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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.
Dave Korzekwa is a retired metallurgical engineer. He plays regularly with the Los Alamos Community Winds and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra. Korzekwa has lived in Los Alamos for more than 29 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 the Mountain Mixers square dance club.
Marksteiner has played the trumpet for more than 20 years, has a bachelor’s degree in music from Lawrence University and teaches trumpet lessons. She also has a full-service advertising business, is married and has two children.
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 and other musical groups in town.