In this weekend's unusual 'Run for the Music,' a Philharmonic guest star joins — for several reasons

Chris Coletti, trumpet for the Canadian Brass, is shown in the 2012 NYC Half-Marathon, running to raise funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He’ll run Sunday in Naples to raise money for the Philharmonic.

Chris Coletti, trumpet for the Canadian Brass, is shown in the 2012 NYC Half-Marathon, running to raise funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He’ll run Sunday in Naples to raise money for the Philharmonic.

It’s not uncommon to see the five members of the Canadian Brass sporting tennis shoes with slacks and ties as they play their music onstage.

In fact, that is how they are pictured on the cover of their latest album, “Canadian Brass Takes Flight.” Selections from the album will make up most of the group’s repertoire when they perform at the Naples Philharmonic on Sunday.

But for Canadian Brass trumpeter Chris Coletti, different rubber-soled footwear will be required on the morning of the quintet’s performance.

The Staten Island-raised Coletti will don running shoes as he competes in the fourth annual Run For Music, a 10K race put on by the Phil to benefit its youth educational fund.

Never an athlete, Coletti began marathon running four years ago.

“It’s nice to learn something from scratch,” said Coletti, who attended the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York — the school the movie “Fame” was based on. “I’ve been playing trumpet for 19 years, and you almost forget what it’s like to be a beginner.”

The Phil’s principal trumpeter, Matthew Sonneborn, also the Run for Music’s race director, saw the 28-year-old’s running exploits on his Facebook page and invited him to participate.

“I didn’t really have to be convinced,” said Coletti, who recently earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. “I was in.”

Coletti will be among the more than 1,000 runners hitting the pavement for Sunday’s race. As in previous Run for Music events, musicians will be plying their trade along the racecourse.

Chris Coletti, trumpet for the Canadian Brass, needs good breath control for his work, which is a benefit he gets from running.

Chris Coletti, trumpet for the Canadian Brass, needs good breath control for his work, which is a benefit he gets from running.

At one stop, Greg Anderson, a violinist with the orchestra will conduct the Naples Philharmonic Symphonia, a string ensemble of young musicians.

The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Philharmonic.

For those who are not runners but would like to take a Sunday morning stroll set to music, there is a 1-mile walk. That begins at 7:35.

“First and foremost, it’s an event put on by the orchestra for the community,” Sonneborn said. “The reaction over the years has been fantastic. I often have people tell me that it is, by far, their favorite event.

“Everyone in the orchestra participates in helping out run the race. We do it because we love it. Everyone has a great time from the orchestra. We want to be seen outside our tails just as people in the community,” he said.

For Coletti, who will be given a special running jersey with his name and the Canadian Brass logo on it, Sunday will be a long day.

Though he’s run the equivalent of 10 kilometers before, it’s his first time competing at that distance. That afternoon, he and the other members of Canadian Brass will conduct a masters class before performing that evening.

“I’d warn anyone out there who’s anxious to beat me, that I’m not really going to be pushing it,” Coletti said. “I’m going to take it easy. I’ll run the race, drink some water, take smelly, sweaty pictures, teach the masters class then go on stage at night.

“Hopefully, I’ll get some rest in between,” he said.

Besides the health benefits, Coletti sees running and performing go hand-in-hand.

“I think there are a lot of similarities between the two,” he said. “Physically, there is the endurance aspect of it. A Canadian Brass show is longer than most, as any quintet will tell you. Also, in long-distance running, there are things you have to do mentally to keep it fresh, keep it fun.

“And it obviously helps with my lung and breath capacity,” he said.

For more information on the Canadian Brass, visit www.canadianbrass.com,www.facebook.com/canadianbrass, or www.twitter.com/canadianbrass

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