Posting Date: January 25, 2010

Kennesaw State music department to host first annual Brass Blast!

All day event provides high school students with valuable experience

For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations,
770-499-3417 or

KENNESAW, Ga.—On Feb. 13, Kennesaw State University will host its first annual Brass Blast!, a one-day workshop designed to service local high school brass musicians. Students will have an opportunity to study brass technique with KSU music faculty and leading performers from both the Atlanta and Cobb Symphony Orchestras. David Kehler, associate professor of music and director of bands at KSU, will oversee the event. “They are all excellent teachers and active brass performers—the best in the Southeast,” says Kehler.


The workshop, which begins with registration at 9:30 a.m., will be held at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center and will open with a performance by the KSU brass faculty. Students will then participate in master classes based on their specific instruments, followed by full combined brass rehearsals. Students will perform a small concert on the Bailey Center Stage at the close of the workshop.


While a private session with an ASO musician can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 for one half-hour, students will have an opportunity to develop their craft for a fraction of the price. Total cost for the workshop is $20, which includes lunch and a Brass Blast! T-shirt.


“I wanted something that was very cost-effective,” says Kehler, who has high expectations for the program. “I anticipate this to be an annual event. We are a growing program and we have the facilities now to bring people here. It is great for the university to service area high school programs. Students will take what they learn at this workshop and carry it back to their schools.”


The application deadline is Feb. 8. To register and for a complete schedule, visit Brass Blast!



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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.



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