Friday, 19 November 2010
The Brass Quintet recently traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, for a weekend tour, which included the Sunday morning service at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. On Monday, the group performed at Faith Christian Community High School in Fenton and conducted a clinic for the band class at Westminster Christian High School in St. Louis.
The quintet is funded by an endowed scholarship and tours once or twice each year, occasionally making day trips to local schools and churches. In past years, the group has traveled to Wisconsin, Indiana, and Canada.
The students were accompanied by director Dr. Ken Austin, professor of music, and Rachel VanOort ’05, who serves that area of the country as an admissions counselor.
“We had a great time promoting not only brass playing and musicianship, but also Trinity Christian College,” said quintet member Carrie Hofland ’11 of Hartley, Iowa. “We had a great time getting to know each other better as well as meeting and fellowshipping with people in the St. Louis area.”
Tour arrangements were made by member Daniel Thayer ’12 of Buchanan, Michigan. “As a group we get to put together our own concert with the music of our choice and plan ‘lessons’ to teach,” said Thayer. “Our group is given time to bond and have fun as well as teach others our love for brass music.”
The other members of the Brass Quintet are Christian Busta ’13 of Palos Park, Illinois; Collette LeMahieu ’11 of Frankfort, Illinois; and Adam Perez ’12 of Racine, Wisconsin.
This was the quintet’s first tour in St. Louis, and they enjoyed a visit to the city’s famed Gateway Arch on Saturday.