Friends of Music Summer Series Concert: Phoenix Chamber Brass

phoenixOnce again, Friends of Music presents their popular Summer Sizzler Series on four Sundays over the summer at 2 p.m. in the Church.

The first concert of the series will be on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the Church, featuring Phoenix Chamber Brass, a brass quintet consisting of Greg Lloyd, trumpet; Donald Smith, trumpet; Rose French, horn; Matt Lennox, trombone; and Jesse Chavez, tuba. Lloyd says, “It can get weird, talking to people about classical music. It’s like people think they have to choose between listening to boring music by stuffy dead people or ultra-modern noise music that will make your ears bleed.” Phoenix Chamber Brass will present some less painful choices that will certainly keep you captivated.

Concerts continue on Sundays July 19 (Titan Valley Warheads), August 16 (Weiss/Soflin percussion/saxophone duo), and September 13 (LoBros, classical/Latin/jazz).

The suggested concert admission is $20 per person. The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. For more information click here or call (520) 222-7277.



Phoenix Chamber Brass members hold many prestigious awards and accolades, performing at international venues large and small. The mission of the Phoenix Chamber Brass is three-fold: to perform a wide diverse repertoire of music that entertains audiences, to collaborate and create new projects with other artist of this generation, and to reach out to the next generation of musicians and artists through educational programs.

Phoenix Chamber Brass uses the diverse background of its member to create engaging concert experiences. Don, Greg, Rose, Matt and Jesse first came together in 2009 and set out on several large projects its first season. These experiences helped the group grow as an ensemble, spending much rehearsal time approaching a new work and style that is new to the brass ensemble. Also, as all of the group members are educators, the launch of two educational endeavors focused on master classes for high school students preparing for AMEA all-state auditions and a week-long summer music camp for chamber music.

Becoming established as one of the premiere chamber ensembles in Arizona, Phoenix Chamber Brass has participated in larger festivals and chamber music series including: The Western Horn Symposium (Las Vegas, NV), Live at the Library Series (Glendale, AZ), Second Sunday Series (Glendale Community College, AZ), Peoria Arts and Culture Festival (AZ); as well as concerts and master classes for high school students in Houston, Texas, and performing at the 45th International Horn Symposium in Memphis, TN.


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