The Big Horn Brass was founded in 1983 by Andrew Harris. The performers are thirteen brass and two percussion, the finest you will hear anywhere. They combine their diverse musical skills and love of music with exacting perfection from each element in their repertoire.
The mission of the Big Horn Brass is to enrich the quality of life in Oregon by providing high quality music performances to community audiences, providing new brass repertoire through original compositions and arrangements, and fostering music education in schools and concert halls.
One of the hallmarks of a Big Horn Brass performance is diversity and originality. Programs may include movie themes from Disney and composer John Williams, Beatles tunes, classical, romantic, renaissance, ragtime, marches, brass band, patriotic, civil war, contemporary, original, and even big band charts. They also feature commissioned works that are unique and fun.
But the Big Horn Brass is best known for their Christmas show. This concert typically includes original arrangements from the Stan Kenton Library; unique and compelling arrangements by Oregon’s Phil Neuman and Washington’s William Berry; traditional favorites for classical brass by Leroy Anderson and James Burden, soaring melodies by movie composer Jerry Fielding; and engaging performances by our outstanding jazz vocalist.
You will see and hear the brass family of trumpets, horns, trombones, euphonium, and tuba along with percussion.
In addition to the modern brass family you will be delighted to here the traditional Swiss alphorn. The alphorn is a 2,000-year-old tradition. Swiss mountain herdsmen still use the alphorn to call home their cows for the evening milking as the chill of the night air settles in the deep alpine valleys.
In addition to a fine musical performance, the Big Horn Brass is informative if not educational and connects on a personal level with audience member of all ages.
The hallmark of Big Horn Brass performance repertoire is diversity and originality. Programs include classical, romantic, renaissance, ragtime, marches, brass band, patriotic, civil war, movie themes, contemporary, original, and even big band charts; but Big Horn Brass is best known for their Christmas show.