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  Todd Fiegel Biography Dr. Todd Fiegel Todd Fiegel's passion for the study and performance of film music began as a student at the University of Wisconsin, where he watched way too many movies and played the piano for silent films. His fascination eventually spawned his cartoon-like score for the 1913 Mack Sennett silent film comedy, Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life, which was originally intended to be played only a couple of times but now numbers nearly 200 performances.

Dr. Fiegel's ongoing film music research includes extensive study of the compositions of Bernard Herrmann. His thorough analysis of that composer's landmark score for The Day the Earth Stood Still was the centerpiece of a recent issue of "The Journal of Film Music."

Todd Fiegel's "The Celluloid Brass Show" and its sibling, "The Celluloid Tubas Show," mix his original film music with new arrangements of classic film clips and cartoons, and include often-humorous observation of how music functions within the film to influence the viewer. It is popular with professional ensembles and universities alike and has been warmly received at numerous international conferences.

Besides Altius Brass, performers include Boston Brass, Paragon Brass, members of The U.S. Army Band, The Chestnut Brass Company, and The Denver Brass, who commissioned the arrangement of Bruce Broughton's music for the movie Silverado presented in the show.

Celluloid Brass is also popular in its version for brass band, its first performance with the Utah Premiere Brass being the first-ever documented brass band concert devoted entirely to film with live accompaniment.

Todd Fiegel has been Director of Bands and/or professor of trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Montana, and Idaho State University. He now lives in Salt Lake City and is associate conductor and cornetist with the Utah Premiere Brass.

For further information, please visit the Celluloid Brass website. Todd can be reached at todd@CelluloidBrass.com.