Since its formation in 1961, Eastman Brass has dedicated itself to the enrichment of the genre through the performance, research, commissioning, transcription, recording and publication of quality brass chamber music repertoire. The ensemble has toured throughout North and South America, appearing on many important concert series including New York’s Alice Tully and Merkin Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Houston’s Stude Concert Hall, and in Central and South America (under the auspices of the U. S. Department of State). Eastman Brass also has toured in Israel and performed at the Lieksa Brass Festival in Finland. The group has been featured at numerous professional conventions including the International Women’s Brass Conference, International Horn Society, International Trumpet Guild, International Trombone Association and at leading universities throughout the United States. In 1989, Eastman Brass was featured on the popular CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kurault, and was the subject of a 13-part series on American Public Radio — the first series of its kind.
Collectively, Eastman Brass members bring vast international solo and orchestral experience to the group. Principal positions have been held with the National, Atlanta, Montreal, and Barcelona Symphony Orchestras; Rochester, Colorado, and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras; the Orchestra of the State of Mexico; and the National Symphony of Mexico. The members can be heard in orchestral and solo works on London/Decca, Telarc, Chandos, Angel, and Mark Records.
James Thompson and Douglas Prosser, trumpets, Peter Kurau, horn, John Marcellus, trombone, and Don Harry, tuba