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DePue Brothers Band will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The DePue Brothers Band encompasses a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock genres. This musically iconic family from Bowling Green, Ohio has been making music together for over 30 years. They were named "Musical Family of America" in 1989 by presidential decree, were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993, and two of the brothers, Jason and Zach, were featured in the film documentary Music from the Inside Out in 2005.

Each of the four DePue brothers is a classical virtuoso in his own right, bringing rich and diverse talents to their sound. The brothers created their first album, Classical Grass in 2003, which sold out of its first printing.  Coming together with Tony Trischka, Mark Cosgrove, Don Liuzzi, and later Mike Munford, and Kevin MacConnell,  the band began performing and recording in 2004. Their band album released in 2010, Weapons of Grass Construction, incorporates a progressive mix of genres and gives a direct nod to their bluegrass tradition and their classical training while adding a deeper infusion of rock and blues.  Hal Real, Founder of World Café Live, says "This band of brothers, and symphonic friends, gives real meaning to the phrase ‘progressive bluegrass,' bending genres while delivering a powerful mix of classical chops, blazing bluegrass, and rock and roll."

Wallace DePue, who is assistant concertmaster of The Philly POPS and has performed as an extra violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, received his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. He served as assistant principle of the Austin Lyric Opera Company from 2000-2006 and as Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Star Wars in Concert Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. In addition to performing, Wallace is the owner of "Concert Instruments" (concertinstruments.com), a highly respected string repair business. He is also the inventor of "Bow Block ®", a unique extension of a stringed instrument that offers an exciting percussive 3rd dimension to aspiring and progressive-minded violinists, violists, cellists, and double bassists in ALL fields of musical genres.

Jason DePue, who plays violin, viola and mandolin, is in his 14th season as a member of the First Violin Section of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Playing violin throughout his life, he attended Encore School for Strings and the Curtis Institute of Music. Throughout his education his principal violin teachers were William de Pasquale, David Cerone, Vasile Beluska, and Boris Brant. In furthering the art of violin playing, he has performed live recitals of the Paganini 24 Caprices as well as the Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin by J.S. Bach. He is formerly the Concertmaster of the New York String Seminar.

Zachary DePue, Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Formerly a first violinist with The Philadelphia Orchestra he is a founding member of the classically trained garage band/trio Time for Three.  
 

The Bradford Era writes….The internationally acclaimed DePue Brothers Band will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in the fourth presentation of the 2022-23 Friends of Good Music performance season.

The concert, “A Magical Grassical Christmas,” is dedicated to the memory and legacy of band member Alex DePue, second-oldest of the four brothers and a talented violinist, who was killed in a car accident earlier this year. For this performance, the band will be joined by vocalist Calesta Day.

Hailing from Bowling Green, Ohio, the DePue Brothers Band founded the term “grassical music” to describe their vivid blend of bluegrass, classical and rock genres, a sound they pioneered in the early 1990s. Each of the brothers is a classical violin virtuoso, and each brings rich and diverse talents to their sound.


Performing with the band is a family affair for brothers Wallace Jr., Jason and Zach, and one they fit into their individual music careers. All members of the band boast impressive credentials.

The brothers have been making music together for almost 40 years. They were named “Musical Family of America” in 1989 by presidential decree, were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary in 1993, and Jason and younger brother Zach were featured in the film documentary “Music From the Inside Out,” which highlighted musicians in The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005.


The late Alex DePue performed on Grammy nominated Steve Vai albums and appeared on Vai’s critically acclaimed concert DVD in 2009.

Their first album, “Classical Grass,” sold out of its first printing. Their next full-band album, “Weapons of Grass Construction,” was released in 2010, and their most recent CD, “When It’s Christmas Time,” came out in 2013. A single, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” was released in 2015. All are available on CD Baby, iTunes, and all online stores affiliated with digital music aggregator TuneCore.

From January through November, DePue Brothers Band concerts are an exhilarating mix of classical, bluegrass, rock and jazz, featuring tunes ranging from Copland to Van Halen. After Thanksgiving, their holiday show, “A Magical Grassical Christmas,” is a seasonal celebration of holiday favorites.

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