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about the principal brass
The Principal Brass, a quintet of principal brass players from the New York Philharmonic, enjoys worldwide exposure and an international reputation.
The group's debut came in 1983 when they joined with the Canadian Brass for a concert in Ottawa, Canada. This was the beginning of a regular musical collaboration between these two brass quintets. Subsequent joint performances brought them to the summer festivals of Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, Great Woods, and Mostly Mozart, as well as concerts in cities throughout Canada and the United States. The Principal Brass, with their brass colleagues from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Collaborated with the Canadian Brass in four recordings.
The Principal Brass has hosted an annual Christmas Holiday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall since 1995. Joining as guests on this extravaganza have been Lee Musiker and his jazz trio, the Canadian Brass, the German Brass, the West Point Brass, Percussion, and Vocalists, Sesame Street's Bob McGrath, and the Salvation Army's New York Staff Band.
History of The Principal Brass (continued)
The Principal Brass and the New York Staff Band have also joined forces in two Gala Festivals at Alice Tully Hall in New York. In addition, The Principal Brass performed with the Empire Brass at the Carnegie Hall Centennial Gala in May 1991.
The Principal Brass has been a regular encore feature on the Philharmonic's tours of Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States, as well as the orchestra's residencies in Cagliari, Italy, and Vail, Colorado. In addition to performing at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference, the ensemble has performed solo concerts in major universities and cities throughout the United States. International visits have included Germany (Berlin and Munich), Luxembourg, Mexico (Monterey), China (Shanghai), and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo). Having toured Japan in 1999, 2003 and 2007 the Principal Brass will visit again in 2012.