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The Belle City Brassworks Brass Band has been performing in the Racine and Kenosha Wisconsin area since 1987 and is dedicated to musical excellence.

Providing internationally famous brass artists has been at the forefront of our concert schedule since 1995.

For booking information, please visit our "Book The Brass!" page.


Sunday April 2, 2017 - J. Hemkes Memorial Concert
   featuring the Carthage Wind Orchestra

- 2:00 PM - Carthage College Siebert Chapel  |  Directions


Carthage Program Info for April 2 concert:

Carthage Wind Orchestra
James Ripley, conductor

The Star Spangled Banner John Williams

"Sadness and Tenderness", from Voices of Youth — Edward Gregson
transcribed by James Ripley

Overture:  Henry V — Ralph Vaughan Williams 
transcribed by James Ripley


NICAEA — William Himes

Little Suite, Op. 80 — Malcolm Arnold
wind band arrangement by John P. Paynter   


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Info about the CWO:

The Carthage College Wind Orchestra, established in 1873, is one of the oldest college bands in the United States.  From its humble beginnings as a six-piece brass ensemble, the group has grown in size and stature to assume a leadership role for wind music on an international level.  The band has a long and honored history of service to Carthage College and the artistic life of the communities of Kenosha, Wisconsin and Carthage, Illinois. The 140th Anniversary was celebrated many featured events, beginning with an outdoor performance of music drawn from the 1873-1874 programs and concluding with the May Anniversary Concert that features the premiere of Liquid Compass by Alex Shapiro.
The Wind Orchestra made their fifth visit to Japan in January 2017 as part of an ongoing exchange program with Kurashiki Sakuyo University School of Music.  Carthage continues to be active in the areas of commissioning new works, engaging world-class guests to perform and conduct the ensemble, and touring throughout the US and Japan.  Recent commissions include Andre Previn’s Music for Wind Orchestra, Stacy Garrop's Mythology Suite, Dana Wilson’s Concerto for Trombone and Tuba Concerto, a composition honoring the International Red Cross by Martin Ellerby, a chamber ensemble work by Daniel Bukvich (conductor of the Lakeside Band Festival in 2005), and a work for chorus and wind orchestra by Christopher Theofanidis.
Why a wind orchestra?   The ability to change the sound of the ensemble based on the composer’s intent and musical style period is at the heart of the wind orchestra philosophy.  The wind orchestra layers the timbres of each instrument, rather than mixing them for a more colorful effect.
Maybe most importantly, the wind orchestra places optimal value on the expressive contribution of each member.



Upcoming Concerts and Performances: 

Sunday April 2, 2017 - J. Hemkes Memorial Concert
   featuring the Carthage Wind Orchestra

- 2:00 PM - Carthage College Siebert Chapel  |  Directions

Sunday June 11, 2017 - Swing'n Brass Concert

- 3:00 PM - Union Grove HS Performing Arts Theater  |  Directions

Sunday November 5, 2017 - A Brass Spectacular

- 3:00 PM - Washington Park HS  |  Directions

Wednesday December 13, 2017 - A Brass Christmas

- 7:30 PM - Living Faith Lutheran Church (Formerly Atonement)  |  Directions

Wednesday December 20, 2017 - A Brass Christmas

- 7:30 PM - Sacred Heart Catholic Church  |  Directions



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