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Canadian Brass is a Canadian brass quintet formed in 1970 in Toronto, Ontario by tubist Charles Daellenbach, hornist Graeme Page, trombonist Gene Watts, and trumpeters Stuart Laughton and Bill Phillips

In 1971, the group got its official name of "Canadian Brass" and trumpeter Ronald Romm replaced Stuart Laughton In 1972, trumpeter Fred Mills replaced Bill Phillips The group remained together without any change until 1983, when hornist Martin Hackleman replaced Graeme Page In 1986, Hackleman left and was replaced by David Ohanian, and in 1996, trumpeter Jens Lindemann replaced Fred Mills

The group performs internationally and has recorded more than 130 CDs and DVDs They have commissioned, performed, and recorded hundreds of transcriptions and original works for brass quintet Canadian Brass has a library of more than 600 compositions and arrangements specially and uniquely fashioned for them

As of 2017, the quintet is composed of trumpeters Caleb Hudson and Chris Coletti, hornist Bernhard Scully, trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos and Charles Daellenbach


  • 1 Description and history
  • 2 Members
    • 21 Current
    • 22 Past
      • 221 Trumpet
      • 222 Trombone
      • 223 Horn
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 DVD/VHS/Laser Disc
  • 5 Music videos
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Description and history

Canadian Brass on the marquee at Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre

The "Kings of Brass," as described by the Ottawa Citizen , had their first European tour in 1972 with the Festival Singers The Canadian Brass known for their unique performance attire of formal black suits with white running shoes made its American debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 1975 A significant international visit was made in 1977 when they were sent to mainland China as a cultural exchange between Canada and China The ensemble was chosen and sent on this cultural mission by then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau They are now remembered in China as the first Western musicians allowed into China after the Cultural Revolution had suppressed Western art and music

In 1979 Canadian Brass became the first chamber ensemble to solo the main stage at Carnegie Hall As The New York Times reported, their sold-out performance "clearly establishes the Canadian Brass as a main-stage attraction" In addition to their heavy international touring schedule for over 40 years, and their extensive recording catalog, they have been on the Billboard charts in each decade of their existence, recording for RCA Records, Columbia Records, Philips and Decca, occupying virtually all the spots open to brass players Canadian Brass recordings are currently released by Toronto-based Opening Day Entertainment Group ODEG, headed by Daellenbach

The first recordings the Brass created were for the CBC radio transcription service, including their very first major concert in Toronto the summer of 1971 Record producer Eleanor Sniderman discovered the group and put the group on its first commercial LPs in 1973 and 1974, which then attracted major artist management in New York City In 1977, the same year the Brass represented North America in Peoples Republic of China, a live radio broadcast on WQXR was heard by multi-Grammy award-winning producer Jay Saks, who was impressed, and brought the group to the prestigious RCA Red Seal label The ensemble was then scouted by CBS records, soon to be Sony, where they recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony brass players, establishing a repertoire that is now standard for expanded brass ensembles

When the group's former manager, Costa Pilavachi, assumed the post of "Head of A&R" at Philips Records in the Netherlands, he lured the Brass to his new label, establishing a new European presence for the group In 1992, the Brass returned to RCA, releasing fourteen albums in eight years, including Bach's Goldberg Variations, for which the group won a German Echo award

Stuart Laughton founded Opening Day in 1993, as a recording company specializing in Canadian performers and compositions five JUNO nominations and a win resulted By 2003 Laughton was seeking a partner for the heavy work load, and in talks with Chuck Daellenbach agreed to share, then relinquish control Daellenbach extended the scope of the company, creating Opening Day Entertainment Group and entering into partnership with producer Trey Mills later that year Mills signed over to Mary Beth Daellenbach in December, 2007 Opening Day Entertainment Group remains an independent recording label co-directed by Mary Beth and Chuck Daellenbach As of 2014 ODEG has released over 70 CDs for artists in a variety of genres

The band has been named the "one of the most popular brass ensembles in the world" by The Washington Post Explaining the incorporation of humor into their stage act, Marty Hackleman said, "Chamber music can get tedious… There's not that much variety and color We add color and dynamics to what we're doing with humorous numbers"

This ensemble has appeared on all the major North American TV networks, Late Night with Johnny Carson, CBS Sunday Morning and most recently on Hunan TV in China with more than 500,000 viewers Their awards range from three honorary doctorates to Grammy, Canadian Juno and German Echo recording awards Most recently, founder Daellenbach was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, in 2014 He accepted this appointment, saying, "not only do I accept this appointment for my family and myself, but on behalf of the incredible colleagues that accompanied me on this unbelievable musical journey firstly Watts, Mills, Romm, Page and Ohanian and now the '2nd generation' colleagues of today!"



