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

2019 CSU Marching Band Wind Section Auditions

May 9, 2019 - July 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM
New wind players must pass a musical/visual evaluation for membership. Beginning in 2019, all new wind member auditions will be submitted via electronic submission. Although you are encouraged to submit your audition material before the deadline, materials will be accepted through Monday, July 15, 2019. Please note, no audition material will be considered after the deadline.

2019 Canadian Brass Masterclass

June 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM
We welcome the world-famous Canadian Brass to campus for a fun and intensive masterclass just ahead of their evening concert with Joel Bacon (organ) as part of CSU Organ Week. Canadian Brass will share their ideas and perspectives on performance, air and sound production, listening and communicating with one another and the audience, and connecting [...]

2019 IHCA

August 29, 2019 - September 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Brass News

Strike Up the Bands! American Bandmasters Association Free Concerts

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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

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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 […]

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 […]