Jericho Brass, a traditional British-style brass band, returns to the Evening Shade concerts in the park series in the heart of historic Cleveland Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Johnston Park has a band shell/stage in downtown Cleveland, at the intersection of Ocoee and Inman streets. For 20 years it has been home to free, family-friendly concerts made possible by the Allied Arts Council of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. The concerts are funded in part by local sponsors and under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission.
This is the 16th season of making brass band music for the Jericho Brass. The band’s name was inspired by the Old Testament account of Joshua’s army, who blew their “lamb ram sheep horns” and caused the massive and unassailable walls of the city of Jericho to come crashing down.
Directed by Frank Hale and assisted by Daniel Bowles, Jericho Brass has been providing brass music in Chattanooga and surrounding communities since 1998. An all-volunteer ensemble, the band is made up of professional and college-trained musicians from the Tri-State area. The group performs regularly at civic functions, church, school and other public venues. Smaller outreach groups, Brassworks and The Horns of Jericho, perform when the full band is not available.
Jericho Brass performs marches, orchestral transcriptions, popular tunes, hymns and sacred selections, as well as patriotic favorites and traditional brass literature. An extensive music library, along with active arrangers and composers within its membership, allows Jericho Brass to tailor programs to fit all audiences, said officials.
Participants of the Deep South (Ga.) Brass Band and two Ashland (Ky.) Brass Band Festivals, the Jericho Brass has also performed concerts in Memphis; Abingdon, Va.; Greenville, S.C.; Charleston, W.Va.; Atlanta; and many venues in North Georgia and Alabama. The band has toured the British Isles twice: first to Yorkshire and London in 1999 and then to Bournemouth, London, and Dublin, Ireland, in 2003.
More recently, the band is a 2010 winner of the George Washington Medal awarded by the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, Penn., from a presentation in 2010 of an original patriotic composition, “Defenders of Liberty,” by band members Dan Hanson, Skip Houck and Tracy Street.
As of the beginning of 2012, the Jericho Brass has performed over 400 concerts.
Opening on May 23 is guitarist Shawn Perkinson. Mr. Perkinson, a native Clevelander, studied jazz guitar at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has also studied under Jerry Coker, Donald Brown and Mark Boling. He is a former member of Kings of the Killer Fish and has opened shows for Jerry Garcia Band, Wide Spread Panic and Charlie Daniels Band. He released a jazz album in 2002 with the E.M.P. Project.
While he has studied jazz most of his life, Mr. Perkinson is proficient in all styles of music. He teaches guitar privately and serves as an instructor at Lee University. He joined The Collins Brothers in 2003.
“Our goal is to provide a variety of musical styles to Evening Shade audiences,” Kyle Elrod, event organizer, explained. “Brass banding is a vital part of the music world. Jericho Brass will offer a repertoire of music that will appeal to lovers of band music of all ages. And Shawn’s jazz selections are always a crowd favorite.”
Mr. Elrod encouraged concertgoers to pack a picnic supper, along with a folding chair or blanket, and plan to celebrate the arts in our community at no cost.
In the event of inclement weather, the Evening Shade concert will take place in the auditorium at Arnold Elementary School at 473 8th St.