Boston Brass

Boston Brass 's Biography

For more than 30 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, captivating all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, wind ensembles, brass bands, marching bands and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in nearly every U.S. state and more than 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world, including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Boston Brass is a Yamaha Performing Group and has been featured educators and performers at The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference, Japan Band Clinic, National Association for Music Education National Conference, American Bandmasters Association Convention, American Band College, Western International Band Clinic and Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.

Boston Brass has been featured on CBS's The Early Show and National Public Radio's Performance Today as well as at the Great American Brass Band Festival. The group has recorded many diverse albums. Their recording Concerto Grosso is a collaboration with Eric Rombach-Kendall and the University of New Mexico Wind Ensemble. Reminiscing is a tribute to Rolf Smedvig of the Empire Brass. Rewired features new arrangements by the members of Boston Brass. Latin Nights features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion and guitar. Other albums include Ya Gotta Try (featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie; produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder) and Within Earshot (featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvoř├ík, Liszt and others). 

Boston Brass has multiple holiday recordings, including Christmas Bells are Swingin' and The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, featuring the Boston Brass All-Stars Big Band playing the truly phenomenal charts made popular by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra. Boston Brass tours a vibrant holiday show each year, featuring many of the charts from their holiday albums combined with a variety of solo and combo selections as well as some fun surprises. This has quickly established the show as a perennial audience favorite. 

2011 marked the 25th Anniversary of Boston Brass and was celebrated with the "25 Fanfares Project," wherein 25 fanfares written by composers from all over the country were premiered. The group also premiered a new major commission by noted wind ensemble composer Brian Balmages and new arrangements by the legendary Sam Pilafian. Additionally, Boston Brass was very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate in the 2010/2011 season with the fabulous Imani Winds in a program entitled Sketches of Spain, featuring the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. In the 2012/2013 season, the quintet began touring their Notes from the Balcony program with the Enso String Quartet. The program featured music based on Romeo and Juliet.

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