The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America's top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. It is a family owned and operated business that had its beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. On the advice of Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres and strives to create connection between the audience and performers.
A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world's youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. A veritable "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, associate artists have appeared on the world's most prominent stages and performed with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and Boston Brass. The group burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, "All Things Considered."
In recent years the group has been invited to perform in major music halls around the world including China's National Center for the Performing Arts, Tangelwood's Seiji Ozawa Hall, and several prominent halls in Brazil and Italy.
The sound of Rodney's trumpet has reverberated throughout the world. Whether playing baroque piccolo trumpet or interpreting works commissioned especially for him, his artistry has been enthusiastically enjoyed inside of the United States and all around the world. He has been praised by music critics from Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, Records International Catalog, and other international publications for his evocative interpretation, impeccable virtuosity, and beauty of sound.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Rodney Marsalis has worked under the guidance of world renowned conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, James DePreist... He was awarded a fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center where he was invited to return for a second summer during which he was awarded the Seiji Ozawa Award for Outstanding Musicianship.
Referred to as a "trumpet prodigy" Mr. Marsalis’s solo debut was at the age of fifteen with the New Orleans Symphony. After having won various solo competitions, he received national attention at the age of nineteen performing as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has also performed as soloist with the San Diego Symphony, the Tenerife Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia…
Mr. Marsalis has made several world premiere recordings including "Sonata for Trumpet and Piano" (Albany Records) by Adolphus Hailstork and "In Our Own House"(Albany Records) by composer Alvin Singleton with saxophonist Branford Marsalis. His debut solo trumpet CD "Spirit of the Trumpeter" (Albany Records) has been dubbed as a "best seller". It is a compilation of some of the most popular recital works for trumpet and piano.
Rodney can be heard as Soloist and Principal Trumpet on more than thirty different recordings with labels such as Decca, Naxos, Koch International Classics, and Albany Records. His year is split between his duties as Principal Trumpet with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Artist in Residence at Temple University, and various master class and solo engagements in the United States and abroad.
Trumpet 丨Rodney Marsalis
Trumpet 丨Tim Hudson
Trumpet 丨Ashley Hall
Trumpet 丨Gabriel DiMartino
Trumpet 丨Martin Hodel
French Horn丨JD Shaw
Trombone丨Gregory Allen Freeman
Bass trombone丨Darrin Milling
Closer Walk- New Orleans Traditional
Contrapunctus IX- Johann Sebastian Bach
Rondo from Concerto in E Flat Major- Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Aida - Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi
Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner
Concerto - Harry James
Saints Hallelujah - Arranger Calvin Custer
Renaissance Dances - Tielman Susato
West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
Fnugg! - Øystein Baadsvik
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
La Virgin de la Macarena - Rafael Mendez
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Earth Wind and Fire Medley
(Cast and program are subject to change)