Capital City Community Band’s Salute to Young Musicians

Bassoonist Alex Brady and Daniel Limas-Majano, saxophonist.

Courtesy Bassoonist Alex Brady and Daniel Limas-Majano, saxophonist.

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When you see young people performing with their musical instruments on stage along with their mentors, it makes one realize that there is a lot of good in this world and a great deal of sharing between older, experienced musicians and the younger people – our next generation.

Sunday’s performance was a wonderful example of this giving back to the community at large by not only serving as role models but by helping to produce the next generation of creative, talented, outgoing instrumentalists.

Having volunteered with my husband for many years with the young musicians in the Florida Keys before moving to Minden, it was always a privilege to watch them grow and not only develop their musical acuteness and social skills but see the awareness of giving back to the community through their cherished instruments. These young adults make Carson City very proud.

This past Sunday, our Capital City Community Band joined with and highlighted young musicians on stage to present a kaleidoscope of wonderful selections greatly appreciated by an exuberant audience. Duet in C Minor was artistically performed by young instrumentalist’s bassoonist Alex Brady and Daniel Limas-Majano on saxophone, followed by Zach Carpenter’s rendition of The Old Grumbly Bear on his tuba. During the concert, Carpenter was presented the Capital City Community Band Richard Doede Scholarship as he graduates from Carson High School and pursues a musical career.


Nathan Torres performing on xylophone.


Carson High School’s clarinet choir – under the direction of retired, much-loved teacher and philanthropist Raynell Heaton – performed a lively interpretation of Puttin’ On The Ritz, Music of the Night, and When I’m Six-Four. A vocal arrangement reflection from Disney’s Mulan followed and was performed by Allison Hoffman and Mallory Olson. Olivia Monson on flute accompanied by pianist Aren Long gave a rendition of the piece Legends for Flute and Piano.

It was a delight to hear young Clark Hoffman’s dynamic performance on his snare drum of The Dark Crusader, and the stage came alive with the colorful, fast-moving and dramatic Viaje a Andalucia executed perfectly by Carson High School’s own award-winning winter drumline under the astute direction of Margie McWilliams.

Capital City Community Band director Nick Jacques – also CHS band director – introduced accomplished xylophone performer Ash Fajayan and talented marimbist Jonah Toral whose energetic duelin’ xylos - adapted from the movie Deliverance and arranged by Richard Saucedo -brought down the house!


Olivia Monson and Aren Long.


Violin Concerto in A Minor afforded an interesting take on a musical work adapted for xylophone and expertly performed by Nathan Torres followed by CHS’s own jazz combo which performed with their interpretation of the composition Spain. Much appreciation and thanks for a wonderful afternoon to director Jacques, his outstanding CHS band students and the wonderful, giving, all volunteer Capital City Community Band members.


CHS clarinet choir and Director Raynell Heaton.



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