Photos: Garden party, with brass

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  • Drummer Marq Hoover of Florence, along with Ken Harstine, left, of Holyoke on pocket trumpet, wrap up a song during an Expandable Brass Band rehearsal in the garden of tuba player Dave Abbott on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Florence. Behind them, listening and dancing, are neighbor Alex Porter and her daughter Willoughby, 2, and Robyn O'Brien and Tom Murray, both of Plainfield. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Some of the members of the Expandable Brass Band gather around the vegetable garden of tuba player Dave Abbott, left. Clockwise, from left, are Joel Saxe of Northampton on clarinet, Ken Harstine of Holyoke on pocket trumpet, Marq Hoover of Florence on drums, Laurel Greenberg of Cummington on trumpet, Henry Canby of Leeds on alto saxophone and Alexa Nickandros of Northampton on tenor saxophone.  —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Tom Murray, left, and Robyn O'Brien, both of Plainfield, dance in the driveway of Alex Porter and her daughter Willoughby, 2, at center chatting with neighbor Ari Kriegsman, as they listen to the Expandable Brass Band rehearsing across the street. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Joel Saxe of Northampton plays clarinet on the front porch of Dave Abbott's house. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Ken Harstine of Holyoke plays pocket trumpet during an Expandable Brass Band rehearsal. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Alexa Nickandros, left, of Northampton, on tenor saxophone, and Henry Canby, right, of Leeds join other members of the Expandable Brass Band in a Wednesday evening rehearsal. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Joel Saxe of Northampton plays clarinet on the front porch of Dave Abbott's house during an Expandable Brass Band rehearsal on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Alex Porter and her daughter Willoughby, 2, listen to a rehearsal by some members of the Expandable Brass Band, including alto saxophonist Henry Canby, right. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Marq Hoover of Florence rehearses with the Expandable Brass Band. The band’s stickers say “Be Happy. Be Kind. Have Fun.” —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Some members of the Expandable Brass Band have a Wednesday evening rehearsal at the Florence home of tuba player Dave Abbott, right. From left, are Laurel Greenberg of Cummington on trumpet, Henry Canby of Leeds on alto saxophone, Alexa Nickandros of Northampton on tenor saxophone and Sandy Ward of Holyoke on percussion. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Drummer Marq Hoover of Florence takes his kit home by bike after a rehearsal with the Expandable Brass Band on Wednesday evening. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Photographer
Published: 6/19/2020 7:38:08 AM
Modified: 6/19/2020 7:37:57 AM

FLORENCE – Local street “honk” heroes, the Expandable Brass Band, staked out responsibly distanced spots around the vegetable garden of tubaist Dave Abbott for an early evening practice on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – much to the enjoyment of neighbors and passers-by. 

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.


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