So what does the finest brass section in the world do for fun when it's not playing famous concert halls or making recordings of the world's greatest classical works?
The Principal Brass Quintet, comprising the principal brass players of the New York Philharmonic, enjoys worldwide exposure and an international reputation.
The Principal Brass has hosted an annual Christmas Holiday Concert at David Geffen Hall (Formerly Avery Fisher) 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.
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.