Education & Outreach

Encouraging the future

It’s part of our Denver Brass mission to spark musical passion among young musicians. Not only do we want to cultivate the next generation of musicians, but we want to help grow the next generation of live music audiences. 

The Denver Brass has a variety of educational programs designed for middle and high school students to help educators round out their curriculum with exciting and engaging content.

Music for Life Program

Music for Life, presented by the organization’s recital quintet The Denver Brass5, is an in-school 1 to 1 ½ hour concert and clinic suitable for the entire instrumental department. 

Denver Brass5 musicians perform and discuss many aspects of musicianship including successful practice techniques, developing a beautiful sound, improvisation and the unique skills utilized in chamber music. 

A major focus of Music for Life workshops is encouraging students to keep music in their lives after graduation.

Side By Side Concert

An evening collaborative community concert, Side-by-Side is tailored to best meet your school’s unique needs. An afternoon rehearsal precedes the evening concert. Typically, school ensembles perform for the first half of the concert. Following a brief intermission, The Denver Brass presents a 20 to 25 minute set of music. 

The concert concludes with the performance of three joint pieces: 

1)  A piece with The Denver Brass and all of your brass musicians, 

2)  A piece with your full band and The Denver Brass, and 

3)  A closing piece with The Denver Brass accompanied by all of your percussionists.

Mendez Brass Institute

Each summer The Denver Brass proudly hosts the annual Rafael Méndez Brass Institute at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver.  

Honoring the legendary trumpet virtuoso, Rafael Méndez (1906-1981), the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute is the world’s leading performance and career development seminar for brass musicians and educators. All participants perform in brass ensembles and master classes, coached by some of the foremost brass artists in the nation.

Significant scholarships are available to juniors and seniors who plan to pursue a career in music.

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Holiday Brassfest

An annual holiday tradition!  

Brass players of all ages and abilities register to rehearse Christmas carols with The Denver Brass, then present a free public concert outside under the glass at the Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria.  

Past participants have ranged from 6 years old to 92 years young, including one family with 3 generations playing in the Holiday Brassfest!  

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