The Syracuse University Brass Ensemble is a group of 35 professional-level brass and percussion musicians; members include Syracuse University faculty, staff and students, the State University of New York Upstate Medical University faculty and staff, and accomplished musicians from Upstate New York communities.
The SU Brass is a permanent ensemble-in-residence through Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Hendricks Chapel. The ensemble performs about 16 concerts each year around Central New York, including the annual “Holidays at Hendricks” that is broadcast regionally on WCNY and affiliate stations. The ensemble has twice placed 1st nationally in the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championship Festival.
The repertoire of the SU Brass includes music from all major musical periods and often features new compositions commissioned by nationally known composers. The ensemble has released CD and DVD recordings and has premiered several dozen new compositions and arrangements, most recently “In Praise of Science,” written for the SUBE by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward.