Chuck Brantigan plays a unique and monumental role in both the Denver Brass and in making the world a better place. A life-long musical dilettante, Dr. Brantigan’s professional calling was in medicine where he became a leading vascular surgeon. Throughout his study of science and medicine, he didn’t forget his love of music. He started on trumpet and eventually became not only a tubist, but also a musical scholar in the area of brass repertoire and performance anxiety. Upon meeting his wife, Kathy, the tuba duo set out to create the Denver Brass and revolutionize what a modern brass ensemble could be - continuing the historical importance of brass performance practices while evolving brass into future relevance. As a vascular surgeon, Chuck has had significant impact on the word. While his major role in Denver Brass is to provide the musical foundation for the ensemble’s unique sound, he also provides medical advice and diagnosis for a national musical community. He and his brother are amongst the major contributors to the scientific study of stage fright, its causes and treatments. Furthermore, his continuous work a visiting professor of vascular surgery in Cairo, Egypt, has revolutionized medicine in that part of the world.
Chuck has been a life-long advocate for preservation of historic buildings, including several award-winning Denver homes. He and Kathy are currently restoring the 19th century Como Round House, and in August 2017 brought a working steam engine - Klondike Kate - to the site. Chuck’s path to the Denver Brass was unconventional but essential to the formation of an ensemble that is all about service and compassion.