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1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326


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Boston Brass Summer Intensive

June 12 - 19, 2018 (canceled)

Set in the high plains of Laramie, Wyoming on the campus of the University of Wyoming, the Boston Brass Summer Intensive is a weeklong session featuring the world-renowned Boston Brass. It is designed around performance and career development for brass players seeking advanced instruction in chamber music, audition preparation, and guidance for those aspiring to a career in music performance.

Topics will include:

  • Career development
  • Audition preparation
  • Brass literature in chamber settings
  • Music entrepreneurship
  • Applied lessons in masterclass format
  • "Maximize Your Performance" class
  • Daily Breathing Gym with Sam Pilafian
  • Arranging
  • Recording and recording technology on a budget
  • Boston Brass open rehearsals
  • Boston Brass live performances
  • Performance opportunities in:
    • Student groups
    • Combined professional/student groups
    • Masterclass settings
  • Coaching from the members of the Boston Brass and special guests Tim Morrison and Dr. Robert Murray


All performances are free and take place in the BCPA Concert Hall.



The intensive invites members beginning their first year of collegiate study through graduate-level college students.

This year, the Boston Brass welcomes special guest trumpet artists Tim Morrison and Dr. Robert Murray.

Tuition: $950

  • Includes food and lodging
  • Registration will require a refundable $100 deposit
  • Reduced tuition of $600 without food and lodging
  • Reduced tuition of $850 for returning members or $500 without food and lodging
  • Round-trip accommodations from Denver International Airport to Laramie will be available for an additional charge

Payment deadline is June 5, 2018.


Or register via:

University of Wyoming Fine Arts Box Office
(307) 766-5139
Fax: (307) 766-2560

For more information and application please contact:

Dr. Scott Meredith, Professor of Trumpet at the University of Wyoming
(307) 223-2001

The Boston Brass

(left to right: Jose Sibaja, trumpet; Domingo Pagliuca, trombone; Sam Pilafian, tuba; Chris Castellanos, horn; Jeff Conner, trumpet)

Jose Sibaja brings an incredible level of artistry, humor and personality to Boston Brass. A native of Costa Rica, he studied at the New World School of the Arts and at the University of Miami in Gilbert Johnson's studio. Jose is active in South Florida's Latin music scene and toured the world extensively in Ricky Martin's band for eight years. Jose has a vast recording career that can be heard on more than 300 professional recordings. His versatility in all styles of music is his signature trademark. 

A native of Venezuela, trombonist Domingo Pagliuca has performed as associate principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela for 13 years and also served of a member of the artistic committee. In 2008, Pagliuca was appointed principal trombonist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is the principal trombonist of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and is on the faculty of Florida International University.

Renowned tuba artist Sam Pilafian joined the University of Miami Frost School of Music faculty in 2012. Sam is perhaps best known as a founding member of the internationally renowned Empire Brass Quintet. Versatile in both classical and jazz realms, Pilafian has recorded and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Pink Floyd. He is also the coauthor of the best selling pedagogy texts Breathing Gym and Brass Gym.

A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Chris Castellanos received his formal education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Chris is a former member and soloist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and served as a hornist for the Nevada Chamber Orchestra, Las Vegas Jazz Connection, and the TAD Wind Symphony of Japan. Chris has backed countless headliners including Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Luciano Pavarotti, Yes, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Johnny Mathis, Andrea Bocelli, and more.

Jeff Conner is an original member of Boston Brass. He founded the group with fellow Boston musicians while a student at Boston University and has engineered the meteoric rise of this ensemble's fame in the world of popular chamber music. Jeff received his Master's degree in Music from Boston University and his Bachelor's degree in music from Boston Conservatory. He is an Entrepreneurial Advisor for New England Conservatory's Entrepreneurial Musicianship program.

Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues, and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, bands, organ, jazz bands, and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore, and Mahidol University in Bangkok.For 27 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment which captivates all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Boston Brass along with Jupiter Band Instruments are ambassadors for the Give A Note Foundation, giving musical instruments to schools in need. They have been featured educators and performers at the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Music Educators National Conference events, American Bandmaster Association Conference, The American Band College, Western International Band Clinic, and the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention. Since 2006, Boston Brass has served as Artist/Educational Ambassadors for XO Professional Brass Instruments.

Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio's Performance Today, and The Great American Brass Band Festival, and has recorded several diverse albums. Latin Nights, their latest offering, features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion, and guitar. Other albums include Ya Gotta Try, featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea, and Dizzy Gillespie, produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder and Within Earshot, featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt, and others.

Boston Brass has two holiday recordings; Christmas Bells are Swingin' and The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, featuring the Boston Brass All-Stars Big Band playing the truly phenomenal charts made popular by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Boston Brass tours a vibrant holiday show each year featuring many of the charts from these two albums, combined with a variety of solo and combo selections and some fun surprises, which has quickly established the show as a perennial audience favorite.

2011 marked the 25th Anniversary of Boston Brass and was celebrated with the "25 Fanfares Project," wherein 25 fanfares were premiered by composers from all over the country. Boston Brass also premiered a new major commission by noted wind ensemble composer Brian Balmages and new arrangements by the legendary Sam Pilafian. Additionally, Boston Brass was very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate in the 2010/2011 season with the fabulous Imani Winds in a program entitled "Sketches of Spain," featuring the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. In the 2012/2013 season the quintet began touring their "Notes from the Balcony" program with the Enso String Quartet. The program features music based on "Romeo and Juliet."

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Department of Music

1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326


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