Brass

Brass students at Colorado State University have the opportunity to play in the region's top ensembles including two orchestras, three concert bands, two jazz bands, three chamber jazz ensembles, and a world class marching band. There are also many chamber opportunities including large brass ensemble, trumpet ensemble, horn ensemble, quintets, quartets, and trios. These ensembles have been featured at such venues as the Rocky Mountain Trumpet Fest, holiday events in Fort Collins, the Pepsi Center with the Denver Nuggets, CSU national concerts, and many more.

In the brass area, as opposed to working with a graduate student for instruction, students will study extensively with a professor of their instrument. Instrumental studios work in a competitive, yet friendly environment, allowing for great musical growth in the ensembles. In addition to personal instruction from the professor, combined studio classes offer pupils opportunity to work with other professors, allowing for an experience of breadth as well as depth. Prolific brass guest artists visit CSU every semester, giving students exposure to professionals in the field as an avenue for a diverse and comprehensive education. Many opportunities are available to students in this exclusive environment, fostering development towards becoming a well-rounded person, world-class performer, and successful teacher.

 

Study With

John McGuire

Associate Professor of Music; Horn, Chamber Music; Brass Area Coordinator

John.McGuire@colostate.edu

(970) 491-8515

Stanley Curtis

Assistant Professor of Music; Trumpet

Stanley.Curtis@colostate.edu

(703) 509-0873

Drew Leslie

Assistant Professor of Music; Trombone

Drew.Leslie@colostate.edu

970-491-6224

Brass Events

University Symphony Orchestra — The Return of the Full Symphony!

September 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM
This event will be presented in-person on Sept. 23 and 24, and via Livestream on Sept. 23 only. To kick-off our celebration of once again having a fully instrumented symphony orchestra, the CSU Symphony presents works never before played in Fort Collins. Michael Abels, a Los Angeles based composer who is perhaps best known for [...]

Jazz Ensembles Concert 

September 30, 2021 at 7:30 PM
This event will be presented in-person and via Livestream. Event description coming soon!

2021 OcTUBAfest

October 17, 2021 at 4:00 PM
The CSU Tuba and Euphonium Studio, led by CSU faculty Stephen Dombrowski, presents OcTUBAfest 2021. Since 2013, this event has featured tuba and euphonium students with a special guest artist. The masterclass, guest solo recital, and student recital of solo and ensemble works are all free and open to public observation.

Brass News

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CSU Music Alum Staff Sgt. Robert Bonner Performs at Presidential Inauguration

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  Colorado State University music alum and trumpet player, Staff Sgt. Robert Bonner, performed in the inauguration ceremony in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The band provided music for President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris’ swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol; the band performed “Hail to the Chief” to honor President Biden, […]

Promotional Photo of University Center for the Arts External Spring

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance COVID-19 Policies

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All information and health protocols provided are based on information and CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines available at the time of posting. This website will be updated frequently to account for changes in CDC, local government, and CSU guidelines and protocols.  Read the complete list of School of Music, Theatre, and Dance COVID-19 policies […]

Brass Blog

2017 International Horn Symposium tour photo

A Run-Out to Brazil

Well, this trip unexpectedly turned into quite the adventure! Clarinet Professor Wesley Ferreira and I left Colorado on Sunday, June 25, to head to Natal, Brazil for the 2017 International Horn Symposium, held at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). This is the largest single French horn event in the entire world […]