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Pagosa Brass to perform at Art in the Garden

Pagosa brass is a group of local brass players who have been organized by Larry Baisdon and will be entertaining the crowd at this year’s Art in the Garden on Aug. 20. This outdoor charity event will be held this year at a home in Chris Mountain Ranches approximately 1.5 miles west of City Market.

Larry Baisdon was born in Woodville, Texas. In the summer after his fourth-grade year he started playing the cornet — because his best friend was playing one. After a year, his best friend gave it up, but Larry was smitten and stayed with the instrument evolving into the trumpet and says that, even while in junior high, music was the center of his world and he knew he wanted to be a band director.

Larry attended college at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, where he majored in music and met his future wife Kathy, who was also majoring in music. He and Kathy married in their senior year and, once graduated, both found work in Eagle Pass, Texas: Larry as assistant band director and Kathy as director of the choir. Larry was very proud when, at his last job in Bridge City, Texas, his wind ensemble group made a First Division at the Texas State Wind Ensemble contest performing difficult music very well. Still, Larry says his greatest love was taking young beginners who knew little to nothing about music, teaching them the basics correctly and watching them grow into some very fine players.

Larry and Kathy retired to Pagosa Springs in 2000 and have been involved in a variety of artistic endeavors including their church choir, the Community Choir, the Oktoberfest Band, and the pit orchestra for both Music Boosters and the Pagosa Springs High School’s spring musicals. Larry has dabbled in theatre as well acting as Professor Plum in the Springs Theatre’s production of “Clue, The Musical,” and more recently in their production of “A Mall Full of Visitors”.

For Art in the Garden Larry has brought together local fellow brass musicians who will be delighting us with a brass ensemble of a Stephen Foster medley and a trumpet trio playing variations on a “Little Brown Jug.” Composer Stephen Foster is known as the “Father of American Music” having written such notable tunes as “Oh Susanna” and “My Old Kentucky Home.” Larry chose these pieces in light of Art in the Garden’s theme this year, “Memories of the Old West,” in celebration of our hosts’, the Pacharzinas’, fine collection of western antiques handed down through generations of their family.

Joining Larry on trumpet in his brass ensemble will be Larry Elginer, also on trumpet, D’Ann Artis playing French Horn, Bill Meyers on the trombone, and Kathy Baisdon playing baritone filling out the low end of the ensemble. Bob Nordmann, a long time musical contributor to Art in the Garden, will be featured as a soloist playing the alto sax — Larry noting for all you musical buffs that the saxophone is technically a wind instrument, but since it is made of brass we are happy to have him. Joining Larry in his trumpet trio will be Larry Elginer and Sue Gottschalk. The variation of instruments and types of ensembles provided by Pagosa Brass promises to be an exciting treat at this year’s Art in the Garden.

To hear Larry Baisdon and the Pagosa Brass, plan to attend Art in the Garden, Saturday, Aug. 20, from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and are available at Nello’s, the Chamber of Commerce, and online at pagosaartinthegarden.com. Your admission ticket will provide you with an opportunity to visit with all of the artists and to view and purchase their work. In addition to Pagosa Brass there will be a variety of musical acts featuring noted western artist Tim Sullivan, keyboardist Michael Thomas, Native American flute player Charles Martinez, The Jason Rose Trio, The Community Choir Jazz Ensemblem, and Shane Tuller, a local fiddler. We will also enjoy an exhibition of square dancing provided by the High Country Squares. There will be gourmet appetizers, roasted cabrito, brisket, watermelon pickles and cobblers all in the style of the Old West. As always, proceeds from this event will benefit the local Community Assistance Fund. Please join us for a few hours of wonderful food, music and art in support of an important local charity.

If you have questions, contact the Creative Outreach Charitable Organization at cococharities@gmail.com.

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