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Canadian Brass

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Active: 1970 - ; Canada
The Canadian Brass quickly rose to become the world's most popular brass brass quintet, pioneering a unique and entertaining stage format that has influenced numerous other chamber groups. There were no full-time touring brass quintets when the group formed as an experiment in 1970. At that time, most brass quintet music was played by members of local orchestras or music conservatories.

The impetus for the group came from
Read more trombonist Eugene Watts, a native of Sedalia, MO, and a graduate of the University of Missouri. He grew up with a strong interest in jazz, and played traditional Dixieland to help pay for college. After playing in the North Carolina, San Antonio, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, he came to Toronto at the invitation of the Toronto Symphony's music director, Seiji Ozawa. He is a major contributor to the unique programming for Canadian Brass concerts, which range from traditional classical repertoire to less formal, and often humorous interactions with the audience.

Tuba player Charles Daellenbach is also a founding member. If Watts is the impetus for the group, Daellenbach is the catalyst. He and Watts tend to spark each other's humor, and their in-concert banter is part of the group's distinction. A native of Wisconsin, Daellenbach is from a German family with a long musical tradition. He earned a Ph.D. from Eastman at the age of 25 and was teaching at the University of Toronto when he met Watts.

Trumpeters Bill Philips (1970-1972) and Stuart Laughton (1970-1971) were founding members who became exhausted by the constant touring and subsequently left the group. The two longest tenures, excluding the founders, were Ron Romm (1971-2000), who had been a professional trumpeter in his family's band (the Romm-Antics) from the age of 12, and Fred Mills (1972-1996). Mills intended to be an original member, but could not join for the first year due to contract commitments.

Jens Lindemann, born in Germany but raised in Alberta, Canada, replaced Mills in 1996. He started playing the trumpet in grade school and was inspired by the Canadian Brass, who signed his trumpet case when he was twelve years old. Emulating the Brass, he obtained a gold-plated trumpet. He became soloist in an Edmonton orchestra at 16, and was well established when he joined the Canadian Brass. He brought to the Brass a special facility on the high piccolo trumpet, and also played C trumpet, cornet, and flügelhorn. In 2000, Lindemann left the ensemble to pursue a solo career, and was replaced by Josef Burgsteller.

Ryan Anthony joined the Brass in June 2000 at the age of 31. He is a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony. The older Brass members remember him as the fifteen-year-old member of a quintet that wowed them at a master class performance.

Graeme Page was the original French horn player of the Brass (1970-1983). Succeeding him were Marty Hackleman (1983-1986) and David Ohanian (1986-1998), a founding member of the Empire Brass in 1972.

