From Pachelbel to Led Zeppelin with the Kootenay Brass Quintet

What kind of music can you make with five bells and a whole lot of hot air? Just about any kind!

The Kootenay Brass Quintet.

The Kootenay Brass Quintet.

What kind of music can you make with five bells and a whole lot of hot air? Just about any kind! The Kootenay Brass Quintet is bringing a fun, eclectic program to Fernie – a musical travelogue spanning several continents and centuries.

The Kootenay Brass Quintet features trumpeters Laurel Ralston and Tim Bullen, hornist Arnie Satanove, trombonist Keith Todd, and tubist Robin Clegg. All five musicians are current members of the Symphony of the Kootenays, but in their respective careers they have performed in a wide range of musical settings, including funk, rock, folk, and jazz bands, plus musical theatre, orchestral, and chamber music.

The group’s upcoming performance will showcase the quintet’s skill and artistry with great selections written especially for brass quintet, like renowned Canadian composer Howard Cable’s ever-popular ‘A Newfoundland Sketch’ and 17th-century antiphonal pieces by Paul Peuerl. Not to mention amazing arrangements of hit Broadway tunes, folk songs, military band standards, and much more.

“One of the best things about brass instruments is their versatility,” remarked tubist Robin Clegg. “They can be loud and flashy, or soft and lyrical, sound regal and dignified, or raucous and jazzy. Brass instruments have been used for centuries all over the world in art music and folk music. We want to give our audience a taste of what these instruments can do.”

Come out to The Arts Station Friday night at 8 p.m. to see the Kootenay Brass Quintet. Tickets are available at the door and online at www.kootenaybrassfernie.eventbrite.ca.