Our brass quintet was fortunate to have been invited to play at the dedication of the Memorial yesterday. Kudos to the young lady from Columbia High School who spearheaded the project to bring a chunk of WTC steel here to Maplewood, and the the public works department for framing and mounting it nicely.
We played a ten-minute prelude, of somber music by Bach and Purcell. Later on we did the first part of Verdi’s Requiem, an arrangement by a local musician. You wouldn’t think automatically of Verdi scaling down to five voices, but this movement made sense.
There were speeches by local dignitaries, led by my friend Mayor Vic DeLuca; as well as readings by local religious leaders.
We are: Jim Buchanan on tuba and bass trombone; Al Vidovich on tenor trombone; Leah Van Doornick on Horn, myself on trumpet, and Dan Sugarman on trumpet.
It was good to be there.