Siouxland Christmas cheer, the South Dakota Brass Quintet, Vermillion, SD

15 Dec

Last year and this year in Siouxland I made the time to attend the Christmas brown bag lunch performance of the South Dakota Brass Quintet at the National Music Museum located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, in Vermillion. The five member group play some traditional classical music and then some holiday music, all written for brass, or re-written by a member of the group for their performance. The group includes Rolf Olson, Gary Reeves, Chuck Dibley, Jonathan Alvis and Clayton Lehman. All are affiliated one way or another with the university.


Last year I talked with Rolf Olson about the group and what its purpose is. At the 3:20 mark in the video Mr. Olson begins talking about the group. This year I recorded a few songs and shot some images of them performing and the audience in attendance. The performance space is small and is always overflowing. This year it seemed to me that more chairs were added to the performance area, and as always, hot drinks and cookies are provided to celebrate the festive Christmas performance.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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