Two local brass ensembles in concert

  • Fri Aug 10th, 2018 1:30am
  • Life

The Turtleback Brass and the Salish Brass are combining forces to perform a variety of music at the Brown Bag Concert on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at noon in the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish.

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, came aboard early last year after working with Steve and Craig in the orchestra for the local production of Spamalot. The quintet has performed at several fundraisers as well as performing with the Orcas Choral Society and in Martin Lund’s 2018 One World Concert.

The Salish Brass (Ginni Keith, Don Breazeal, and Molly Johnson) was formed as a trio in 2014 and has performed at brown bag concerts and fundraisers on Orcas and Lopez Islands. Last fall the group recruited trumpeter Oliver Groenewald, who is also a well-known composer and arranger. Since then they have been exploring the brass quartet repertoire; this is their debut performance as a quartet.

Each group will perform two or three pieces, followed by the combined groups presenting some antiphonal brass choir pieces. The program will include a variety of pieces that demonstrate the range of musical genres that can be spanned by brass ensembles.

Donations are appreciated to fund the Virgil Cleveland Memorial Scholarship program to help local music students attend music camp.