Altoona Brass to make Johnstown debut

Courtesy photo The Altoona Brass Collective is made up of businesspeople in various central Pennsylvania school districts; all with a love of brass instruments.

JOHNSTOWN – The Altoona Brass Collective, a brass ensemble formed in 2017 by central Pennsylvania musicians, will make its first appearance in Johnstown at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Grand Halle on Broad Street, 306 Broad St., Johnstown. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Members of the Collective have strong local ties, having received their training through music programs at Clarion, Duquesne, The Pennsylvania State and Slippery Rock universities, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Now these professionals serve as educators and businesspeople within the school districts of Altoona, Bedford, Bellwood, Bishop Guilfoyle, Dubois, Hollidaysburg, Portage and Holy Trinity.

What makes them the Collective is their shared love of brass instruments, quality music and live performances. Their common goal is to bring live music to central Pennsylvania. All of the Collective’s repertoire of patriotic, popular and traditional music has been arranged specifically for the ensemble and in addition to performing as a full brass band, members also will play in smaller quartet and quintet formats.

“I’m proud to debut this ensemble for the Johnstown community,” said Kim Rauch, program director for The Grand Halle. “The acoustics of the Grand Halle will indeed complement the sonorous tones of this fine brass ensemble.”

Supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, concert tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at and also will be available at the door.

For more information, call 536-7986 or email

The Grand Halle on Broad Street is located at the corner of Broad and Third Avenue, in the Cambria City Cultural District of Johnstown.