Allegheny Brass Band will perform this week in Ellwood City


ELLWOOD CITY — The Allegheny Brass Band arrives at Ellwood City Community Plaza at 7 p.m. Saturday with their British-style brass music.

The band members have been to the square several times and are happy to be back.

Business manager Jim Muchoney, from Sewickley, said they were happy to add the place to their busy summer schedule.

“It’s a great venue with lots of seating, and people are really there,” he said. “We’ve lost limbs, and we’ve gained limbs, and we’re ready to play.”

The band plays their own versions of jazz and big band tunes, Broadway melodies, marches and light classics.

“We play Beatles songs and songs from musicals. When we play a concert, there’s something for everyone,” Muchoney said.

True to the tradition of British brass bands, the group includes flugelhorn, euphonium, tenor and baritone horns, cornets, trombones, tubas and percussion. The band members are musicians from all walks of life, from mechanical engineers to accountants, doctors, teachers, students and retirees, and everything in between.

A graduate of Lincoln High School in 1997, Justin Miller, assistant band principal at Lincoln High School, is a member of the band. Muchoney said the members came from western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Led by Stephen Baldanzi, director of bands at North Allegheny Intermediate High School, the band rehearses and performs year-round, including stops at Pittsburgh Veterans Hospital.

“Our motto is ‘We bring the band to you,’ and we especially love playing outdoors,” Muchoney said.

The mission of the Allegheny Brass Band, a voluntary ensemble of musicians, is to entertain and educate the public in the instrumentation and style of British-style brass bands, and to encourage a greater appreciation of British brass band traditions and Americans.

The Allegheny Brass Band was formed in 1983, and by 1984 was making music in western Pennsylvania.

“We love playing and can’t wait to have a great time in the square,” Muchoney said.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to Lincoln High School Auditorium.

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