Boulevard BrassA musical summer journey awaits families as they join the Pioneer Library System for its presentation “A Better World with Boulevard Brass,” at hometown libraries and events during June and July.

Boulevard Brass, a Norman-based brass quintet, will perform a selection of songs that will take participants on a musical journey through time.

Attendees will get a taste of contrasting musical styles from around the world and also learn a little about each of the instruments utilized by the quintet.

Boulevard Brass is made up of Mervin Tay and Derek Blankenship, trumpet; Logan Fish, French horn; Daryl Nagode, trombone; and Paul Nesper, tuba.

The group was established in 2011 and in addition to playing at various library events in the last few years also has performed at events like music festivals, conferences, and schools where they have given clinics for students as well as free concerts.

A big part of their mission is to inspire young people to find a love for music.

“The biggest thing is just to be having fun playing music,” Nagode said. “It doesn’t have to be some sort of classroom thing.”

All ages are invited to attend the performances.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.