Help Spectacle Brass Attend the Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Festival!

Visit our campaign here: We’re honored to be attending the 2014 Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Music Festival near Petoskey, Michigan. This 4-week experience will push us to an entirely new level as an ensemble, but we can’t do it without you. The Bay View Music Festival provides an atmosphere of collaboration between young musicians from around the country. In […]

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Charity Concert this Saturday

Friends, We are honored and humbled to perform for a local high school student that needs your help. Preston Mott, a former River Ridge High School student, has undergone two liver transplants. Please consider attending this charity concert, where all proceeds go to Preston Mott’s Lifetime Trustee COTA. Please find details below and consider donating via the […]

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Spectacle Brass Clinic for the Boy Scouts of America at Kennesaw State University

Spectacle Brass at Brass Blast 2014

On Saturday, February 22nd @ Kennesaw State University: The KSU School of Music brass faculty will host a one-day clinic designed for high school brass musicians.  Students will work with faculty in a masterclass setting and hear performances from: KSU Brass Faculty Spectacle Brass Georgia Brass Band Registration ends soon!  For more info, click here:

Spectacle Brass in KSU Collage Concert

We’re honored and excited to be a featured ensemble in this year’s “Collage Concert” at the Kennesaw State University School of Music.  We’ll be joined by Mike DeSousa (trombone) and Robert Boone (drums).  Read more about the event below and check out the promo video as well– see you there! On Saturday, February 8, the School […]

Spectacle Brass to be featured in the KSU School of Music's annual Collage Concert; presented on Saturday, February 8th at 8PM at the Bailey Performance Center, located in Kennesaw, GA. Just 20 minutes outside of the Atlanta perimeter.

Looking Back: Masterclass with Robert Spano

One of our trumpet players, John Thomas, wrote a blog entry about our masterclass with Maetro Robert Spano.  Check it out below: Over the last several weeks, I have been incredibly blessed to experience masterclasses and performances by two of the greatest minds of our time: Robert Spano and Jeremy Denk.  During Denk’s lecture at the Bailey Center, […]

Boston Brass Interview Series, Part IV

Hornist Chris Castellanos of Boston Brass shares a few words of inspiration following the 2013 Boston Brass Music Camp in Gunnison, Colorado.

More about Chris:

A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Chris received his formal education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Chris is a former member and soloist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and served as a hornist for the Nevada Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Jazz Connection, and the TAD Wind Symphony of Japan. As a top call freelancer Chris has backed countless headliners on the Las Vegas strip.  Most notably – Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Mannheim Steamroller, Yes, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Johnny Mathis, David Foster (“Hit Man” live album and DVD) and has toured with Andrea Bocelli. Prior to joining Boston Brass, Chris spent 6 years on the road with Dallas Brass. When not touring with Boston Brass, Chris can be heard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular”.

Boston Brass Interview Series, Part III

Trombonist Lance LaDuke of the Boston Brass shares his advice for growing musicians and professionals in this brief interview with Spectacle Brass.

More about Lance:

LANCE LADUKE is internationally known as a soloist, writer, adjudicator and clinician. In addition to his duties on trombone and euphonium in Boston Brass, Lance teaches at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Prior to joining, he served as principal solo euphonium with the River City Brass Band, the nations’ only full time professional brass band. Lance has written for countless organizations, including sketches for radio, stage and themed attractions. He also regularly steps in front of audiences around the country in a number of character and comic roles.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Lance received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a cognate in English. After graduate study at the University of Akron (euphonium performance) and George Mason University (instrumental conducting), Lance joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. While there, he performed for two presidents, countless dignitaries and heads of state and in hundreds of protocol functions, ceremonies, and public relations tours. He maintained a Top Secret security clearance, played for well over a million people from the White House to Red Square, and can be seen (with a magnifying glass) in the movie A Clear and Present Danger.

Lance has also performed with many of the top professional brass groups in the country, including the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Nothing But Valves brass quartet. He has appeared on over thirty recordings, has produced nine others and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. His performances have been seen and heard on numerous television and radio programs and Lance has appeared onstage with such artists as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Morton Gould, E.G. Marshall, Morgan Freeman, and Frederick Fennell.