The Air Force Brass Quintet

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The New Layout

Hi all!  I thought I would post some things I forgot to put in my handout from my listening session the other day.  It was fun to present music to my colleagues and enjoy some listening for about 40 mins.  I still can't find any info on the Tokyo Metropolitan Brass Trio.  Can anyone help with that?  So here it is! The updated version of the listening.  Thanks for reading!  

Chamber Brass Listening Session

Center City Brass Quintet
Fire Dance (3:46)  --Anthony Dilorenzo From the album "Streetsong"
4 Outings No. 2 Blues Tempo (5:03)---Andre Previn From the album "Streetsong" 

Anthony DiLorenzo, trumpet Ryan Anthony, TrumpetRichard King, Horn
Steve Witser,Trombone Craig Knox, Tuba

Steve Witser has served as Assistant Principal Trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1989.  He received his Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 1981.  That same year he was a prize winner in the Munich International Solo Competition.  In 1988 Mr. Witser returned to Europe and won second prize in the Geneva International Competition for Music Performers.  Mr. Witser has served as Principal Trombone with the Music of the Baroque Phoenix Symphony.  A faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1993, he has also taught at the Eastman School of Music and The Oberlin Conservatory

*Since his unexpected death in 2009 Steve Witser has been replaced by Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto.  

Richard Kind was appointed Principal Horn of the Cleveland Orchestra by Christoph Von Dohnanyi in 1996, having held the position of Associate Principal Horn since the age of twenty.  As a soloist, he has performed with the Auckland Philharmonic as well as numerous appearances with his own orchestra; his recent performance of the Mozart Horn Concerto #2 was noted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for its “silken stream of beautiful tone” and “flawless performance”. 
Geoffrey Hardcastle is Second Trumpet of the Buffalo Philarmonic.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Bernard Adelstein, David Zauder, and James Darling.  Geoffrey performed for several seasons as an acting member of the Cleveland Orchestra.  He was a founding member of the Burning River Brass Ensemble, and is currently a member of Proteus 7.  Geoffrey is on the faculty at Celeveland State University. 

Anthony DiLorenzo has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and New York Philharmonic, and has held positions with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and Utah Symphony.  Anthony is also a member of Proteus 7 and the Burning River Brass ensemble.  DiLorenzo is an Emmy Award-winning composer, whose works have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony, and New World Symphony.  The CCBQ takes full advantage of Anthony’s composition talent, and regularly enlists him to write new music for the quintet.  His original work, “Firedance”, which the CCBQ premiered and recorded on its Street Song album, has become a favorite among student and professional brass quintets around the world. 

Craig Knox, tuba, is Principal Tuba of the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Adjunct Professor of Tuba at Duquesne University, and Artist-Lecturer in Tuba at Carnegie Mellon University.  He has served as Acting Principal Tuba of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and held the Principal Tuba chair of the Sacramento Symphony and the New World Symphony, with which he appeared as soloist.  He has held teaching positions at Kent State University, California State University-Hayward, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was Director of Brass Chamber Music.  In addition to being a founding member of the CCBQ, he is also tubist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass and has played and toured with the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass Quintet and Empire Brass. 
American Brass Quintet

Brass Quintet No. 3 In Des-Dur, Op. 7: 2. Intermezzo Moderato (4:37)--Victor Ewald 
Solfeggiamento (0:48)- From the album "Fyre and Lightning" Consort music of 1600
Fancy a 6 (2:18) From the album "Fyre and Lightning" Consort music of 1600

Raymond Mase, Trumpet
Chris Gekker, Trumpet
Robert Biddlecome, Bass Trombone
David Wakefield, Horn
Ronald Borror, Trombone

“Now in its 51st season, the American Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and an icon in the brass world….Equally committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been at residence at The Julliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970.”

Triton Trombone Quartet
The Triton Trombone Quartet was formed in 1982 under the name of Bielefeld Trombone Quartet.  The four musicians initially concentrated on performing early music and selected twentieth-century compositions.  Gradually the repertoire expanded to take in the entire literature for this instrumental ensemble from the Renaissance to the experimental music of today.  The ensemble has been praised for its stylistic security, its homogeneous sound and its fascinating expressive power. 

Sonata In E Minor for 3 trombones (3:29)--Daniel Speer 
Kindermann: Sonata “La Affetuosa” for 3 trombones (3:14)--Erasmus Kindermann
Olaf Ott, Ulrich Behrends , Hermann Baumer ,Ulrich Dieckmann           

Tokyo Metropolitan Brass Trio

Divertissement –Maurice Faillenot
I.                   Prelude (1:38)
II.                Sarabande (2:07)
III.             Menuet (2:53)

Trio For Brass- Vaclav Nelhybel
I.                   Leggiero marcato (1:43)
II.                Andante moderato (2:42)
III.             Molto viva con bravura (0:28)

For a New Theatre (0:45)
Reinhold Friedrich and Wolfgang Bauer
 -Dedicated to Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, this fanfare was composed for the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center, new home of the New York City Ballet.
Rebirth Brass Band-
Here To Stay (4:00)
Aint No Party (6:43 tentative)
***In February this group won a Grammy for their album "Rebirth of New Orleans"  Congrats!!  
Simply put, the Grammy Award winning Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the now infamous Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world.  Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show.  Their signature brand of heavy funk has not only won over several generations of music lovers, it has become the soundtrack to an entire city.  In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.”



  1. Hey Megan, when I searched the Tokyo Metropolitan Brass Trio, google wanted me to search Tokyo Metropolitan Brass Quintet. A page came up with a picture and it looks like the same guys. Maybe there is more information about that group some where. :)

  2. Thanks for the comment Megan! I'll have to check them out and do a blog post on them next time.

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