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The Los Alamos Arts Council kicks off its 2014 Brown Bag Performance Series with the Black Mesa Brass Quintet, noon Jan. 8 in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge.
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. Jan McDonald, John Hargreaves, Jerry Morzinski, Larry Bronisz, and Bruce Letellier make up the quintet. Their collective musical experience is on the order of 240 years.
McDonald received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degrees in music education and pursued graduate studies at Indiana State University and Boston University. He is the musical director of the Los Alamos Big Band, founder of the Black Mesa Jazz Quintet, and directed the Los Alamos High School band for almost 30 years. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award and the Outstanding New Mexico Jazz Educator Award. He performs with many professional groups, frequently as a soloist, including the Southwest Jazz Orchestra, Pro Musica Orchestra and the Santa Fe Symphony.
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