Upon walking out on stage to warm up, I was greeted on all sides by huge Greek-style granite columns and porticos. A colleague commented that it reminded us both of the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater, where the Navy Band, Army Band, Air Force Band and Marine Band perform for Easter Sunrise and Memorial Day ceremonies. I was certainly not expecting the ornate grandeur of it all.
It was a pleasure performing for the people of Toledo in their fantastic hall. The Toledo Muesuem of Art is unique among art museums, in that it has a dedicated concert hall (home of the Toledo
Symphony) and that the Peristyle Concert Hall takes up so much space: one third of the museum. It was the dream of Florence Scott Libbey, who thought that music is art, and it belongs in a museum. We couldn’t agree more.
Musician 1st Class Eric Brown plays trumpet in the Concert Band.
|The view from the percussion section|
|Our oboe section poses for a classic Greek photo|
|Our flute section likes variety... a master chief, senior chief, first class, and chief|
Photos by Master Chief Musician Betty Myers and Musician 1st Class Eric Brown