Max started playing the euphonium only in the last two years, but in that short period of time has already been a part of County, National, and all state honor bands.
Since Max was young, he has been enamored with the physical, emotional, and social aspects of playing and listening to music which connect across nature and humanity alike. He greatly enjoys music theory and performance and is excited to advance his career in music as a Euphonium Performance major at the University of North Texas next year.
He will be featured in Saint-Saens “The Swan”.
Friday, April 29, 2016 • 8pm • Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont
Please join us for Mission Peak Brass Band’s final program of the season. We’ll be playing Goff Richards’ bubbly Homage to the Noble Grape. The fun then continues with Bruce Broughton’s Harlequin and P.D.Q. Bach’s 1712 Overture. Max Swisher will be the featured euphonium soloist on Saint-Saens’ The Swan. The program also includes works by Holst, Richard Strauss, Robert Browne Hall, and Fred Fisher.
Tickets are $15/$10 (for seniors, students, and staff) at the door or you can buy on-line here. Parking is $4.
Originally from North Carolina, Cliff played trumpet in a variety of styles from concert bands to marching bands, church music with organ to orchestras, swing dance bands and jazz ensembles. He joined his first brass band in college and continued to play with brass bands through graduate school. Now a proud member of the Mission Peak Brass Band, Cliff is pleased to play a wonderful Ellington tune, Isfahan from the Far East Suite, arranged for Flugelhorn.
Cliff has performed with a number of groups in the bay area, including the Redwood Symphony in Redwood City, Master Sinfonia in Los Altos, San Jose Wind Symphony, Don Haneke Chorale in San Jose, Palo Alto Philharmonic, and the Ohlone Community Band. He currently performs regularly with the Ohlone Wind Orchestra as well as the Mission Peak Brass Band.
Friday, March 11th 2016 at 8PM
The Mission Peak Brass Band presents music with an international outlook: Overture from South Pacific, Dave Adams’ arrangement of Saint-Saens’ Orient et Occident, and Duke Ellington’s Isfahan, featuring flugelhorn soloist Cliff Mercer. The program also includes great music by Verdi, Louis Prima, and a selection of fanfares, marches and waltzes. Tickets are $15/$10 (staff, students, and seniors) at the door or can be purchased in advance here.
We’ve got some great music planned for our fans this year! Please mark your calendars for the following concert dates:
Friday March 11th 8PM at the Smith Center for our Winter Concert
Friday April 29th 8PM at the Smith Center for our Spring Concert
More details to follow!
Get yourself into the holiday spirit and come see all the Ohlone Community bands at the Smith Center on Saturday December 5th 2015 at 2PM. Buy tickets on-line or at the box office.
Join us Friday, November 6, 2015 8pm at the Smith Center, Ohlone College, Fremont to experience the many colors of music from many countries and genres with the Mission Peak Brass Band at its fall concert. Get Directions – Buy Tickets
Hear movie music from Frozen, Lord of the Rings, and the moving Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan. The program also includes Eddie DeBons’ A Festive Intrada, Janacek’s Sokol Fanfare, and the Mission Peak cornets playing Cornet Carillon. Also including Philip Sparke’s arrangement of Jerusalem, Dave Adams’ arrangement of Pepita Greus, the contest march Mephistopheles, Chris Hazell’s Kraken, and Victorian Snapshots – On Ratcliff Highway, Ray Steadman-Allen’s mashup of Victorian melodies. Featuring Doug Harris (E-flat soprano cornet) playing Mozart’s Queen of the Night’s Aria.
General admission is $15 ($10 for seniors, students, and staff) at the door or using the link above
Shake off the summer cobwebs and blow a few notes! Rehearsals start 9/1 @Kennedy.
Join us on Friday, May 1st at 8:00 p.m. in the Smith Center of Ohlone College, Fremont as we present Song and Dance! Get Directions – Buy Tickets
This concert will feature cornet soloist, Laura Shea-Clark, performing Dvorak’s beautiful aria Song to the Moon from the opera Rusalka. We’ll also be playing Elgar’s Chanson de Matin (Song of the Morning), and Italian Fantasy, a medley of well known Italian songs including Funiculi Funicula, and the Triumphal March from Aida.
Toe-tappers to dance to include The Fair-Day from An Irish Symphony, Viva Birkinshaw March and Malcolm Arnolds, Prelude, Dance, and March and if that weren’t enough, we’ll also play John Williams’ Liberty Fanfare and The Mask of Zorro.
A native of Chicago, Laura grew up playing in Salvation Army brass bands and played with the Illinois and Chicago Brass Bands, which between them won seven North American Brass Band Association Championship titles. She also won the NABBA solo competition with “Song to the Moon”, our featured solo piece for this concert.
In addition to freelancing and subbing in various groups, she performs with the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic, Saratoga Symphony, and Lyric Theatre, and she is section leader for the San Francisco Wind Ensemble. She and her husband, Guy, both play trumpet for the Santa Cruz Nutcracker Ballet and sub in the Santa Cruz Symphony.
Our featured solo piece for our May concert in Laura’s words:
“Dvorak is my favorite composer, & Rusalka’s “Song to the Moon” is his most beautiful aria. I really love playing it.”