Factory Seconds Brass Trio will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the AJ Fletcher Recital Hall as a part of the Fletcher Recital Series.
Jack Sutte, trumpet player with Factory Seconds Brass Trio, is also the second trumpet player for the Cleveland Orchestra, and teaches trumpet at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. The trio said it is touring schools to both perform for students and to teach when they can.
“We teach, we’re educators and performers, so we like the brave students who ask questions,” Sutte said. “Those are the conversations we want to be having because it sparks creative questions and creative thinking.”
Sutte wants to create an environment where students are inspired to have fun creatively. He wants students to enjoy each others’ company and their creative works because it is fun, and the trio is creating something that will be unique for students, according to Sutte.
Brass chamber music is more rare than a string quartet or a piano trio, and there are very few brass trios playing their kind of music across the country. While much of the music they will perform has been played before, their chosen pieces are new because the music will be played uniquely by them, according to Sutte.
“We want to be known as a group who has a dynamic sound for this genre, or a compelling approach,” Sutte said. “But (we) also want to bring the feel we develop together as a group into all of our other music.”
Stephen Ivany, assistant professor of trombone and euphonium, wants to pull in performers to the school of music that play the music that their students are actually playing themselves in their major.
“Seeing people living out what we’re all working towards is really powerful,” Ivany said. “But having these world class performers come in, it can be a huge motivational boost for students, and so it’s really important to keep bringing in cutting edge performances.”
Ivany invited this group in because he knew the trio performs with the Cleveland Orchestra, and he knew they would give a good performance. He said he knew each member of the trio to be kind and approachable, which he finds important when choosing which group to expose their students to.
Michael Crane, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said the school of music presens over 100 events per year that the public is invited to. These events range from student, faculty and guest recitals to professional series and ensembles.
“With these performances, there are master classes and workshops and clinics behind the scenes, so all of the artists that are coming are also working directly with music majors,” Crane said. “You can ask the career questions and really dig into, you know, ‘what did you do on your path to get to where you are now’.”
All of these events are brought to ECU to broaden students’ experiences, and to set students on a path of exploration towards music they might not have heard before, but can now for the opportunity cost of time, according to Crane.
“There are amazing things going on on campus, not just in our college, in our school,” Crane said. “Please go take advantage of these things. We’ve got so many things going on, if you could go to every one of those things, that’s several university educations in and of itself.”
Tickets for tonight's performance are $20 when purchased ahead of time on the ECU events page and $25 at the door. Student tickets can be purchased for $10.