MDAEF sponsored a concert by the highly decorated Concord High School Jazz Band at the Gardens at Heather Farms on March 5, 2017. Under the direction of Gary Coartney, the Band performed jazz numbers from the 40’s and 50’s. The music was outstanding, and a good time was had by all.
MDAEF sponsored a concert by the award winning Foothill Middle School Jazz Band at the Gardens at Heather Farms on March 6, 2016. The event also featured wine tasting provided by the award winning Rock Wall Winery. The Jazz Band was fabulous and the wine superb.
On March 30, 2014, MDAEF presented Clarinet Fusion at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center. Clarinet Fusion, a San Francisco Bay Area clarinet choir, is the result of the inspiration, hard work, and determination of founder Karyn Weber. Begun as a quartet/quintet in the fall of 2009, Clarinet Fusion performed several concerts each year until the spring of 2012 when it expanded to a full choir that included the extended range of the harmony clarinets.
In addition to playing the standard clarinets, various members also have experience playing other instruments such as: A and C clarinet, flute, oboe, sarrusophone, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, baritone horn, tuba, electric bass, and the saxophone family: soprano, alto, Bb tenor, C melody tenor, and baritone.
The members of Clarinet Fusion collectively boast nearly 400 years of music playing experience, with a majority of that on clarinets. They represent membership in 19 other local music and performing groups.