Charles Daellenbach

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Charles "Chuck" Daellenbach is an American-Canadian[1] tuba player. He is one of the founders of the Canadian Brass and remains the quintet's tuba player.

Early life and personal life[edit]

Conrad Charles Daellenbach, PhD (Eastman School of Music) Doctor of Letters (McMaster University, Hon), DMA (New England Conservatory of Music, Hon)

      Tuba Player
      Music Publisher
      Record Executive
      Non-music Business Entrepreneur

Daellenbach was born to a musical family in Rhinelander, Wisconsin in 1945. Descended from four generations of Swiss and German musicians, he followed his two older sisters into the choirs, bands and orchestras taught by his dad. As a young player Chuck met the legendary artist/teacher Arnold Jacobs, followed by early entry to the Eastman School of Music while still in High School, finishing a Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and Ph.D by the age 25.[1] With doctorate in hand he headed north to Toronto to teach music education and performance at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto. Within weeks of arriving in Toronto Chuck found Gene Watts, who had been trying to put together brass groups in the Ontario region. The two musicians quickly discovered their similar tastes in music, similar training having both studied with Mr. Jacobs and similar love of brass quintets. From this beginning Chuck has gone on to found the Canadian Brass, establish Canadian Brass Publications/Brassworks Music (distributed by Hal Leonard Publishing Corp. and subPublished world-wide by Universal Music Publishing, England and take on the Opening Day recording company. Opening Day now has over 60 recordings on the Indie label, and fourteen artists. This past year Opening Day collaborated with the Steinway Label to produce "Canadian Brass: Takes Flight." With over 800 works in the published catalog, Chuck is responsible for introducing and creating a series of repertoire books now in use throughout the world. Along with arranger Walter Barnes four books were produced with the intention of providing masterpieces for brass at all levels of expertise. There are now well over half a million Canadian Brass Book of Quintets (4 volumes) in use. Long considered to be the business leader behind Canadian Brass, Chuck is shepherding in the new era for Canadian Brass. He has assembled a new young cast around himself that the press is calling "arguably the finest exponents on their instruments in the performance world today."

Chuck is married to MB, who has become a major force in Canadian classical music production. She has produced and co-produced ten CDs, two of which have been JUNO nominated. They have two sons, both musically gifted, interestingly tending toward the popular and electronic-arts side of the music industry. The family resides in Toronto.[1]


After earning his doctorate at age 25, Daellenbach moved to Toronto and taught music at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto.[1] The Canadian Brass was formed in 1970 by Daellenbach, enlisting the aid of trumpeter Stuart Laughton and trombonist Eugene Watts and U of T Business School graduate, Graeme Page.

Many attribute Daellenbach with establishing a now mandatory presentation style for all performers.[citation needed] Daellenbach's contributions to the brass world have been noted in standard repertoire for brass quintets, more than 30 best selling concert band versions of the most popular Canadian Brass repertoire, and an educational series that has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.[citation needed] His recording company Opening Day Entertainment (ODEG) has produced over 60 CDs and DVDs. Three ODEG CDs have been top 10 Billboard hits, four have been awarded Juno Awards, and eleven have been nominated.[citation needed]

Daellenbach came to the performance stage well prepared. By the time he arrived in Toronto he had already received a doctorate in music education, with minors in music theory and music history. Professionally he had directed a brass quintet that was known for its in-school performances. His research at the doctorate level incorporated new media, the portable videotape recorder, in identifying teaching and learning behaviours. This work in new media has been a stalwart of his entire career, enabling him to spearhead the Canadian Brass dominance in recording arts, presentation style, instrument development and publishing trends.

Daellenbach holds a Ph.D. (Eastman School of Music), DMA (New England Conservatory of Music, Hon.), DM (Hartwick College, Hon.) and an LL.D. (McMaster University, Hon.).


  1. ^ a b c d Profile at Canadian Brass's official website

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