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Pairing the holidays with brass

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By Kirsten Laskey

During this particular time of year, with its many holidays, it seems required that music be played to fully celebrate all the festivities.

For one particular holiday, Christmas, the sound of brass instruments might be the perfect way to fulfill this requirement.

Therefore, the community is invited to attend a free brass concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Jerry Morzinski, who has organized and performed in the concert for the past seven years, said the program will feature sacred and secular music such as “Joy to the World,” “March of the Toys” and “Jingle Bells.”

Morziniski, who plays tuba, will perform with nine other brass players. He explained having played in the Los Alamos Big Band, Santa Fe Jazz Band and a brass quintet, allows him to know good brass players.

And while the performers have changed year to year, the concert has been regularly held for seven years, three of which have been held at the Catholic Church.

Morziniski said when the concert was first held, there were four players and the concert venues were smaller.

“I would get lots of comments from people afterwards … (they would say) ‘You ought to think of doing something bigger,’” he said.

As a result, Morziniski said he spoke to the pastor at the Catholic Church, which he is a member of and asked if he could hold the concert there.

Everyone is encouraged to come to the concert because, “I, and I think everybody else playing, really enjoys playing music first and this time of year really cries out to play Christmas music,” he said.

Plus, “brass and Christmas music go together,” Morziniski added. “It will be, I think, a good way to get back from Christmas shopping and carding writing and listen to some nice, low brass sound and get into the Christmas spirit.”