Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa.
The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations, and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos since 2012.
Members of the group are all local Los Alamos musicians, with Elizabeth Hunke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet), and Bruce Warren (trombone).
As an Applied Mathematician at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Elizabeth Hunke develops and maintains the Los Alamos Sea Ice Model, CICE, which is used in numerous climate modeling centers around the world.
In her spare time she plays horn with several Los Alamos ensembles, and she is active in the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots that provides scholarship opportunities for women and aviation education in the community. Dave Korzekwa is a retired metallurgical engineer. He plays regularly with the Los Alamos Community Winds (LACW) and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.
Dave has lived in Los Alamos for over 30 years and also enjoys repairing and customizing brass instruments. Deniece Korzekwa is a materials engineer in the Nuclear Materials Science group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She plays tuba with the Los Alamos Community Winds, string bass with the Los Alamos Big Band and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. In her spare time she calls square dancing for Mountain Mixers square dance club.
Mandy Marksteiner has been playing the trumpet for over twenty years, has a B.A. in music from Lawrence University and teaches trumpet lessons. She also has a full-service advertising business, is married and has three children. Bruce Warren moved to Los Alamos in 2000, after a career teaching photography.
He spent much of his time in college playing in the Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and various other groups at the University of Denver. After decades of not playing, he picked up the trombone again in 2008 and enjoys playing with the Los Alamos Community Winds, the Los Alamos Big Band, and other musical groups in town.
Our program for the March 1 Brown Bag, 12 noon at Fuller Lodge, has a variety of great brass quintet music, including some nice arrangements of a Beatles tune and a jazz standard, a wonderful tango, compositions for brass by Eric Ewazen and Collier Jones, and more. Bring your lunch and enjoy some music with us.