“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing” might best describe the founder, tubist and fearless leader of the 37 year old Denver Brass. A University of Michigan graduate, Kathy was a pioneer in the world of professional female tubists and an early soloist at the International Women’s Brass Conference. Kathy has single-handedly revolutionized the concept of brass ensembles in the 21st century. With her leadership, Denver Brass has commissioned over 900 original compositions and arrangements specifically made for the Denver Brass’ unique instrumentation. As a tubist, Kathy has played professionally with the Central City Opera, Colorado Ballet, The King’s Brass, Aries Brass Quintet and Hudson Valley Philharmonic. She has produced over 35 CDs - most prominently the Denver Brass and Aries Brass Quintet. Kathy’s successful career has been a result of her tenacity, good humor and gregarious personality. Not just anyone would ride for 4 hours from Denver to Grand Junction in a body cast from a skiing accident to keep a concert date - but that is the kind of determination that has propelled her career and the success of the Denver Brass. Kathy never gives up, gives in or gives out. She credits her parents with instilling this work ethic and “you can do anything you set your mind to” attitude.
Chuck Brantigan is her tuba mate in the Denver Brass as well as marriage. She has 4 sons - Hans, Nathan, Shay and David - and a bunch of grandchildren to keep her busy when she’s not at the Denver Brass office. Honorable mention must also be given to her German shepherd Molly, who is holding down the principal “pet” chair. Outside of her love for music, Kathy loves Victorian houses, historic narrow gauge steam trains, skiing, travelling, and generally being the life of the party!