First Performance
Rossmoor, NJ, Philadelphia Brass: Lawrence Wright, Brian Kuszyk; Trumpets; Anthony Cecere, French Horn; Robert Gale, Trombone; Scott Mendoker, Tuba; June 6, 2008
Hickman Music Editions
Notes From Faraway Places; Philadelphia Brass, Summit Records DCD 681 2016


David Sampson (2008)

A Family Portrait for brass quintet was written as a gift to my good friend, Scott Mendoker, and his wife, Annie and daughter, Emma. It portrays the energy, humor and love that abounds in this family. Beginning with a gentle interplay between the first trumpet playing on flugelhorn and horn, the second trumpet soon enters with playful counterpoint followed by the trombone and tuba mimicking what has come before. After a few minutes, the piece erupts with a careening horn solo followed by each instrument taking its share of the spotlight ending with several strong definitive chords. A Family Portrait was premiered in Rossmoor, NJ on June 6, 2008, by the Philadelphia Brass: Trumpets – Lawrence Wright, Brian Kuszyk; French Horn – Anthony Cecere; Trombone – Robert Gale; Tuba – Scott Mendoker.

Total Running Time: 5:03