In 2003 a group of local brass players began meeting on a casual basis to play quintet music – with sometimes as many as 10 players, it made for a unique and lively (if not oversized!) ensemble. Eventually, five of the regular players decided to come together as a group and form the Jackson Hole Brass Quintet. The brass quintet is a very flexible type of ensemble, with a repertoire encompassing musical genres from madrigals to jazz and everything in between. Four original members still comprise the JHBQ, and the group practices together weekly for several hours, with rare exception.
Alan began playing trumpet at age ten, and returned to his love of playing in 1997, when he moved to Jackson Hole with his wife and son. Alan serves as the minister for the Jackson Church of Christ and also teaches the trumpet students in the Teton County school system through the Grand Teton Music Festival’s Tune-Up! program.
Dean joined the group in 2003 when he first moved to Jackson. At that time he had been playing about seven years with a community orchestra in the greater Boston area after a ten-year sabbatical from performing. Dean is an owner of an investment advisory firm and serves on the board of the Teton Regional Land Trust. He is father to two boys.
The newest member of the group, Amanda followed her passion for music and the outdoors to Jackson in 2005 to handle marketing for the Grand Teton Music Festival. She now serves as the Development Director of Dancers’ Workshop and remains deeply involved in our community, volunteering for food, arts and cultural events and organizations throughout the valley.
Al is a retired music teacher, and her second career took her into horticulture – she presently works at Trail Creek Nursery in Victor. She also conducts the Jackson Hole Chorale, sings in a barbershop quartet, and plays trombone in the Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, backpacking, cooking, and, of course, gardening.
“Captain Ron” to those who know him on the river, Ron Maassen is active in the Jackson music scene, performing regularly with the Jackson Hole Community Band and Jazz Ensemble on trombone.