Education & Outreach

Encouraging the Future

It is part of our mission to spark musical passion in the lives of students in the state of Colorado and beyond. Not only do we focus on cultivating the next generation of music professionals, we also want to help grow the next generation of passionate audience members.

Denver Brass has a variety of educational programs designed for all ages and abilities. Offering both in-school and extra-curricular programs, these are designed to offer Colorado music educators exciting and engaging content that supplements their curriculum and helps cultivate musical passion in the lives of their students.

In-School Programs

Music for Life

An in-school quintet concert and workshop suitable for all instrumental students. Designed in collaboration with the music educator to fit individual school needs, Music for Life programs are presented by the recital quintet, the Denver Brass5. Denver Brass5 musicians present a concert and discuss many aspects of musicianship including successful practice techniques, developing a beautiful sound, improvisation, the unique skills utilized in chamber music, and other topics as requested by the school.

Side By Side

An in-school rehearsal and community concert with the full Denver Brass ensemble. Designed in collaboration with the music educator to fit individual school needs, the Side by Side program includes an afternoon rehearsal and an evening community concert. Usually, school ensembles perform the first half of the concert. Following an intermission, Denver Brass presents a 20-25 minute set of music. The concert is concluded with the performance of three joint pieces.

Every year, we acquire grant funds to help defray the cost of these programs. To learn more and/or to schedule a Music for Life or Side by Side program at your school call 303-832-4676 or email Becki Kaye Taylor, Associate Director, at

More Educational Programs

Rafael Méndez 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. Totaling over 100 brass players, participants and Denver Brass musicians then present a free public concert outside under the glass at The Galleria at Denver Performing Arts Complex.

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