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June 28, 2021

Manhattan Municipal Band featuring José Sibaja, Xan Perkins and Little Apple Barbershop Chorus

Submitted by Alex Wimmer

On Tuesday, June 29, the Manhattan Municipal Band, under the direction of Frank Tracz, will be joined by special guests José Sibaja on trumpet, Xan Perkins on tuba and the Little Apple Barbershop Chorus at its 7:30 p.m. concert.

Sibaja is a highly acclaimed and versatile trumpet player. His career ranges from international appearances as an orchestral soloist with Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, to worldwide tours with Ricky Martin for the Vuelve and Living la Vida Loca tours. Currently, Sibaja plays lead trumpet with the world-renowned Boston Brass and is an associate professor of trumpet for the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

Perkins is a low brass musician and educator in the Greater Kansas City area. After graduating from K-State in 2016 with his bachelor's in tuba performance, he went on to earn a Master of Music in tuba performance from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019. He has performed with the UNC Symphony Orchestra, Bierstadt Brass Quintet and alongside international performers and chamber groups such as the Boston Brass, Tim Buzbee, José Sibaja and Sam Pilafian. After teaching low brass at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, Perkins has been teaching and performing in Kansas City with the Back Alley Brass Band, a New Orleans jazz inspired brass band.

The Little Apple Barbershop Chorus is comprised of acapella singers ranging from students to retired members of the Manhattan area. The chorus has been part of the International Barbershop Harmony Society since 1977 and has been performing all around the state since.

More information, including this season's schedule and special guests, can be found on the Manhattan Municipal Band website. We hope to see you at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park on Tuesday.

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