Central New York Brass Bash

Brass Bash 2020 will be held Monday, March 30, 2020

at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.

BRASS BASH 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS. PLEASE JOIN US NEXT YEAR AROUND THE END OF MARCH BEGINNING OF APRIL. PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Brass Bash 2020 will be  held on Monday, March 30, 2020 at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.  This will be the 18th year of Brass Bash and as always the concert and parking will be free and open to the public. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will feature The Syracuse University Trumpet Ensemble, Fulton High School Brass Ensemble, Central Square Brass Ensemble, East Syracuse Minoa Jr. High Brass Quintet, North Syracuse District Brass Ensemble, Liverpool High School Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble,  and Syracuse University Brass Ensemble.  This year’s grand finale is entitled “Tommy Turns 50”  a musical tribute to The Who’s epic Rock Opera “TOMMY”.  Please find the parts below,  If you’re school is interested in becoming part of this awesome evening of brass music please contact Mr. Craig Elwood at celwood11@gmail.com.  See you on the 30th.

Music For Mass Brass – Tommy Turns 50

Pictures from 2019 Brass Bash

BRASS BASH 2019

Brass Bash 2019 was held Monday, April 8, 2019

at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.

Brass Bash 2019 was held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.  This was the 17th year of Brass Bash and was free and open to the public. The program began at 7:00 p.m. and featured The Syracuse University Trumpet Ensemble, Fulton High School Brass Ensemble, Watertown High School Brass Ensemble, Central Square Brass Ensemble, North Syracuse District Brass Ensemble, Liverpool High School Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble,  and Syracuse University Brass Ensemble.  Music was performed covered centuries of brass literature including but not limited to Sustato, Dvorak, Phillip Bliss, Toto as well as Coldplay.  Variety is never lacking at our Annual Brash Bash Celebration. Local composer and Symphoria conductor Sean O’Loughlin had a piece played by the SU trumpet ensemble. The grand finale was entitled We Are “Queen”  a musical tribute to Freddie Mercury’s legacy.  An amazing night of Brass performance was presented by all of the groups.  Please join with us next year.  For further information please contact Craig Elwood at celwood11@gmail.com.

BRASS BASH 2018

Brass Bash 2018 was held Monday, April 9, 2018

at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.

Brass Bash 2018 was  held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.  This was the 16th year of Brass Bash and as always the concert and parking is free and open to the public. The program began at 7:00 p.m. and it featured The Syracuse University Trumpet Ensemble, Fulton High School Brass Ensemble, Oswego High School Brass Ensemble, Central Square Brass Ensemble, North Syracuse District Brass Ensemble, Liverpool High School Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble,  and Syracuse University Brass Ensemble.  This years repertoire ranged from standard brass literature of Elgar to transcriptions of classic “Finlandia”to contemporary pop group Pentatonix. The audience was truly treated to an evening of brass entertainment.  The grand finale gathered all of the musicians in a surround sound mass brass performance.  It was a huge success beginning with the “Make His Praise Glorious” by Bill Wolaver as performed by Sandy Patti adapted for Brass ensemble by Craig Elwood. The final work for the evening was entitled “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock as performed by Maynard Ferguson adapted for Brass ensemble by Craig Elwood.   Mr. Elwood, the Central Square director, lead the performance. The concert was just under 2 hours and the performances were all wonderful and the kids are already talking about Brass Bash 2019.

The educators of Brass Bash wish to thank Dr. James Spencer for all of his organization and coordination with Hendrick’s Chapel, Syracuse University Transportation and Mr. Ronald Haldeman of Central Square, Mr. Scott Ciesla of Oswego for supplying all of the required equipment for this event.

If you missed this years Bash check back here in early 2019 for details on next years event.  This yearly tradition has become a favorite of brass enthusiast from around the Central New York area.

BRASS BASH 2017

Brass Bash 2017 was held Monday, April 10, 2017

at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.

Brass Bash 2017 was held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel.  This was the 15th year of Brass Bash and as always the concert was free and open to the public. The program  began at 7:00 p.m. as it featured The Syracuse University Trumpet Ensemble, Fulton High School Brass Ensemble, Oswego High School Brass Ensemble, Central Square Brass Ensemble, North Syracuse District Brass Ensemble, Liverpool High School Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble,  and Syracuse University Brass Ensemble.  This years repertoire ranged from standard brass literature of Gabrieli to transcriptions of classic opera to contemporary video game music likw “Halo 3”  The audience was truly treated to an evening of brass education and entertainment.  The grand finale gathered all of the musicians in a surround sound mass brass performance.  It was a huge success beginning with the “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland conducted by CNS director Mr. Mark Hover.  The final work for the evening was entitled “NFL Films: Music from the Gridiron” by Michael Brown adapted for Brass ensemble by Craig Elwood.   Mr. Elwood, the Central Square director, lead the performance.

The educators of Brass Bash wish to thank Dr. James Spencer for all of his organization and coordination with Hendrick’s Chapel, Syracuse University Transportation and Mr. Ronald Haldeman of Central Square, Mr. Scott Ciesla, Mr. Steve Salem for supplying all of the required equipment for this event.

If you missed this years Bash check back here in early 2018 for details on next years event.  This yearly tradition has become a favorite of brass enthusiast from around the Central New York area.

Pictures for Brass Bash 2017

Syracuse Trumpet Ensemble

1. SU Trumpet Ensemble

Fulton Brass

2. Fulton Brass 1     3. Fulton Brass 2

Oswego Brass

5. Oswego 2    6. Oswego Brass 4

Central Square Brass

7. C2 1    8. C2 2   

CNS Brass

11. CNS    12. CNS Brass 5

Liverpool Brass

13. Liverpool 1    14. Zach Coldran Liverpool Soloist

Syracuse University Brass Ensemble

17. SUBE 3    18. SUBE 4

Mass Brass

Mass Brass Drum Set

Mass Brass Percussion

Mass Brass Tubas

Mass Brass French Horns

Mass Brass Trumpets