In a Mount Vernon neighborhood on Monday evening, a band named Barclay Brass set up under a tent in the middle of the Maybrook Court. Families in groups scattered in the front yards and enjoyed a brass ensemble. In between ensemble songs, a couple of cello players performed. The sounds and social aspect brought everyone out to hear the Barclay Brass perform.
David Miller, one of the organizers of this impromptu concert on a neighborhood street near Yacht Haven said, “Music is something that brings us all together. I wanted it to be a socially distanced concert.”
According to the Mount Vernon Gazette, “Beforehand, Miller ran the idea by the Fairfax County Police Department to make sure he was following the pandemic gathering guidelines and let the group know that’s what he did before the music started. “We strongly encourage all attendees to maintain proper distance and have masks at hand,” the instructions on the flyer read. Although traffic through the court was halted during the performance, one Amazon delivery driver stopped short of the court and walked the package up to one of the houses.”
As per Mount Vernon Gazette, “In 2017, Barclay Brass was part of “The Force at 40”, the 40th-anniversary celebration of the release of Star Wars, which was held at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. In 2018, they were featured in a video produced by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”