Spring Girls Choir concert to feature Pagosa Brass

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Photo courtesy Linda Parker
Pagosa Brass will share the stage with the Pagosa Springs Girls Choir on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium as part of the choir’s “On Broadway” concert.

By Linda Parker
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Girls Choir (PSGC) and the Sisters in Song are ready to take their audience on a virtual trip to Broadway, the heart of New York City, from our very own high school auditorium.
Your “little town blues” will be melting away as you listen to tunes from favorite Broadway musicals at the spring concert, “On Broadway,” Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium.
Sharing the stage with the PSGC and the Sisters in Song will be Pagosa’s own Pagosa Brass. This very popular quintet stems from the Pagosa Spring Community Band. Both Pagosa Brass and the Community Band are dedicated to promoting instrumental music in our community.
The five members consist of former or present music teachers, a professional musician and a software engineer.
First trumpet is played by Larry Elginer, a retired music director from California. Elginer is also director of the Community Band and plays professionally locally on occasion. Second trumpet is played by Larry Baisdon, a retired band director from Texas. Baisdon also sings in the Community Choir and plays trumpet in his church. The French horn player is D’Ann Artis, who hails from Arizona. Artis plays in the Southwest Symphony and she has also performed with the Tucson Symphony. Dan Burch, who is the music director at the high school, is the trombone player for the group. Burch is originally from Colorado, but he moved to Pagosa Springs from California. Tuba is played by James Kiker, who is originally from Texas. Kiker is the newest member of the group, and he has only been playing tuba for about a year and a half.
The Pagosa Brass has performed at several Community Band concerts, The Heralds of Christmas concert and the Baylor Brass concert last summer. The quintet loves playing together and is always looking for opportunities to perform.
The community is in for a real treat, so make plans now to attend the Spring Concert of the PSGC and Sisters in Song on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is free, but your donations will be gratefully accepted.