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Pioneer Valley Brass readying for North Orange show on March 11

  • Pioneer Valley Brass members Dick Tandy, Jim Engele, Joy Hoye, Jeri Bannister and Curt Coolidge will perform a free public concert of music specially arranged for brass. It is scheduled for March 11 at 4 p.m. at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. The program is sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana.

  • Pioneer Valley Brass members Dick Tandy, Jim Engele, Joy Hoye, Jeri Bannister and Curt Coolidge will perform a free public concert of music specially arranged for brass. It is scheduled for 4 p.m. on March 11 at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. The program is sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana. Submitted photo


Athol Daily News
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

ORANGE — The First Universalist Parish of North Dana will sponsor a free public concert by the Pioneer Valley Brass at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully at 4 p.m. on March 11.

This is the 781st in a series of memorial services funded by a trust set up when the First Universalist Parish of North Dana had to leave the area for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930s. Sisters Catherine Mason and Mary Hale set up the trust to honor the memory of the parish. That fund is managed by descendants and friends of parishioners to support musical programs throughout the Quabbin area in churches and nursing homes.

The Pioneer Valley Brass consists of local musicians. Dick Tandy and Curt Coolidge, trumpet, Jim Engele, horn, Jeri Bannister, trombone and baritone, and Joy Hoye are the current members of the PV Brass, who have been performing in the area since the 1970s.

Dick Tandy received his bachelor of music education from the University of Massachusetts. He has performed with many area groups including the Orange Community Band, the Petersham Brass Band and the Narragansett Community Band and is a freelance trumpeter in the area. He also sang with “The Grace Notes” barbershop quartet.

Curtis Coolidge has a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music from UMass. He studied trumpet with Walter Chesnut and Clifford Lillya. Curt has appeared with the Springfield Symphony, the Central Massachusetts Symphony, Arcadia Players, and the Pioneer Valley Symphony. He was a founding member of the New England Brass Guild and is a member of the International Trumpet Guild.

Jeri Bannister received her bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees from Ithaca College School of Music, and has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State College. She is a founding member of the Pioneer Valley Brass. She is a member of the Keene Chamber Orchestra, the Flamingo All-Female Swing Band, the Northampton Concert Band and the Westfield American Legion Band. She is a former member of Pioneer Valley Symphony. Bannister teaches at The Bement School, Northfield Mount Hermon and Artspace.

Jim Engele studied horn with Jane Houlden while pursuing a degree in music education in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jim has performed with the North Shore Philharmonic, the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, Leite Concert Winds, and the Orange Community Band. He repairs brass instruments for professional musicians from all over the world.

Joe Hoye attended Westfield State College and studied music performance. Since that time he has performed with a number of area ensembles, performed with the Pioneer Valley Symphony and has appeared on many local artists’ recordings. He is currently a member of the Fanfare Brass Choir and is principal tuba for the Holyoke Civic Symphony. He resides in New Hampshire with his wife Jodie, who is principal oboist for the Holyoke Civic Symphony. They have two sons, Declan and Tommy.

Sunday’s program of specially arranged brass music will include “Prelude to Te Deum” by Chartiere; “Contrapunctus IX” by Bach; “My Spirit be Joyful,” by Bach; “Three Headlines: Bouree for Our Side,” “Sarrah Banned,” and “The Gigue is Up” by Roberts; “Killer Tango” by Kompanek (a low brass trio); “Sunset’s Echo” by DeStafano; “Samba Dees Gotta Do It” arranged by Coolidge; “Pirates of the Caribbean” arranged by Wasson; and “The Circus Bee” by Villanueva. The program is always subject to change.

Vespers programs are sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana periodically throughout the year at various churches and nursing homes throughout the Quabbin region. For information on musical services sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana, contact Music Coordinator Maureen Riendeau at moe@crocker.com.


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