ton of fun doing it,” concludes Haley.by