The Rogue Valley Brass Choir

The Rogue Valley Brass Choir of Medford, OR, consists of a limited number of brass players from the Rogue Valley area. Founding director Marvin Belford invited Yvonne and Norman to join the ensemble in 1995 with Yvonne on bass trombone and Norm on euphonium. On occasion Norm moved over to play drum set when a number required one. In 1997 Marvin resigned from the group and Norm was selected to take over directorship. Yvonne then moved over to euphonium, son Tony joined the French horn section, and daughter Jen took on timpani.

The Rogue Valley Brass Choir

In performance at Southern Oregon University in 1999. Norman is directing, Tony is playing French horn (right end, front row), Yvonne is playing bass trombone (second row), and Jenny is playing timpani.

The Rogue Valley Brass Choir

At the end of the concert at SOU, the Rogue Valley Brass Choir is joined by several other participants in the concert for a rousing finale of "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa. Cynthia Hutton is directing, Norman is playing euphonium directly behind Cindy (directly in front of her by her perspective), Tony is playing French horn just to the left of Norm, and Yvonne is playing bass trombone (toward the right). The only "maverick" is Rhett Bender on saxophone (but it is made mostly of brass) toward the left end.