The first recipient, Sam Sanchez, is a sophomore at Liberty. Robbie Henderson is a senior at Liberty and has performed with the SFJAZZ High School All Stars Jazz Band. The final recipient, Bruce Mitchener is a Liberty senior and has played the National Anthem with Mic Gillette at AT&T Park. All are active in the Liberty music program.
It was the fifth year for the Stuart Music Fund (SMF) benefit concert, which raises money for local elementary and high school musicians for lessons, music camps and honor groups. The SMF honors Brentwood trombonist Bruce Stuart, who co-founded the Brentwood Concert Band (BCB) in 2005. Bruce passed away in 2008, and his wife Susan carries on co-directing the BCB with Carey Hurst.
The concert began with the BCB performing “The Blue and the Gray,” “Shenandoah” and “March from 1941.” The Brentwood Flute Choir performed “Scottish Flute Stomp” and a rousing version of “Flight of the Bumble Bee.”
BCB followed with “The Saint and the City,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “That’s a Plenty,” featuring a lively brass quintet.
After Mic Gillette’s presentation of the recipients, the Liberty Concert Band performed “National Emblem March,” “Lyric Waltz” and the Christmas piece “Fantasy on a Bell Carol.”
The combined forces of BCB and LHS brought the concert to a climactic finish with a heartwarming “Homeward Bound” featuring vocalists Raquel Taylor, Jessica Motta, Alton Bartolome and Carter Wood, and concluded with the K.L. King march “Circus Days.”
To donate to the Stuart Music Fund and learn more about Bruce and Susan Stuart, visit www.stuartmusicfund.com.