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A CD of original arrangements of festive holiday music for brass quintet recorded by New Haven's premier brass ensemble, Brass.

"Sounds of the Season" is our most popular concert in the Marble and Brass series, drawing over 200 people every year. The growing success of this concert (which has broken attendance records each of the last 3 years) has prompted us to want to offer a version of the atmosphere we create at this concert that is more portable and somewhat enduring. Thus, after a hiatus of 8 years since our last recording project (the CD Wassail!), we are going back into the studio.

Not a holiday season has gone by since the release of Wassail! in 2005 without people coming to us to tell us that they have been listening to that CD, and that they really enjoy it. It has been fun and a little humbling to know that we have become an ongoing part of people's holiday tradition. But as we look back as a more mature ensemble, we feel that we have a better CD in us, both in terms of the selections of music and in terms of the musical expression.

This CD is not about making money for us: it is about giving a gift to our fans, both those who have been with us and those we have yet to meet. We are putting so much more of ourselves into it, writing new arrangements of these pieces that show off who we are and that are filled with the exuberance we bring to the "Sounds of the Season" concert every year.

We need your help to realize this vision, because it takes resources to create new pieces of music and it takes resources to undertake recording and producing a high quality project. We have streamlined what it will take to produce this project down to its bare minimum: $3000 covers the most basic of production costs, plus the fees for Kickstarter. Our first stretch goal of $3500 would allow us to cover the remaining production costs. The second stretch goal, $4000, would allow us to produce a larger initial run of the CDs. This last is an important dream of ours, because it is hard to free up the capital to produce a second run of CDs. We'd love to have some stock on hand for down the road. Our final stretch goal of $4500 would enable us to pursue additional arrangements and rights so that we can build the best track list possible.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Unforeseen expenses can arise in the process of recording. We have experience dealing with these from our previous work in the studio, and can confidently say that should we reach our Kickstarter goal, we will be able to complete the CD even in such circumstances.

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  • There are 2 reasons. The first is that you should still use Kickstarter to lock in your copy of the project. This is likely going to be the most cost-effective way to get the CD.

    But the second reason is because our stretch goals are important. In order to record a great song like White Christmas, which is not in the public domain, we have to pay a licensing fee for rights. That fee is dependent on the number of copies we're making. As our ideal track list is developing, there are quite a few licenses we need to buy. To keep cost down, we will have to either record fewer copyrighted songs or print fewer CDs (because our upfront license is connected to how many CDs we produce). If we can reach our stretch goal of $4500, we can minimize the impact of such decisions without having to compromise the track list. So your support is still critical!

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    You will receive a copy of Sounds of the Season when it is released and acknowledgement on our website.

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    You will receive a copy of Sounds of the Season signed by all the members of Brass and acknowledgement on our website and in the CD booklet.

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    You will receive a copy of Sounds of the Season signed by all the members of Brass, a limited edition poster signed by Brass, and acknowledgement on our website and in the CD booklet.

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    All the $50 rewards, plus an invitation to a special Brass rehearsal for a behind the scenes look at how we prep music for performance.

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    All the $100 rewards, plus join Brass for dinner after the rehearsal. In addition, you will be allowed to choose any song from our music library for us to play on a future concert. [Brass will choose the concert according to overall programming needs. We will get your choice in as soon as possible.]

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    All the $250 rewards, plus Brass will arrange a song of your choice* for our group. You will be provided with a recording of us performing the new arrangement, and you may choose it as the song you program on the December Sounds of the Season concert. [Brass also reserves the right to ask you to pick a different song if the song chosen will not, in our opinion, work well on our instruments. we want you to have a product you like, not one that sounds weird!]

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