Charles Daellenbach

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Dr., C.M.
Conrad Charles Daellenbach
Chuck Daellenbach 2014.jpg
Born 1945 (age 70–71)
Rhinelander Wisconsin, U.S.
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality American, Canadian
Other names "Chuck"
Known for Canadian Brass

Conrad Charles "Chuck" Daellenbach is an American and Canadian[1] tuba player. He is one of the founders of the Canadian Brass and remains the quintet's tuba player, publisher, business administrator and professional relationships manager.

Early life and personal life[edit]

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 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, finishing a Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts and Ph.D. by the age 25.[1]


After earning his doctorate, 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]

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.). 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".[2]

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. ^ "Governor General Announces 95 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 26, 2014. 

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