12/24/12 The newly formed Country Brass Quintet performed at Miller’s Senior Living Community Tuesday evening December 18th. The five-man music team chose their name because most of them attend the Country Church in Bourbon. Making up the quintet are Carl Grebe of Bremen and Rod Noftsger of Plymouth on trumpet. From Bourbon are Steve Weissert on trombone, Jeremy Weissert on tuba and Mark Schwartz on mellophone. The men have been playing for some time at church, but have just recently started playing concerts together. They began their program with the 1887 Christmas hymn “Angel We Have Heard On High” followed by “I Saw Three Ships”. Carl Grebe acts as spokesman for the group and he told the history of some of the songs they were playing. He also explained how each instrument compliments the other and which instruments play the high range, middle and the bottom or “supporting” tones of the selections. He encouraged parents to introduce their children to music because music is so much fun and it is something a person can take through life. The quintet played several more Christmas hymns and some popular songs including “Ding Dong Merrily On High” and “Ring Christmas Bells”. The group ended their program with the much-loved “Hallelujah Chorus”. In keeping with tradition the audience stood while the quintet played the rousing classical piece by George Frideric Handel.
Picture Caption: The Country Brass Quintet played at Miller’s Senior Living Community: l-r Carl Grebe, Mark Schwartz, Jeremy Weissert, Steve Weissert, and Rod Noftsger.