The Canadian Brass has enriched the brass quintet repertoire with many commissioned works and a large number of arrangements of music from the early Baroque onward. The quintet has made over 50 LP and CD releases, and has toured around the world. Read less
Christmas Tradition / Canadian Brass
Release Date: 10/02/2007   Label: Opening Day  
Catalog: 7345   Number of Discs: 1
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Christmas With The Canadian Brass
Release Date: 07/08/2007   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 4132   Number of Discs: 1
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Christmas Time Is Here / Canadian Brass
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30027   Number of Discs: 1
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A Canadian Brass Christmas
Release Date: 07/23/2007   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 39740   Number of Discs: 1
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Echo - Glory Of Gabrieli / Canadian Brass
Release Date: 10/06/2009   Label: Opening Day  
Catalog: 7380   Number of Discs: 1
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    Christmas Time Is Here / Canadian Brass
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30027 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vince Guaraldi,  Traditional,  Christopher Coletti,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daellenbach,  Caleb Hudson,  Chris Coletti,  Eric Reed  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Carnaval / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7438 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Chris Coletti,  Caleb Hudson,  Brandon Ridenour,  Eric Reed  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Centrediscs: 30 Years
    Label: Centrediscs   Catalog: 17311 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ann Southam,  Alice Ping Yee Ho,  Harry Somers,  Larysa Kuzmenko  ... 
    Performer:  Christina Petrowska Quilico,  Barbara Pritchard,  Marc-André Hamelin
    Conductor:  Alex Pauk,  Andrey Boreyko,  Martin Bartlett,  Mario Bernardi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Penderecki String Quartet,  Trio Fibonacci,  St. Lawrence String Quartet  ... 
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    Canadian Brass Takes Flight
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30008 Release Date: 12/06/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sonny Kompanek,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Dowland  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Reed,  Achilles Liarmakopoulos,  Chris Coletti,  Brandon Ridenour  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Brahms On Brass / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7415 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Chris Coletti,  Brandon Ridenour,  Charles Daellenbach,  Eric Reed  ... 
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    Canadian Brass - The Classics
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7400 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  Thomas Morley,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Spirit Dance / David Braid, Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7383 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Braid,  Jerome Kern
    Performer:  David Braid,  Canadian Brass
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Stars & Stripes - Canadian Brass Salute America
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7382 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Traditional,  Samuel Augustus Ward,  George M. Cohan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Amazing Brass / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9327 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sy Oliver,  George Gershwin,  Glenn Miller  ... 
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    Echo - Glory Of Gabrieli / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7380 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Samuel Scheidt
    Performer:  Eric Robertson,  Joe Burgstaller,  Brandon Ridenour,  Jeff Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Echo Brass
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    Swing That Music - A Tribute To Louis  Armstrong / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7371 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Rose,  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  George Gershwin,  F.J. "Jelly Roll" Morton  ... 
    Performer:  Adam James
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Bach Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742557 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  E. Power Biggs,  Andrea Marcon,  Peter Serkin
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Eugene Ormandy,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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    Vivaldi Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742567 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Anshel Brusilow,  Sol Goichberg,  Eugenia Earle,  Mary Zelnicki  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Max Goberman,  Jerold Ottley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Canadian Brass,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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    A KDFC Classical Christmas 4
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 74122 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Prizeman,  Jay Livingston,  Hector Berlioz,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Arturo Delmoni,  Luciano Pavarotti
    Conductor:  Robert Prizeman,  Jeffrey Thomas,  John Georgiadis,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera,  Canadian Brass,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Manhattan Music / Eastman Wind Ensemble, Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7368 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rayburn Wright,  Leonard Bernstein,  Bramwell Tovey,  Jeff Tyzik
    Conductor:  Mark Scatterday
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Eastman Wind Ensemble
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    Jazz Roots / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7350 Release Date: 07/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ray Gilbert,  Walter Melrose  ... 
    Performer:  Frederic Mills,  Ronald Romm,  Graeme Page,  Eugene Watts  ... 
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    Legends / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7347 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Frideric Handel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Moody
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Bach / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7346 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christopher Dedrick
    Performer:  Bernhard Scully,  Eugene Watts,  Christopher Lee,  Charles Daellenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Moody
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 5, Egmont Overture / Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426487 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Georg Tintner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  New York Philharmonic members,  Boston Symphony Orchestra members
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    Wagner For Brass / Canadian Brass, Berlin Po, Bayreuth Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434109 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Brass,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra Brass Players
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    Sweet Songs Of Christmas / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7328 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Christmas Tradition / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7345 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Mel Torme,  Jay Livingston,  Hugh Martin  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Robertson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Ain't Misbehavin' & Other Fats Waller Hits / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60979 Release Date: 08/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  James P. Johnson,  F.J. "Jelly Roll" Morton,  Roy Turk  ... 
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    A Christmas Experiment / The Canadian Brass
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4238 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  William James Kirkpatrick,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Christopher Dedrick  ... 
    Performer:  Eugene Watts,  Ronald Romm,  Jens Lindemann,  Charles Daellenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Bach Children's Chorus,  Canadian Brass Singers
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    A Canadian Brass Christmas
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 39740 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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