I was sitting at home quietly watching the first game of the National Football League (NFL) division title games and my wife, a member of the Maumelle Music Teachers League send me a text “Come to our weekend concert series and do a review of the guest artists for your column!” After a little grumbling and complaining (got rid of our Digital Video Recorder (DVR) a while ago), I grabbed my camera and digital voice recorder and headed to Cedar Heights Baptist Church in Marche. And I was sorry I got there too late to hear all the young performers before the guest artists. I did catch a couple of them.

This was not just a “recital” of young students of the Maumelle Music Teachers League, but a real concert with polished performers. Even Dr. Richard Bailey, Trumpet player with the Capitol Brass Quintet shared his awe at the talent of the young performers and encouraged them to continue.

In addition to the youth performers, there was a number by The Ventures. If you remember, I featured Joe Kukendall a few columns back. To wrap up the concert was the Capitol Brass Quintet. It was too bad the Quintet only ended the concert as they were five brilliant brass players. In fact the audience asked for an encore, but they didn’t bring any other music.

The Quintet performed three short numbers ending with a jazz piece, “Tuxedo Junction,” that left the audience shouting for the encore. They played together flawlessly and easily complemented one another. Their interpretation of the different style of pieces was extraordinary. They started with a religious piece and ended with a jazz number. Their ability to move from one style to another with equal enthusiasm and clean, crisp tones was greeted with much enthusiasm.

The Capitol Brass Quintet has been performing at various events for 11 years. They have had members come and go, but the quality sound is always the same. The one member of the group who lives in Maumelle is Dale Foster. He plays trumpet. When not playing trumpet, he is employed with the Arkansas Department of Health. He also plays trumpet in the North Little Rock Community Band.

Dr. Richard Bailey, the other trumpet player is Assistant professor and Director of the Sound Recording Technology degree program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He composes concert music, jazz and electronic works. In addition to playing with the Quintet, he plays with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, the Pine Bluff Community Band and the Natural State Brass Band.

Jimmy Dugan, horn player, is an employee for Freeze Drapery Cleaners and Restoration in Little Rock. He is a member of the Little Rock Wind Symphony, the South Arkansas Symphony, the Pine Bluff Symphony, the Natural State Brass Band and the Hillcrest Woodwind Quintet.

The trombone player is Mike Bryant, a former band director, who now works at a painting and restoration company. He also performs with the Immanuel Baptist Orchestra and the Pine Bluff Symphony.

Rounding out the Quintet on tuba is Lee Cooper, a freelance musician in the Little Rock area and one of Little Rock’s finest — a Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) officer.

Arts Calendar!

Maumelle Photography Club

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013

6:30 p.m.

Maumelle Library

This month’s theme – “Food”

Auditions for “Harvey”

Thursday, Feb. 7 — 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9 — 2 p.m.

Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church

449 Millwood Drive

Maumelle, AR



Please e-mail me your arts event, so it can be included in this column. My e-mail address is maumellearts@gmail.com.