Breathful quintet sure to please

Horn section set to deliver a varied demonstration of brass appeal

Members of the Kootenay Brass Quintet

Members of the Kootenay Brass Quintet

What kind of music can you make with five bells and a whole lot of hot air? Just about any kind! The Kootenay Brass Quintet is thrilled to present its debut performance on Sunday, November 18 at Castlegar United Church as part of the Kootenay Gallery TD Bank Sunday Concert concert series, a musical travelogue spanning several continents and centuries.

The Kootenay Brass Quintet features trumpeters Laurel Ralston and Tim Bullen, hornist Arnie Satanove, trombonist Keith Todd, and tubist Robin Clegg. All five musicians are current members of the Symphony of the Kootenays, but in their respective careers they have performed in a wide range of musical settings – funk, rock, folk, and jazz bands, musical theatre, orchestral and chamber music – bringing a wealth of experience to the group.

The Kootenay Brass Quintet’s upcoming performance will showcase the group’s skill and artistry with great selections written especially for brass quintet – like renowned Canadian composer Howard Cable’s ever-popular ‘A Newfoundland Sketch’ and 17th-century antiphonal pieces by Paul Peuerl – and excellent arrangements of hit Broadway tunes, folk songs, military band standards, and much more.

‘One of the best things about brass instruments is their versatility,’ Robin remarks. ‘They can be loud and flashy or soft and lyrical, sound regal and dignified or raucous and jazzy. Brass instruments have been used for centuries all over the world in art music and folk music. We want to give our audience a taste of what these instruments can do.’

The place and time, once again, are the Castlegar United Church on Merry Creek Road, Sunday November 18th at 1:30 p.m. General Admission is $12 and Kootenay Gallery Members $10. For more information call 250-365-3337 or visit