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Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble recently 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 for the past several months.
At the Brown Bag program at noon Oct. 3 in Fuller Lodge, Brave New Brass will present a variety of music written or arranged for brass instruments (quintet, trio, duet, and solo) ranging from the Baroque music of the 17th century (Purcell and Bach) to contemporary composers of brass music (Frackenpohl and Ewazen), with some jazz and tangos thrown in for variety.
Members of the group are all Los Alamos musicians, with Jim Beinke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet) and Bruce Warren (trombone).
Beinke received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After teaching band and orchestra in Iowa and Wisconsin for 22 years, he entered seminary. He received his master’s degree and was a pastor in the Philadelphia area and later in Michigan. He had not played the French horn for almost 50 years and took it up again in retirement.
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