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Holiday album reflects Clarion’s top brass

Fri., Nov. 8, 2013, midnight

This past summer, Clarion Brass decided to crowd-source its newest album. Not only were fans allowed to help pick the record’s name, but they could help decide which tracks to include.

And on Nov. 17, Clarion fans will hear the end result of their voting during a CD release party in which the 13-piece brass ensemble will play the CD live.

We can give you a sneak peek of a couple of the details. The new disc is titled “Reindeer Games,” and it will feature Clarion’s popular version of “Jingle Bells,” which bandleader William Berry calls “the wildest sleigh ride you’ll ever survive.”

The group even recorded an eight-minute documentary, “Seriously Quirky,” about recording the new CD. It’s on YouTube and available via link from the Clarion website,

The CD release party is free and will run from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. There will be a no-host bar. The CD will sell for $18.

Carolyn Lamberson

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