Burning River Brass
One of the most respected brass ensembles in the United States, Burning River Brass has been dazzling audiences since 1996 with "power and virtuosity," "harmonious blend," and "consistently stirring performances." Composed of 12 of the finest brass and
percussion players in the country, Burning River Brass is an ensemble on fire!
The original inspiration behind Burning River Brass was to give great players who
were also good friends a chance to play together on a consistent basis. Soon after the
first rehearsal in May 1996, BRB began to grow rapidly. The ensemble made its debut
in September 1996 in Tremont, Ohio under the auspices of Arts Renaissance
Tremont and by 1998 was touring nationally.
In 1999, Burning River Brass was offered a recording contract by Dorian Recordings®
and, shortly thereafter, recorded its first CD —“Of Knights and Castles.” The disc was
met with great critical acclaim and was followed by the release of Russian Carnival
in 2000. The group’s latest CD is entitled “Romanza Espana—Spanish Masterworks
for Brass” and was released in the fall of 2004. In 2005, after numerous requests, BRB
recorded a Christmas CD entitled “Christmas Aaround the World.” All of the discs have
been praised for their energy, sound, and style.
In concert, Burning River Brass strives to present a variety of music that audiences
find entertaining and the ensemble enjoys playing. BRB’s repertoire includes
fresh arrangements of classic literature as well as works written specifically
for the group. The ensemble is consistently applauded for the infectious joy with
which it performs. The camaraderie continues into BRB’s educational and outreach
programs, where the players endeavor to provide students with a rich, positive
experience that will encourage their enthusiasm for music in the future.
Burning River Brass has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and Sunday
Baroque as well as radio stations throughout the United States and abroad. During
the 2007-8 season, BRB will continue to tour nationally visiting New York, Florida,
Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and of course, Ohio.
"Burning River Brass was brilliant,” Daytona Beach News-Journal
"This fine Cleveland-based choir plays with the taste, precision, and
blend while revealing no weaknesses.” American Record Guide