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Peru Low Brass 2009

Yesterday I returned from another great experience in Peru. The 4th version of teh "Peru Low Brass Festival" was a big, big succes.

Again, Carlos Quiroz has organized a GREAT festival this last week. This second version I attended , had more than 120 students for the low brass. I think there were some 90 trombonists and 30 tenor- and bass tuba's.


Besides warm-ups every morning, giving master classes, coaching sections, rehearsing ensemble's we had some nice recitals and concerts with the teachers. We played together in a faculty brass ensemble and played concerts at the Dutch Embassy and at the National Conservatory. 

The students are very eager and they have so many questions. Although my Spanish is getting beter and better I was glad there were some very good English speaking students at hand.

We had a different but again very nice faculty staff with Jorgen van Reijen (Holland), Javi Colomer (Spain), Carol Jarvis (UK- freelance), Pato Consentino (Argentinean Tuba player), Wilson Diaz (Brazil - trombone and euphonium), Carlos Quiroz (Peru and Organizer), Ramon Benitez (jazz trombone and JAZZ EUPHONOIUM), Andy Hunter (US - Jazz trombonist in NYC), and Manolo Delgado (Peruvian tubbiest).


On the last day, the student ensembles played two concerts in the Plaza Major (the large public square) and also at the National Museum. I only joined the Plaza concert which was great fun with a lot of people listening. I had to fly back home in the afternoon so could not be at the second concert!

I have my first pictures ready for the web. They show you some nice moments we had during this great event.
These are the pictures I took with my camera. Not so many about the Festival itself yet but many more will follow when I receive them from my friends.
I hope you will enjoy these!


The arriving day started directly wonderful with a super lunch in a local restaurant. The food was exelent, the company of my friends Carol, Carlos, Javi, Pato and Manolo + the great local guitarrista-cantaor was a super start of the event.


Our 2 sweet hosts, Carlos y Manolo! Gracias para todo mi gran amigo's!!!!


Do I have to say more!


Male power!


Female elegance!!!


It is really very nice to see the interest and great talent of the students during this curso.
They come from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Equador and Peru.

Junto con los chicos del Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Peru con Jorgen y Ben.
In this photo: Fernando, Juan Carlos, Guillermo Tesén, Diego, Jesús, Ben Van Dijk, Jean Pier, Jorgen van Rijen, Jepson, Julio Yale, Luis Paredes (photos), Luis Arroyo 




What a great suprise! Our former Rotterdam Conservatory student, Isaac Sanabria came all the way from Chile to suprise us on the last 3 days. It was so nice to see him and hear his start in his new orchestra in Santiago has been very good. He made already many friends and played some great concerts!


Salute y forza del gran...... Isaac!!! 

Carol and the BigBand she played a concert with!

We had a grerat lunch at the "Rosa Nautica" Great fun and good food!


My good friend, Javi Colomer. A great inspiration to all of us!



Ramon Benitez, amazing jazz euphonium player. He is from Columbia and now lives in Miami playing jazz euphonium and trombone. His style and music certainly have a really hot Latin flavor.
he sounds to me like Arturo Sandoval on euphonium!!


Wilson Diaz, having fun like always. What a great person and what a great player!!!


Carlos and his wife to be, the guapa de Lima, Gloria. What a great couple they make! 

Some shots Carol took of Lima and the Eastern Procession. "Semana Santa". 

Published Apr 13 2009, 11:03 PM
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April 13, 2009 11:47 PM

Rômulo Larico said:


April 14, 2009 3:07 AM

Ramon Benitez said:

Maestro Ben, es para mi un honor el que Usted haya publicado esa foto conmigo y ademas colocar ese grandioso comentario de mi. Yo lo admiro como musico pero lo admiro mas como persona. Dios lo bendiga. Ramon Benitez

April 15, 2009 5:41 AM

halleyn ruiz said:

Hola maestro , espero que se encuentre muy , queria comentarle que me senti muy bien al saber que le gusto mi arreglo del "EL CONDOR PASA" y es para mi un honor que Ud ahora lo tenga y espero lo pueda tocar , reciba mis cordiales saludos su amigo HALLEYN RUIZ

April 16, 2009 3:55 AM

Jepson Julca said:

Maestro Ben, gracias por toda la apoyo que nos ah brindado a todos los chicos de PERÚ que participamos en el Curso PERU LOW BRASS, para nosotros es una gran suerte tenerlo como maestro y mas aun como un gran amigo. Un saludo y un abrazo enorme desde PERÚ...

April 17, 2009 5:19 PM

Martín Herrera Mauad said:

Maestro, thanks for everything you worked with us in Perú. You are a very great player but incredible as a person, thanks for share with us yours experiences us a orchestra´s player, talk about your father and how he taught  you about respect.

I hope to see you next year. Martín Herrera, Universidad de la Serena, Chile.

May 15, 2009 8:11 PM

Fabian Labre said:

Maestro ben, I was just looking for information for the Peru Low Brass 2010, and I found this page, I was the truductor in some of your classes, the guy from Ecuador with a long hair.

I just wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and specially thanks for being as you are,  I learnt a lot about that.

I would have liked to seeing you again in this festival but I hope to see you in other time.

Fabian Labre


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