U.S. Coast Guard Brass Quintet ROCKS Cleveland: Five stars provide a 5-STAR performance

>The U.S. Coast Guard Brass Quintet visited the Cleveland area on March 17, 2010. Their visit was in support of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium Opening Nights Festival.

The Brass Quintet began their day with a promotional feature on the WKYC-TV Morning News Show. The quintet was able to overcome the 5 a.m. arrival time to provide a stellar performance to people waking up to WKYC’s news. The quintet remained at the WKYC-TV studios, through the morning, to perform, again, on the feature show Good Company.

The quintet attempted to get some rest prior to their Cleveland Museum of Art performance, but experienced some issues due to the proximity of their hotel to the 143rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cleveland. The parade, which is one of the largest in the United States, lasted two hours, included more than 10,000 participants, and drew a crowd of more than 200,000.

The crowd at the Gartner Auditorium was slightly smaller, but just as festive.

Approximately 250 people filled the newly-renovated auditorium to see the New London, Conn.-based quintet perform. Their opening performance was followed by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

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U.S. Coast Guard Brass Quintet performs in a variety of capacities, augmenting the scope of the full U.S. Coast Guard Band. The quintet performs repertoire ranging from classic brass literature to marches and popular genres. As one of the busiest small ensembles in the Coast Guard Band, the quintet travels extensively during the year, often performing when the full Coast Guard Band is not available.

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