Two local brass ensembles, the Turtleback Brass and the Salish Brass, are combining forces to perform a variety of music for the Brown Bag Concert on Wednesday, August 21, at noon in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Originally formed in 2011, the Turtleback Brass has changed membership over time but maintains original members Steve Alboucq, Craig Canine and Dimitri Stankevich. The more recent additions, Don Breazeal and Matt Jenson, came aboard early last year. The quintet has performed at a number of fundraisers, as well as performing with the Orcas Choral Society and in Martin Lund’s 2018 One World Concert.
The Salish Brass – Ginni Keith, Oliver Groenewald, Don Breazeal and Molly Johnson – was formed as a trio in 2014, and has performed at Brown Bag concerts and fundrasiers on Orcas and Lopez. Last fall the group recruited trumpeter Groenewald, a composer and arranger. Since then they have been exploring the brass quartet repertorie; this is their debut performance as a quartet.
In the program each group will perform several pieces, followed by the combined groups presenting some antiphonal brass choir pieces. They will play pieces ranging from Renaissance canzonas to 20th-century jazz standards.
The music committee appreciates donations to help fund the Virgil Cleveland Memorial Scholarship program that gives scholarships to Orcas music students to attend music camp.