Brass Band Slovenia Quintet
Programme: J. S. Bach, P. R. Buttal, L. Pollack, G. Gershwin, H. Wolking, C. Lavallée, P. A. Nagle
The Brass Quintet is one of the smaller ensembles operating under the auspices of the renowned cultural and artistic association Brass Band Slovenia. The quintet's performance is intended for smaller and more intimate stages, for which the almost 30-member ensemble of Brass Band Slovenia would be too large. They have performed in several solo concerts around Slovenia, and are often heard as part of the cultural-music-programme or as part of the protocol at various official events.
They also follow the literature on brass ensembles; in addition to the classics, they also like to arrange film, traditional, jazz and party music. The initiator of the idea, artistic director and selector of the programme is composer and conductor Aleksander Čonč, who leads several orchestras and choirs, but also works as a freelance artist.
Members of the BBS Brass Quintet:
Trumpet: Tadej Postružnik
Trumpet: Tadej Vilar
Horn: Timotej Šnofl
Trombone: Aleš Levačič
Tuba: Aljaž Janžek
Brass Band Slovenia is the first brass band in Slovenia with a classical ensemble based on the English model, which means that it consists only of brass instruments and percussion. The orchestra is made up mostly of music students and academically trained musicians for whom music is much more than just a hobby.
We are a young orchestra, founded in 2006 and in full swing. The orchestra has been conducted by Aleksander Čonč for twelve years. We strive to spread musical culture, which is why we love to collaborate with other musicians, including trumpet soloist Franc Kosem, world-renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti from Seattle, Washington, singing soloists Daniel Gajšt, Renata Gračnar, Lucija Harum, Žan Hauptman, Rahela Horvat Toš, Alen Kirbiš, Amanda Stojović, Urška Škafar, Patricija Škof, Marjan Trček and Maja Žumer, as well as choral groups and choirs: Maribor Academic Choir, Mixed Choir of the Anton Martin Slomšek Maribor Diocesan Gymnasium, Mixed Choir of Laudamus, Mixed Choir of the Maribor Second Gymnasium, Male Choir of France Marolt - Malečnik, Vocal Group CEZAM and children's choirs of Maribor primary schools.
Every year we present a full-length concert, where we always delight the audience, as we strive to organise larger projects, often supported by a stage, costume design and projections, which contribute to a deeper appreciation of the music. We are challenged to try out different genres of music that are often not specific to our ensemble, so we have already done film music, jazz music, musicals and a concert where we walked through the historical development of music, which means that we interpreted music in different ways, as interpretation has evolved over time.
The BBS Brass Ensemble is also a brass ensemble suitable for smaller venues, with ensembles ranging from a quintet to a 16-piece ensemble.