  • Caleb Hudson, trumpet 2013–present
  • Chris Coletti, trumpet 2009–present
  • Bernhard Scully, horn 2004–2007, 2014–present
  • Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone, 2011–present
  • Charles Daellenbach, tuba 1970–present



  • Stuart Laughton 1970–1971, 2003–2005
  • Bill Phillips 1970-1972
  • Ronald Romm, trumpet 1971–2000 & "Trumpet Dream Team" 2006–2010
  • Fred Mills 1972–1996
  • Jens Lindemann 1996–2001
  • Ryan Anthony 2000–2003 & "Trumpet Dream Team" 2006–2010
  • Joe Burgstaller 2001–2004, 2007–2009
  • Charles Lazarus "Trumpet Dream Team" 2005
  • Justin Emerich 2005–2006
  • Brandon Ridenour 2009–2013 & "Trumpet Dream Team" 2006–2010
  • Manon Lafrance, "Trumpet Dream Team" 2006–2010
  • Jeroen Berwaerts "Trumpet Dream Team" 2006–2010


  • Eugene Watts 1970–2010
  • Keith Dyrda 2010–2011


  • Graeme Page 1970–1983
  • Eric Reed 2010–2013
  • Jeff Nelsen 2000–2004, 2007–2010
  • Christopher Cooper 1998–2000
  • David Ohanian 1986–1998
  • Martin Hackleman 1983–1986


  • Canadian Brass 1971 CBC
  • Rag-Ma-Tazz 1973 CBC
  • Make We Joy 1973 CBC – with Festival Singers of Canada
  • Royal Fanfare 1973 Boot Master Concert Series
  • Canadian Brass in Paris 1973 Boot Master Concert Series
  • Rag-Ma-Tazz 1974 Boot Master Concert Series
  • A Touch of Brass 1974 Welk Group
  • Canadian Brass: Pachelbel to Joplin 1974 Welk Group
  • Pucker & Valve Society Band 1975 Umbrella
  • Unexplored Territory 1977 CBC – with Don Gillis Jazz Quartet
  • Canadian Brass Plus Organ 1977 CBC w/organist Doug Haas
  • Toccata, Fugues & Other Diversions 1977 Umbrella Direct-to-Disk
  • Canadian Brass Encore 1977 CBC
  • Bells and Brass 1978 Independent – with carillonneur Gordon Slater
  • Mostly Fats; Fats Waller's Greatest Hits 1979 RCA Red Seal
  • Pachelbel Canon & Other Great Baroque Hits 1980 RCA Red Seal
  • Christmas with the Canadian Brass and the Great Organ of St Patrick's Cathedral 1981 RCA Red Seal – with organist John Grady
  • The Village Band 1981 RCA Red Seal
  • Champions 1983 CBS
  • Canadian Brass Greatest Hits 1983 RCA Red Seal
  • High, Bright, Light and Clear 1983 RCA Red Seal
  • Ain't Misbehavin' and Other Fats Waller Hits 1984 RCA Red Seal
  • Brass in Berlin 1984 Columbia Masterworks – with Berlin Philharmonic brass
  • Canadian Brass Live! 1984 CBS Masterworks
  • A Canadian Brass Christmas 1985 Columbia
  • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons 1986 CBS Masterworks
  • Basin Street 1987 CBS
  • Strike Up the Band – Canadian Brass Plays Gershwin 1987 RCA Red Seal
  • Bach: The Art of Fugue 1988 CBS Masterworks
  • The Mozart Album 1988 CBS Masterworks
  • Canadian Brass More Greatest Hits 1988 RCA Victor
  • Best of the Canadian Brass 1989 CBS
  • Gabrieli/Monteverdi: Antiphonal Music 1990 CBS Masterworks – with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama
  • English Renaissance Music 1990 CBS
  • The Christmas Album 1990 Philips - with Elmer Iseler Singers See also D'où viens-tu, bergère
  • Beethoven Fifth Symphony & Overtures 1991 Philips – with Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic brass, conducted by Georg Tintner
  • Red, White & Brass: Made in the USA 1991 Philips – with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Lukas Foss
  • The Essential Canadian Brass 1991 Philips
  • Red Hot Jazz: The Dixieland Album 1992 Philips
  • Wagner for Brass 1992 Philips – with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, conducted by Edo de Waart
  • Rejoice! – Brass and Voice 1993 ODEG – with Indiannoplis Children's Choir
  • An Evening of Brass Theater 1994 ODEG
  • Brass on Broadway 1994 Philips – with Luther Henderson
  • Gabrieli for Brass 1994 Philips – with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Elmer Iseler
  • Noel 1994 BMG – with James Galway, King's Singers, Angel Romero & others
  • Bolero & Other Great Melodies 1995 RCA Victor
  • Brass Busters 1995 RCA Victor – with New York Philharmonic & Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Fireworks: Baroque Brass Favorites 1995 RCA Victor
  • Go for Baroque! 1995 RCA Victor
  • Ragtime 1995 RCA Victor
  • Renaissance Men 1995 RCA Victor
  • Swingtime! 1995 RCA Victor
  • Brass Theater II with Star of Indiana 1995 ODEG
  • Brass Theater III with Star of Indiana 1996 ODEG
  • Canadian Brass Plays Bernstein 1996 RCA Victor
  • The Canadian Brass Live in Germany 1997 RCA Victor
  • Christmas Experiment 1997 RCA Victor
  • All You Need is Love 1998 RCA Victor
  • A Christmas Gloria 1999 Telarc – with Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • Take the "A" Train 1999 RCA Victor
  • Celebration 1999 ODEG – with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Super Hits 2000 Sony
  • Bach Goldberg Variations 2001 RCA Victor
  • CBC Radio Years 2001 CBC
  • Holidays with Canadian Brass 2002 RCA Victor
  • Sacred Brass 2002 RCA Victor
  • Amazing Brass 2002 ODEG/LINUS
  • Sweet Songs of Christmas 2002 ODEG
  • A Holiday Tradition 2003 LINUS
  • Magic Horn 2004 ODEG
  • Joyful Sounds with organ and choir 2005 ODEG
  • High Society" 2006 ODEG
  • People of Faith 2006 ODEG – with Elmer Iseler Singers
  • Wedding Essentials 2006 ODEG
  • Concert Band Essentials 2007 ODEG
  • Christmas Tradition 2007 ODEG – with organist Eric Roberson
  • Bach 2008 ODEG
  • Legends 2008 ODEG
  • Jazz Roots 2008 ODEG
  • Manhattan Music 2008 ODEG – with the Eastman Wind Ensemble
  • Echo – Glory of Gabrieli 2009 ODEG
  • Swing That Music – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong 2010 ODEG
  • Stars & Stripes" – Canadian Brass Salute America 2010 ODEG - with members of NEXUS
  • Spirit Dance 2010 ODEG – with pianist David Braid
  • A Very Merry Christmas 2010 – with various artists
  • The Classics: From Pachelbel to Purcell 2011 ODEG
  • The Classics: Between Bach & Handel 2011 ODEG
  • The Classics: Mozart & More 2011 ODEG
  • Brahms on Brass 2011 ODEG
  • Takes Flight 2012 Steinway/ODEG
  • Carnaval: Music of Robert Schumann 2013 ODEG
  • Christmas Time Is Here 2013 Steinway/ODEG
  • Great Wall of China 2014 ODEG
  • Perfect Landing 2015 ODEG
  • All You Need Is Brass 2016 Sony Music

