Saint Louis Brass Quintet
"A wonderful ensemble"
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"...a wonderful ensemble, both in the
technical sense and as an atmosphere that emanates from the stage."
"The arrangements were skillfully done. The playing was
"Brass Quintet adds zaniness to its talents. Diverse
material combined with imaginative presentation marked the engaging concert"
"A delightfully varied program and five extraordinary brass
"Best Small Classical Ensemble Award - 1994"
"Brass Quintet wows audience... standing
ovations and shouts of praise"
"The crowd went quadruple bananas"
and Ray Sasaki, trumpets
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Recordings by the Saint Louis Brass Quintet
[SUMMIT RECORDS DCD 284] more info here
Dance Suite No.2 from "Terpsichore"
Music of Italy
Variations on Greensleeves
Dances from the "Pariser Tanzbuch"
COLORS FOR BRASS
[SUMMIT RECORDS DCD 120] more info here
Allegro -- Vivaldi
Gigue -- Fux
Sonata "St. Mark" -- Albinoni
Arioso -- J.S.Bach
Passamezzo Variations -- Scheidt
Dance Suite from Terpsichore -- Praetorius
Sonata in C -- Albinoni
Variations on the Romanesca -- Anon.
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring -- J.S.Bach
Gailliard Battaglia -- Scheidt
CARNIVAL FOR BRASS
|Brief history of the SLBQ:
Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet is one of America's longest standing brass quintets. The group was originally formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play children's concerts around the St. Louis area. Soon though, they had expanded to present full length concerts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Now, forty years and more than 2,500 engagements later, the only original member still in the group -- and the only one who actually lives in St. Louis -- is trombonist Melvyn Jernigan. The other quintet members hold top positions across the United States, and none of them are members of the St. Louis Symphony.
The group now performs three ten day concert tours throughout the United States each year, plus recording and international touring. The SLBQ was featured at the Norway Brass Band Festival in 1994, at a festival in Bombay, India in 1995, and they performed a two-week concert tour in Japan in 1997. In May of 1999 the quintet toured Mexico, and in October of 2001 they toured Germany. June 2003, they were performing in Sweden.
It was out of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet that Summit Brass got its start. In 1985, led by trumpeter David Hickman, who was at that time a member of the quintet, personnel were chosen for this new group. Since its first concerts in 1986, Summit Brass has hosted an annual institute for brass players, performed dozens of concert tours in the United States and Europe, and has recorded ten CDs.
Members of the SLBQ:
Allan Dean, Trumpet -- Professor of Music, Yale School
Ray Sasaki, Trumpet -- Professor of Music, University
of Texas at Austin
Thomas Bacon, Horn -- Soloist and Recording Artist
Melvyn Jernigan, Trombone -- Executive Director, Primo
Daniel Perantoni, Tuba -- Professor of Music, Indiana
Repertoire of the SLBQ:
The Saint Louis Brass Quintet performs the entire
spectrum of great music for brass - from the works of today's composers to Baroque and
Renaissance music transcribed for modern instruments. For many audiences they also offer
lighter fare: popular music of the Americas, jazz arrangements of standards by
Ellington/Strayhorn, Gershwin and Cole Porter, lighthearted pieces for narrator and brass;
and a tongue in cheek survey of the history of the brass instruments. The group also
presents children's programs, master classes and workshops.
How the SLBQ functions:
With each of the members living in different cities in the
U.S., the only time the group gets to rehearse is when they are together on tour. One day
before a tour starts, everyone travels to the city where the first concert will be. There
is one rehearsal that evening, and another on the morning of the first concert. Then the
Statistics of the SLBQ:
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