Spectacle Brass performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical standards to ceremonial music, church music, jazz, pop, and commercial works.
Whether you are presenting a concert series or looking for music for your wedding or corporate event, Spectacle Brass strives to create an exciting and interactive musical program that will engage audiences both young and old.
As a brass quintet, Spectacle Brass has performed around the country, including Michigan's Bay View Music Festival and Colorado's Crested Butte Music Festival. Recent bookings include Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, and Michigan.
The Spectacle Brass Quintet put on an amazing show at my Eagle Scout ceremony and did an outstanding job! I could not of hired a better group to play and the group made the ceremony something I will never forget!
Response from Spectacle Brass:
Thank you for having us, Joe! It was an honor to celebrate your accomplishment with you!
An absolutely incredible group! I've had a number of brass quintets at events before, specifically at weddings that I plan, and Spectacle Brass was by far the most responsive and exciting one yet. They work one-on-one with you to select music, and they even offered the opportunity to attend one of their rehearsals. Highly recommended!!
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music
I've seen this group perform at a number of special events around town. Perfect selections for weddings, corporate events, and even educational concerts. Highly recommended!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 1 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Spectacle Brass can work with you to provide the perfect musical selections for your special event, wedding ceremony, reception, private party, or any number of other settings. Please feel free to contact us directly and describe your event and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours. Thank you for your interest in the band!
Comprising five professionally trained musicians, Spectacle Brass grew from inspiration to bring exciting and innovative music to communities around the globe. With a common goal of breaking down the barriers often surrounding classical and contemporary music, the group has traveled extensively around the United States, performing a wide variety of programs for countless audiences.
During early development, Spectacle was a finalist in the Calvin Smith Brass Quintet Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee and received a prestigious invitation to perform at the annual Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The group opened for the renowned Boston Brass during the 2013 Crested Butte Music Festival, a collaboration that was a significant part of the quintet’s beginnings.
With a passion for education, Spectacle Brass has organized and hosted educational concerts, clinics, and special events with several middle and high school music programs. Last year, the group coached Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts in a music merit badge session at Kennesaw State University. Spectacle also performed as featured soloists with the Wheeler High School Wind Ensemble in a presentation of Bernstein’s Mass, a project which served as a fundraiser for the school’s arts program.
Spectacle Brass made an appearance at the 2014 Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey, Michigan, during which the quintet performed several programs for surrounding communities including Harbor Springs and Indian Springs. Another project involved the recording of the brass music of William Funk, Artist-in-Residence at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
Additional Booking Notes
Spectacle Brass almost always provides all required equipment to perform. In some cases, we request the purchaser provide chairs (without arms). In large venues where amplification is needed, we will have our live sound technician on-site to mix and operate our sound system. If the venue is already staged with sound equipment, we request you provide technical information (microphones, amps, layout) to us and our sound technician in the contract. In all cases, we kindly request the purchaser to provide information regarding the size and details of the staging area. Spectacle Brass has performed in some of the most unique venues and we love playing music anywhere. Regardless of where your event or concert is, we will ensure the highest musical and professional product available.
Past Booked Events
|March 22, 2014||Funeral Service|
Standard Musical Selections
(Listed by Event Type)
All selections listed below are readily available in our music library and we would be happy to program any of these during your booking of the quintet.
Additionally, each contract provides for up to two selections that are not on this list (just send us a recording and/or sheet music and our staff arranger will transcribe the music for the group to perform).
If you need assistance choosing selections, call or email and let us know what your interests are for you and your guests. For example, one wedding couple loved Star Trek, so we arranged the Star Trek theme for their ceremony.
Lastly, if you would like to hear any particular selection, we invite you to join us at one of our rehearsals or Skype with us as we play through what you have chosen. YouTube can also be helpful if you simply need to hear what a particular tune sounds like.
Thank you for choosing Spectacle Brass, and we look forward to playing for you soon!
