The Forge

 Thursday, June 21, 2018 
Hoover Auditorium

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The Forge is a cutting-edge brass and percussion band aiming to bring a new and unique voice to the classic sound of brass music. Their shows are described as "Epic Tunes Recast in Brass."

The group creates their music by blending these classic instruments with styles from a variety of periods, composers and artists. With the addition of electric guitar effects, this combination, written into custom musical arrangements, creates an entertaining and jaw-dropping display of technical and musical feats.

The band’s repertoire includes music from classic artists such as Led Zeppelin, Queen and Pink Floyd, as well as modern performers like Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons and more. They also bring a bit of traditional brass music to their shows with classical music, Broadway hits, Hollywood scores and patriotic anthems.

Larry Powell (trumpet, flugel and guitar effects) is the founder and director of the group. Born and raised outside of Lexington, Ky., Powell studied trumpet at the University of Kentucky before marching as the lead soprano with the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps.

After a period of service with the U.S. Air Force, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Indianapolis and later a master’s degree in trumpet performance from Butler University.

He's currently principal trumpet with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, the Marion Philharmonic and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Golando (trumpet and flugel) is currently the second trumpet and personnel manager with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and frequently performs with other regional orchestras in Indiana. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Murray State University and a master’s degree in trumpet pedagogy and jazz education from the University of North Texas.

Lexie Signor (trumpet, flugel and vocals) is a native of Northern Michigan and holds degrees in music education, trumpet performance, jazz performance and pedagogy.

She's worked with well-known artists such as Keith Urban and Wayne Newton and is currently the lead trumpet for Toy Factory, one of the top R&B acts in the Indianapolis regional scene.

Caleb Katchan (trombone) completed his Bachelor of Music at Oklahoma State University and recently earned his master’s degree in trombone performance from Indiana University. Although he's classically trained, he enjoys playing in a variety of musical settings.

His accolades are many, including being featured with the Indiana University Historical Performance Institute on National Public Radio and Public Radio International.

Chaz Rhodes (trombone) earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Indianapolis studying jazz and classical trombone. He’s currently a freelancer, teacher, performer and recording artist and also enjoys transcribing and arranging music. Rhodes is a regular band member of Pork and Beans Brass Band.

Evan Conroy (bass trombone) is currently the bass trombonist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 2011. He's an in-demand orchestra artist, a successful solo competitor and a frequent festival performer.

Conroy earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his master’s degree at the Julliard School and Louisiana State University. He's currently pursuing a doctorate in trombone performance.

Last but not east, Mack LaMont (percussion) holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance with concentrations in music composition and music recording from the University of Indianapolis, a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in music composition at the University of Cincinnati.

In addition to his focus on composition, he leads an active career as a performer, educator and owner/operator of a small recording company.

Admission & Parking
Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

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