Collegiate Brass Quintet Reference Guide Shelby Carico, John Nye, and Chris Carrillo

About this reference guide

This brass quintet reference guide was created as a project for the MUS 758 (doctoral brass ensemble literature) class in the trumpet studio at James Madison University. The target audience for this guide is undergraduate college students interested in forming a brass quintet. This guide includes a curated list of suggested repertoire, links to helpful articles, links to purchase music, links to example performance videos, and links to professional brass quintet sites. While the suggested list of repertoire is in no means complete, the goal of this list is to provide suggested works without overwhelming students new to brass quintets and chamber music.

Performing in a brass quintet is an enriching musical experience that presents many opportunities for students to develop important skills. Some of these skills include the ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues, fine-tune individual performance technique, and develop individual musical independence/responsibility. Since each person in a brass quintet is the only person performing his or her part, the musical independence required can effectively elevate a students level of intonational awareness, dynamic balance, and blend of sound.

How this list is organized

The following list is intended to serve as a resource for undergraduate college students interested in forming a brass quintet. For the purposes of this list, we define a beginning quintet as one that has never performed together as an ensemble, an intermediate quintet as one that has performed together no more than twice, and an advanced quintet as one that has performed together three or more times.

Additionally, we considered the level of technical difficulty of each individual part and determined the beginning brass quintet to be most suitable for 1st and 2nd year college students, the intermediate brass quintet 2nd and 3rd year college students, and the advanced brass quintet 3rd and 4th year college students.

Select List of Repertoire

Beginning Brass Quintet

  • Anonymous; Sonata from Die Bankelsangerleider, Robert King
  • Ewazen, Eric; Bachauer Fanfare, Theodore Presser Company
  • Gabrielli, Giovanni; Canzona No. 2, Robert King
  • Gabrielli, Giovanni; Canzona No. 4, Robert King
  • Maurer, Ludwig; Scherzo and Lied, Mentor Music
  • Maurer, Ludwid; Three Pieces, Mentor Music
  • Pezell, Johann; 3 Pieces, Robert King
  • Pezell, Johann; 6 Pieces, Robert King
  • Scheidt, Samuel; Gailliard Battaglia, Hal Leonard
  • Vivaldi Antonio/J.S. Bach (arr. Baldwin); Concerto, Hal Leonard

Intermediate Brass Quintet

  • Bach, J.S.; Contrapunctus IX, Chamber Music Library
  • Calvert, Morley; Suite from the Monteregian Hills, Berandol Music
  • Cheetham, John; Scherzo, Western International Music
  • Crespo, Enrique; Three Spirituals, TBD
  • Farnaby, Giles; Fancies, Toys, and Dreams, Chester Music, Ltd.
  • Gale, Jack (arranger), Duke Ellington Suite, Vol. 1; TBD
  • Gabrielli, Giovanni; Canzona per Sonare No. 2, Robert King
  • Jones, Collier; Four Movements for Five Brass, Mentor Music

Advanced Brass Quintet

  • Arnold, Malcolm; Quintet, Paterson Publications
  • Bozza, Eugene; Sonatine, Alphonse LeDuc
  • Ewald, Victor; Quintet No. 1, Ensemble Publications
  • Ewald, Victor; Quintet No. 3, Ensemble Publications
  • Frackenpohl, Arthur; Brass Quinet, Theodore Presser Co.
  • Plog, Anthony; Four Sketches for Brass Quintet, Editions BIM

Additional Resources

Helpful Articles

Reference Videos

Round Top Festival Institute Faculty Brass Quintet, Four Movements for Five Brass, Collier Jones

Center City Brass Quintet, Brass Quintet No. 1, Op. 73: I. Allegro vivace, Malcolm Arnold

Canadian Brass, Galliard Battaglia, Samuel Scheidt

Center City Brass Quintet, Sonatine: I. Allegro vivo, Eugene Bozza

Madison Brass, Five Pieces, Ludwig Maurer

Carolina Brass, Sonata from Die Bankelsängerlieder, Anonymous

American Brass Quintet

Canadian Brass

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass Quintet

Round Top Festival Institute Faculty Brass Quintet

Seraph Brass

Meridian Arts Ensemble

New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet

Empire Brass Quintet

Places to purchase music

Professional Brass Quintets

About the authors

Shelby Carico, M.M. - Doctoral Teaching Assistant

Shelby Carico is currently a doctoral teaching assistant in the trumpet studio of Dr. Chris Carrillo at James Madison University, where she is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature. A native of Norton, Virginia, Shelby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Emory & Henry College, where she studied with Dr. Matthew Frederick. Shelby then went on to earn her Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at Ohio University, where she studied with Professor John Schlabach. During her time at OU, Shelby taught undergraduate trumpet majors and performed in OhioBrass, the faculty brass quintet at Ohio University. In addition to her studies at Emory & Henry College, Ohio University, and James Madison University, Shelby has also worked closely with Dr. Todd Kays, a renown performance psychologist, in order to study the mental aspects of musical performance. Shelby appears frequently as an orchestra member, guest artist, and soloist in ensembles and churches throughout Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio, and has also performed on numerous occasions with the Symphony of the Mountains (Kingsport, TN), the East Tennessee Regional Symphony (Johnson City, TN), and the Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra (Lexington, VA).

John Nye, M.M. - Doctoral Teaching Assistant

John Nye is currently pursuing a DMA in trumpet performance at James Madison University where he serves as a teaching assistant in the trumpet studio. He is an active trumpet player in the community, performing a variety of services in addition to teaching private lessons. John is committed to pursuing both music education as well as trumpet performance and has attended several conferences and festivals in these areas including the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, National Trumpet Competition, Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. John earned an MM in trumpet performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and a BM in music education from James Madison University.

Chris Carrillo, D.M.A. - Professor of Trumpet

Dr. Chris Carrillo is a professor of music and the studio trumpet professor at James Madison University where he has served on the faculty since 2009. At JMU Dr. Carrillo teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in trumpet performance, pedagogy, and literature. He is an active performer in classical, commercial, and early music mediums and has been a collegiate trumpet teacher since 2003. For more information, please visit www.chriscarrillotrumpet.com.

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