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      MBQ at Stanford Graduation 2016
      MBQ plays Stanford Graduation 2016
Stanford Graduation 2016 MPPC 2013 MBQ-MPPC MBQ-MPPC
Stanford Graduation 2016 MPPC 11/1/2013 Concert at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, November 2011
Ron McWilliams retires Trumpet Emeritis Menlo Brass at Stanford Graduation
Founding MBQ member Ron McWilliams, trumpet, announces his retirement following the concert.            [Photo by Jim Hodel] Stanford University Graduation (MBQ at center rear of platform)
[Photo from Stanford University website]
MBQ-MPPC3 MBQ-MPPC Frank VanderZwan on accordion
Concert at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Frank VanderZwan joins MBQ on accordion for "Yellow Bird"
Stanford University Graduation Stanford Graduation Birthday Party    
Stanford University's 2010 Baccalaureate Ceremony in the Memorial Quad       [Photos by Todd Yuzuriha] Birthday Party, October 2010
MBQ at MPPC, Nov. 2009 MBQ with vocalist Jolynda Tresner, MPPC Nov. 2009 MBQ at MPPC Nov. 2009, final bow Bay Choral Guild and MBQ
Evening Concert at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, November 2009. Vocalist Jolynda Tresner delights the audience with three Irving Berlin tunes arranged by Brian Holmes.. Enthusiastic applause (and 2 encores) conclude the concert. Bay Choral Guild and Brass for Christmas, 2007
Photo by Joel Bartlett
MPPC October 2008 Professor Holmes demonstrate the physics of brass instruments Concert at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sir Christimas and composer Brian Holmes
Menlo Park Presbyterian Hosts the Menlo Brass Evening concert in the Sanctuary
Photo by Jim Hodel
Professor Holmes Demonstrates "Plumbing" :: How to alter the pitch of the Horn
Photo by Jim Hodel
Final Flourish :: Ron and Dan on trumpets finish off Amparito Roca
Photo by Jim Hodel
Sir Christimas :: with "Now is the Time" composer Brian Holmes (MBQ Horn)
Menlo Brass at Redwood Shores Sign Marlin Park Fanfare at Marlin Park St Bede's Concert
Redwood Shores invites you to hear the Menlo Brass at the park Marlin Park :: Redwood Shores summer concert A Fanfare starts the concert at Marlin Park Arts at St. Bede's Concert Series :: MBQ in concert with Dr. Alison Leudecke, organ, and Beverly Reese-Dorcy, percussion
Pacific Boychoir at St. Paul's in Oakland Pacific Boychoir MBQ at MPPC Recording with Blakelock
Pacific Boychoir :: December 2006 holiday concert featuring the John Rutter "Gloria" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland (the program was also presented in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Belvedere) MBQ at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church :: An evening concert Recording session with composer John Blakelock
July 4 2005 July 4 2005 Tuxedos for a wedding Set to play
A Neighborly Evening of Music
The audience kept growing throughout this Independence Day concert at First Baptist Church in Menlo Park, followed by a community barbecue.
Red, White, and Blue Brass!
A program of patriotic music and American favorites in celebration of Independence Day, 2005.
Dressed for the Wedding
Prepared to play for a wedding ceremony and reception [photo by Tim Burman]
Set to Play
An example of the Menlo Brass set up for a performance [Photo by Tim Burman, 2 July 2005, for a wedding at Villa Montalvo]
Easter church services Wedding on the tall ship Balclutha Audience sings "God Bless America" Welcome the new rector at Church of the Epiphany
Easter at Epiphany, 2005
The Menlo Brass play postlude music for the Easter Holy Eucharist Service at Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church in San Carlos.
Brass On Deck
Playing for a wedding held on the tall ship, Balclutha, on the San Francisco waterfront.
God Bless America
The audience stands to sing along as a finale to a patriotic concert on July 3, 2004.
Welcome, Rector Greenwell
Institution of the new rector at Church of the Epiphany, as Minister of Music Cort Bender conducts the quintet, organist, and choir in the anthem.
MBQ at FBC Advent at Stanford's Memorial Church Fremont Park in Menlo Park Families picnic as Quintet plays
Formal Evening Concert
February's concert at the First Baptist Church of Menlo Park featured, along with much enjoyable music, the talents of guest percussionist Jim Lemons on three arrangements.
Advent Services at Stanford Memorial Church
The Quintet joins Stanford Memorial Church Choir and Stanford Chamber Chorale for a Service of Lessons and Carols, to usher in the 2003 holiday season.
Menlo Brass Plays Menlo Park
A summer concert at Fremont Park on Santa Cruz Avenue, downtown Menlo Park, August 2003.
Music for Families
While the quintet plays, the children listen, marvel, and dance. The audience enjoyed the warm evening and bright brass music.
Menlo Brass at Candlestick Park Menlo Brass on the Jumbotron Retirement Party Christmas at Macy's
MBQ at Candlestick Park
Playing “The Star Spangled Banner” as the video cameraman shoots a close-up for the Jumbotron.
MBQ on Camera!
Here's the simultaneous video on the Jumbotron big screen!
Tribute and Celebration
Retirement party at Lou's Village in San Jose.
Christmas at Stanford Shopping Center
MBQ provides Christmas spirit for shoppers.
Menlo Brass at North Star Academy Quintet performs at middle school Fashion Frame Faire in San Jose Los Gatos Park concert
School Concert
The MBQ assembles prior to a student concert in Redwood City, where they played alone and with the combined school orchestras.
North Star & McKinley school orchestras with Menlo Brass
On stage with the combined school orchestras for an audience of 3rd-8th grade students and school staff.
Corporate Entertainment
Entertaining customers at Dr. Weiner's Fashion Frame Faire in San Jose.
Summer Concert
Music in a downtown park in Los Gatos. Dan plays “Amazing Grace.”
Stars and Stripes Forever Christmas service Quintet accompanies church choir Recording the CD
Park Parade
Children parade to the Menlo Brass playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” in a Los Gatos Park.
Christmas Service
Prelude music for Christmas morning, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto.
Christmas Service
The quintet accompanies the choir and plays special music along with the organist at First Congregational.
Recording Sessions
The quintet recorded their CD, “A Simpler Life,” in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Menlo Park. Dan's chair is empty because he took the picture!
Recording engineer Joey Display of brass instruments Mont Blanc
"Recording Engineer"
Dan's son Joey (13 at the time) watches over the recording equipment for the CD project.
All that Brass
The MBQ with their array of brass instruments.
Mont Blanc
The cover of the MBQ CD, "A Simpler Life," is a photograph of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, taken on a rare clear day. The quintet thought the picture best conveyed the “Mist Rising Mountain” movement from the Menlo Brass commissioned work, “A Simpler Life,” by Chris Dedrick.
Photo by Janet Hallock



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