The Denver Brass, recipient of the 2008 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and voted Best Local Band in Denver on Channel 7’s 2010 “A-list,” was formed in 1981 by Kathleen and Charles Brantigan. They, along with some of the region’s finest professional musicians, shared a vision to create a one-of-a-kind chamber ensemble which would be in the forefront of brass performance, entertainment, education, and community service.
Unique in the world as one of only a few professional large brass ensembles, The Denver Brass enjoys a success directly linked to its universal appeal. People from every background find inspiration in its diverse programming — classical, jazz, Broadway, Latin, and all-new sound sensations. Thematically crafted concerts feature a unique social and sound experience, with guest hosts, soloists, dancers, participatory activities, and exceptional lighting and multimedia techniques.
The trademark sound of The Denver Brass features a dazzling array of more than 13 distinct instruments, utilizes an array of rarely used trumpets in various pitches and highly technical expertise of some of the nation’s finest brass musicians to produce a rainbow of sound – not a band, not an orchestra, an entirely new sound. Further listening excitement is created through the inclusion of unexpected and unlikely guest artists such as bagpipers, vocalists, steel pan drums, or an authentic swing orchestra. The Denver Brass advertises “goosebumps guaranteed” without reservation.
Today, the ensembles of The Denver Brass perform more than 150 services each season: season series shows, free community concerts, and educational programs. Performances are purposely scheduled in a wide variety of venues, from local churches and schools to the Newman Center for the Performing Arts; and productions are designed to enrich the lives of Denver’s diverse community. The Denver Brass ensembles are heard live by 40,000-60,000 people annually, making it one of the top 25 cultural attractions in Denver. The Denver Brass is also heard on 30+ discs, 3 DVDs, and daily on radio stations around the world.