The Florida Brass Quintet is a collection of like-minded brass players who enjoy performing brass ensemble music. They believe that no matter whether the performance is secular or sacred, swing or “legit,” it deserves their best effort. They specialize in Brass Ensemble music performed in the style of the Canadian Brass. They entertain and educate, but more importantly, they have fun doing it. During most of their performances, you will hear Dixieland and Swing tunes that will keep the audience tapping their feet.
The members of the Florida Brass Quintet are Dr. Bill Prince, Kurt Zeigler, Susan McGee, Bob Gauger and Cliff Newton.
Dr. Bill Prince, professor emeritus at the University of North Florida has been able to maintain two career paths, one as a performer and the other as a teacher. As a performer he has recorded on over 70 albums and has worked with a wide range of luminaries from the big bands of Buddy Rich, Harry James and Les Brown, vocalists Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney, jazz legends Dave Brubeck and Billy Taylor to the orchestral sounds of Henry Mancini, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and the Warsaw National Philharmonic. On the teaching side Bill has taught at five universities in three countries and has guest lectured on over 70 campuses. Music has taken Bill to all 50 states and to 81 countries.
Also a member of Gainesville Brass Quintet, Kurt Zeigler is the music teacher at GRASP Academy, a dyslexia-centered school in the Duval County Public School System. Receiving his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University (1988), Kurt was a full time performer with the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh (1987-1993), a Soldier/Musician in the West Virginia Army National Guard, and also started his teaching career. He joined the United States Navy in 1995, with tours of duty in South America, Naples Italy, Norfolk, San Diego and Jacksonville, and while in California he performed with the Westwind Brass, Seaside Brass, and the San Diego Symphony.
Susan McGee has been playing the French horn professionally for over 30 years, including as a member of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Symphony Brass Quintet. Susan was a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Sarasota Symphony, and has performed with numerous other groups throughout Florida.
Bob Gauger started playing trombone at the age of ten, and since then has played in numerous professional orchestras and bands. He is a founding member of the Ancient City Brass, and is the chaplain at Baptist South Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cliff Newton is probably the greatest professional musician to come from St. Cloud, Florida. In fact, he is probably the only professional musician to come from St. Cloud, Florida. Like many professional musicians, Cliff began his musical study in a public school band. Growing up in tiny St. Cloud, where few people could aspire toward a musical career, his early motivation was simply the enjoyment of music and the participation in a musical group.
* JAN. 7: The Vivace Trio
--Gia Sastre, Flute; Carolyn Snyder-Menke,Flute; Denise Wright, Piano
* FEB. 11: Lucy Chen’s “Keys on Parade Piano Program”
* MARCH 11: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
--Vera Watson, Faculty Coordinator
* APRIL 8: Jacksonville University Voice Majors in Concert
--Kimberly Beasley, Faculty Coordinator
* MAY 13: Cliff Newton, Trumpet & Friends
* JUNE 10: Joshua Ross, Piano
Presented monthly (Sept.-June) in the Main Library's Hicks Auditorium, Intermezzo concerts are free and open to the public, and reservations are not required. Free Sunday parking is available in the public garage at Duval and Main; bring your ticket into the Library for validation. Free on-street parking is also available on weekends.