What a wonderful experience performing for this audience. You guys made us feel right at home and we are already making plans to come back!
The weather was good and the evening was filled with great expectation and excitement. I could not help but be blown away by your kind reception and heard over and over how appreciate you were of hearing great music in downtown Pagosa. I could not have done any of this without the help of Kathy Wadenpfaul! She ran the show and I am proud to have her play point guard in the planning of next year's Mountain Light Music Festival.
There have been a few updates to the donation page to include Baylor Brass Excellence Fund info and other contact information on how to contribute.
Thank you for the donations thus far at the "Scholarship" level - this is absolutely critical in helping us make plans for next year.
One last caveat - we are in need of a major venue downtown next year. Help us make this possible and talk it up. If you have any ideas about where we can play next year, please let me or Kathy know.
Thank you again and May the Lord Bless You and Keep You!
We will have two concerts this season featuring the Baylor Brass. I am pleased that my wonderful colleagues from Baylor have allowed time in their schedules to visit Pagosa Springs and perform in this great town. The group consists of some of the finest brass players and pedagogues in the business and have significant performing and teaching experience.
Wiff Rudd - founding member of Rhythm and Brass and legendary trumpet faculty at Baylor
Jeff Powers - former member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic of Flanders and principal horn of the Waco and Abilene symphonies in TX.
Mark Schubert - trumpet faculty at Baylor and previously a member of the Honolulu Symphony for over 30 years. Mark is also the director of chamber music outreach at Baylor.
Kent Eshelman - tuba professor at Baylor and a.s a soloist, he has won first place in many competitions, including the Jeju (Korea) and Leonard Falcone (USA) international competitions. In Europe he gave the world-premiere performances of solos by Bruce Broughton and Anthony Plog. His solo CD, Flavors, won the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording.
I am humbled by the direction and future of the Mountain Light Music Festival. This process has been ongoing for many years and would not be possible without the help, inspiration and skills of many people. These concerts would not be possible without the help of Kathy Wadenpfuhl and the Pagosa Community Band, Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society, Jim Smith Realty, Rotary Club and a generous grant from Baylor University. Thank you Kathy! You are a gem!
I would also like to thank Angela at the Chamber, Larry Elginger in the Pagosa Community Band, and Laura at the Pagosa Center.
We will perform a special concert at the Mountain Light Lodge on Thursday, August 10th at 6:00 PM followed by some great food and fellowship around the beautiful fire pit at the lodge.
Lastly - I must thank Chet Russell for his tireless vision, profound ministry and for letting me attempt to run with all this!
Friday August 11th we will perform at the Wyndham off Hwy 160 at 6:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased in town at the Rotary, Wyndham, Jim Smith Realty or by calling Kathy Wadenpfuhl at 409 720 7445
Please pass the word about our two concerts this August and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!