Thread City Brass Quintet

Music for Church Services

When the Thread City Brass is called upon to provide music for special church services, we draw upon our extensive collection of incidental music and custom hymn arrangements to provide an enriching musical experience, enhancing, but not overshadowing the primary purpose of the service.

Although we have ongoing bookings for both Christmas and Easter, there are many other services throughout the year which offer an opportunity to feature brass.

The quintet can provide a self-contained prelude program of diverse music appropriate to the church setting. Typical prelude program length is between fifteen and thirty minutes. In addition, we often perform one or more pieces with organ before, during, and/or after the service. We have a number of off-the-shelf arrangements for brass quintet and organ, as well as custom arrangements unique to the Thread City Brass.

During the service, the Quintet usually plays on the Processional and Recessional hymns, as well as on one or two hymns during the service. We have custom arrangements of many of the more popular hymns, and are generally agreeable to developing new arrangements for hymns. Our arrangements provide full, five-part renditions of the hymn tunes with creative descant verses. These unique and special arrangements add a sparkling dimension to tried and true hymn tunes.

The group has been playing together for church services since the early 1980's. We have considerable experience with many different types of services, and have worked with many organists and choir directors. We are confident that we can provide an enjoyable and positive musical addition to most any religious service.

Sample service prelude and incidental music

Pezel - Three Pieces - Intrade, Sarabande, Bal
Bach - Contrapunctus IX
Hellendaal - March
Dvorak - Songs of Nature
Weelkes - I Love and Have My Love Regarded
Hymn Tunes I: “Land of Rest”, “Going Home”, “Resignation”

Mussorgsky - Promenade
Hymn Tunes II: “Slane”, “St. Patrick Breastplate”, “Nettleton”
Bach Prelude and Fugue in C Major
Mozart - Allegro
Ewald - Adagio from First Symphony
Lemmens - Fanfare
Handel - Selections from “Water Music”

Holst - Lullay My Liking
Vivaldi - Allegro from “Concerto in C for Two Trumpets and Orchestra”
Trad. - Greensleeves
Bach - Now Thank We All Our God
Coventry Carol
Hymn Tune: Hyfrydol


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