• John Marchiando

RMBI, Day 1. The Man.

This year’s RMBI is bittersweet for the Summit Brass family as, in case you haven’t heard, Dave Hickman is retiring from performing. This means that the Summit Brass concert on Saturday will be Dave’s final concert.

The word ‘family’ is an appropriate term to describe how those of us who have played with Summit Brass feel about each other. And now, we are losing our patriarch. Dave will still be the Executive Director and Chair of the Summit Brass board, but to not have him sitting in the trumpet section is unimaginable.

Of course, the RMBI staff is making a big deal about Dave’s departure, and has created several nice tributes to him throughout the week. Members, past and present, of the Summit Brass family said thank you by secretly commissioning Anthony Plog to compose a new work for brass choir called, “Ascend the Summit”, which will be premiered at the concert on Saturday. It was presented to Dave at the orientation on Day 1 of the RMBI on Sunday night.

Thank you, Dave, for all you’ve done for the brass community throughout the years. Has anyone earned a more deserved retirement than you? I think not.

It is an honor to be a protégé, a colleague, and, most importantly, a friend to this man. I can never suitably thank him for all he has done for me. All my best to an incredible musician, teacher, and innovator. There won’t another like him for quite some time.


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