Boston Brass brings its captivating sounds to Radford University

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Exciting classical arrangements, burning jazz standards and the best of original brass compositions are part of an evening at the Bondurant Auditorium when Boston Brass comes to Radford University April 7, 2017.

The quintet features five accomplished musicians. Jeff Conner and Jose Sibaja are trumpet players. Chris Castellanos’ instrument is the horn. Domingo Pagliuca is a trombonist and Sam Pilafian plays the tuba.

Conner is the only original member of the group. Thirty years ago he started Boston Brass with fellow students from Boston University.

It was around this time when Radford University music instructor Jeffrey Kresge met Conner. The former was working on his master’s degree at Boston Conservatory and performed with Conner in the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble for three years.

“Over the years Jeff and I have maintained a friendship, which has allowed me to observe the success he has achieved professionally with the quintet,” Jeffrey Kresge said. “The members of Boston Brass are world-class musicians as well as experienced educators.”

During the group’s visit to Radford University, they will offer two masterclasses to students and musicians who pre-registered for a special Brass Bash weekend.

Jeffrey Kresge hopes that by bringing Boston Brass to Radford, students will benefit from the one-on-one interaction with quintet members. Students will not just study music and practice techniques with these seasoned musicians, but they have the opportunity to acquire entrepreneurial skills needed to become professional performers.

For the April 7 concert, Boston Brass brings together a program that bridges classical music formality with great music and boisterous fun.

“The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere,” their website reads.

This fits in with the University Performance series goal to offer audiences diverse performing arts productions. Boston Brass is the last event in the 2016-17 season.

In addition to Boston Brass, Kresge conducts the large brass group that will play before intermission.

The concert is $15 for general public, $7.50 per child, and is free for those with Radford University identification. Tickets are available online at or at the Hurlburt Hall Information Desk. For information, please call 540-831-5420.

Mar 30, 2017
Leslie King