By Dan Walton
The Kootenay Brass Quintet covers everything from classical music to classic rock, and theyll be making their Invermere debut at the Christ Church Trinity on Saturday, June 1st.
Weve all played brass quintet music in university, and its really fun music to play, said trumpeter Laura Ralston. You get to do so much, its very challenging, and its really rewarding music.
The quintet is comprised of Tim Bullen and Laurel Ralston on trumpets, Robin Clegg on tuba, trombonist Keith Todd, and Arnie Satanove with the french horn.
The five musicians met many years ago, all as members of the Symphony of the Kootenays.
After literally years of saying, We should get together and make a quintet, we finally did, Ms. Ralston told The Pioneer.
The musicians will be following an exhausting schedule, as the Invermere performance will mark the bands third of five shows over the weekend. While their two and a half days off from work will mostly be spent travelling and performing throughout the valley, the team cant get enough.
Everybodys really fun, she said. We totally have a blast doing it, and I hope that comes through in our performances.
The member of the Kootenay Brass Quintet come from a variety of musical backgrounds.
Weve all played in funk bands, and weve done classical music with the symphony, and weve all played jazz, said Ms. Ralston. We have a pretty rich musical heritage within the group.
She said the quintet performs everything from reflective music to Led Zeppelins Kashmir.
Its pretty awesome what you can do on trumpet, she said. I had no idea my career would lead me in this direction.
The Kootenay Brass Quintet show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Invermeres Christ Trinity Church located at 110 7th Avenue. Tickets at the door are $15, with a $5 discount for students. Advance tickets can be purchased at Pynelogs and The Book Bar, or by phoning 250-342-4423.