Brass Quintet Combines Humor with Good Music


STL Brass QuintetCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 23, 2015 — For an evening of fun with brass, come see, hear and enjoy the Saint Louis Brass Quintet Oct. 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Although the members of the Saint Louis Brass look formal when they perform, audiences are pleasantly surprised at the relaxed and informal atmosphere they create.  With extraordinary grace, the ensemble transforms the stuffiness associated with classical chamber music, combining professionalism and showmanship to produce a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience.

The Saint Louis Brass will perform a great variety of selections featuring music from their CD “Pops Music of the Americas” and from several other CDs plus their new DVD.   Especially for this tour, they will present the premier of Joshua Hobbs “Four Times Five.” Commissioned by the quintet in 2015, it was just recently completed.

Also new for this tour is Anthony Plog’s “Aesop’s Fables” with music behind the clever stories.   On the lighter side is a new jazz medley — “Tribute to Pops: Hits of Louis Armstrong,” plus everybody’s favorite “St Louis Blues.” New to the Quintet are the tangos “Adios Nonino” and “Libertango” by the noted Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

More information about the Saint Louis Brass and this concert can be found at

The Quintet brings with it many of the ancestors of the brass family of instruments starting with the animal’s horn and the conch shell to the short trumpet found in King Tut’s tomb and onward into the present.  The group has even found a straight trombone from the 14th century — a time before man had learned to bend the metal.

Since 1964, the Saint Louis Brass has been performing throughout the country and continues to thrive as a top-notch ensemble. Members of the group include trumpet players Allan Dean from Yale University and Ray Sasaki from the University of Texas.  Thomas Bacon is a sought after soloist and clinician.  Melvyn Jernigan, formerly with the Saint Louis Symphony, plays trombone, and the tubist is Indiana University’s Daniel Perantoni.  Several of the members are well known as soloists and clinicians and also perform with Summit Brass.

This concert is presented with generous support from the Missouri Arts Council.


Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at