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0000017b-f971-ddf0-a17b-fd73f3be0000For 25 years, KPBX Kids' Concerts have brought different genres of music and performances to generations of children. These family concerts are at the heart of the station's mission to provide music awareness and entertainment to our listening region, which compliments our on-air programming.Eight free one-hour concerts are held throughout the year at rotating venues. At each concert, attendees may be treated to a mix of music and historical information. Each KPBX Kids' Concert highlights a musical style. Past concerts have featured classical, jazz, big band, folk, bluegrass, latin, calypso, reggae, klezmer, rockabilly, and lots more.ALL KPBX KIDS' CONCERTS ARE FREE.

KPBX Kids' Concert: Spokane British Brass Band

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Spokane Public Radio began to celebrate 36 years with a special KPBX Kids’ Concert featuring the Spokane British Brass Band on January 16. The hour-long, free concert took place at 1 p.m. in the Bing Crosby Theater, Downtown Spokane. Celebrating the birthday of SPR’s first station, KPBX, and the move to Fire Station No. 3, this Kids’ Concert embraced the glorious, vibrant, and exuberant soundscape of the large brass ensemble.

The Spokane British Brass Band was led by director Chris Grant, who is a percussionist, composer, and music educator. He took over the group in October 2015, preparing 45 major concerts for this year alone.

The British began forming bands of 30 brass instruments as an after-work activity during the mid-nineteenth century. It didn’t take long, however, for this recreational activity to turn competitive. British Band Championships are akin to the Super Bowl for football fanatics in the United States. A typical British brass band includes cornets, flugel horns, tenor horns, baritones, euphoniums, tenor and bass trombones, and tubas as well as a few percussion parts.

Spokane musician Michael Warner founded the group in 1995 after an eye-opening trip to Britain, during which he discovered the sound of the British Brass Band. He returned home to Spokane and sought to recreate what he saw with some of the best brass players in Eastern Washington.

At the free KPBX Kids' Concert, the Spokane British Brass Band played a variety of familiar horn music, including Frosty the Snowman and the Star Wars Imperial March. SPR’s Chief Engineer, Jerry Olson, is a tubist in the SBBB, highlighting once again the special connection SPR has with the Spokane music community.

The Winter KPBX Kids' Concerts are free thanks to event donors Harvard Park Children's Learning Center North, Numerica Credit Union, and Rocket Bakery.

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