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Altos Brass Quintet bring rollicking good music to Angels Camp

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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:30 am

On Sunday, the echo of trumpets, the warmth of the French horn, the bell-like ring of the trombone and the throb of the tuba will fill the Bret Harte Theatre in Angels Camp.

It’s the first Ovations concert of the season, featuring the Altos Brass Quintet. The concert is presented by the Calaveras County Arts Council.

The Altos Brass Quintet was founded in 2010 by a group of professional and semi-professional musicians in the Bay Area. The quintet features David Adams and Rick Leder on trumpets, Brian Holmes on French horn, John Monroe on trombone and John Taylor on tuba.

As a group, Altos Brass Quintet can’t be pigeonholed into any particular style of music; they are comfortable in many genres.

“Everyone of us has played with jazz bands, rock and roll bands and symphonies,” trumpet player David Adams said. “We bring all this experience into our program. All five of us bring different perspectives.”

According to Adams, their program will run the gamut from Sousa marches to a modern classical piece called “Suite From the Monteregian Hills,” based on French Canadian folksongs.

But they won’t leave pop culture-lovers hanging. “When I’m Sixty Four,” by the Beatles, will have audience members humming along. Arranged by French horn player Jeff Holmes, it doesn’t stray far from the original.

“We try to stay as close to the original version as we can,” Adams said. “We try to pick things that audience can relate to, but also things that are different.”

They plan to finish the show with the theme from “The Magnificent Seven.” The crashingly brilliant music will make you want to get on a horse and chase bad guys.

“Yes, it’s from the movie,” Adams said. “It’s good flashy stuff.”

Altos Brass Quintet is part of the Ovations 2018 Performing Arts Series, a concert series presented by the Calaveras County Arts Council. The 36-year old non-profit organization is partially funded by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

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