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Music for all: Strings, Winds & Brass back at Sheldon

Steve Hornstein, also known as Shagawa Shorty, will perform on April 7 at the Sheldon Theatre as part of the Strings, Winds and Brass variety showcase. 1 / 3
Brass Scrap Jamboree is a brass sextet that plays classical music. Isabel Collins, second from right, will play the trumpet in another band as well during the Strings, Winds & Brass variety showcase on April 7 at the Sheldon Theatre. Collins will cover a Billy Joel song with the band Fish House Punch. 2 / 3
Zoe Preuss (left) and Liz Raner will perform at the Strings, Winds & Brass variety showcase on April 7 at the Sheldon Theatre playing their clarinet and flute. 3 / 3

Sounds and songs from all over the world will fill the Sheldon Theatre on April 7 during the Strings, Winds & Brass variety showcase.

The annual event gives students from Southeast Technical College an opportunity to showcase their musical abilities.

Isabel Collins will be playing the trumpet in two bands, Fish House Punch and Brass Scrap Jamboree. The Oakdale, Minn., resident said she was excited about the opportunity of playing the trumpet in these uniquely different bands, an instrument she learned when she was in middle school.

Fish House Punch will be covering the Billy Joel song "Movin' Out," with a classic rock feel. However, Brass Scrap Jamboree will perform a more classical sound, playing an "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Collins, who played a celtic drum called the bodhrán in last year's showcase, has already completed the Guitar, Repair and Building course and now is taking Band Instrument Repair. Next year, Collins plans to take Violin Repair as well, completing all three repair programs offered at the college.

Initially, Collins chose to take the year-long guitar repair course first because it was the least interesting class in her mind. However, Collins' mind quickly changed, enjoying the intricacies of the instrument that she built.

"I kind of discovered that I really enjoy woodworking," Collins said. "So I kind of want to get into the hand tools and woodworking, that's why I'm deciding to do violin."

After finishing her repair programs, Collins said she hopes to be a instrument repair technician, focusing on a variety of instruments.

At the showcase, Collins said she looks forward to watching Adam Trostle most of all. Trostle will be performing a clog dance with a jump rope.

Other performances will include a traditional jazz band, an old-time string band, a woodwind quintet and more.

Advance tickets are on sale at the Sheldon Theatre box office or online at Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m., with doors to the theatre opening 30 minutes prior.

All proceeds from the show will go into scholarship funds to the Minnesota State College Southeast Foundation.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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