By Katie Weitkamp/Managing editor

The Saint Louis Brass Quintet is known for their musical talent, but they’re also good at telling a story. Part of the quintet’s current tour, which is playing in Brock Auditorium Saturday at 8 p.m., features the work “Aesop’s Fables,” by Anthony Plog, integrated into the concert. Jonathan Martin, assistant music chair, said that part of the concert is something you just have to see.

“It’s a chance for not only university students, but high school students, to come on campus and listen to the EKU Faculty Brass Quintet and do some master classes,” Martin said. “The idea is to first and foremost recruit.”

Martin said the day is also going to help Eastern students focus on brass playing and learning new techniques.

The day starts out with classes from Eastern faculty, and later in the day the Saint Louis Brass Quintet will teach a master class.

Martin said one of the biggest reasons the Saint Louis Brass Quintet was asked to play at Eastern is because they are one of the best in the world.

“They are some of the top brass players you’ll ever get to hear,” Martin said.

The Saint Louis Brass Quintet was founded in 1964. It was formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play concerts for children in the St. Louis area, according to hornplanet.com.

Now the only original member is trombonist Melvyn Jernigan. Also, he is the only member who lives in St. Louis.

According to its Web site, the quintet plays a wide variety of music spanning from current composers to Baroque and Renaissance music transcribed for modern instruments. For many of its concerts it offers lighter music such as jazz arrangements by Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

The quintet offers a history of brass instruments using humor as a key tool, showing instruments from the time of King Tut to the present. This presentation includes not only a straight trombone, but a French horn made from a 12-foot garden hose.

“It’s not just like your average sit-down concert,” Martin said. “It’s going to be entertaining, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s a little bit different than, you know, five people playing music and just sitting there listening (to it). It’s going to be interesting.”

Registration for EKU Brass Day 2004, including master classes and a faculty concert, is free for Eastern students. It is $10 in advance and $15 for on-site registration, which will include the Saint Louis Brass Quintet concert. Tickets for the Saint Louis Brass Quintet concert are $10 and are available only at the door.

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