Summit Brass is the first and only truly American brass ensemble to represent the United States. Touring in America and throughout the world, the ensemble consists of some of the nation’s leading trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba soloists, teachers, and chamber and orchestral musicians. They have recorded numerous albums, been the feature of many television and radio programs, and commissioned many works for brass.
The ensemble was formed by trumpet virtuoso David Hickman in 1985. For many years, Hickman had dreamed of an all-American brass ensemble similar to those in Europe and Japan. He knew that America had the world’s finest brass performers and many excellent brass quintets; and he felt that it should have a quality large brass ensemble. Determined to establish the finest group possible, he and his colleagues in the St. Louis Brass Quintet decided to draw upon the talents of some of the best instrumentalists in the country. Thus, Summit Brass was formed with well-known orchestral musicians from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Phoenix and St. Louis. Current members have, performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, United States Navy Band, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Boston Brass, New Mexico Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Bavarian State Opera. Members also hold faculty positions at reknowned institutions such as Indiana University, Yale University, University of North Texas, Arizona State Unviersity, University of Missouri-Kansas City, College Conservatory of Music, University of Illinois and more!
In addition to its tour concerts, the Summit Brass instructs the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, now held annually at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.