Canadian Brass Performs for Packed House

On the evening of Jan. 20, the brass quintet Canadian Brass performed in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts. Canadian Brass is made up of founding member, Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Christopher Coletti and Caleb Hudson (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Bernhard Scully (horn). Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet. A

Chuck Daellenbach and Gene Watts first came together in 1970 to form a brass quintet. A quintet is a chamber music setting that’s not entirely new, but it has never before garnered the success and storied career that Canadian Brass have achieved in the past 40 years.

In the early days of Canadian Brass, co-founder Gene took on the role of developing new repertoire while Chuck was the moving force in marketing, publishing and managing the business.

Three empty chairs were quickly filled and together, the group’s imagination and ideal musicianship elevated the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. Here was not only an opportunity to explore the possibilities of an all-brass chamber group, but a challenge to bring the sound and the excitement of brass music to new audiences.Millions of television viewers have experienced Canadian Brass in their homes with appearances on The Tonight Show, Today and Entertainment Tonight and recently to more than half a billion viewers for Chinese New Year on China’s most popular station.

Millions of television viewers have experienced Canadian Brass in their homes with appearances on The Tonight Show, Today and Entertainment Tonight and recently to more than half a billion viewers for Chinese New Year on China’s most popular station. They have appeared as guest artists on Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’ Music Around the World, numerous PBS specials, including a celebrated appearance on Sesame Street, and are frequent guests of many major symphony orchestras. Canadian Brass were also the featured artists on the soundtrack to the 1988 film The Couch Trip, starring Dan Aykroyd and Walter Matthau.

They have appeared as guest artists on Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops, Beverly Sills’ Music Around the World, numerous PBS specials, including a celebrated appearance on Sesame Street, and are frequent guests of many major symphony orchestras. Canadian Brass were also the featured artists on the soundtrack to the 1988 film The Couch Trip, starring Dan Aykroyd and Walter Matthau.The group held a clinical performance for over 1,000 middle and high school students from Washington, Smyth, and Tazewell Counties. There were also schools from West Virginia and Radford, Virginia.

The group held a clinical performance for over 1,000 middle and high school students from Washington, Smyth, and Tazewell Counties. There were also schools from West Virginia and Radford, Virginia. E&H students,

E&H students, faculty and staff, alongside other members of the community, showed an outpouring of support to have Canadian Brass on campus. At the performance last Friday, members of the group played well-known songs while still making the crowd laugh with jokes during and in-between songs. Their performance would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Matthew Frederick, E&H Music Department Chair, and many of our music department alumni.

At the performance last Friday, members of the group played well-known songs while still making the crowd laugh with jokes during and in-between songs. Their performance would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Matthew Frederick, E&H Music Department Chair, and many of our music department alumni.

– Olivia Kinser

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