The FCB presents a holiday classic featuring the 95 piece FCB Concert Band under the direction of Damien Crutcher presenting an entertaining array of concert band classics and holiday favorites. The FCB is excited to present a thrilling new composition, Joy Ride! by Michael Markowski. Also appearing - special guest Euphonium soloist, Joe Broom. To round out the afternoon, enjoy a special appearance by the fabulous FCB Big Band, directed by Randy Barber, performing a vibrant collection of jazz standards with a classic big band sound.
The winner of the first-ever Wynton Marsalis Fellowship for summer brass study, Joe Broom exists between the polarities of jazz and classical music with the intent of carving out a new multidimensional sound uninhibited by the often rigid structures used to define both musician and genre. He sees expansion where some see limitation and views the euphonium as an amazing tool for artistic expression. Joe seeks to transform limitation in redefining the sound, style and possibilities for euphonium players.
As a soloist, Joe has performed at the United Kingdom’s Royal Northern College of Music; Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; three Kennedy Center stages - the Concert Hall, Terrace Theater, and Millennium Stage; the United States Air Force Memorial; the historic Mansion at Strathmore; the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Bacon House Mansion; and in Emerson Hall at the International Euphonium Institute Festival, where, in successive years, he won both the High School and Artist solo competitions.
He is a graduate of the academically rigorous Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Virginia, named the 2015 best high school in the United States by Newsweek magazine. Joe now attends the University of Michigan on academic and music merit scholarships. He studies with international euphonium soloist and Besson/Buffet Crampon Ambassador Steven Mead and with Fritz Kaenzig who is an Arthur F. Thorn Professor of Tuba & Euphonium University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is a Performing Artist for Besson Euphoniums.