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

Stanley Curtis

Assistant Professor of Music; Trumpet

(703) 509-0873

Drew Leslie

Assistant Professor of Music; Trombone


Brass Events

University Symphony Orchestra Concert: Concerto Competition and Dvorak's Symphony No. 5

February 5, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Concerto Competition and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 5 Always a signature event, the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, becomes the accompaniment for three outstanding student soloists. In addition, Antonin Dvorak is best known for his later symphonies, but his earlier works show us the blossoming artist he was becoming. His fifth symphony still has [...]

Wind Symphony: Graduate Conductor Concert #1

February 14, 2020 at 2:30 PM
Members of the Wind Symphony perform chamber works by Michael Daugherty, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ned Rorem, Vincent d'Indy, and James M. David, conducted by Sheridan Monroe Loyd. The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, is the premier concert band, performing the finest literature of yesterday, today, and tomorrow with a flexible instrumentation that includes [...]

Guest Artist Concert, Steven Cohen, Horn / FREE

February 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Steven Cohen is an international orchestral, Broadway, and chamber musician. In 2019, Cohen’s internationally broadcast recital on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase was the first horn recital on the program since the 1990s. He can be seen regularly with Mannheim Steamroller and is featured on their latest release, "Mannheim Steamroller Live.” From 2010-2012, Cohen was principal [...]

Brass News

Strike Up the Bands! American Bandmasters Association Free Concerts


The American Bandmasters Association is holding its 2019 national convention on March 6-10 at the Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel & Conference Center. This is the first time the annual convention has been held in Colorado since the inception of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1930. Rebecca Phillips, director of bands at Colorado State University […]

Holiday Spectacular

Start the holiday season at the University Center for the Arts


—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 […]

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 […]