Standard Classical Music for Bridal March:
Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) - Clarke [popular choice]
Wedding March (aka Here Comes the Bride) - Wagner [popular choice]
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - J.S. Bach
Ave Maria - Schumann
Gymnopedie - Satie
Hornpipe (Allegro Maestoso) from Water Music - Handel
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream - Mendelssohn
Canzona per Sonare #2 - Gabriella
Girl with the Flaxen Hair - Debussy
Trumpet Voluntary - Stanley
Where Sheep May Safely Graze - J.S. Bach
Ode to Joy (Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee) - Beethoven
Te Deum - Charpentier
Air from Water Music - Handel
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Classical Selections for Entrance/Exit Music in Graduation Ceremonies, Special Events, Weddings:
Anonymous - Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance
Traditional/Key - Star Spangled Banner, The
Susato - Suite from the Danserye
Williams - English Folk Song Suite
Dukas - Fanfare to La Peri
Handel - Hallelujah Chorus from the ‘Messiah’
Holst - Second Suite in F for Military Band
Classical Selections for Various uses/occasions:
Arnold, Malcolm – Quintet
Arutunian, Alexander – Armenian Scenes for Brass Quintet
Bach, Jan – Laudes
Bach/Vivaldi arr.David Baldwin – Concerto Grosso
Bach-Frackenpohl – Goldberg Variations
Bach-Mills – Art of the Fugue
Bach-Mills – Little Fugue in g minor
Bach-Mills – Toccata and Fugue in d minor
Bernstein, Leonard – Dance Suite
Boehme, Oscar – Sextet
Bozza, Eugene – Sonatine
Calvert, Morely – Suite from Monteregian Hills
Dahl, Ingolf – Music for Brass
Delerue, G. – Vitrail
DiLorenzo, Anthony – Fire Dance
Ewald, Victor – Quintets
Ewazen, Eric – Colchester Fantasy
Forsyth, Malcolm – The Golyrdes Ground
Kamen, Michael – Quintet
Koetsier, Jan – Brass Quintet
Lutoaslovski, W. – Mini Overture
Mauer, Ludwig – Three Pieces
McKee, Kevin - Escape
Plog, Anthony – Four Sketches
Previn, Andre – Four Outings for Brass
Reynolds, Vern – Centone #5
Reynolds, Vern – Suite for Brass
Sampson, David – Morning Music
Turner, Kerry – Ricochet
Jazz/Pop Selections (Partial listing):
Bernstein/arr. Gale - West Side Story (Instrumental Suite)
Gershwin/arr. Gale - Porgy and Bess (Instrumental Suite)
Waller - Ain’t Misbehavin’
Jump, Jive, Wail
Wasson - Balloon Ride
Green Dolphin Street
When I’m 64
Wasson - Basically Basie
Wasson - Surfside
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
It’s Now or Never
Wasson - Next Stop, Funksville
Wasson - Beyond the Clouds
Wasson - Curtain Call
Strike Up the Band
Wasson - The Hipster
Wasson - Island Holiday
That Old Black Magic
Wasson - Swingtime
Wasson - Catwalk Blues
Take the A Train
Obla Di, Obla Da
Penny Lane - Beatles
Puttin’ on the Ritz
**Provide us with a copy/scan of the hymnal of your preference and we will play any hymn of your choosing without this counting towards your two custom arrangements.
|John Thomas Burson||Trumpet and Booking Manager|
|Justin Rowan||Lead Trumpet and Social Media/Marketing|
|Melinda Mason||Tuba and Educational Planning|
|Michael Lockwood||Trombone and Programming|
|David Anders||Horn and Travel Coordinator|
Influences & Inspiration
Recently appearing at national venues such as the Bay View Music Festival and the Crested Butte Music Festival, Spectacle Brass actively explores a wide array of new music projects using the traditional brass quintet as a vehicle. With multiple world premiere performances and more commissioned compositions to come, the group has worked extensively in live and recorded music, including recording a Los Angeles television soundtrack and a prestigious performance invitation from the Georgia Music Educators Association.
5 Chairs (no arms)
Minimum of 10 sq. ft. for set-up area