Meet the Instruments

Artist: Festival Jazz Group

Assembly Description


Discover the families of instruments! Through a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, Latin, pop and movie themes, a troupe of professional musicians introduces the four families of instruments, Brass, Percussion, Woodwind and Strings. The performance is intended to illustrate the enjoyment that can be gained from making music, and is ideal for recruiting students to the school orchestra or band. The program also demonstrates that diverse people from different ethnic backgrounds can make beautiful harmony together.

Assembly Information


Grades: K-6
Curriculum Links: Music
Price: Single performance$1,075
2 back-to-back $1,550
Program length: 45 minutes
Artist travel fees may apply
The performances are tailored to the particular age level and special needs of the audience.


Technical Requirements


The artists may arrive between 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to the first performance of the day. Please have the following set-up ready for them upon their arrival.

  • 2 microphones with stands
  • P.A. system
  • 4 music stands
  • A well-tuned piano

About the Artist


Ron Vincent (drums/leader) Since settling in New York in 1982, Ron has become a veteran of the New York City jazz scene. Working often as a sideman, Ron has recorded for labels such as GRP, Concord and Palmetto records, the latter where he has been producer as well as co-producer for a number of projects. Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and the Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CD’s with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with such notables as Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker to name a few. As a leader, his own trio and quartet are active in the New York City area and his quartet has toured the U.S. and Europe. As a jazz artist/educator for Sabian Cymbals, Ron has presented workshops at over 100 Colleges and Universities and has been on the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camps and the Stanford Jazz Camp (CA). In 1996 Ron received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance. Additionally, Ron has produced and performed in two educational videos for the Master Jazz series and is on the faculty at Manhattanville College.

The members of Meet The Instruments, Lolly Bienenfeld (trombone/baritone horn), Jay Brandford (saxophone), Jon Kass (violin), Charlie Caranicas and Ralph Hamperian (bass/tuba), have performed in many Broadway show orchestras, as well as with the house band of the Apollo Theater, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show. They have been associated with some of NY City’s well known institutions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and The Blue Note. As individuals, these accomplished musicians have recorded and appeared with such musical notables as Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, The Ellington Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett. Members of the group have received awards from Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota Jazz Award and the Thelonious Monk Institute.