To get you in a patriotic mood to celebrate the Nation’s birth, one of America’s finest and busiest brass ensembles opens the twenty-ninth season of the Wildflower Music Festival on Saturday, July 2 at 6 pm with a program packed with America’s music. The program is slated to include music by Sousa, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, and more.




To get you in a patriotic mood to celebrate the Nation’s birth, one of America’s finest and busiest brass ensembles opens the twenty-ninth season of the Wildflower Music Festival on Saturday, July 2 at 6 pm with a program packed with America’s music. The program is slated to include music by Sousa, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, and more.

Founded in 1995, Bay Street Brassworks plays music ranging from classical to blues and jazz. They have written original compositions and arranged countless others. The six performers, based in Baltimore, Maryland and Indianapolis, Indiana, consists of Glen Johnson, trumpet, Stuart Smith, trumpet, David Smith, horn, Brian Priebe, trombone, Tom Holtz, tuba, and Greg Herron, percussion.

In addition to its extensive concert activities, Bay Street Brassworks released their first CD in 2002, entitled “Fresh Off The Boat—Folk Music From Around The World,” and their second CD “American Escapades,” in 2006.  These recordings have expanded the reach of the ensemble into homes and schools from Florida to Colorado and from Maryland to Korea. Another CD is to be released early this fall.

Among its numerous awards, the Bay Street Brassworks received the Grand Prize at the New York Brass Conference International Brass Quintet Competition in 2003, and two Career Development grants from the Peabody Conservatory.

See more information about Bay Street Brassworks online at: www.baystreetbrassworks.com.

This Wildflower performance is sponsored by The Dime Bank.

General admission tickets are $22, students 6 to 18 years are $11. There is no charge for children under six.

Upcoming concerts in the Wildflower concert series include: Ed Wise and His New Orleans Jazz Band, Anna Maria Mendieta, the Wildflower Steppingstones Young Artist Concert with Penn State University graduate students (no admission charge), Girl Singers of the Hit Parade, Oh, What a Night (special $32 ticket), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Eaken Piano Trio, and Davis and Dow Jazz Quartet.

The general admission performance begins at 6:00 pm at the Wildflower Amphitheater on the grounds of the beautiful Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, between Hawley and Honesdale, PA. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy the pristine setting. Light beverages will be for sale on the Sanctuary grounds.

In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the air-conditioned auditorium at the Wallenpaupack Area High School.

All performers and programs are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased at the gate the evening of the performance and in advance at www.wildflowermusic.org or by phone, 570-253-5500. For additional information and directions, call (570) 253-5500 (Monday through Friday, 10 to 4, Saturday 10 to 5:30), email music01@ptd.net, or visit online at www.wildflowermusic.org.