Sunday, February 10, 2008

Chestnut Brass

The Chestnut Brass Company is a brass quintet based in the Philadelphia area,  part of whose focus is performing on historical and antique brass instruments.  In addition to playing established works, they also commission new works.  This very interesting mixture of historical and modern perspectives has appealed to audiences and educators since the group's formation in 1977.

As a side note, I remember this group coming to my High School, and they had an arsenal of antique instruments at their disposal.  Before playing works from the instruments' era, they took the time to introduce the historical instruments, and gave us some great insight into the way their modern counterparts developed.

You can check out their website at

2 comments: said...

I played a gig with Marian Hesse and John (her husband/Chestnet trumpet). Mrs. Hesse is the horn prof. at UNC.

Anyways...just a little name dropping.

Scott said...

You may also be interested in the Dodworth Saxhorn Band of Michigan ( I had the good fortune to hear them perform in Northfield, MN a couple of summers ago, and they put on a complete show, as well as being good players. It was very interesting to hear the richness of the antique instruments.