The â€˜Vienna Philharmoniker Fanfareâ€™ of Richard Strauss performed by Shepherd students and alumni in honor of retiring faculty Marie Speziale and Kathleen Kaun, February 2013.
The Rice Brass Ensemble consists of the combined efforts of the entirety of the Shepherd Schoolâ€™s trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba studios, with the occasional addition of percussion. The groupâ€™s performing efforts in this capacity are held in conjunction with varying roles in theÂ Shepherd Schoolâ€™s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as in its Orchestral Brass Repertoire class. The Rice Brass Ensemble is under the leadership of trumpet professorÂ Charles Geyer, and is featured in concert twice per year. In the recent past, the ensembleâ€™s repertoire has included many works of varying size and style for different combinations of the instruments, running the gamut from the standard antiphonal works of Gabrieli to living composers such as Michael Daugherty andÂ Richard Lavenda.
Members of the Rice Brass also partake in chamber music activities, this year in particular varying from trio and quintet performances, as well as the Shepherd Schoolâ€™s trombone quartet-in-residence, NOVUS. Several members of the Brass have been prize winners in some of this countryâ€™s most prestigious competitive events, most recently including the National Trumpet Competition and the American Horn Competition.