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Music in the Garden: Sunday Concert Amidst the Bloom

Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation presents the third summer concert in the “Music in the Garden” series on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 12 – 2 pm. Mixing the best of traditional and contemporary literature for brass with transcriptions of everything from classical to jazz and popular favorites, the Northcoast Brass Ensemble promises an enjoyable afternoon of musical fun and entertainment for all ages.

North Coast Brass Ensemble

The Northcoast Brass Ensemble was formed in 1993 students at Humboldt State University, including Ronite Gluck (horn). Dan Aldag  (trombone) came aboard in 1995. Fred Tempas and his tuba signed on in 1998. The group has now been joined by Tom Hyde and Chris Cox and their trumpets.

Hornist Ronite Gluck considers playing in the Northcoast Brass Ensemble the perfect combination of instrumental music, family and adventure. She is a teacher of instrumental music at Freshwater School.

Tom Hyde picked up the trumpet in 1954 in North Chicago, Illinois, and he hasn’t put it down yet.  He is currently a freelance trumpeter in Sonoma County and plays principal trumpet in the American Philharmonic Orchestra – Sonoma County.

Sliding in on trombone, Dan Aldag is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Humboldt State University, where he leads HSU’s Jazz Orchestra and AM Jazz Band, coaches the jazz combos, teaches trombone and courses in jazz and popular music.

Fred Tempas started his musical career on clarinet and discovered the tuba at age 17.  He currently with the Northcoast Brass Ensemble and Eureka Symphony.  He also teaches tuba and music education at Humboldt State University and rides his motor scooter when the weather’s good.

Chris Cox  is currently the Director of Bands at Eureka High School. He earned his Bachelor Arts in Music Education from California State University Fresno and his Masters from Ithaca College in New York.  Along with the Northcoast Brass Ensemble, Chris has performed with Humboldt Bay British Brass Band, the Eureka Symphony, and Trumpet Consort von Humboldt.

The Garden opens at 11 a.m., music begins at noon. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy fabulous music in a beautiful setting, and to make the day perfect, the Garden will have tasty Lost Coast Brewery root beer floats for purchase!

This activity is FREE to members, $5 garden admission for non-members.


Join the Humboldt Botanical Garden Foundation and receive many benefits: unlimited free admission to the garden, admissions to certain other gardens, subscription to the Botanical Guardian, discounts at local garden shops & nurseries, discounts on event tickets, free Education Series classes, facility rental privileges, discounted gift memberships and amateur photography privileges. Humboldt Botanical Garden is open Wed. thru Sat. 10 – 2 and Sun. 11 – 3, located at the north entrance to College of the Redwoods.  For more information call (707) 442-5139.