Marine Brass and Woodwind Quintet Performances

Saturday, December 11, 2010 - 11:00 to 15:00
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

A Marine brass quintet and woodwind quintet from “The President’s Own” will perform concurrently at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. The groups will perform as part of CUA’s High School Honor Band, conducted by John Mitchell, Director of Bands of CUA and DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

The woodwind quintet will perform the first of Gyorgi Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles; several movements from Darius Milhaud’s La chemineé du roi René, Gabriel Pierné’s Pastorale; and the last movement of Paul Hindemith’s Woodwind Quintet. The pieces are woodwind quintet originals and represent a variety of styles and compositional backgrounds.

The woodwind quintet selections are not simply arrangements of pieces for other instrumental combinations. “Most chamber ensembles make use of instruments with more homogeneous sounds, but the woodwind quintet puts together five instruments whose sounds are each very distinctive,” woodwind quintet leader Staff Sergeant Richard Basehore said. “Having, in effect, five soloists sit down to play chamber music presents certain challenges for both composer and player, but woodwind quintet music that is both well-composed and well-performed has a unique and pleasing timbre.”

The brass quintet will perform Samuel Scheidt’s Galliard Battaglia, John Philip Sousa’s march “Semper Fidelis,” and Zack Smith’s arrangement of “Basin Street Blues.” As for the brass performance, “the music is varied and fun to listen to; something for everybody,” group leader Master Sergeant John Abbracciamento said. “The more students hear music that they enjoy, the more they are inclined to want to practice and play.”

Woodwind quintet group members include SSgt Kara Santos on flute, SSgt Richard Basehore on oboe, GySgt William Bernier on clarinet, SSgt Douglas Quinzi on French horn, and MGySgt Roger Kantner on bassoon. Brass quintet group members include MSgt John Abbracciamento and SSgt Brad Weil on trumpet, GySgt Greta Richard on French horn, GySgt Timothy Dugan on trombone, and MSgt Thomas Holtz on tuba.

The educational outreach performances and discussions are free and open to the public and will take place in Catholic University’s John Paul Hall located at 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C. For more information call CUA at (202) 319-5414.