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

John.McGuire@colostate.edu

(970) 491-8515

Brass Events

Virtuoso Series Concert, John McGuire, Horn

February 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Images-Paintings in Sound With Tim Burns, Piano; Michelle Stanley, Flute; Andrew Jacobson, Oboe; Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet; Brian Jack, Bassoon; and James David, Composer CSU faculty artist John McGuire performs a program featuring the U.S. premiere of James David's Batuque for Horn, Clarinet, and Piano, as well as Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op.28 (Merry [...]

Wind Symphony Concert — Foundations: A Celebration of Liberal Arts/HISTORY

February 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM
With Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet; Tiffany Blake, Soprano; and James David, Composer 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 Wind Symphony, conducted by Rebecca Phillips, continues the season with an historically significant [...]

Symphonic Band Concert: History

March 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM
With Michelle Stanley, Flute The Symphonic Band, conducted by T. André Feagin, presents its third concert of the academic year with a program titled “History.” Using American history, patriotism, opera, an ancient Greek poem, and a French satire by Voltaire as sources of musical inspiration, the program promises to awaken the senses while reflecting back [...]

Brass News

Holiday Spectacular

Start the holiday season at the University Center for the Arts

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—By Herman Chavez, UCA Publicity Intern Kick off the holiday season this week at the University Center for the Arts with the annual Holiday Spectacular and Parade of Lights Preview. The Holiday Spectacular returns on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall. The cost of […]

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University Symphony Orchestra Celebrates The 10th Anniversary of the UCA

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Special guests include Bernard Scully, former horn player for The Canadian Brass The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University presents the fall University Symphony Orchestra Concert, conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney. The performance is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center […]

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 […]