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Center Stage Brass is a brass ensemble in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex dedicated to performing brass literature and promoting music education. Founded in 2012 as The Flower Mound Brass Quintet, the group eventually doubled in size to include ten professional musicians. The double-quintet instrumentation of four trumpets, two horns, two trombones, one bass trombone, and one tuba allows the group to perform in numerous combinations, utilizing between three and ten members at a time.
Center Stage Brass gives several recitals each year featuring standards in the repertoire as well as original arrangements and frequently plays in local church services and weddings. The group fervently promotes music education with its members frequently presenting clinics and master classes throughout the metroplex.
"In 2013, I was exposed to the popular fanedit of Star Wars - Episode 1: The Phantom Menace titled The Phantom Edit. Since then, my passion for movies took a creative turn as I became enthralled with how re-editing a film can not only improve a cinematic experience, but it can also create an entirely new experience altogether.
Earlier this year, I joined my friends Ethan and Donna as they launched The Gary Buseytown Massacre podcast. With their help, we launched Feature This as a platform to discuss, critique, review and generally talk about fanediting." -Matt Beezo Beasley
Check it out at featurethispodcast.com.
Krystal Sanders lives and writes in Dallas, Texas. She earned her B.A. in literary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a founding member of the Comet Writers Workshop. She is currently working on a collection of literary short stories. Her fiction has appeared in New Ohio Review (spring 2017) and is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review (fall 2017).
Check her out at krystalsanders.com.
Jessica Dawn has been honing her craft as a performing songwriter and polishing her sound for many years. She wrote her first song when she was only eight years old. Jessica then realized her dream of being a singer/songwriter and continued to write on an old Casio keyboard and even recorded her early material on her Mom’s retro tape player. From piano lessons in her pre-teens to voice lessons and then teaching herself guitar at eighteen, Jessica continued to embrace her love for creating music. After high school, she started performing her original songs in Virginia Beach, VA, where she was born and raised. She consistently performed shows, both solo and with bands that she herself put together, for many years. Then with much hometown success and experience under her belt, Jessica packed everything she owned into her Chevy van with a suitcase full of dreams and made her way to Nashville, the songwriting capital of the world. Since her move to Music City in 2003, Jessica has fearlessly held onto her dream with determination and persistence. She continues to write songs and perform; consistently doing what she loves. Not only does Jessica keep growing as an artist, but her loyal fan base continues to grow as well. Audiences are moved by her unique pop/rock sound and compelling lyrics and are captivated by her passionate performances.
Check her out at jessicadawn.com.