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Houston Brass Band Carries On The Unique Tradition Of British-Style Brass Bands

Music Director Robert Walp talks about his band’s style, sound and upcoming concert.



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Houston Brass Band

Founded in 2000, the Houston Brass Band is an elite group of brass players who perform in the unique tradition and spirit of British-style brass bands, which originated in the 1800s.

The Round Top Festival Institute presents the Houston Brass Band in concert on Saturday, November 14, 3pm at Festival Concert Hall in Round Top, Texas. The lively program features Franz von Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture, Siegfried’s Funeral Music from Wagner's Gotterdammerung, the St. Louis Blues March, plus more classical and light music favorites.

Music Director, Robert Walp, is Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony and a faculty member at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music. In 2006 the Houston Brass Band invited him to coach the cornet section. This led to his conducting several rehearsals, after which he was appointed the band's first Music Director. Mr. Walp has led the band through several milestones and achievements, including a Texas tour and a debut CD released in 2011.

Houston Public Media's Catherine Lu chatted with Robert Walp about the rich sound and history of British-style brass bands, and about the Houston Brass Band's upcoming concert.

Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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