Brass Menagerie

Brass: an alloy of copper and zinc capable of producing highly enjoyable melodies that can be heard in German Beer Parlors and Royal Courts.

Performed by The Altos Quintet

Saturday – March 28, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg


Liberty Bell:  John Phillip Sousa

Three Little Pieces:    Ludwig Maurer

Suite from the Monteregian Hills:  Morley Calvert  

When I’m Sixty Four:  Lennon/McCartney – Arr. Jeff Holmens

Pavanne:  Morton Gould – Arr. David Adams

Brass Menagerie:  John Cheetham

Magnificent Seven: Elmer Bernstein – Arr. Ken Walter


The Altos Brass was founded in 2010 when a group of professional and semi-professional musicians decided it would be rewarding and fun to get together on a weekly basis to play all the brass quintet music we could lay our hands on. We have piles of music, new and old, and we never seem to tire of each others’ company, wonderful musical talents, and exploring music together. We have performed at special events and concerts from San Francisco to Morgan Hill, and we are thrilled to make the trip north to Healdsburg for our performance. Members are Rick Leder and David Adams, Trumpets, Cathleen Torres, French Horn, John Monroe, Trombone, and John Taylor, Tuba.

Rick Leder, Trumpet, is Principal Trumpet in the West Bay Opera Orchestra since 2012 and Second Trumpet in the Stockton Symphony since 2006. As a freelance trumpeter, he has performed with the Sarasota Opera, the Des Moines Metro Opera, the San Francisco Opera and the Minnesota Orchestra. Having retired from medical research in 1998, Rick now offers trumpet lessons and music instruction from the mid-Peninsula to the South Bay.

David Adams, Trumpet, earned music degrees from Boston University and San Jose State, and received a Music Fellowship from Northwestern University. Now retired after a 40-year career as a music educator, he conducts the Foothill Symphonic Winds, and adjudicates music festivals throughout the state. He has had the pleasure of performing with countless outstanding musicians and groups over the years, and is very proud of his wonderful wife and a terrific son.

Cathleen Torres, Horn, has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, California Pops Orchestra, and many other Bay Area ensembles.  She has performed and recorded at Yoshi’s, toured with Josh Groban, and has performed with Echo and the Bunnymen and Video Games Live. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory.  Cathleen teaches privately, and is on adjunct faculty at College of San Mateo.

John Monroe, Trombone, is principal trombone in the Ohlone Wind Orchestra, and solo euphonium in the Mission Peak Brass Band.  He’s played his trombone around the world, from Audubon Park in New Orleans to New York’s Guggenheim Museum to the Great Wall of China.   Retired from Hewlett-Packard, John volunteers as a music aide in the Palo Alto schools, and manages the family almond orchard.

John Taylor, Tuba, is the principal tuba in the Ohlone Wind Orchestra, plays in several ensembles including Brazzissimo, a ten-piece brass group, and several brass quintets. He has performed with various musical organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area including the California Pops Orchestra, Stanford Symphony, Berkeley Opera Orchestra, Saratoga Symphony, and the San Luis Obispo Symphony.



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November 2019
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