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Curriculum Vita

Brass Ensembles

Featuring the finest musicians at Cal Poly, the 17-piece brass ensemble performs for concerts and recitals on campus and throughout the San Luis Obispo community. The group's repertoire is an eclectic mixture of old and new, ranging from Gabrieli and Bach to Hazell and Sousa. The brass chamber music program also includes quintets, trumpet ensembles and mixed brass choirs (8 to 14 players).

Brass chamber ensembles are open by audition to students participating in Cal Poly large ensembles. These groups provide students with focused training in rehearsal and performance of chamber ensemble literature, quality music written specifically for brass instruments. Emphasis is placed on independence of each performer and clear communication across the ensemble. Specific instrumentation for the current quarter is posted on the Instrumental Ensembles Board.

Auditions will be held over winter break and during the first week of classes. Students should contact Mr. Woodruff for specific information. As members of these ensembles, trombone players may be expected to (learn to) read tenor clef. Euphonium players may be expected to read in treble clef. Trumpet players may have opportunities to play secondary horns (Flügelhorn, C trumpet, Eb trumpet, picc, etc.). State-owned instruments are available.

Audition slots for Winter 2014 are posted outside the Band Office. Audtions will be heard Monday through Wednesday during the first week of classes.

For a list of recommended ensembles to build your playlist of great brass music, visit this page.

Winter 2014 Registration

Trumpet Ensemble and Brass Choir
Fridays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
MU171-01, MU371-01

Trumpet Ensemble
Same Registration as Brass Choir


Student Recital Dates

  • Fall Dates: 21 November and 5 December
  • Winter Dates TBA
  • Spring Dates TBA

All student recitals are hosted at 11:00 a.m. and are coordinated through the Music Department office.

Brass Ensembles Performances from 2013 - 2014 season

  • 8 February 2014 (Night at the Mission Concert 8:00 p.m.)
  • 20 May 2014 (Brass Concert "All That Brass!" at SLOUMC 7:30 p.m.)

Evening Concert Attire

Men: Black Tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie and cummerbund (or vest), black hosiery and black dress shoes.
Women: Long black dress or long black skirt or slacks and black blouse, black nylons, black shoes. discrete jewelry. Shoulders and knees must be covered.

Brass Choir

Repertoire for Season 2013-2014

  • Langford, London Miniatures
  • Gabrieli, Canzon septimi toni no. 2
  • Fucik,Florentinermarsch
  • Plog, Octet for Brass
  • Biebl, Ave Maria
  • Rutter, Gloria (with Cal Poly Choir and Paul Woodring, organ)

Brass Quintet

Repertoire for Season 2013-2014

  • Arnold, Quintet
  • Plog, Four Sketches
  • Tull, Coup de Brass
  • Capacia, [new composition]

Trumpet Ensemble

Repertoire for Season 2013

  • Arnold, Hoffnung Fanfare
  • LoPresti, Suite for Five Trumpets