Joanna with the Alchemy Quartet

Alchemy – Prelude and Groove (2012)

As America’s longest running professional tuba euphonium quartet, Alchemy was formed in 1976 as the Atlantic Tuba Quartet, and forty years later the group continues to bring their unique arrangements and classic approach to a new generation of audiences.  The group was founded by, and has always included, members of the United States Coast Guard Band, one of our nation’s five premiere service bands, stationed in New London, Connecticut. Current members Danny Vinson (Instructor of Euphonium, University of Houston), James Jackson (Principal Euphonium, U.S. Coast Guard Band), Gary Buttery (Principal Tuba, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired) and Joanna Ross Hersey (Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, UNC Pembroke), celebrate twenty years of playing in the group together this year as well, the same four have made up the Alchemy membership together since 1996. Inventive programming and a steady supply of new works from founding member and composer Gary Buttery, along with other composers, infect their performances with life and brilliancy, what one reviewer described as “a musical fabric of pure gold.”