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“Five Frogs” by Jenni Brandon Performed by The Nightwatch Woodwind Quintet, USAF Band West in Concert With The Concert Band of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico

May 1, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


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Five Frogs” by Jenni Brandon performed by The Nightwatch Woodwind Quintet of the United States Air Force (USAF) Band West in concert with The Concert Band of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico on May 1, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The performance was in the Jesús María Sanromá Hall of the Bertita and Guillermo L. Martínez Theater.

The Nightwatch Woodwind Quintet is the newest group in the USAF Band of the West. The quintet consists of A1C Emily Lloyd, flute; Senior Airman Kathryn Bloise, oboe; Senior Airman Benjamin Hughes, clarinet, A1C Tyler Neufer, horn; Staff Sergeant Nicole Zettlemoyer, bassoon. The members of the United States Air Force Band of the West are from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The repertoire presented included Five Frogs by Jenni Brandon, The Flight of the Moscardón by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Portraits of Josephine by Valerie Coleman, Three Original Rehearsals for Concert Band by Carlos Cotto, Concerto for Tuba and Concert Band by Edward Gregson featuring Gabriel Báez as soloist in the tuba and Suite from the ballet The Firebird [L’Oiseau de Feu] by Igor Stravinsky.

USAF Band of the West is a musical entity with an outstanding record of achievement. The Enlisted Troops (Airmen) stationed in the Band are highly trained professional musicians dedicated to serving their country through music. The group offers over 300 annual presentations to military and civilian audiences throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. For years the Band has been an integral part of the musical environment in the southern United States. The Band was awarded the sixth Award for Excellence in Military Concert Bands Colonel George S. Howard, among other awards. The Band has appeared before presidents, heads of state and dignitaries around the world, acquiring an exceptional reputation among U.S. military bands.

Five Frogs for woodwind quintet (woodwind quintet sheet music) is inspired by One Hundred Frogs by Hiroaki Sato, a little book that takes a look at a hundred different haikus, sonnets, prose poems, and even limericks based on Bashô’s haiku, “Old Pond/Frog jumps in/The sound of water”. Each of the instruments in the ensemble is so different and so exceptional in their sound and abilities that I realized each one could be one of the frogs from the book. The clarinet is perfect for “Leaping” because of its agility and grace, the way a frog can be still one minute and gone the next. “Catching Bugs” gave me the opportunity to use the piccolo and allow the ensemble to run ‘amuck’ after their bug dinner. Finally, in “Epilogue” all the frogs sing together, each one bringing their own musical motive into this final movement.

Five Frogs Windependence Chamber Ensemble, Master Level. By Jenni Brandon. Boosey and Hawkes Chamber Music. Size 9×12 inches. Published by Boosey & Hawkes. (48018979) woodwind quintet sheet music

Tickets for the concert are $10 and can be obtained at Ticket Center www.tcpr.com, (787) 792-5000. For more information access our Facebook page: CMPROficial, our website www.cmpr.edu or call: 787-751-0160 exts. 260, 286 or 274.