Lake City Brass Quintet members are (clockwise from upper left) Lorelei Conrad, Ray Conrad, Daniel Katzen, Kelly Thomas and Rob Boone.
Lake City Brass Quintet members are (clockwise from upper left) Lorelei Conrad, Ray Conrad, Daniel Katzen, Kelly Thomas and Rob Boone.

The Lake City Brass Quintet bills itself as “probably the newest brass quintet in the world,” having begun life on Aug. 2 of this year. But the members are all experienced chamber music professionals familiar with the give-and-take nature of small group performances.

The ensemble will make its Tucson debut Tuesday (Aug. 20) with a midday concert at the Arizona Senior Academy, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“Standard historical repertoire and more-familiar jazz and other popular mediums are staples for brass quintets,” said Daniel Katzen, the group’s horn player. Another member, requesting anonymity, added: “Think of it as an opportunity to share musical ideas directly with other musicians, bypassing the ‘chain of command’ of a conductor or large ensemble.”

The quintet formed itself when supporters of the UA School of Music’s Music Advisory Board invited UA brass faculty and friends to play at a chamber music summer festival in Lake City, Colo., midway from Durango, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. Five days later, on Aug. 7, they gave their first performance and named their group after the city where they came together.

The performers are Ray Conrad, trumpet; Lorelei Conrad, trumpet; Daniel Katzen, horn; Rob Boone, trombone; and Kelly Thomas, tuba and euphonium.

Ray Conrad played in the U.S. Naval Academy band in San Diego, touring with that band for concerts across America and throughout Asia. He performed at the 1972 World’s Fair in Spokane, Wash. With his wife Lorelei, Ray is one of the founding members of the Desert Mountain Brass in Green Valley.

Retired Lt. Cmdr. Lorelei Conrad enlisted in the Navy in 1979 and performed with the US Naval Academy Bands across the U.S. and in Europe and Asia. In 1991 she was the first woman to receive a commission as Bandmaster of the US Atlantic Fleet Band, the Navy’s largest fleet band.

Prof. Daniel Katzen, horn, has been teaching at the UA School of Music since 2008. Previously, he spent 29 years as second horn of the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras. He also has continued to perform and record with various U.S. and foreign orchestras and on film scores, most notably in the movies “E.T.,” “Schindler’s List” and “Nixon.”

Rob Boone has been a professional musician since growing up in Denver, Colo. He has performed, composed and conducted in the Tucson musical scene for over 20 years. He has played with the Moody Blues, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr. and others.

Kelly Thomas has been the tuba and euphonium professor at the UA since 2001. In 1995 and 2007, he performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist and ensemble member with the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. In 2005, he conducted the University of Arizona Brass Choir at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Submitted by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

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‘Newest’ brass quintet plans Tucson debut at ASA: Aug. 2013
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