The year was 1980. Maestro Royston Nash had just begun his successful tenure as Music Director of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra (CCSO), which, in 1980, was a community orchestra performing a limited repertoire. This year we honor Royston Nash in his final season. Under his direction our Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra has become a polished cultural gem. In the early 1980s I played 2nd trumpet in the CCSO for three seasons. I remember how we sounded then. I know how the Symphony sounds today. Thank you, Royston for your vision, your patience and your artistry.
Less-noticed in 1980 was the re-establishment of a bit of Americana on the Outer Cape. Former members of the Provincetown Town Band, which had not performed for years, joined with various wind, brass and percussion players from the Lower Cape and organized themselves into The Lower Cape Concert Band (LCCB). The mission was simple: play band music in the towns of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet and Eastham. We never quite got as far as Orleans in those early days. For the first fourteen years, off and on, I played trumpet and directed the ensemble, often both at the same time. (I was younger then). Eventually my schedule got the better of me and I left the band to focus on my financial planning practice, Brimmer Financial Group in Orleans.
Since its beginning my friend, Brenda Silva, Principal Clarinetist of the band - similar to the concertmaster in an orchestra - kept the LCCB going. Both of her daughters, Brianna, now a music therapist and Brett, head chef for a large commercial Boston catering firm, played in the band while they were students here on the Cape. Brianna sat next to her mother in the band with a toy violin and a stick when she was about three years old. A few years later she was playing not only a real violin but had learned the piano and several woodwind instruments as well. Brianna now composes and sings her own songs. She has recorded several CDs. Brett also joined the band while a student and continued playing saxophone in the band until she left the Cape for school and work. Brett is also a fine drummer.
I have known Brenda and her daughters since those very early days of the Lower Cape Concert Band. Brenda continues as a local church organist and music teacher. What I didn't know was what a good artist Brenda was and is. She recently did a wonderful portrait of our Chihuahua, "T.J." Admiring her work hanging here in our office it occurred to me one day that we could hold an art show and open house, featuring Brenda's work while offering our clients and others information about financial topics both general and specific. Thus the name of our Open House: "Art and the Art of Financial Planning."
Stop by Brimmer Financial, 19 Brewster Cross Road, Orleans, on Saturday, May 19th from 1 to 5 PM. Enjoy the art (Brenda), refreshments (Brett), and background music (Brianna). Ask questions about your financial planning and investments (Bob Brimmer) and find answers to your group benefits, new Mass. Health Insurance Connection questions (Rick Pike). I would like to thank Pamela Brimmer, Susan Lemieux and Char Priolo for helping to make this Open House possible.
Robert W. Brimmer, CFP T