Big Finish

Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom

“To have an audience respond to your performance with almost uncontrollable dancing, dazzling smiles and a roar of approval—nothing can compare. Being a part of [Orkestar Zirkonium] has made me feel like a rock star. I feel so lucky to have been a part of the group and the communities it has been a part of.”

—Orkestar Zirkonium member Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, seen here playing the tenor tuba in the raucous Balkan brass band’s final show on Jan. 7 at Washington Hall. Neufeld-Kaiser answered OZ’s original call for musicians to play the Fremont Solstice Pageant in 2003 and has since played with the band around the country, from New Orleans to Burning Man.