THE ALEPPO NOBLE Brass Quintet performing at an offsite Ceremonial (L-R: Elliot Farnsworth, Tuba; Jack Austin, Trombone; Rick Fardy, Alto Horn; Al Downey, Trumpet; Dan Madore, Trumpet).
Looking back as 2018 draws to a close, I want to express sincere thanks to our Potentate, our Recorder, our Chief of Staff, Sheila, Maribel, Mark Norton, the Aleppo Clowns, and many others for their support of the Brass Band over the past year. I would also like to especially thank the many faithful musicians who freely and without compensation give of their energy, time and talent to make our participation in parades and concerts so successful throughout the year. Because of all the support we have received, it’s been a good year for the Brass Band.
THE ALEPPO Brass Band in open air concert at the Wilmington Farmers Market.
Our band room has a new look and has become much better organized as a by-product of the recent renovation and redesign of the mezzanine area. Likewise, our rehearsals continue to be both fun and productive where we
enjoy good fellowship and play a wide variety of music including traditional marches (many of which were composed by Shriners), characteristic pieces, patriotic tunes, classical selections, popular songs and even jazz numbers. Moreover, our repertoire also includes a number of special pieces specifically arranged for our instrumentalists and the unique purposes of the Aleppo Brass Band. This, in fact, continues a tradition established early in our history by our late Bandmaster, Noble Walter M. Smith (1890-1937), whose very fine and extensive library continues to enrich our concert programs.
We also have five Shriners who comprise a “mini brass band” contingent known as “Noble Brass” and who perform in lieu of the complete ensemble when it would be impractical for the larger group, such as the annual memorial service or ceremonials held either offsite or on the mezzanine. The Noble Brass Quintet plays both arrangements created for the world-famous Canadian Brass ensemble as well as specially arranged pieces scored specifically for us.
Looking ahead, we anticipate a very active 2019 for both the full Brass Band as well as the Brass Quintet and invite all interested musicians who play band instruments to join us in our rehearsals on the second and fourth
Thursdays of the month from 7-9 PM in the mezzanine. The time commitment is small, but the intangible rewards are great. More importantly, our music performances enable us to fulfill our goal of helping children receive the treatment they need for burns, orthopedic and other severe medical challenges. We play so children can play too!
Toward this end, we will be making a special contribution at the January Ceremonial to the Aleppo Shriners Children’s Transportation Fund from our annual civic parade in Osterville on Cape Cod and our two summer concerts held at the Wilmington Farmers Market. Many thanks again to the Aleppo Clowns who joined us in all three events and helped make them so successful.