Saturday, March 7, 2015


Christopher Benoit - Band and Orchestra Director Largo High School, Largo, FL
Having my bands perform on stage with the Dallas Brass was one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do in more than twenty years of teaching. It was fun, exciting, and inspirational for the students—seeing their reactions was a great reminder of why I do this job.

Anne Brandyberry - Band Director Hayes High School, Delaware, OH
As a teacher, I was thrilled to see the excitement and motivation the Dallas Brass awakened in my students. I highly recommend these musicians to any music program wanting to motivate and build their bands.

Tom Reifenberg - Band Director Greendale High School, Greendale, WI
The concert was phenominal!! These guys are not only outstanding musicians, they are top notch professionals, educators and great people. Thank you for a GREAT experience for our kids!!!
Ian McKnight - Band Director St. Joseph Middle School, Appleton, WI
I can say, without a doubt, that bringing in the Dallas Brass was the most exciting event of the year at my school! They do such a great job engaging the students and educating them on how music can be a part of their lives forever. I highly recommend this experience to any music educator who wants the best from his or her students.
Chris Adams - Band Director Sidney High School, Sidney, OH
I cannot tell you how much the kids are still talking about the excitement you all provided. I posted some tidbits on my Trumpet Teachers 'trumpet corner' and was pleased to see other directors chime in with similar outstanding results. Thanks again for 'lighting the fire' in our kids. It takes a special talent to be able to do that.
Kelsey Lawrence - Band Director Adams Middle School, Newcastle, WY
We had a blast!! The kids and community were so excited and there is a huge buzz going around the schools about what a wonderful experience this was.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dallas Brass Reviews

The Dallas Brass will return to D.C. Everest Senior High School for a three-day residency

WESTON — The Dallas Brass will return to D.C. Everest Senior High School for a three-day residency with students from across the area and for three evening concerts for anyone to attend.
Concerts are scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 16 to 18, in the school's Theater.
The Monday and Tuesday concerts will feature about 300 D.C. Everest band students joining the Dallas Brass for a song. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $20 at the door.
The Wednesday concert will feature the local R&B ensemble Hip Pocket. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Tickets for any of these concerts are available online at Call Diane Goetsch 715-359-6561, ext. 4135, for group pricing rates.
— Contributed by Diane Goetsch, fine arts coordinator for D.C. Everest Area School District.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dallas Brass Programs


American Musical Journey
This program incorporates a full complement of brass and percussion for a musical travelogue through American history.  From the time of George Washington to the present day – music will be selected from the masters – Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, John Williams, Sousa; from bands like the Tijuana Brass and Chicago; and styles from Dixieland, swing, Broadway, folk, patriotic, pop, and even hip-hop! There is definitely “something for everybody”.
Symphony Pops:  A Tribute to Irving Berlin
Performed with Symphony Orchestra
Puttin' On the Ritz, Blue Skies, Easter Parade and God Bless America are just a few of over 1500 songs written by Irving Berlin - helping lift spirits through two World Wars and the Great Depression.  A Tribute to Irving Berlin, including sixteen of Berlin's most well-known songs, creates a dynamic entertaining salute to the genius of this great American songwriter.
A Merry Christmas with Brass
Performed with Symphony Orchestra or Dallas Brass only
A long with the visual images of colored lights and snowy landscapes, the spirit of the Christmas season is best captured in music.  For centuries, brass instruments have been able to convey the spirit of festive occasions, especially Christmas.  As they perform some of the world’s most well-known carols, the musicians of the Dallas Brass brilliantly express the celebratory spirit of the season.;
There are more songs for Christmas than all of the other holidays combined – and no artist or ensemble performs them better than the Dallas Brass.  The Dallas Brass holiday show, "A Merry Christmas With Brass" adds sacred and secular holiday favorites to the regular variety of Dallas Brass repertoire.
Selections will include Deck the Halls, Carol of the Bells, Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, Frosty the Snowman, music from The Nutcracker Suite and much, much more.
American Masters
Performed with Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating America's vast and colorful  musical heritage with songs from our greatest composers. Including selections from Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun", Jerome Kern's "Old Man River", "The Way You Look Tonight" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris" to Harold Arlen's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and George M. Cohan's rousing patriotic melodies, this show is entertainment at its best!

Thursday, January 15, 2015


.: Education :.

The "Music in the Schools" project is designed to have the Dallas Brass come to your community for a daylong residency.
Here's how the day works:
1. Clinic -- Dallas Brass offers tips on becoming better musicians, including discussion on practicing, breathing, and other subjects that apply to all instrumentalists.  Clinic includes performance of several selections and opportunity for student questions.
2. Student rehearsal(s) -- Dallas Brass invites band students to join them onstage at the evening performance. Typically a high school band and a middle school band, of approximately 100 students per ensemble, perform one piece each with Dallas Brass. Rehearsals with each group take place during the day.
3. Evening public concert -- American Musical Journey. A fun, fast-paced and entertaining performance; music from the time of George Washington to the present day; great for the whole family!
Other activities can be available.  Each residency is customized according to the needs of the school(s).


- Breathing Clinic
- Breathing Excercise
- School Clinic Notes
- Developing Intonation
- Efficiency Excercises
- Paradiddile Drumset
- Student Book

Sunday, December 28, 2014

uis Miguel Araya (Trumpet) born in Alajuela, Costa Rica, has played a wide range of musical styles, ranging from classical to popular and Latin music. He has studied music extensively both in Costa Rica and in the United States, holding a Bachelor of Music degree from the National Institute of Music (Costa Rica), a Master of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University. Luis has been a member of the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra since 1997. He is also on the faculty of the University of Costa Rica. Other orchestral experiences include the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Other festivals attended by Araya are the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute (Denver, CO), and a Solo recital at the International Trumpet Guild Conference 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand.
MICHAEL LEVINE (director, trombone) is originally from St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He first attended the University of Minnesota and then The Juilliard School, where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree. For three years he held the position of Assistant Principal Trombone in the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Michael founded the Dallas Brass in 1983, and he serves as the ensemble’s trombonist, Master of Ceremonies and Artistic Director. As an arranger, he has made significant contributions to the Dallas Brass library. Michael has invented a device called the WindMaster, to help wind players develop their breathing technique. More recently, he has created the Harmony Bridge Project which is designed to connect band and other music students with seniors in nursing homes around the country. Michael’s favorite non-musical activity is snow skiing. He has duel residency in Dallas, TX and Minneapolis, MN.