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JB Brass Quartet

December 22, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

$5 – $10


Reif Senior Series – JB Brass Quartet.

All Senior Series shows include a complimentary pie and coffee social following the performance!

Limited Senior Series seats available, get your tickets early!

Meet the group:
John Olson – Trombone
John is a retired music educator, serving in the Osseo School District for over 35 years. He was a band director
at Osseo and Park Center High School for most of his career, finishing up with the elementary school band
programs. John is a member of 6 local big bands, a regular member of the Lake Wobegon Brass Band, and
played in the house orchestra at the Carleton Celebrity Room back in the 1980’s, where he met Bob.

Dean Heller – Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Dean is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a masters degree in music performance. His full time
occupation is teaching trumpet to all levels; from beginners to advanced players through the St. Joseph’s
School of Music. Dean is a member of the Compass Rose Brass Ensemble, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis,
and the Neoteric Chamber Winds along with other small ensembles.

Bob Kase– Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Piccolo Trumpet – Arranger/composer
Bob earned his Doctorate in Music from the University of Minnesota, after studying Jazz at North Texas State
and as an undergrad student at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has a very impressive resume,
including travelling the world as a featured soloist representing Yamaha and Shilke Trumpets. He has played
behind such classic greats as Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Sonny and Cher, among others. Calls continue to
come in asking him to play with big bands in the Chicago area and other Midwest jazz festivals.
Bob is our resident composer/arranger concentrating on melody and harmony to bring out the best in our 4

Jeff Sowden – Tuba
Jeff was honored to be selected to the McDonalds All American Band in 1969 – marching in the Macys
Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and New Years Day at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.
Jeff is also a past member of the band at UMD, where he met Bob back in 1973. He and Bob recently reconnected
after 46 years! After not playing the horn at all for over 46 years, he heard of an alumni group
forming of past All American Band members and decided to join, resurrecting his tuba playing.

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December 22, 2023
1:00 pm
$5 – $10
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Ives Studio Theater, Reif Center
720 NW Conifer Dr
Grand Rapids,MN55744United States
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Reif Arts Council
(218) 327-5780
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