Performance: Collaborative

Nearly every town/city has professional brass ensembles that perform educational programs in schools. Most of them would be delighted to collaborate with a program that sheds light on the history and evolution of brass instruments. Consider collaborating with a professional brass ensemble for a short or long term residency culminating with an in-school assembly or public performance with your students.


Sample Residency:

  • Members of a professional brass ensemble come into a BfB classroom near the tail end of a course to show students how the modern brass instruments work in relation to the natural trumpet, possibly giving students opportunities to try out the trumpet, trombone, French horn, and tuba.
  • The ensemble performs some repertoire in the classroom to highlight the evolution of brass music on modern instruments.
  • The ensemble rehearses simple arrangements with students created from the student book.
  • The ensemble and students perform for an in-school assembly or public concert.


Sample Program Outline:

  1. BfB Students perform for 10-15minutes.
  2. Professional ensemble comes on stage to introduce modern brass instruments and explain how they relate to the natural trumpet.
  3. BfB students perform selected arrangements with professional brass ensemble to finish first half of program.
  4. Second half of the program features professional brass ensemble performing repertoire that charts the evolution of music written for brass instruments to the modern day.

“Discovering Brass” students with members of the Wallace Collection at the Royal Conservatory in London

“Discovering Brass” students with members of the Wallace Collection