Charles Daellenbach

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Charles Daellenbach

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Conrad Charles Daellenbach

(1945-07-12) July 12, 1945 (age 73)
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
NationalityCanadian, American
Other names"Chuck"
Alma materEastman School of Music
Musical career
Years active1970–present
Associated actsCanadian Brass

Conrad Charles Daellenbach C.M. (born July 12, 1945) is an American and Canadian[1] tuba player. He is best known as one of the founding members of the Canadian Brass, in which he remains the quintet's tuba player, publisher, business administrator and professional relationships manager. Daellenbach is the most recorded tuba performer in history.

Early life and personal life[edit]

Conrad Charles Daellenbach was born to a musical family in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, on July 12, 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 father. As a young player, Daellenbach met and studied with the legendary artist/teacher Arnold Jacobs, followed by early entry to the Eastman School of Music while still in high school, eventually graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1965, a Master of Arts in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1971.[1][2]


Daellenbach moved to Toronto and taught music at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.[1] The Canadian Brass was formed in 1970 by Daellenbach, enlisting trumpeter Stuart Laughton and trombonist Gene Watts and University of Toronto Business School graduate Graeme Page.

Daellenbach's contributions to the brass world include over 600 standard repertoire works 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 nearly one million copies worldwide.[citation needed] His recording company, Opening Day Entertainment (ODEG), has produced over 73 CDs and DVDs. Three ODEG CDs have been top-10 Billboard hits, four have received Juno Awards, and 13 have been Juno nominated.[citation needed]

In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for popularizing classical music, notably as a founder of the Canadian Brass, one of our nation's most internationally renowned classical music groups".[3]

As of 2019, Daellenbach still plays in the Canadian Brass and, with the retirement of Gene Watts in 2010, is the last original member touring with the group.

Personal life[edit]

Daellenbach is married with two sons. The family resides in Toronto.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Profile at Canadian Brass's official website
  2. ^ "Conrad Charles Daellenbach". Eastman School of Music. May 15, 2005. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Governor General Announces 95 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 26, 2014.

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