DVD/VHS/Laser Disc

  • Canadian Brass Live 1986
  • The Canadian Brass Masterclass 1989
  • The Canadian Brass Spectacular 1989
  • On Stage at Wolftrap 1990
  • Home Movies - Canadian Brass - An Innovative portrait 1991
  • Strings, Winds, and All That Brass 1992
  • The Canadian Brass Live in Germany 1994
  • Christmas Experiment 1998
  • A Christmas Gloria 1999
  • Bootleg Canadian Brass — Authorized Version 2002
  • Three Nights with Canadian Brass 2003
  • "Live from LPR New York" 2012

Music videos

  • Amazing Grace 1991
  • Canon 1991
  • Kamen: Quintet 2010
  • Scheidt: Echo 2010
  • Brahms: Chorale Prelude No 10 2011
  • Flight of the Bumblebee 2012
  • Bad Romance 2012
  • Schumann: Papillons from Carnaval, Op 9 2013
  • Schumann: Intermezzo: Paganini from Carnaval, Op 9 2013
  • Amazing Grace 2014
  • Muy Linda - 360 video 2016
  • You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch 2017
  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2017
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 2 - III Allegro Assai 2018


  1. ^ Robb, ,Peter "The Kings of Brass" wwwottawacitizencom Retrieved 2018-01-24 
  2. ^ "Canadian Brass" The Canadian Encyclopedia Retrieved 2013-12-20 
  3. ^ "Canadian Brass takes on China - CBC Archives" Retrieved 2018-01-24 
  4. ^ "Canadian Brass tubist and founder Charles Daellenbach - "Lifetime Achievement Award":" Conn-Selmer 2012-08-29 Archived from the original on 2013-12-12 Retrieved 2013-12-20 
  5. ^ "Loudoun County music students inspired by top brass" 
  6. ^ "Canadian Brass live musicians' dream" Associated Press 26 August 1984 Retrieved 19 November 2015 
  7. ^ http://wwwggca/documentaspxid=15922
  8. ^ "Chris Coletti's official blog" trumpetchrisblogcom Retrieved 2013-12-20 
  9. ^ https://webarchiveorg/web/20010708113828/http://canadianbrasscom/bio-s/former_detailshtml#Jens

External links

  • Official website
  • Listing of Canadian Brass concerts
  • Canadian Brass at AllMusic

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