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The Mission Peak Brass Band presents “Vintage Brass”


Friday, April 29, 2016 • 8pm • Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont

Please join us for Mission Peak Brass Band’s final program of the season. We’ll be playing Goff Richards’ bubbly Homage to the Noble Grape.  The fun then continues with Bruce Broughton’s Harlequin and P.D.Q. Bach’s 1712 Overture. Max Swisher will be the featured euphonium soloist on Saint-Saens’ The Swan. The program also includes works by Holst, Richard Strauss, Robert Browne Hall, and Fred Fisher.

Tickets are $15/$10 (for seniors, students, and staff) at the door or you can buy on-line here. Parking is $4.

Meet Cliff Mercer, our featured soloist for the March 2016 concert

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Originally from North Carolina, Cliff played trumpet in a variety of styles from concert bands to marching bands, church music with organ to orchestras, swing dance bands and jazz ensembles.  He joined his first brass band in college and continued to play with brass bands through graduate school.  Now a proud member of the Mission Peak Brass Band, Cliff is pleased to play a wonderful Ellington tune, Isfahan from the Far East Suite, arranged for Flugelhorn.

Cliff has performed with a number of groups in the bay area, including the Redwood Symphony in Redwood City, Master Sinfonia in Los Altos, San Jose Wind Symphony, Don Haneke Chorale in San Jose, Palo Alto Philharmonic, and the Ohlone Community Band.  He currently performs regularly with the Ohlone Wind Orchestra as well as the Mission Peak Brass Band.

MPBB Presents our Winter Concert “Horizons”


Friday, March 11th 2016 at 8PM

The Mission Peak Brass Band presents music with an international outlook:  Overture from South Pacific, Dave Adams’ arrangement of Saint-Saens’ Orient et Occident, and Duke Ellington’s Isfahan, featuring flugelhorn soloist Cliff Mercer. The program also includes great music by Verdi, Louis Prima, and a selection of fanfares, marches and waltzes. Tickets are $15/$10 (staff, students, and seniors) at the door or can be purchased in advance here.

Join the Mission Peak Brass Band for it’s Fall Colors Concert!

fall_imageJoin us Friday, November 6, 2015  8pm at the Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont to experience the many colors of music from many countries and genres with the Mission Peak Brass Band at its fall concert. Get Directions – Buy Tickets

Hear movie music from Frozen, Lord of the Rings, and the moving Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan. The program also includes Eddie DeBons’ A Festive Intrada, Janacek’s Sokol Fanfare, and the Mission Peak cornets playing Cornet Carillon. Also including Philip Sparke’s arrangement of Jerusalem, Dave Adams’ arrangement of Pepita Greus, the contest march Mephistopheles, Chris Hazell’s Kraken, and Victorian Snapshots – On Ratcliff Highway, Ray Steadman-Allen’s mashup of Victorian melodies. Featuring Doug Harris (E-flat soprano cornet) playing Mozart’s Queen of the Night’s Aria.

General admission is $15 ($10 for seniors, students, and staff) at the door or using the link above

Come “Sing and Dance” with MPBB!

dance_moonJoin us on Friday, May 1st at 8:00 p.m. in the Smith Center of Ohlone College, Fremont as we present Song and Dance! Get Directions – Buy Tickets

This concert will feature cornet soloist, Laura Shea-Clark, performing Dvorak’s beautiful aria Song to the Moon from the opera Rusalka. We’ll also be playing Elgar’s Chanson de Matin (Song of the Morning), and Italian Fantasy, a medley of well known Italian songs including Funiculi Funicula, and the Triumphal March from Aida.

Toe-tappers to dance to include The Fair-Day from An Irish Symphony, Viva Birkinshaw March and Malcolm Arnolds, Prelude, Dance, and March and if that weren’t enough, we’ll also play John Williams’ Liberty Fanfare and The Mask of Zorro.

Meet our May concert soloist, Laura Shea-Clark!

LauraPromoPicture20150329A native of Chicago, Laura grew up playing in Salvation Army brass bands and played with the Illinois and Chicago Brass Bands, which between them won seven North American Brass Band Association Championship titles. She also won the NABBA solo competition with “Song to the Moon”, our featured solo piece for this concert.

In addition to freelancing and subbing in various groups, she performs with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Saratoga Symphony, and Lyric Theatre, and she is section leader for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble. She and her husband, Guy, both play trumpet for the Santa Cruz Nutcracker Ballet and sub in the Santa Cruz Symphony.

Our featured solo piece for our May concert in Laura’s words:

“Dvorak is my favorite composer, & Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon” is his most beautiful aria. I really love playing it.”

Our Spring Concert Will Be Out of This World!


Friday, March 20, 2015 8:00 PM
Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont CA

The concert opens with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Enter the Galaxies and also includes John Williams’ film music for Superman and Cowboy’s Overture. You’ll also hear a fantastic arrangement of Queens’ classic rock song Bohemian Rhapsody Herb Alpert favorite, Zorba’s Dance,, and cornet trio, Three Jolly Sailormen with Ken Walter, Dave Adams, and Laura Shea-Clark on cornet. The major work on the program is Labour and Love by Percy Fletcher, a brass band classic which musically depicts man’s struggle to find meaning in his work.

Our featured soloist for the concert is Cliff Mercer, playing Chuck Mangione’s Children of Sanchez on flugelhorn. In addition to playing with MPBB and freelancing, Cliff is principal trumpet in the Ohlone Community Band and assistant principal trumpet in the Ohlone Wind Orchestra.

General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors), and are available at the door or at the Smith Center Box Office or by calling (510) 659-6031. Parking is $2.