Getting the quintet back together

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By Kirsten Laskey

The members of the Black Mesa Brass go way back. And after a period of separation, Larry Bronisz, trombone; Joe Holland, trumpet; Jan McDonald, trumpet; Jerome Morzinski, tuba; and the newest member, John Hardgreaves, French horn; have gotten the quintet back together. And their first concert will be the Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

“Joe, Jerry, Larry and I have been playing together in some form for (about) 20 years,” McDonald said.

He added Hardgreaves has performed in the group for the last six months.

Recently, “we just recently wanted to re-form the brass quintet,” he said.

“It’s great,” Holland said. “It’s a real delight to play quintets.”

Living in Los Alamos, where everyone knows everyone, allowed for the quintet to form. McDonald said he taught Bronisz in junior high and high school, “So I’ve known him for a long time.”

He added Holland is an ex-band director and “we’ve been friends 20-30 years.”

As for Morzinski, McDonald said he taught most of his kids in school.

Hardgreaves expressed an interest in being a part of the quintet.

“(He’s) a terrific player,” McDonald said, “Really dedicated to the music.”

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