The Eastern Virginia Brass is dedicated to performing the best of the brass repertoire for audiences. Formal recitals, informal family concerts comprise a mainstay of this ensemble's mission. Just as important are the educational concerts performed to the rave reviews of thousands of school age youngsters from Williamsburg to North Carolina.

The members of the Eastern Virginia Brass are
professional musicians and award-winning
music educators who perform and communicate
the best of the brass repertoire.


Robert Ford, trombone; Blake Helander, tuba; Marlene Ford,
horn; Wendell Banyay, trumpet Lawrence Clemens, trumpet.

The Eastern Virginia Brass is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant by the City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Stihl, Inc. to add to the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the world premiere presentation of When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed (Ghost Chorales) by internationally renowned composer, Adolphus Hailstork.

This profound work for brass trio and chorus will be presented April 28, 2014 in the historic Attucks Theater as part of the Virginia Arts Festival. Choruses performing will be the Diehn Chorale, Old Dominion University Choir, directed by Dr. Nancy Klein; the I. Sherman Greene Chorale, directed by Dr. Sheila McDonald Harleston and the Schola Cantorum, led by Agnes Wynne.

An important collaboration of artists and community, individuals or businesses wanting to participate in the support of this project, or to learn more about this moving work that commemorates the Civil War, please contact Marlene Ford at When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed, based on a poem of Walt Whitman, touches students of history and music and the hearts of Americans.

Special projects presented with the assistance of the
City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities.