that started out as a Philadelphia-based street band and has since become
nothing short of an international phenomenon, entertaining audiences in
Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America.
have included horn player Marian Hesse,
trombonist Larry Zimmerman, trumpeters Bruce Barrie, Susan Sexton and John
Thomas, and tuba player Jay Krush.
prolific in the 1990s, appearing on recordings such as Brazen Cartographies, Listen
to the Mocking Bird, The Music of
Francis Johnson & His Contemporaries: Early 19th Century Black
Composers, and Pastime with Good
The Music of Peter Schickele received
a Grammy in the category of Best Classical Crossover Recording.
In the 2000s,
they featured on more CDs, including Distant
Dancing, Explore America, Gershwin: Super Hits, Irving Berlin: Berlin
for Brass, Stephen Foster: Foster for Brass, and The Ultimate Christmas Album of All Time.
November 2009, they joined forces with the HoodleBug
Brass for a concert in Indiana
University’s Gorell Recital Hall.
participated in the 2010 Vintage Band Festival, which was hosted by the township of Northfield,
Minnesota. This was right up their alley,
because one of the band’s selling points is their frequent use of
period instruments, including cornetti, keyed
bugles, ophicliedes, a pre-Civil War trombone,
sackbuts, and saxhorns.
repertoire, however, is not restricted to early American or
Renaissance. They are champions
of contemporary music and have commissioned works from Theodore Antoniou,
Paul Basler, Leslie Bassett, Jan Krzywicki, Peter Schickele, Eric
Stokes, and Richard Wernick.
efforts, they have won awards from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, and
the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
They have been
heard on radio networks throughout the world, including Bavarian State
Radio, Korean National Television, National Public Radio, Radio Free
Europe, and Voice of America.
On NPR, they have been featured on All Things Considered, Fresh
Air, Performance Today, and Radiotimes.
adventures have taken them to Academie Internationale de Musique, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Alice
Tully Hall, the Boston Museum of Art, the Chautauqua Institute, Gasteig, the Julliard
School, the Kennedy Center,
Merkin Concert Hall, National Music Camp, and
Wolf Trap Farm.
In the field
of music education, they have created a program titled Hot Air: the Story of Brass Instruments, which
the Kennedy Center hand-picked for their own
You may have
heard the Chestnut Brass Company without even knowing it. Their recordings have been used on
documentaries such as A House Divided
and Pinehurst, the History of Golf.
Other CDs on
which they appear include For God and
Country, Hail to the Chief!, A Heritage of Hymns: Classic Recordings of the Great
Songs of Faith and Inspiration, Opening
Night, and Tippecanoe and Tyler
Too: A Collection of American
Political Marches, Songs, and Dirges.
For more information
on this versatile group, please see their website, listed below.
Chestnut Brass Company recordings
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Frederick
Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Arranger – John Rutter
Conductor – Anthony Newman
Joy of Christmas: A Celebration
of the Spirit of Christmas)