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

Guest Artist: TexiCali Trio / FREE

February 14, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The TexiCali Trio concert features music written and arranged for two trombones and piano, including Karen Marston, professor of music at Mount San Antonio College (California) and Deb Scott, professor of trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University (Texas). The group is a natural extension of the long-standing friendship between Deb and Karen, who met in 1999, and started collaborating on recitals and commissions. Since 2021, TexiCali has performed at the International Trombone Festival, the International Women’s Brass Conference, and numerous university recitals. 

Sinfonia Concerto Competition Concert: An Eventful Ending

February 16, 2023 at 7:30 PM
An Eventful Ending The concerto competition concert is always a special performance in our calendar. This year it is hosted by the CSU Sinfonia. The evening concludes with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 45, Farewell Symphony , a message to his employer that it was time to take a vacation! Concerto Performances Merritt Jones, Flute: Carl [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: Stanley Curtis, Trumpet

February 17, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Trumpet Camino: CSU faculty artist Stanley Curtis presents a recital featuring music for trumpet inspired by the Spanish and Latino traditions.  Concert information program available here.

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 […]