The Coast News Group

Presidio Brass shine for Community Concerts

RANCHO SANTA FE — Patrons of Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe enjoyed a variety of chamber music provided by Presidio Brass on March 4. Hailing from “America’s Finest City,” the San Diego-based group performed folk songs, Broadway tunes, movie themes and classical music. Community Concerts had a sell-out crowd at the Garden Club.
Presidio Brass boasts five members, all living in various communities in the San Diego area. Trumpet player Ray Nowak also performs with the San Diego Symphony. Bill Owens joined the Presidio Brass in September 2006, and moved here from White Plains, N.Y. Mike McCoy is a San Diego native and also performs with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera and Opera Pacific. Sean Reusch plays the trombone and also performs with the San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Scott Sutherland is a tuba player and has been a featured soloist with the San Diego Symphony.
Ironically, the group had to go all the way to Nashville to book this concert held in their own backyard. “Yes, but the good news is we get to sleep in our own beds tonight. That’s great!” McCoy said. By auditioning in Nashville, the group also picked up gigs in nearby El Centro, Santa Barbara and Lompoc.
During the intermission, Community Concerts organizer and President Jan Clark overheard the following: “This is the best kept secret in Ranch Santa Fe! The talent coming here is something I would expect to see in New York! Dallas or another large city! Certainly not in Rancho Santa Fe!”
The Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe is winding down its 2008-2009 season. The final concert of the season will be held April 29 at the Fellowship Hall at the Rancho Santa Village Church. Rachel Price, a traditional jazz singer, will perform.
For more information about tickets or for the upcoming 2009-2010 season, which begins in October, contact Jan Clark at (858) 756-4000 or visit www.communityconcertsofranchosantafe.