Music At Noon: Gramercy Brass Principal Quintet to Morristown, Dec. 12

Music At Noon, the concert series sponsored by Music At Morristown United Methodist Church, continues its 34th season with a concert on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, featuring The Gramercy Brass Quintet.

The Gramercy Brass Jazz Quintet

The Gramercy Brass Quintet

The group is Max Morden and John Henry Lambert, trumpets; Lee Ann Newland, French horn; Mike Fahie, trombone and Robert Sacchi, tuba.  The 30-minute concert begins at 12:15 pm, and will be held in the sanctuary of the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place (on the Green).

A light luncheon will be available for purchase before or after the concert (11:30 am to 1:30 pm), at $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.  The December concerts are free to the public as a gift to the community.  Free childcare is available during the concert.  The sanctuary is handicapped accessible.

The Quintet of Gramercy Brass Orchestra is comprised of five principal members of the full 28-piece award winning Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, one of the leading professional ensembles of its kind in America today, based in the Gramercy-Flatiron community of New York City.

As a representative of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, the quintet often appears at major corporate events, graduations, wedding ceremonies, concerts and festivals of all kinds. The Principal Quintet of Gramercy Brass Orchestra has been heard on radio networks such as WNYC, Sirius classical, Bloomberg Radio, WOR Radio and The Catholic Radio Channel.

The quintet played a major role in Christmas Time is Here, the second commercial recording of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra on Koch International Classics Records. A third recording on the Koch label of all Brubeck music is pending release.

In addition to his concert appearances with an eclectic array of ensembles, Max Morden is proud of the outstanding reputation he has earned as a professional church musician. Equally comfortable on trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet, his knowledge of musical genres and his experience playing in lots of situations, from R&B bands and Broadway to symphony orchestras and brass quintets, has given him the versatility to play the right thing at the right time.

Along with his duties as principal cornet, arranger, composer, and assistant conductor with Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, Max also plays principal trumpet for the Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Ars Musica Chorale, Glen Ridge Oratorio Society, and holds the trumpet chair in Chico Mendoza’s Latin Jazztet. He also frequents the horn section of the phenomenal cover band, Daddy Pop. Called one of the state’s top trumpeters by the New Jersey Classical Society, legendary jazz producer Creed Taylor says of Mr. Morden, “This is who I wish I sounded like when I played trumpet.”  You can hear Max at

John Henry Lambert is a trumpet performance graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Immediately following college, he won a position in the trumpet section of Oquesta Sinfonica Del Estado De Mexico, and lived near Mexico City for two seasons.  Upon returning to NYC, Mr. Lambert founded Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York in 1982, and launched a career as trumpet performer, conductor and impresario.  He additionally serves as the Director of Bands and trumpet instructor for the United Nations International School in NYC.

Lee Ann Newland graduated as a French Horn performance major from Manhattan School of Music, and received her Masters in Music from Rutgers University.  Following this, she won a place in the horn section of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Newland’s career has also taken her to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and many notable chamber ensembles based in the NY area. Ms. Newland is the principal horn of Gramercy Brass Orchestra, has appeared with numerous Broadway musicals, and is a member of the famed Paper Mill Playhouse Orchestra in Millburn, NJ.  Lee Ann Newland is in demand as a private horn coach, and serves on the faculty of Teaneck Public Schools, Ridgewood Community School and Summer Music, Caldwell College, and is a co-music director of Gramercy Brass Band Camp.

Mike Fahie is a Brooklyn-based jazz trombonist, composer and bandleader.  His current projects include a weekly gig with legendary trumpet player John McNeil at the Park Slope Tea Lounge, the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra, and the Mike Fahie Quintet, which is represented on Mike’s debut album, Anima, released on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground label. Mike is also an in-demand sideman in New York City, playing with many highly recognized groups.  Mike works as a commercial musician as well, and has played several Broadway shows including Porgy and Bess, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Ragtime, In The Heights, and Elf.  He has appeared on a number of recordings and movies, and performs with various rock & pop bands.  Mike is an also an educator, and has been on the faculty of the United Nations International School for over 10 years, and is currently on the faculty of the New York Jazz Academy. He has also worked across the US as a trombone and composition clinician.

Bob Sacchi earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in tuba performance from the Manhattan School of Music and has been a freelance tuba player in the tri-state area for over twenty five years.  He is principal tuba with the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, having joined the group at its founding.  Mr. Sacchi is a member of the Gramercy Brass Band Camp faculty.  He has been with numerous classical and jazz organizations as well.  Bob Sacchi is also a skilled composer and arranger of music for brass.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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