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The Woman's Club was entertained at our December 2013 luncheon by the combined forces of two different groups: the Altos Brass Quintet, and the Amici Brass Quintet.  A wonderful holiday concert got everyone in the spirit!  

Altos Brass Quintet members include Dave Adams on trumpet, Brian Holmes on French Horn, and John Monroe on trombone. 

Amici Brass Quintet members include Keith Johns on trumpet, John Monroe on trombone, and John Taylor on tuba.

Dave Adams is well known to many of you as a key instrumental music teacher for the Palo Alto Unified School District.  If your kids played in a Palo Alto school band, they were very likely taught by Dave.   In his retirement Dave also arranges music for brass and conducts the Foothill Wind Ensemble.

Keith Johns is the co-owner of the very popular Myriad Music School in San Mateo.  In addition to teaching trumpet at the school, Keith also teaches flying at San Carlos airport.  He assures me he never (well, almost never) plays the trumpet while flying.

Brian Holmes is professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Jose State.  He is a nationally recognized composer of choral works, and is principal horn of the Peninsula Symphony.

John Monroe, husband of Meg, retired from HP eleven years ago to focus on improving his trombone skills.  He’s principal trombone of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra as well as solo euphonium in the Mission Peak Brass Band, a British-style brass band.  And yes, John plays in BOTH quintets.

John Taylor is principal tuba of the Ohlone Wind Orchestra.  John recently retired from a Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, and plays in several groups around the Bay Area, including Brazzissimo, a brass choir, and the California Pops Orchestra.

-Submitted by Leannah Hunt

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