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

Stanley Curtis

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Trumpet

(703) 509-0873

Drew Leslie

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • Trombone
  • Undergraduate Coordinator

Brass Events

Wind Symphony Concert: Troublesome Fire!

October 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Troublesome Fire! The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, performs world premieres of works by James M. David and Kevin Poelking, along with Jennifer Higdon's stunning Concerto for Percussion and Wind Symphony, performed by faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck. Dr. David’s new piece, Troublesome Fire, takes the audience through the memory of Colorado’s largest and [...]

Tuba Studio Recital / FREE

October 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Octubaween  Please join us for our annual celebration of the tuba – OcTUBAfest – featuring the CSU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and members of the studio.   Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.

CANCELLEDVirtuoso Series Concert: John McGuire, Horn

October 10, 2022 at 7:30 PM
This concert has been cancelled but will be rescheduled after the new year. Refuge With Timothy Burns, Piano Faculty artist John McGuire performs music that has given him refuge throughout his life. The program includes pieces that are familiar, or may be new to audience members, but have led to a place of deep understanding [...]

Brass News

CSU Marching Band color guard

CSU Marching Band History Project


A Message About the CSUMB History Project Expand Hello CSU Marching Band Alumni! My name is Kathryn Kennedy. I am a senior studying music education at Colorado State University. I also serve as a drum major for the marching band. As part of my honors thesis, I am reaching out to CSUMB alumni in hopes […]

Wes Kenny and USO students

Orchestra Alumni invited to play with the CSU symphony to celebrate Maestro Kenney’s retirement


Dear CSU Symphony, Sinfonia and Opera Orchestra alumni, It is my hope that you have continued to use the skills learned through the repertoire and ensemble playing you experienced at CSU. When I began my tenure at CSU’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance twenty years ago, it was my hope that we could build […]

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 […]