Michael Powell -- trombone
Eric Reed -- horn
John D. Rojak -- bass trombone
Kevin Cobb -- trumpet
Louis Hanzlik -- trumpet


John-Thomas Burson, trumpet
Thomas Pang, trumpet
Austin Sposato, horn
Michael Lockwood, trombone
Jeff Smith, bass trombone



The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world, and hailed in the popular press as “the high priests of brass.”  ABQ has been coming to Aspen since 1970 and performing for almost as many years in the Salida Aspen Concert series.  In 2013, ABQ received Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field.  ABQ's rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works. ABQ commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire.  Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.

The concert also features the Anima Brass, a dynamic quintet of musicians dedicated to the world of brass chamber music. The group’s name, “Anima,” comes from Ancient Greek philosophical texts referring to the life giving “breath,” just as the breath which creates sound and brings life to our instruments. Anima has roots at Stony Brook University’s Department of Music on Long Island, where members of the graduate program formed this ensemble to bring contemporary and innovative brass music to New York’s Long Island communities and abroad.  Anima Brass is honored to attend the 2016 Aspen Music Festival and School as a fellowship ensemble.   

The American Brass Quintet assisted by the Anima Brass, Saturday, July 30, 2016
Concert underwritten by High Country Bank