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LAAC Features Black Mesa Brass Quintet During Brown Bag Show At Fuller Lodge Noon Wednesday

on August 30, 2019 - 6:04pm
The Black Mesa Brass Quintet performs noon Wednesday at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photo
 
LAAC News:
 
Los Alamos Arts Council will have the second performance in its noontime Brown Bag Series Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
 
The performance will feature The Black Mesa Brass Quintet. The Black Mesa Brass Quintet was formed in 1990 and still has three of the original five members. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of classical, modern, pop and jazz tunes.
 
They play a variety of venues, including concerts, educational performances at schools, weddings and other special occasions. Their collective musical experience is on the order of 240 years.
 
The members of the Group include: Jan McDonald, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Bronisz, Dr. Bruce Letillier and Carl Wilde.
 
McDonald has been a mainstay of the Los Alamos music scene for decades. He is recognized nationally as an accomplished trumpet player and educator. He performs with many professional groups in New Mexico, and is the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award and the Outstanding New Mexico Jazz Educator Award.  
 
Morzinski ended his 20-year Navy pilot career with a tour at Annapolis, where he played with Navy musicians from the Washington DC area in large- and small-group ensembles. He organizes brass ensembles, arranges music, and directs the adult choir at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. 
 
Bronisz started his musical studies in the Los Alamos schools on cello, switched to trombone in fourth grade and started taking lessons from McDonald in sixth grade. He enjoys classical and jazz genres, has started playing cello again, and has taken up trumpet in the last few years.
 
Letellier earned degrees in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University before moving to Los Alamos. An avid volunteer with the high school drama department, he performs regularly with numerous ensembles in northern New Mexico.
 
Wilde has played horn for 23 years.  Having studied music performance in college, he now participates in several northern New Mexico ensembles purely for enjoyment.
 
The Brown Bag Performance series is made possible by members of the Los Alamos Arts Council, the County of Los Alamos, and contributions from the audience. The organizations thanks Dr. Donald Dudziak, who made a contribution in loving memory of his wife, Judy Dudziak. Judy was an accomplished musician and a strong supporter of music and arts in the community. She served on the LAAC board in 1972. Thank you!
 
For more information about LAAC, visit  www.losalamosartscouncil.org or call 505.663.0477.

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