SHERBURN - Most people who play an instrument in high school band hang it up after graduation, but Martin County West band director Nickole Bowie hopes the Copper Street Brass band can show students just how musically versatile some instruments can be.
"I hope they take from this a better understanding of brass instruments," Bowie said. "You can go far; it's not something that you have to stop after high school."
Bowie was contacted by the brass quintet last year, and together they applied for a grant through the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Along with performing together, the group does many student programs, such as the upcoming two-day residency at Martin County West on Monday and Tuesday. During these sessions, the groups speak to the band classes about many topics, ranging from how to perform better as young musicians, how a professional music group works, and how to keep a life in music beyond high school.
"The group will be working with our fifth-and sixth-grade bands, our seventh- and eighth-grade band and our high school band," Bowie said. "Then the group will perform a concert at the Sherburn Theater on Tuesday evening."
By performing their "Evolution in Concert," the traveling group not only delivers an educational piece to students but also gets the community involved.
"They play all different types of music - classical, jazz and rock," Bowie said.
Information from the band's Web site, copperstreetbrass.com, says the group features music from Mozart, to Dave Brubeck, to Billy Joel and Guns N Roses.
"The kids are super-excited," Bowie said of the upcoming visit. "We try to bring in different groups annually. Last year was an Indian band, and they really liked that. This year it's brass and they're interested in hearing another group perform ... I'm excited to see what the students come out with from this experience and what they learn."
The Tuesday evening concert is at 7 p.m. at the Sherburn Theater. Tickets are $5.