Three Liberty High School horn players, Stuart Music Fund recipients, displayed their talents recently at the Stuart Music Fund benefit concert in Brentwood. Teacher and brass player Mic Gillette performed with Sam Sanchez on trumpet, Robbie Henderson on trombone and Bruce Mitchener on trumpet.
The first recipient, Sam Sanchez, is a sophomore at Liberty. Robbie Henderson, a senior at Liberty, has performed with the SFJAZZ High School All Stars Jazz Band. The final recipient, Liberty senior Bruce Mitchener, has played the national anthem with Gillette at AT&T Park. All three students are active in the Liberty music program.
It was the fifth year for the Stuart Music Fund benefit concert, which raises money for local elementary and high school musicians for lessons, music camps and honor groups. The Fund honors Brentwood trombonist Bruce Stuart, who cofounded the Brentwood Concert Band in 2005. Bruce passed away in 2008, and his wife, Susan, carries on codirecting the band with Carey Hurst.
The concert commenced with the Brentwood Concert Band performing "The Blue and the Gray," "Shenandoah" and "March from 1941, " followed by the The Brentwood Flute Choir performance of the "Scottish Flute Stomp" and "Flight of the Bumble Bee, and again the Brentwood Concert Band, featuring a lively brass quintet, played "The Saint and the City," "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "That's a Plenty."
After Mic Gillette's presentation of the recipients, the Liberty Concert Band performed the National Emblem March," "Lyric Waltz" and the Christmas piece "Fantasy on a Bell Carol."
The combined forces of Brentwood Concert Band and Liberty High School brought the concert to a heartwarming finish with "Homeward Bound," featuring vocalists Raquel Taylor, Jessica Motta, Alton Bartolome and Carter Wood, and concluded with composer Karl L. King's "Circus Days."
For more information or to make a donation to the Stuart Music Fund, go to www.stuartmusicfund.com.