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About Hora Decima

The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble is dedicated to the presentation, promotion, and preservation of music for brass instruments. In today's world of the internet, MTV, videocassettes, and synthesizers, accoustic instrument groups face stiff competition. While there are many smaller brass groups performing today, the appearance of a large brass ensemble is a rare event. Sometimes symphony orchestras will feature their brass sections in one or two selections in an orchestra concert, but full concert programs by large brass groups are seldom heard outside of college music departments. The Hora Decima Brass Ensemble is the only large brass ensemble of professional players in the New York City area that plays together on a regular basis.

Founded in 1990 by trombonist David Chamberlain, the HDBE began as a workshop experience for professional players to enjoy brass literature. The most common reaction of the musicians was, "Wow, I haven't had a chance to do this since I was in school!"

Regular monthly readings led to a desire to share this great sound with the public. The HDBE has appeared at the New York Brass Conference and several area churches and universities. Members of the group have performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Fairfield Orchestra, several Broadway shows, recordings, and with such artists as Johnny Mathis, the Temptations, and Tito Puente.

The HDBE performs original music composed for eight to twenty-one
brass and percussion players as well as transcriptions of other well-known works. By commissioning new works, the HDBE hopes to add to the brass repertoire and bring these new works and composers to the attention of the general public.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, The HDBE solicits foundation grants and accepts individual contributions to support its activities.



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