The Midcoast Brass Quintet will perform a concert of classical, jazz and popular music Thursday, July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue. The concert is part of the Camden Public Library’s popular Summer Music Series.

The Midcoast Brass Quintet features Megan Kennedy on trombone, Doug Kennedy on tuba, Carolyn Kanicki on horn and Peter Stuart and Bruce Cole on trumpets. The concert is outdoors, so attendees should bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. The rain location will be the Picker Room inside the library.

The group plays music from a wide variety of composers including Franz Joseph Hayden, Gabriel Faure, J.J. Mouret, Joseph Fiocco, Johann Sebastian Bach and P.I. Tchaikovsky to name a few. During the popular and jazz portion of the program, concertgoers may hear composers ranging from Fats Waller to Lew Pollack and Henry Filmore.

The library is hosting movies, concerts, lectures and a summer reading program for adults, all following An American Cultural Journey theme, this summer. The programs are generously supported by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation and are underwritten by The First Bancorp.

More about the musicians

Stuart, first trumpet player, lives in Waldoboro and is the band director at Medomak Valley High School, a position he has held since 2001. He attended Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and taught for one year in Jonesport before coming to the Midcoast. Employed by MSAD 40 since 1987, he taught elementary and middle school instrumental music before moving to the high school. While at Gordon College, he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Brass Quintet. His trumpet playing has taken him to various places along the East Coast and Canada. In addition to being part of the Midcoast Brass Quintet, Stuart is a member of the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra and Midcoast Community Band. He enjoys playing for local theaters and high school musicals and any other playing opportunities that arise. When not at school or playing his trumpet, one can find Stuart on the golf course either playing or coaching the high school team.

Cole, second trumpet player, plays trumpet in the Midcoast Brass Quintet and the Midcoast Community Band. He is the primary trumpeter for the First Congregational Church of Camden and he has played in more than 30 pit bands for Broadway productions ranging from “West Side Story” to “Crazy for You.” Bruce, a 30-plus year veteran in business, is the president of McNabb Marketing in Camden. When he is not working on a magazine or trade show, he can often be found with his family, playing trumpet in one of several bands in Midcoast Maine or on the water in sea kayaks sailboats, and just about anything else that floats. Cole lives in Rockport.

Kanicki, principle horn player, is in her 18th year of teaching instrumental music to grades 5 through 8 at the St. George School in Tenants Harbor. In addition to playing with the Midcoast Brass Quintet, she is a member of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra in Topsham, Maine State Ballet Orchestra in Portland, Ocean Park Summer Symphony at Ocean Park and the Midcoast Community Band in Thomaston. When not performing she enjoys spending time traveling or relaxing at home in Rockland with her husband Don and her two feline family members, Murphy and Maddy.

Megan Kennedy, principle trombone player, is the newest member of the quintet. She is a 2002 graduate of Medomak Valley High School and has been playing trombone since she was 10 years old. Megan is a member of the Midcoast Community Band and the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra as a trombonist and vocalist. She holds two associate degrees, in graphic arts and printing technology, and currently is employed by Camden National Corporation. Members of the MBQ have been in Megan’s life for quite some time:  Stuart was her elementary band teacher; she met Cole and Kanicki through the community band; and though she met Doug a long time ago, it only took a few rehearsals to strike up a relationship. They were married earlier this year.

Doug Kennedy, principle tubist, is the director of bands at both Georges Valley and Rockland District high school, now Oceanside East and West. He is a graduate of University of Maine, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education. Prior to college Doug served in the Army music program, stationed at the Naval Amphibious Bass in Norfolk, Va., and with the 101st Airbourne in Ft. Campbell, Ky. Doug is in his 22nd year of teaching in the state of Maine; he has been employed in the Katahdin School system and Millinocket Schools, as well as Bangor High School. This is his 12th year of teaching in the Midcoast schools of RSU 13. Doug’s extra duties find him as the musical director of the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra and performer in the Midcoast Community Band, Luna Madidus and numerous musical productions in the area. Doug loves to spend time with his family and his lovely wife.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.