Saugerties Pro Musica
   2010 / 2011 Concert Season


West Point Quinette 7
February 20th
, 2011

FREE Concert 
All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM

at the Saugerties United Methodist Church

on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street



Staff Sergeant Craig Bitterman -drum set

Sergeant First Class Denver Dill -trumpet

Sergeant First Class Brian Broelmann -saxophone

Staff Sergeant Nathan Turner -tuba

Staff Sergeant Kristen Mather -clarinet

Staff Sergeant Eric Garcia -percussion

Staff Sergeant Yalin Chi -piano



The West Point Band’s Quintette 7 selected its name as a witty homage to

composer Raymond Scott, incorporating elements of  two of  his performing

ensembles’ names (The Raymond Scott Quintette and The Secret 7). The

ensemble, a mixed septet of  four rhythm players and three horns, is

comprised of  members of  the West Point Concert Band and the band’s

Field Music Group, The Hellcats.

Quintette 7 convened in the fall of  2008 for a one-time performance of  the

quintet music of  Raymond Scott, which was accompanied by a biographical

presentation by the Raymond Scott Archives director Irwin Chusid.

Encouraged by the success of  this performance and the support of  the

Raymond Scott Archives, Quintette 7 continues to delight audiences with its

unique repertoire, and quirky presentation.

In January of 2010, Quintette 7 recorded twenty-one pieces by Scott for the

West Point Band’s chamber music CD project. While trying to stay true to the

original style, Quintette 7 has taken advantage of  the many fine

instrumentalists in the West Point  Band by adding tuba in place of  the bass

and percussion parts to pieces that originally had no percussion. After the

performance in 2008, Irwin Chusid remarked that he could no longer imagine

the music without tuba. Chusid also stated that “Quintette 7 performs

Raymond Scott quintet classics with a restrained passion befitting the elegance

of  the compositions...There’s no attempt to overwhelm or overplay; they let

the works breathe. Scott created the notes; Quintette 7 provides the sparkle.”


Most recently, Quintette 7 held a CD release event on the grounds of West

Point. Several members of  Raymond Scott’s family attended the event,

including Scott’s son, Stan Warnow, who screened portions of  his newest

documentary, Deconstructing Dad. He described the quality of the

performance as “first rate – which really wasn’t a surprise as these

exceptionally talented musicians all attended prestigious academic


Members of  Quintette 7 come from varied musical backgrounds, having

worked with various orchestras, wind ensembles, popular musicians and

chamber ensembles throughout the country. Three members of Quintette 7

attended the Juilliard School, Raymond Scott’s own alma mater.

Quintette 7 is proud to serve the United States Army as one of the chamber

ensembles of  the West Point Band, presenting educational and entertaining performances of  popular and lesser-known repertoire to appreciative




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