Trombonist and LAHS graduating senior, Jackson Bell, is one of the performers for next Saturday’s Los Alamos Community Winds concert. Courtesy photo
For several months, our community has been without “live” music. The Los Alamos Community Winds will host Spring Back Into Music on Saturday, May 22. At 3:00 p.m. LACW will present a concert at Ashley Pond. The concert will also be live streamed on YouTube. The Los Alamos Flute Choir, Covid Clarinet Quintet, SaxAtomix, Percussionist Stuart Bloom, and LACW director Ted Vives accompanied by pianist Julian Chen will all be performing
The concert will also feature trombonist and LAHS graduating senior, Jackson Bell. Jackson is the recipient of the 2021 Music-Filled Life Scholarship, and will be performing Alexandre Guilmant’s “Morceau Symphonique” accompanied by LACW pianist, Julian Chen.
Jackson is a senior at Los Alamos High School and has played trombone for 7 years in most musical contexts. He participated in the Allstate and Jazz Allstate festivals throughout high school, achieving the top spot for trombone players his senior year. Jackson hopes to continue pursuing a career in trombone performance alongside his music education career. He plans to attend the University of New Mexico in the fall and is beyond excited to carve his path forward.
The Los Alamos Flute Choir is led by Tracey Speyrer and its performers are Heidi Morning, Nina Epperson, Wendy Keffeler, Jo Ann Howell, Ivanna Austell, Carolynn Scherer and Tabitha Kalin.
Stuart Bloom will join the Los Alamos Flutes for a special performance of music for fifes and drums.
SaxAtomix is led by Bryan Fearey. Personnel includes Adolfo Meana, alto saxophone; Sadie Barry, alto saxophone; Joyce Guzik, tenor saxophone; and Wendy Keffeler, baritone saxophone, as well as Fearey himself on both soprano and tenor saxophone.
The Los Alamos Clarinet Choir is made up of Pat Cote, Lori Dauelsberg, Tammie Nelson, and Bryan Fearey on Bb clarinet, and Joyce Guzik on bass clarinet.
The Los Alamos Community Winds have also released a new CD of performances created during the summer of 2020. The CD is entitled “The Social Distancing Sessions – Summer 2020 (Music Recorded in a Safe Environment)” and contains 53 minutes of newly recorded and previously unreleased tracks.
The newly recorded works were all done by having the musicians record their parts individually at home. The separate recordings were then combined via computer software into an ensemble whole.
The end result is a live studio recording that highlights a variety of music. Selections on the CD include several marches by John Philip Sousa, a suite of music by the Beatles, Ralph Vaughan-Williams English Folk Song Suite, and several other tunes. Also included on the CD are several bonus tracks of never-before-released tracks from previous live performances.
Proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to funding the 2022 National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands. The Los Alamos Community Winds are teaming up with the Santa Fe Concert Band and the Albuquerque Concert Band to host this event. The Association of Concert Bands is the umbrella organization that governs community bands and ensembles across the United States and abroad. LACW is honored to have been selected to host this prestigious event.
In addition, LACW will also have the honor of representing the State of New Mexico at the Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Celebration in Honolulu, HI, December 4-8, 2021. Any wind brass or percussion players who would like to participate in this historic event are asked to please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For more information about the Los Alamos Community Winds, this live stream, and the purchase of the new CD, please go to http://www.lacw.org