For the final concert in its 2008 – 2009 Concert Series, Brass Band of the Western Reserve, musical director Dr Keith M Wilkinson, welcomed Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, as guest soloist. Praised by critics for his “spectacular chops” and “radiant tone”, the capacity audience heard this in abundance during the evening.
Michael demonstrated amazing versatility as he sounded equally at home on piccolo trumpet, Eb trumpet, C trumpet, cornet and flugel horn. Included in Michael’s solos was the Herbert Clarke cornet solo, Maid Of The Mist, in a brass band arrangement specially prepared by Keith Wilkinson for this concert.
Responding to a request to be part of the “entire concert experience”, Michael was featured as the flugel horn soloist in the band’s performance of Gaelforce as well as joining with Chris Lichtler and Marcia Kline from the band in a spectacular performance of Buglers’ Holiday.
The concert was preceded by a Master Class in which one of Michael’s recurring themes was “detailed and thorough preparation”. His performances during the evening fully demonstrated the evidence of following his own advice!