The Copper Street Brass Quintet of Minneapolis, Minnesota represents the Evolution of the Brass Quintet. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2007, The Copper Street Brass Quintet (CSBQ) set up shop as a full-time, 501(c)3 non-profit in the Twin Cities in 2008 where, through their inventive concerts, engaging classroom programs, and full library of original and unique arrangements, they’ve transcended the traditional brass quintet, evolving it into something fresh.
The CSBQ tours with three main programs: The Evolution of Brass, That 80’s Show, and Christmas on Copper Street. These shows have been a hit in communities across the country, featuring music spanning from Mozart to Bizet, Dave Brubeck to Pat Metheny, and Journey to Adele. The quintet wows their audiences with their innovative blend of musical styles and dazzling fusion of breathtaking brass with keyboard, guitar, drums, percussion, and unique electronic brass instruments. They pride themselves on shattering the divide between listener and performer with their lively banter and audience interaction, bringing people to their feet from Montana to Massachusetts.
The group has recorded four albums and appeared live on Minnesota Public Radio, KARE 11 news, and Montana Today. Their albums, The Evolution of the Brass Quintet, Copper Street Classics, Christmas on Copper Street, and Extended Play feature unique and innovative arrangements of everything from Mozart opera arias to the Nutcracker Suite to Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk” to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”.
As devoted educators, The CSBQ spends much of their season on residencies ranging from two to five days in schools and communities around the Upper Midwest. The ensemble is committed to sharing their energy and passion for instrumental music with students from kindergarten to college, whether in large metro areas or rural towns. During their 2012-13 season alone, the quintet performed over 40 concerts for 6,000 community members and more than 170 educational programs for 8,250 students.
The quintet fulfills its mission of educational outreach and engagement in many ways. Their Brass T.A.C.S. (Teaching Artistic Curiosity in Sound) program provides inner-city Minneapolis music students the chance to work with CSBQ performing artists and other local musicians up-close, at no charge to the school or students. Their Remote Entrepreneurship Arts Lab (R.E.A.L.) at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN gives college students in all degree programs the chance to observe and learn from successful working arts entrepreneurs, connecting CSBQ staff with today’s students - equipping them with the knowledge and tools to become tomorrow’s leaders. The CSBQ also coaches student brass quintets, runs a Summer Brass Camp, and provides an in-house grant writing service to help bring The CSBQ to communities who otherwise would not get the chance to see live professional instrumentalists.
Members of The CSBQ are constantly in high demand as performers and educators, performing with The Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Davina and the Vagabonds, Big Walter Smith, and ACME Jazz Company; and teaching at St. Olaf College, Concordia University, MacPhail Center for Music, public schools around the Twin Cities, and their own private studios.
Whether performing in concert series auditoriums, outdoor festival stages, tiny jazz clubs, school classrooms, or packed gymnasiums, The Copper Street Brass Quintet truly represents the Evolution of the Brass Quintet.
The Copper Street Brass Quintet is:
Allison Hall - Trumpet, Keyboard
Corbin Dillon - Trumpet, Percussion
Timothy Bradley - Horn, Guitar, Keyboard
Alex Wolff - Trombone, Drums
Nick Adragna - Tuba, Percussion
with special guest Reid Kennedy - Drums & Percussion