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Saint Louis Brass performs March 13

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St. Louis Brass is Melvyn Jernigan, Allan Dean, Ray Sasaki, Jeff Nelson and Daniel Perantoni.

Dispelling the myth that its kind of music is aimed solely at classical music lovers, the Saint Louis Brass will present a program of nice variety in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Take two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone, and a tuba - put them in the hands of virtuoso performers - add some lighthearted demonstrations- and you have the Saint Louis Brass. The concert starts as any concert might, but as it moves along the music gets lighter and the Quintet presents the humorous demonstrations for which it is famous.

“We have a lot of fun with the audience,” trombonist Melvyn Jernigan said. “It starts off really kind of straight and then gets lighter as we go along.”

Jernigan is a music educator who performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in addition to his quintet.

The program will feature American composers of both jazz and classical genre.

Humorous demonstrations offered by the quintet have served to enhance their reputation. One such demonstration will focus on the history of the brass instruments all the way from the time of King Tut to the present including the straight trombone and the French horn fashioned from a twelve-foot section of garden hose.

In addition to Melvyn Jernigan, members of the quintet include trumpet soloists Allan Dean and Ray Sasaki, hornist Jeff Nelsen and Daniel Perantoni, tuba.

The Quintet has existed for more than 30 years, presenting hundreds of concerts across this country and in Japan, Germany, India, Norway, Sweden and Mexico.

This is a Center Stage Event made possible by the university’s general education fund. It is free and open to the public.

Wattenbarger Auditorium is in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.