Presidio Brass has performed with symphony orchestras that include the London Philharmonic. - JCCC

Get ready to be 'musicated'

As part of Jackson County Community Concerts' 68th season, Presidio Brass will present musical programs reflecting the group's unusual repertoire. Performances include music ranging in style from Renaissance to contemporary jazz and film scores.

Presidio Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at North Medford High School auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford.

Predominantly active in Southern California orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Diego Symphony, the primary focus of Presidio Brass is to "musicate" children — the arts' future patrons — through innovative programs that cultivate musical sensibility and promote discipline and respect. The group will give a special presentation to students at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Hailing from San Diego, Presidio Brass will set off on a national tour for its 2007-08 season, playing to nearly 50 cities throughout the United States.

In addition to playing with major symphony orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, members of the ensemble can be heard on soundtracks ranging from video games to major motion pictures and have performed on television. The Presidio Brass is in residence at St. James By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla.

Originally from Los Angeles, Ray Nowak is a trumpet player and founding member of the Presidio Brass. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from the California State University at Long Beach and a master's degree in Music Performance from UCLA.

Born and raised in White Plains, New York, trumpeter Bill Owens joined the Presidio Brass in September of 2006. While attending the Juilliard School in New York, Owens was an active soloist, giving three solo recitals in both Paul and Morse recital halls in Lincoln Center, as well as solo performances in Alice Tully Hall.

Mike McCoy, a San Diego native, has been the horn player for the Presidio Brass since its inception. He studied at the San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts, followed by San Diego State University and Boston Conservatory of Music.

Trombonist Sean Reusch, originally from Tom's River, N.J., is a founding member of the Presidio Brass. He holds a master's of music degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently working on completing a doctoral degree in performance from UCLA.

A native of Los Angeles, Scott Sutherland is the tuba player and a founding member of the Presidio Brass. He earned his bachelor of music degree from USC and a master's of music degree from UCLA.

The Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization bringing reasonably priced entertainment to the Rogue Valley through the power of prepaid subscriptions.

Single tickets are $20 at the door. Current season memberships including Presidio Brass are available for $60 for adults, $25 for students, and $90 reserved at the door or from the Jackson County Community Concert Association, P.O. Box 1358, Medford OR 97501. See webpages.charter.net/communityconcerts or call 734-4116.

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