$10 General Public
FREE student tickets available at the Rockwell Hall Box Office
with special guest Herbert Smith, trumpet
The Buffalo State Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Dr. Rick Fleming. Mr. Herbert Smith, Third Trumpet player for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will be the featured soloist.
The Wind Ensemble Concert will feature works by Florent Schmitt, Nancy Galbraith, William Grant Still, Ronald Lo Presti, Michael Colgrass, John Harbison and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble.
The Buffalo State Wind Ensemble is one of the premiere performing ensembles on campus. The Wind Ensemble performs works in the traditional wind band repertoire as well as contemporary works of various styles. The ensemble endeavors to expose students to the artistry and performance demands of large ensemble performance. The Wind Ensemble can be heard in performance twice each semester and often performs additional concerts and clinics at high schools throughout Western and Central New York.
Born and raised in Cincinnati OH, Herbert Smith came to Rochester in 1987 to attend the Eastman School of music, where he receivbed his bachelors of Music Education, and ended up staying. Upon graduating from Eastman he acquired the 2nd trumpet position with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and now holds the 3rd trumpet seat. During his stay at Eastman he wore two hats. One as an accomplished classical musician and soloist, the other as a Jazz performer. This proved to be a good move. Herb has been in the Rochester Philharmonic for over 18 years and has performed in Carnegie Hall with the Rochester Philharmonic as well as a soloist on a recital in Carnegie, the year 2008. He regularly plays with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chitaqua Institute Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Maine Symphony, as well as being a soloist, and chamber musician around the greater Rochester Area.
On the Jazz side of things, he has a CD entitled The Trumpet Shall Sound (2007) featuring his Jazz Quintet playing reinterpreted jazz standards along with original compositions by Herb. He now has a jazz trio entitled “Freedom Trio” which is more adventurous musically, tapping into many different music forms including Jazz, Classical, Indian, and even more popular styles. This group has performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival for many years, and will be releasing some new music coming soon. As a musician in Rochester NY, he has had the opportunity to play with many notable musicians including, Wynton Marsalis, Doc Severenson, The Ojays’, Aretha Franklin, Al Jareau, and Ben Folds to name a few. Furthermore when Broadway touring shows come through Rochester, he is hired as lead trumpet for shows, including The Book of Mormon, Wicked, The Color Purple, and most recently Pippin’.
Herb’s teaching experience is varied as well, teaching musicians and non-musicians of all ages. He is currently an Artist in Residence for Young Audiences and the Rochester City School District. He began his Artist and Residence work with the now disbanded Rochester Chapter of the Aesthetic Education Institute. And furthermore, he is a trumpet Instructor at the Eastman School of Music. Herb also does masterclasses and lectures on trumpet technique, endurance and sound production; works with high school bands and Orchestras as teacher and soloist; and teaches private lessons out of his home.
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