By a Broadmead Resident
Broadmead residents and guests were treated to two Sunday concerts in July. On Sunday, July 7 at 3:00 p.m. an ensemble, "Swamp Romp," from The United States Army Band Pershing's Own, performed traditional jazz and folk music from Louisiana. For two decades this group's musical performances have supported recruitment and community outreach including national broadcasts on television and rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
The ensemble's appearance has been facilitated by Jack and Bonnie Griffith, who have had a long association with the trombonist, Staff Sergeant Aaron Eckert, who holds a Master's Degree in Instrumental Music. Bonnie and Aaron's parents participated in the choir at their church in Belleville, Illinois. Aaron's parents also attended this concert.
A concert on Sunday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. featured the return of pianist Solomon Eichner, who performed at Broadmead in 2018. A Baltimore native, Eichner studied privately in Baltimore and then pursued degrees from North Carolina School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory and the University of South Carolina. The American Liszt Society describes Solomon's playing as "poetic, beautiful, and moving."