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Saint Louis Brass Performing Friday at SWOSU

Dispelling the myth that its kind of music is aimed solely at classical music lovers, the Saint Louis Brass will present a program of nice variety when it appears at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford this Friday, October 25.

The concert is part of SWOSU Homecoming activities. The concert is at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free.

Take two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone, and a tuba - put them in the hands of virtuoso performers - add some lighthearted demonstrations- and you have the Saint Louis Brass.  The concert starts as any concert might, but as it moves along the music gets lighter and the Quintet presents the humorous demonstrations for which it is famous. 

"We have a lot of fun with the audience,” said trombonist Melvyn Jernigan, a music educator who performs with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in addition to his quintet.  "It starts off really kind of straight and then gets lighter as we go along.”

The program will feature American composers of both jazz and classical genre.  The Quintet has commissioned two jazz oriented arrangements -  an arrangement of Louis Armstrong favorites together with three commissions from past years.   Allan Dean has written many of the arrangements including some songs and music of the Renaissance plus Libertango by the Argentinian Astor Piazzolla.  A popular favorite is “Animal Ditties” by Anthony Plog, in which the brass music is used to accompany the clever Ogden Nash poems about animals.

Humorous demonstrations offered by the quintet have served to enhance their reputation as an extraordinary musical group. One such demonstration will focus on the history of the brass instruments all the way from the time of King Tut to the present including the straight trombone and the French horn fashioned from a twelve-foot section of garden hose.

In addition to Jernigan, members of the quintet include trumpet soloists Allan Dean and Miki Sasaki, hornist Victoria Knudtson and tuba player Daniel Perantoni.

The Quintet has existed for more than 30 years, presenting hundreds of concerts across this country and in Japan, Germany, India, Norway, Sweden and Mexico.