Friday, February 1, 2019

Behind The Scenes: Our First Summer Tour

This past summer, HDIC Productions went on tour with a local brass group, The Plum Brass Quintet.  Now, we use the term "tour" loosely, since it was only around Pittsburgh, but it was at five different venues over the course of about ten weeks between June and August 2018.
The sun sets over a Plum Brass Quintet performance
Our involvement for the summer tour started out with promotional photos for the summer.  It was beautiful evening on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh (where two of the members of the quintet had graduated from), and we set out from Heinz chapel to get the shots.  We went all around some of the iconic locations in Oakland to make promotional shots they wouldn't soon forget.
Plum Brass Quintet poses in front of Heinz Chapel
The first performance was in their hometown of Plum as a kick off for the Plum Library's Summer Reading Program, which had a music theme this year.  They were joined by their friend, Trevor, who filled in for trumpet player Matt.
Plum Brass Quintet performs at Plum Community Library
They then kicked off the season of summer with Make Music Day Pittsburgh at the Forbes Digital Plaza in Oakland.   This day brings about a celebration of music and the summer season, always happening on the summer solstice.  The Plum Brass Quintet was joined by Jenny, who filled in for Matt; Morgan, who filled in for trombone player Jon; and Spencer, who added percussion to the mix.
Make Music Day performers
Shortly thereafter, the brass quintet headlined the first ever Plum Summerfest (A re-branded community day in the borough of Plum).  Despite torrential downpours leading up the outdoor event, the actual concert was dry and ended with fireworks.  The main quintet was around for this concert, and they were again joined by Spencer on the drums and added vocalist Natalie into the performance.
Natalie performs with the Plum Brass Quintet at Plum Summerfest
Returning to the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, The Plum Brass Quintet partnered with the Shadyside Brass, musicians in residence of Heinz Chapel, to create the Summer Brasstacular!  Both groups did an outstanding job and Heinz Chapel made the music sound so much fuller.  It was also the premiere of "Annie's Song" which featured a trombone solo by Donna.
Donna performing her solo in "Annie's Song"
Finally, the end of the summer came back at home for the quintet at the Plum Community Center.  This was a collection of the greatest music from the summer tour and a great way to finish out the summer surrounded by all of the friends and family from their hometown.
Plum Brass Quintet performs in the Plum Community Center
HDIC Productions considers ourselves lucky to be able to have worked with such a fantastic group of young musicians.  We kept this relationship going into the winter months for their Holiday Tour, although we only made it out to about half of their shows instead of all of them.
The Plum Brass Quintet and the Shadyside Brass at Heinz Chapel
Either way, HDIC Productions is looking forward to the next music tour that we get invited on!
The Plum Brass Quintet walks away after a successful summer tour.

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All images © 2018 Allen Howard/HDIC Productions

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