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Low Brass Choir: Featuring Our Own

Lloyd Roby conducting
Lloyd Roby

California State University, Chico’s Low Brass Choir and Alumni will be presenting the ensemble concert, “Featuring Our Own.” The performance will take place Saturday, Oct. 12th at 7:30 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall

The music that will be performed has been written and arranged by current students, former students and guests. The music genres that will be heard are from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. 

Directing the concert is Lloyd Roby, low brass specialist and director of Secondary Music Education at CSU, Chico.

The concept for “Featuring Our Own” stemmed from an alumni performance that took place last year. The concert brought together students from the past two and a half decades of low brass choirs. 

Roby is excited to showcase the appealing sound of low brass instruments and the voluminous timbres they can produce.

“It is very gratifying to see the progress with each new ensemble. Comparing where they were at the beginning of the semester with how far they come for each performance is usually amazing,” said Roby.

The composers are all super excited to show the audience their pieces. 

From a composer’s perspective Roby explained, “The performance of a new piece usually fills the composer/arranger with excitement and dread. It is often hard for a composer to get their work performed, so there is the excitement that their piece is actually being done.” 

Male student playing trumpet

“Immediately after that, is usually a dread that the audience may not like it — some critics are very harsh. The audience may be assured, all the pieces on this concert are accessible and enjoyable,” Lloyd continued. 

This semester’s ensemble is particularly impressive because the concert is so early in the semester, which means they have had less rehearsal time than most of the other ensembles. 

Composing a musical arrangement is not an easy task to perform. Some compositions take a while and the composer encounters something very similar to an author’s “writer’s block.”  With other works, the music seems to flow very easily. However, there is an amazing payoff once the piece is finished.

“A satisfying aspect is the camaraderie that builds as strangers become friends and enjoy getting together each week to work hard at producing a product they can all be proud to show the audience.”

This concert is free and open to the public.

Information about special seating accommodations is available by calling 530-898-6333. For more information about the production visit the School the Arts website and Facebook page.

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Story by Tashia Jones, School of the Arts publicity assistant


About the Director

Lloyd Roby

Lloyd Roby is the Low Brass Specialist and Director of Secondary Music Education.  He has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Band, Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Sacramento Symphony Orchestra. Roby has also backed entertainers such as Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, Vic Damone, etc. He is conductor of the Paradise Symphony Orchestra and is clinician and adjudicator for numerous events. He holds degrees from Indiana University, Northwestern University, and Duquesne University. He has been President of the CMEA, North Section and served as advisor of the student chapter of NAfME. During that time, the chapter was given two national awards and one state award.