Wiregrass Brass Ensemble delivers concert despite sudden change of plans

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Despite a time crunch, brass musicians from around the region united in downtown Troy to bring music lovers a concert that almost didn’t happen.

“It just made real good sense that if they’re not able to do the concert rather than scrap it all together, let’s just change the personnel and change the group and try to make this happen and and we did,” said Professor of Trumpet Mike Huff.

Some may consider this an amazing feat especially given that they played without a conductor and only had the music for a week. But Sulliman said it was all made possible by a lifetime of hard work.

“We knew that we were going to have one rehearsal to just kind of go through all of the tunes,” explained Jason Sulliman, professor of trombone. “Figure out what everybody had, who was going to cue, what part and it just came together. When you get to the highest levels of music making, the conductor is helpful but it’s not essential.”

“In some ways we got together at four and had a rehearsal and did a concert, but in other ways we’ve been preparing for 15, 20 years to be able to put on a concert like,” Sulliman said.