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Farmer’s Korner – The Memphis Brass Quintet will visit Summit High School this Wednesday as part of its Colorado tour. The quintet is an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Memphis that travels to schools, universities and festivals around the country performing and working with students.”We do a one-day residency at the school, teaching, coaching, and performing with students,” said quintet member David Spencer. “It’s an inspiring thing we like to do.”The quintet will work with students and perform with them that night in the high school’s Winter Concert. The members are David Spencer and Susan Enger, trumpets; Daniel Phillips, horn; John Mueller, trombone and Charles A. Schulz, tuba.In its 12th year, the quintet is a group of professional musicians who are also professors at the University of Memphis School of Music. “We can offer a lot of time to the students without charging the school because our time and expenses are paid by the University,” Spencer said.The group will be working with the Western Colorado Honor Band Festival later in the month and decided to build a state tour around that event.Spencer’s sister is a resident of Breckenridge, and he first thought to bring the ensemble here while on vacation. “I always thought when I visited my sister that this place would be great to play in,” he said. “It has a great audience and great tradition of classical music in the summer and we wanted to add something in the winter.” While the group will be playing mostly classical and holiday music Wednesday at the Winter Concert, it can play a wide range of music styles.For Spencer, the tour is a way to both educate and enrich the community. “Our favorite places to visit are schools because we get to work with the kids, fostering their interest in the arts as well as the community as a whole,” he said. “It helps promote fine arts in Breckenridge.” The event will be something every fan of the arts will enjoy, according to Spencer.”I think (attendees) will enjoy the quality of our group,” he said. “Mountain schools don’t get a lot of professional visitors, so we are happy to come.” Justin Epperly can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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