Chatham music students enjoyed an in-school concert with the Potsdam Brass Quintet, a professional performance group made up of faculty from the esteemed Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
The concert took place October 10 in the CHS auditorium with the fourth and fifth grades, band and orchestra students from the Middle School, and High School band students (along with some High School orchestra students who were free that period) attending.
With John Ellis and James Madeja on trumpet, Lauren Becker on horn, Mark Hartman on trombone, and Charles Guy on tuba, the quintet led the students through dazzling renditions of compositions from the likes of Johan Sebastion Bach, Aaron Copland, and John Lennon & Paul McCartney. Following their hour-long performance, the quintet took time to answer questions from the students.
This artist-in-residence event was organized by CHS band teacher Jonathan Bintz, who had a bit of an “in” with the band. He, along with Chatham strings teachers Courtney Miller and Chris Goodwin, is a SUNY Potsdam alum and all the performers in the quintet were his former professors.
“I wanted our students to hear professional brass players,” Mr. Bintz said. “This is a whole different kind of playing.” He added that chamber music, such as that which the Potsdam Brass Quintet performed at CHS, really showcases a musician’s talents; with no director in a quintet, it is the players who are charge of their instruments and how they sound together.
The Potsdam Brass Quintet’s visit to Chatham was made possible through the support of the Fine Arts Booster Club.