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Capital Brass to end the year's Chamber Music Series

By Staff
Special to The Star
Dec. 10, 2000
A concert featuring Capital Brass, the brass quintet with percussion, will conclude the 2000 season of the St. Paul Chamber Music Series.
The Thursday performance will begin at 12:05 p.m. in the nave of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Admission is free.
Listed on the Mississippi Touring Arts Roster, Capital Brass performs indoor and outdoor concerts, student clinics, special occasions such as weddings and religious services, and other functions throughout the region.
Founded in 1981 to encourage appreciation of brass music through performance, the Jackson-based group has, for nearly two decades, offered artistic, lively and educational performances. In keeping with its mission, Capital Brass designs programs to provide audiences of all ages the opportunity to learn about music and musicians. Concerts are composed of a variety of styles including classical music from Baroque to avant-garde, jazz/Dixieland/swing, Broadway/film, Brass band and folk/ethnic. The Capital Brass library of over 400 pieces includes the standard repertoire for brass quintet, transcriptions of orchestral and other literature, as well as many original arrangements written especially for the ensemble.
Members of Capital Brass maintain distinguished careers as teachers and performers. They are among the personnel of three colleges, a number of orchestras including the Mississippi Symphony, Meridian Symphony and Alabama Symphony and a variety of other professional ensembles.
The artists are:
Robert Cheesman, trumpet. Chessman has a bachelor of music education degree and a master's degree in trumpet performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Currently a member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Chessman not only has played with symphonies throughout the South but has done recording work in Dallas, Atlanta and Memphis, and has free-lanced extensively with many well-known entertainers. He has conducted clinics and teaching throughout Western and Central Canada and the U.S. and is currently jazz band director and instructor of brass at Hinds Community College.
Wayne Linehan, trumpet. Linehan has a bachelor of music degree in education from the State University College at Fredonia, New York, a master of music degree in trumpet performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is currently working on his doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Linehan has been an extra with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Missouri Symphony Society Chamber and Festival Orchestras, principal trumpet in the Buffalo Pops Orchestra, and has played lead with Johnny Mathis and the New York production of "Camelot" with Richard Harris.
He is currently second trumpet in the Mississippi Symphony and Mississippi Opera Orchestras, and a member of the Mississippi Symphony Brass Quintet. He was instrumental director at St. Andrew's Episcopal School and is currently an adjunct professor at Mississippi College, Millsaps College and Hinds Community College.
Mimi Draut Linehan, horn, has been principal horn with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra since locating to Jackson in 1983. She has performed as soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Mississippi Symphony; and as principal horn with the Missouri Symphony Society Chamber Orchestra.
She currently performs with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet and with the Meridian Symphony. Her teaching experience includes the positions of Horn Instructor at Jackson State University and at Millsaps College.
Ken Lyon, trombone, earned his bachelor of music education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a featured euphonium soloist with the USM bands. During that time, he also performed in concert at the T.U.B.A. International Symposium at North Texas State University.
Lyon currently plays bass trombone with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, is active in the Jackson area as a free-lance trombonist and teaches at Whitten Junior High School.
Tex Chapman, tuba, is the newest member of Capital Brass. He received his bachelor's degree in music performance from Louisiana State University, and both a bachelor of music in music education and a masters in music performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Chapman has performed with the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Port City Symphony and the Meridian Symphony, and has worked and performed with "His Way Homes" SummerJazz program in Jackson for the past two years. He is currently a band director in the Brandon school district.
Sherwood Berthold, percussion, is principal timpanist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Opera Orchestra. He holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.
Sherwood has previously played with the American Symphonic Wind Symphony, the Atlantic Wind Symphony and the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra. He also plays drums with "The Bluz Boys" and the jazz/Latin fusion band "Nite People." He teaches private lessons and is the applied percussion instructor at Mississippi College and Hinds Community College.

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