Brass Area

Brass Area Overview

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

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

(970) 491-8515

Brass Events

Virtuoso Series Concert, John McGuire, Horn

August 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM
CSU faculty artist John McGuire performs an epic and mysterious program, including “The Castle of Arianrhod,” from the Goddess Trilogy by John McCabe; Franz Schubert’s homage to Ludwig van Beethoven: Auf dem Strom (On the River), a song for voice, piano, and horn; and Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28 (Merry Pranks), transcribed for woodwind quintet and piano.

Wind Symphony Concert

October 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The 2018-2019 Wind Symphony season explores civilization and how humans develop a creative, moral, spiritual, and intellectual understanding of the world. Colorado State University is committed to the humanities, and the ensemble begins the season by highlighting famous works that showcase form and structure, a key to both musical compositions and architecture. We hope you will join us for a celebration of the Liberal Arts at the UCA! CSU System Passport eligible.

Symphonic Band Concert: Symphonic Treasures

October 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM
<em>Symphonic Treasures</em> explores the expressive power of the wind band through pieces by some of the genres most prolific composers. The ensemble, conducted by T. André Feagin, presents the works of Henry Fillmore, Ronald Lo Presti, Malcolm Arnold, Gustav Holst, David Maslanka, and Alfred Reed. Please join us as we present these wind band gems!

Brass News

A poster promoting the upcoming University Symphony Orchestra Concert "A Last Dance"

University Symphony Orchestra Concert: The Last Dance


With Guest Tiffany Blake, Soprano The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, plays two dance inspired works: Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances and Igor Stravinsky’s iconic Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). In between the two, CSU faculty artist Tiffany Blake performs the beautiful Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss to round out […]

An overhead banner promoting the Wind Symphony concert

Wind Symphony presents “State of Imagination”


By Nicole Towne, SMTD Publicity Intern The Colorado State University Wind Symphony 2017-2018 season highlights the University’s commitment to excellence through the “State of” series. On April 16, the group is performing the final installment of the series, “State of Imagination.” The idea for the series came from the Wind Symphony’s conductor, Rebecca Phillips, CSU’s […]

Brass Blog

International Horn Symposium program

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 […]