The newest group in the LCBS family, the Brass Choir was created in 2015 by LCBS president Rene Van de Vendel with the help of conductor and musical director, Josh Davies. The Brass Choir is comprised of all brass instruments and percussion and open to a wide variety of ages by audition. While some of the repertoire is adapted from European-style Brass Bands, the majority is pulled from North American-style Brass Ensembles. Not afraid to tackle a variety of styles, concerts have included adventurous music adapted for the ensemble such as Renaissance, Classical, Romantic, Jazz, Pop, and Modern genres.
Rehearsals are from 7:45-9:45pm on Thursday evenings at Southminster Church.
The Brass Choir is carefully selected by audition. Please contact Josh Davies for more information.
Dr. Josh Davies
Dr. Josh Davies is a Yamaha Performing Artist and two-time Grammy nominated performer that enjoys a diverse career as a versatile performer and educator. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and the Jubilee Auditoriums in Calgary and Edmonton. He has shared the stage with such artists as Byron Stripling, Phil Smith, Ellis Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Rob Smith, Kenny Garrett, Dewie Redman, Chris Murrell, and Fred Wesley, Fernando de la Mora, José Carreras, The Three Mexican Tenors, Alexander Markov, Raúl Di Blasio, Jens Lindemann, Alastair Kay, Al Muirhead, Tommy Banks, and Mark Gould to name a few.
Josh’s discography spans many genres from classical to jazz, baroque to contemporary, and rock to funk. He is on the premier recording of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus written for The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, which was featured on NPR, at Carnegie Hall and other performances throughout the United States and Europe. He regularly performs with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL (Monterrey Symphony Orchestra) in Monterrey, Mexico, where he held the position of co-principal trumpet for the 2009-2010 season. Previously he was principal trumpet of the Round Rock Symphony for four years and has also performed with symphony orchestras of Austin, Abilene, Brazos Valley, Calgary, Kamloops, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Monterrey, Monterrey Chamber, Red Deer, Regina, San Antonio Chamber, Temple, Thunder Bay, and Victoria (TX), as well as The Austin Chamber Ensemble, The Austin Chamber Winds, The Austin Lyric Opera, Altius Brass, Prime Time Big Band and the Monterrey Metropolitan Opera Company.
As an educator, Josh is a professor at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, AB, Canada where he teaches studio trumpet, jazz history and is the director of the U of L Jazz Ensemble. Previous university teaching positions include Temple College, The University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University-Texas and Texas State University. Dr. Davies holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts and a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors of Music degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His principal teachers include Michael Miller, Edward Bach, and Ray Sasaki (trumpet); Steve Haines, Dennis Dotson, Jeff Helmer (Jazz).