CALDWELL — For 25 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment that captivates all ages.
The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Monday night’s concert as part of the Caldwell Fine Arts Series will be no different. Audience members will take a trip through music ranging from “Romeo & Juliet” by Kabalevsky to “Strike Up the Band” by Gershwin.
In more than 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues and jazz festivals. Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, The Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded several diverse albums.
Who are they?
Jeff Conner, on trumpet, is the only original member of Boston Brass. He founded the group with some fellow Boston musicians while a student at Boston University and has engineered the meteoric rise of this ensemble’s fame in the world of popular chamber music. He has performed with the Music at Gretna Summer Festival, New England Philharmonic, Nashua Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Chamber Orchestra, Pierre Monteux Orchestra, Boris Goldovsky Summer Opera Orchestra and Empire Brass Seminar at Tanglewood.
Chris Castellanos on French horn is a former member and soloist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. A freelancer, he’s backed countless headliners including Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Placido Domingo, Mannheim Steamroller, Josh Groban, Michael Buble and others. When he’s not touring, Castellanos can be heard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular.”
Lance Laduke on trombone-euphonium teaches at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities and was as member of the U.S. Air Force Band. He’s performed for presidents, dignitaries and heads of state and maintains a Top Secret security clearance. He’s also played for millions of people from the White House to Red Square.
Andrew Hitz on tuba has performed with Boston Brass for a decade. He’s a founding member of Balagan, a klezmer quartet based in New York City.
Jose Sibaja on trumpet brings an incredible level of artistry, humor and personality to the ensemble. A native of Costa Rica, Sibaja is active in South Florida’s vibrant Latin music scene and toured the world extensively with Ricky Martin’s band.