Bay Street Brassworks is an award winning, internationally acclaimed, professional touring brass ensemble. Bay Street Brassworks is also the premier educational ensemble of its kind. The brass ensemble is made up of some of the areas finest Mid-West musicians.
Bay Street Brassworks is launching into a new and exciting musical journey, forging an innovative, entertaining way to performing all brass quintet music. Brass quintet music has always been performed with the standard brass quintet instrumentation – 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, and Tuba. Bay Street Brassworks is raising the bar to a superior level by performing brass quintet music ranging from “Bach to Rock” with non-traditional brass quintet instruments. Saxophones and Clarinets have typically been reserved for woodwind groups. Bay Street Brassworks has inserted Indiana's most collaborative brass musicians that double on these woodwind instruments. The brass ensemble added these instrumental forces to offer a more traditional sound in the “Pops” brass quintet music that one would expect to hear in a large “Big Band.” Bay Street Brassworks ambition is to change “Sound” through instrumentation so the listener will have a unique and different from the normal aural experience, while preserving the quality, complexity, and excitement of all brass quintet music.
Bay Street Brassworks is affiliated with several different Educational Arts Councils from Coast to Coast. The educational experience will be enhanced by the addition of the Saxophone and Clarinet. Students often ask Bay Street Brassworks, “Why are there not Woodwinds in the group?”, “Are Saxophones a brass instrument?” “Why is the Piccolo Trumpet used in place of the Clarinet during Dixieland type music?”, “Why does the Horn player put his hand in the bell?” All of these questions and more are very thought through and could take time to properly answer. Bay Street Brassworks by keeping the traditional brass quintet format (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba) can now take the student / teacher educational interactive experience to a higher level. Bay Street Brassworks can now utilize and demonstrate to the students who may not want to play a brass instrument, what types of woodwinds there are, and how they are used in conjunction with the brass instruments, and percussion. Bay Street Brassworks even demonstrates a Xylophone solo to exhibit that percussionists are musicians too and not just drummers. The Horn player gets into the act and performs a Horn solo totally on Natural Horn, showing the virtuosity of the performer and traditional way of playing the instrument. These new elements when joined together enable Bay Street Brassworks to extend their reach to additional students and expand their teaching capabilities through masterclasses and educational performances.
Bay Street Brassworks mission, is to preserve and perform to the highest level, all varieties of brass quintet music ranging from “Bach to Rock.” Bay Street Brassworks professionalism, musicianship, technical virtuosity, entertainment, integrity, and education are unmatched and unchallenged. Bay Street Brassworks performances will leave you astonished and amazed. Bay Street Brassworks is a formidable force in the music world!
In addition to its extensive concert activities, Bay Street Brassworks released their first CD in 2002, titled "Fresh Off The Boat – Folk Music From Around The World", and their second CD "American Escapades" in 2006. Their third titled CD "Brass on Fire" was released in October, 2011. These recordings have expanded the reach of the ensemble into homes and schools from Florida to Colorado and from Maryland to Korea.
Among its numerous awards, the Bay Street Brassworks received the Grand Prize at the New York Brass Conference International Brass Quintet Competition in 2003, and two Career Development grants from the Peabody Conservatory.
"The PERFORMANCE WAS FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! It was beyond amazing – the kids are STILL buzzing about it! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Thanks a million! "
The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, North Carolina
Glen Johnson (Trumpet),
Shawn Goodman (Clarinet and Saxophone),
Jeff Hawley (Horn),
Brian Priebe (Trombone),
Bill Schmidt (Tuba and Baritone Saxophone),
Michael Totty (Percussion)