Cranberry Brass Quintet Concert

Cranberry Brass Quintet

Holiday Concert

December 3,

3 pm

First Congregational Church,

547 Hanover Street, Hanover

Free-Will Donations Encouraged

December calendars tend to fill up quickly, so here’s an early suggestion for your Holiday Season pleasure.  The First Congregational Church of Hanover will be presenting a Christmas concert by the Cranberry Brass Quintet at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, December 3. Offering holiday cheer with French horn, trombone, tuba, and trumpets, Cranberry Brass will perform a varied program including Christmas favorites old and new.

The Cranberry Brass Quintet was formed in 2018 by a group of music educators from the South Shore. Its members represent school faculties in Hanover, Norwell, Pembroke, and Boston Conservatory.  They have shared their talent and love of music at numerous venues in the greater Boston metropolitan area.  We are fortunate to be able to host them this year for our congregation and community.

Following the concert there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments in the vestry. All are welcome. For more information, or


Sheri Fernandes (french horn) A native of southeastern Massachusetts and committed to the field of music education, Fernandes was the Director of Music, and High School Band and Chorus Director in East Bridgewater before joining the faculty at Boston Conservatory.  In addition to teaching music theory, ear training, and various graduate courses at the Conservatory, Fernandes is the Department Chair of Music Theory.  Fernandes is also the director of the Apponequet Regional High School Marching Band and the Apponequet Summer Sing Program, both in the Freetown-Lakeville School District.  

Fernandes is an active freelance horn player and performs regularly with numerous orchestra, band, and chamber ensembles throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is also an active composer and arranger for several ensembles in the area. Fernandes currently resides near her hometown in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and son where she maintains a small private studio for horn, trumpet, voice, and theory lessons.


Austin Glass (tuba) received his Bachelor of Music Education from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and a Master of Music Performance from Yale University. Austin is in his nineteenth year as the Band Director at Pembroke High School where he teaches Honors Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, 9th Grade Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Music Theory, Guitar Class, and conducts the pit orchestra for their annual musical. He enjoys playing bass guitar in the praise band at Sanctuary Church in Marshfield on Sunday mornings. Austin resides in Kingston with his wife Andrea, three daughters Lila, Elsie, and Maisy, two dogs, five chickens, two ducks, four rabbits, and three goats.


Matt Harden (trumpet) is the K-12 Department Chair for Fine & Performing Arts for the Hanover Public Schools and Director of Instrumental Music at Hanover High School where he directs the marching band, symphonic band, jazz ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. He also teaches AP Music Theory and a variety of music appreciation and technology electives. Mr. Harden is on the faculty of the South Shore Conservatory Summer Music Festival directing the Lab Jazz Ensemble and coaching trumpet. He holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he earned his Master of Music from Ithaca College. He is an active trumpeter, composer, arranger, drill designer, and guest conductor.

Mr. Harden serves on the Executive Board of SEMSBA as the Adjudication Coordinator and Webmaster and serves as Jazz Chair and President of the MMEA Southeastern District. Mr. Harden lives in Whitman with his wife Maegan, his sons Adam and Elliot, and their dogs Arya and Tyrion.


John O'Briant (trumpet) has taught instrumental music at Norwell High School since 2006, where he also serves as the K-12 Arts and Wellness Curriculum Coordinator.  He has degrees in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting from Connecticut College and Radford University, and he lives in Pembroke with his wife, son and dog.


Julienne Thornell (trombone) has been a public school music educator since 1996, and is in her 23rd year as the Band Director at Hanover Middle School.  Julienne received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hartwick College, and her Masters in Education from UMASS Boston.  Julienne has been on the faculty of South Shore Conservatory, teaching low brass since 2013, and coached and directed ensembles at SSC’s Summer Music Festival. 

As a trombonist, Julienne performs regularly with area theaters, orchestras, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles. In addition to playing with SheBop Swing Orchestra and Disco Dream, she has performed with Riverside Theatre Works, The Company Theatre, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston, Longwood Symphony, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and Metropolitan Wind Symphony.  Juli lives in Marshfield with her husband Peter, and twins Abby and Cooper.