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

Student Recital: Peter McCarty, Bass Trombone / FREE

April 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Virtuoso Series Concert, CSU Faculty Chamber Music

April 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The popular faculty concert features Kevin Puts’ “And Legions Will Rise,” for clarinet, violin, and marimba performed by Wesley Ferreira, Ron Francois, and Eric Hollenbeck, as well as faculty composer, James David’s “Batuque,” for horn, clarinet, and piano performed by John McGuire, Wesley Ferreira, and Tim Burns. The concert concludes with Franz Schubert’s Octet in [...]

Jazz Ensembles Concert: 21st Century Big Band Jazz

April 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The final Jazz Ensemble concert of the year, conducted by Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman, finds the CSU groups taking on music written in the digital age. The tradition of jazz music continues to develop as a vehicle for expression across a wide range of genres. The nature of the jazz musician has always been [...]

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 […]