Carolina Brass

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Carolina Brass is the name chosen by two different brass quintets based in North Carolina.

Carolina Brass in Charlotte Carolina Brass was founded in 1980 by four principal brass musicians of the Charlotte Symphony and a professor of music at Davidson College. Since its founding, Carolina Brass has given hundreds of performances throughout the Southeast, including the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, SC. Over the years, Carolina Brass has performed many educational concerts, church services, weddings, and recitals. Due to the demanding schedule of the Charlotte Symphony, this group has, in recent years, chosen to serve Charlotte and the surrounding area, despite opportunities to tour nationally.

Current members of Carolina Brass are: Frank Portone (horn), Chris Fensom (trumpet), Bill Lawing (trumpet), John Bartlett (trombone), and Fred Boyd (tuba)

Carolina Brass in the Triad/Triangle Since being founded in 1997, the group has become a national touring ensemble. They tour throughout the United States performing in a variety of settings including concert halls, universities, churches, and giving educational concerts at schools and other venues. Carolina Brass performs a wide variety of music including Classical and Contemporary works, Medieval and Renaissance music, and pops programs encompassing Broadway, Jazz, Dixieland, Big Band, and other popular forms. The mission of the Carolina Brass is to promote the understanding of music and to improve the performance level of musicians of all ages through performances, residencies, master classes, and recordings.

This ensemble consists of a traditional brass quintet plus percussionist. Current members are: Timothy Hudson (trumpet), Dennis de Jong (trumpet), Robert Campbell (horn), David Wulfeck (trombone), Matt Ransom (tuba), and John R. Beck (percussion).

Carolina Brass is a Summit Records artist.


Carolina Brass in Charlotte This group does not have any CDs for sale at this time.

Carolina Brass in the Triad/Triangle

  • Carolina Brass Christmas (2000)
    • Includes traditional English, American, and Afro-American Holiday tunes as well as works by Mendelssohn, Gustov Holst, J.S. Bach, and Charles Marie Widor.
  • That's A Plenty! (2003)
    • Includes That's a Plenty by Pollack, and works by Arutunian, Mouret, J.P. Sousa, Frackenpohl, Purcell, Bernstein, Strayhorn and more.
  • ART Collection (2004)
    • This collection of works written and arranged by Arthur Frackenpohl is a tribute to the American composer.

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