Empire Brass

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Empire Brass
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Empire Brass performing in 2006
Background information
Origin Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active 1972–present
Website www.empirebrass.com
  • Derek Lockhart
  • Eric Berlin
  • Victor Sungarian
  • Greg Spiridopoulos
  • Kenneth Amis
Past members

Empire Brass is a brass quintet from the United States. The group was founded in 1972. The original members met at Tanglewood Music Center in 1970.[1]

The quintet tours regularly in North America, Europe, and Asia. They have been the Faculty Quintet-in-Residence at Boston University since 1976.[2]

The Empire Brass have appeared on Good Morning America, Today Show and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.[3] They also make joint concert appearances with organist Douglas Major.[4]

As of May 2015, its members include:


  1. ^ "Rolf Smedvig, 62; virtuoso trumpeter who cofounded renowned brass quintet". Boston Globe. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wise, Brian (April 28, 2015). "Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter Who Founded Empire Brass, Dies at 63". WQXR-FM. Retrieved May 8, 2015. The quintet was a co-winner of the Naumberg Chamber Music Award in 1976 and had also begun a long-term residency at Boston University. 
  3. ^ Woodstra, Chris; Brennan, Gerald; Allen, Schrott (2005). All Music Guide to Classical Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 417. ISBN 9780879308650. 
  4. ^ Acton, Nancy (April 21, 2006). "Major weekend treat for organ music lovers". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 

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