Canadian Brass

Composers

Biography

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
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  • 26.
    Joyful Sounds / Canadian Brass, Et Al
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9332 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Heinrich Schütz,  Heinrich Hartmann,  Johann Christoph Pezel  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daellenbach,  Graeme Page,  Ronald Romm,  Eugene Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Elmer Iseler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Singers of Canada,  Canadian Brass
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  • 27.
    Wedding Essentials / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 7334 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  John Stanley,  Sonny Kompanek,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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    Celebration / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9339 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Lukas Foss,  Paul McCartney,  John Lennon  ... 
    Conductor:  Krzesimir Debski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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    People Of Faith / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9337 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Frederick C. Atkinson,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  John Tuttle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elmer Iseler Singers,  Canadian Brass
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    Magic Horn / Canadian Brass
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9330 Release Date: 02/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Michael Kamen,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Joe Burgstaller,  Jeff Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 31.
    The Millennium Collection - The Best Of Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000415202 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rayburn Wright,  Traditional,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Dallenbach,  Marty Morell
    Conductor:  Lukas Foss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra members
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  • 32.
    Christmas Adagios - Holiday Classics To Touch Your Heart
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63972 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Michael Praetorius,  Arcangelo Corelli,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Krips,  James Galway,  John De Lancie,  Emily Mitchell  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Robert Salter,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  James Galway  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Canadian Brass,  Guildhall String Ensemble  ... 
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  • 33.
    The Ultimate Classical Christmas Album Of All Time
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87771 Release Date: 10/01/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  John Williams,  Eileen Farrell,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Leonard Bernstein,  Richard Kapp,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Christmas Concert Choir,  American Boychoir,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Sacred Brass - Palestrina, Allegri, Gesualdo / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63868 Release Date: 03/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Gregorio Allegri
    Performer:  Eugene Watts,  Jens Lindemann,  Ronald Romm,  Christopher Cooper  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivars Taurins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 35.
    Mark Twain's America
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470513 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Irving Berlin,  Scott Joplin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen,  Simon Estes,  Benjamin Luxon,  David Willison  ... 
    Conductor:  Lt. Col. Fred J. Harris,  Antal Doráti,  Stanley Black,  Willie Anthony Waters  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  New York Philharmonic members,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 36.
    Christmas In The Morning - A Celebration In Brass
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470275 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  Canadian Brass,  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
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    Bach: Art Of The Fugue / Canadian Brass
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 89731 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 38.
    Inspired Bach - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63830 Release Date: 09/11/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Keith Jarrett,  Michala Petri,  Lars Hannibal,  Peter Serkin  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Hengelbrock,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Enoch zu Guttenberg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra,  Balthaser-Neumann Choir,  Harp Consort  ... 
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  • 39.
    Canadian Brass - Super Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89270 Release Date: 08/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daellenbach,  Frederic Mills,  Ronald Romm,  Eugene Watts  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Brass
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  • 40.
    Ravel: Bolero / Fiedler, Koussevitsky, Munch, Tomita, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63670 Release Date: 06/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Mario Braggiotti,  Jacques Fray,  Evelyn Glennie,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Barry Wordsworth,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Nathaniel Shilkret Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London  ... 
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63610 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Charles Daellenbach,  Eugene Watts,  Jens Lindemann,  Ronald Romm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 42.
    Take The A Train - Best Of Duke Ellington / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63455 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Luther Henderson,  Billy Strayhorn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 43.
    Bach For Babies - Fun And Games For Budding Brains
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462949 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Celedonio Romero,  Maria Graf,  Irena Grafenauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Canadian Brass
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  • 44.
    I'll Be Home For Christmas / Domingo, Carreras, Pavarotti
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60799 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Franz Schubert,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Kim Gannon  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  Huang Ying  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Österreicher,  Leonard Bernstein,  Lee Holdridge,  Steven Mercurio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  New York Philharmonic,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir  ... 
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  • 45.
    The Ave Maria Album / Price, Lanza, Caruso, Domingo
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63260 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Franz Schubert,  Percy Kahn  ... 
    Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli,  Mario Lanza,  Kosti Vehanen,  Marian Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Constantin Callinicos,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Giuseppe Bamboschek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Canadian Brass - All You Need Is Love
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68970 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Lennon,  Paul McCartney
    Performer:  Eugene Watts,  David Ohanian,  Charles Daellenbach,  Jens Lindemann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 47.
    A Christmas Experiment / The Canadian Brass, Beaupré, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68880 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Christopher Dedrick  ... 
    Performer:  Blair McKay,  Tom Szczesniak,  Christian Daellenbach,  Maya Irvine  ... 
    Conductor:  Linda Beaupré,  Mary Lou Tremills
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass,  Bach Children's Chorus,  Canadian Brass Singers  ... 
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  • 48.
    Canadian Brass Play Bernstein
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68633 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Christopher Dedrick
    Performer:  Eugene Watts,  Jens Lindemann,  David Ohanian,  Ronald Romm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 49.
    Christmas At The Pops - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68266 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  John Frederic Coots,  Richard Hayman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  John Birch,  Alfred Krips,  John Grady  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Arthur Fiedler Orchestra,  Arthur Fiedler Chorus  ... 
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    Renaissance Men - Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Etc / Canadian Brass
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68108 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Pezel,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Tylman Susato  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Romm,  Graeme Page,  Frederic Mills,  Charles Daellenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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