Virtual Concert commemorates 9-11

MANALAPAN – A virtual Patriot Day performance by the Navesink Brass Quintet will premiere Saturday, Sept. 11 on the Monmouth County Library website in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.

The program will be available to view through Thursday, Sept. 30.

“Patriot Day, officially known as National Day of Service and Remembrance,” gives us all an opportunity to reflect and honor those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001,” said Nancy Grbelja, chairman of the Monmouth County Library Commission. “A virtual concert of remembrance is one way the library wants to offer so all residents can honor those who lost their lives during the Sept 11 bombing 20 years ago. We must also remember and honor those military members who recently lost their lives in Afghanistan,” the Commission chair said.

The Navesink Brass Quintet planned the commemorative as a historical perspective through music on how Americans united and reinforced themselves when faced with adversity, a practice in the United States from the Civil War through the most recent Covid crises.

The professional quintet, comfortable with all styles of music from the Renaissance and jazz to rock and more, was formed in 1992 in Red Bank and drew their name from the river flowing through Monmouth County. Their blend of superlative musical standards will give listeners a n opportunity to reflect, think, take pride, and be thankful.

The quintet is comprised of trumpeters Thomas Bender and Don Swinchoski, Nancy Tipnis on the horn, Dave Carver on trombone and Paul Eschelbach on tuba. Bender wrote Elegy in memory of artists, musicians and friends lost during Covid.

The concluding presentation in the virtual concert will be a dedication to the US Armed Forces as well as first responders.

To access the Sept. 11 program, which begins at 2 p.m., visit the Library’s website at


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