After 22 years under the baton of co-founder Dr. Ronald W. Holz, The Lexington Brass Band bid Dr. Holz a heartfelt farewell at the conclusion of the 2013 – 2014 concert season, his last as its Music Director. After his retirement from Asbury University in May, he joined his wife, Beatrice, at their new home in Lilburn, Georgia.
Dr. Holz, along with co-founders Vincent DiMartino and Dr. Skip Gray, brought together an ensemble of professional musicians, music educators, and amateur musicians that grew in artistry from its first concert in November 1992 through its current season—having performed at showcase events in the United States such as the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the North American Brass Band Association Championships, the Great American Brass Band Festival, the International Trumpet Guild Conference; and out of country at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (Canada, 2010), and a two-week concert tour of England (2000) culminating in performances at the All-England Masters Brass Band Championships, in Cambridge, U.K., and a radio broadcast program for the BBC.
For those of us who were among the founding members of the Band and have performed throughout the entire history of the ensemble—Dan Brock, John Surgener (cornet), Mike West (alto horn), and Dr. Louis G. Bourgois III (bass trombone), Dr. Holz’s departure is especially bittersweet. We enjoyed twenty-two years of making music with him, in countless hours of rehearsals and too many concerts in too many venues to count, and the thousands of miles we have traveled to bring the magic of our music to thousands of people in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
With fond memories of times past, The Lexington Brass Band looks toward its undiscovered future beginning with its 2014 – 2015 Twenty-Third Concert Season and guest conductors of the Music of the Cinema, Classical Brass, and Celtic Brass concerts. The Band’s musicians and its concert audiences will participate in the selection of a permanent Music Director–Principal Conductor from the guest conductors of those concerts, with the finalist to be announced soon after the April 26, 2015 concert. The annual T’is the Season concert in December 2014 will be conducted by LBB associate conductors, and as always, will be a festive occasion.
We sincerely hope that each of you will join the The Lexington Brass Band in its 23rd concert season as it continues its musical journey.