I'm a freelance euphonium and trombone player out of Mankato, MN. I regularly play with several area groups including: Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Powerhouse, Schell's Hobo Band, Mostly Conical Brass Quartet, Bass Brand Brass Band, Echos, Original German Band, MN River Valley Wind Ensemble, Mankato Area Community Band, Lake Crystal Community Band, MN State University Theatre Pit Orchestra, and many more.
I'm also a composer and arranger of brass and band music, having done dozens of arrangements and original works for brass ensembles, concert bands and rock band horn charts. I also give lessons to low brass students and am an adjunct instructor at Bethany Lutheran College.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 15 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
I am an excellent, professional musician.
I try to communicate accurately and quickly. After all, I usually want the gig!
I am able to sightread music with ease.
I have played with many different people and in many different situations so I am just as good a follower as a leader.
When working with other musicians, I am sensitive to what else is going on and am able to blend or come through the musical texture.
Sarah Houle is a Euphonium and Trombone player originally from Stacy, Minnesota. She came to Mankato in the fall of 1999 to attend college at Minnesota State University, Mankato and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music in Euphonium and Trombone Performance. Throughout high school and college, she has studied under several different instructors including Lee Dummer, Stewart Ross, Gerard Aloisio, Charles Dodson, and Paul Budde.
Sarah tries to play any chance she gets and is a regular with a number of area groups such as the Mankato Symphony, Mankato Area Community Band, Bass Brand Brass Band, Echos, Schell’s Hobo Band, Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble, Minnesota River Valley Trombone Choir, and the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Theater Pit Orchestra. Other ensembles she has played with include the Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps, Lake Crystal Community Band, Amboy Band, Minnesota Valley Faculty Brass Quintet, Southern Minnesota Big Band, Tremendous Blast, and the New Ulm German Band. She especially loves the challenge of playing in a live pit orchestra and has played for more than fifteen different shows, including a four month national tour of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.
Sarah has had the privilege of soloing with her own high school band, regularly at United Church of Christ, MSU’s Concert Wind Ensemble, and each year with the Mankato Area Community Band. In 2008, at the Drum Corps Associates finals in Rochester, New York, Sarah won first place baritone soloist in the Instrumental Solo and Ensemble competition by playing her own virtuosic arrangement on the themes of Star Wars.
Among other things, Sarah enjoys writing and arranging music, especially for Bass Brand Brass Band, a group which she co-founded when she was in college. She also gives private lessons on euphonium, trombone, and tuba. She equally enjoys helping enthusiastic beginners learn new things to teaching more advanced students on the subtleties of musical interpretation. She is also a long-time employee at the Music Mart in Mankato.
The Bass Brand Brass Band (Leader/Trombone) 2005-2006, 2008-Current
Mankato Tuba Quartet (Euphonium) 2005
Mankato Symphony Orchestra (Trombone/Euphonium) 2003-2005, 2007-Current
Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps (Baritone) 2000-2003
Pit Orchestra Experience:
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes National Tour (Windwood Theatricals) 2006
Man of La Mancha (MSU Mainstage Season) Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Oct. 6-9 and 13-16, 2005
Anything Goes (Montgomery Community Theater) Jul. 15-17 and 22-24, 2005
Will Rogers Follies (MSU Mainstage Season) Apr. 14-17 and 21-24, 2005
Cabaret (MSU Mainstage Season) Apr. 8-11 and 15-18, 2004
Kiss Me, Kate (MSU Mainstage Season) Sept. 25-28, Oct 2-5 and 9-12, 2003
Annie (Forest Lake Theater Spring Season) 1999
Additional Booking Notes
This is usually nothing.
Past Booked Events
|October 28, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Powerhouse at St. James Opera Gala|
|October 21, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Original Music Recital|
|October 20, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Original Music Recital|
|July 22, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Powerhouse at Blues on Belgrade|
|July 21, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Powerhouse at Watonwan County Fair|
|July 08, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Powerhouse at Farm & Country Days New Richland|
|July 07, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Powerhouse at North Mankato Fun Days|
|July 04, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Mankato Symphony Orchestra Fireworks Concert|
|June 17, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding with Powerhouse|
|May 07, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Mankato Symphony Orchestra Concert|
|May 05, 2017 • 8:00am - 2:00pm||Mankato Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts|
|April 08, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Mankato Symphony Orchestra Concert|
|April 02, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Concert|
|March 12, 2017 • 9:30am - 10:30am||United Church of Christ Service|
|March 10, 2017–March 11, 2017 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Powerhouse at Mully's|
|February 19, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Mankato Symphony Orchestra Concert|
|February 12, 2017 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble Concert|
|December 25, 2016 • 10:00am - 12:00pm||Christmas Day Service|
|December 24, 2016 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Christmas Eve Service|
|December 22, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Original German Band Concert|
|December 18, 2016 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Mankato Symphony Orchestra Big Band Candy Cane Concert|
|December 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||3M Holiday Party with Powerhouse|
Solo Trombone Repertoire (unaccompanied):
"After You've Gone" by Creamer, arr. Houle
"Besame Mucho" by Velasquez, arr. Houle
"Blue Bossa" by Dorham, arr. Houle
"Christmastime is Here" by Guaraldi, arr. Houle
"Fantasy for Trombone" by Malcolm Arnold
"Fly Me to the Moon" by Howard, arr. Houle
"Footprints" by Shorter, arr. Houle
"It's Only a Paper Moon" by Arlen, arr. Houle
"St. Thomas" by Rollins, arr. Houle
Solo Euphonium Repertoire (unaccompanied):
"Canon in D" by Pachelbel, arr. Houle
"Hallelujah" by Cohen, arr. Houle
"Via Dolorosa" by Patti, arr. Houle
Solos with Ensemble:
"Beautiful Colorado" - Joseph DeLuca - Solo Euphonium and Concert Band
"Carnival of Venice" by Arban - Solo Euphonium and Concert Band
"Rhapsody" - James Curnow - Solo Euphonium and Concert Band
"Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" - Simone Mantia - Solo Euphonium and Concert Band
"Jupiter" Edwin Franko Goldman - Solo Euphonium and Concert Band
"Morceau Symphonique" - Alexandre Guilmant - Solo Trombone and Concert Band
"In a Gentle Rain" - Solo Euphonium and Concert Band
"The Yellow Rose of Texas" - Solo Euphonium and Concert Band
|Sarah Houle||Euphonium and Trombone|
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