Triangle Brass Band

Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM
Hayes Barton UMC, Raleigh, NC

The Triangle Brass Band presents a spectacular program, featuring UNC School of the Arts faculty Mark Norman (conducting) and David Dash (Trumpet), as well as the band’s own Mitchell Townley (Eb Soprano Cornet) and Youth Band Artistic Director, Jesse Rackley (Conducting).  Our featured work is the exciting Fire in the Blood by Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

Hayes Barton UMC



Mark Norman, Conductor

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Mark Norman, Conducting

I believe in developing students to become their own best teachers. Students have lessons usually once a week yet they practice for hours each day. This means they have to have tools in how to identify and address issues on their own. I provide pedagogical information and consistently ask students what they hear and how they would begin the process of improving issues in performance.

David Dash, Trumpet

David Dash joined the UNCSA Music faculty in 2017. In the summer, he performs with the Santa Fe Opera. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Naples (Fla.) Philharmonic and a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he performed as a soloist and toured much of the United States. He has also performed with the Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco symphonies, the Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Opera and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Tony Granados, Tuba

Currently working as a freelance musician in central North Carolina, Tony can be seen performing as a substitute and extra with the North Carolina Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Wilmington Symphony and Roanoke Symphony. Tony performs in the orchestras for the Carolina Ballet and NC Opera, and is the Principal Tuba in the Tar River Orchestra. Tony is also a founding member of the Boylan Brass.

Tony is the Artistic Director for the Triangle Brass Band and was the Director of the Triangle Youth Brass Band from 2001 to 2013. Under Tony’s direction, the Youth Band has won a total of 6 North American Brass Band Association Championships, winning each time they competed. The Youth Band also performed at the 2003 Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY and the Greensboro, NC Fireworks Celebration in 2006 and 2008.

As a soloist, he has made appearances with college bands, high schools bands, all-county bands, gave a solo recital at the North Carolina Governors School Summer Program at Meredith College, was a featured artist at the 2002 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, performing the Gregson Tuba Concerto with the Triangle Brass Band, and was a guest soloist with the Triangle Wind Ensemble at the 2005 North Carolina Music Educators Convention. Other solo appearances include the St. Francis Brass Band, Tar River Symphonic Band, Advocate Brass Band and the Greensboro Concert Band.

Jesse Rackley, Conducting

Currently located in Raleigh, NC, Jesse is an accomplished tenor trombonist, euphoniumist, and educator. He is the Principal Trombone of the Fayetteville Symphony and Tar River Philharmonic and second trombone with the Carolina Philharmonic. He performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony and has performed with the Wilmington symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Durham Symphony and Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, Jesse has been featured with the Triangle Brass Band, Triangle Youth Brass Band, Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble, 440th US Army Band, and East Carolina Tuba Ensemble.

Jesse was the winner of the 2009 and 2007 Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference’s solo euphonium competition, runner up in the 2002 International Tuba Euphonium Conference’s Young Artist solo competition, semi-finalist in the 2002 Leonard Falcone International Tuba Euphonium Competition, and was the winner of the 2002 NC Governor’s School Concerto Competition.

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