It is with heavy hearts from all of Westwind Brass that we inform you that our tubist, friend, and colleague Bryan Smith passed away last week. Bryan contributed immensely to Westwind Brass from the time he joined in 2014 with his incredible musicianship and gregarious personality. We loved Bryan, and miss him dearly. Please keep Bryan’s wife and two young daughters in your thoughts. For those interested in supporting them, a Memorial Fund has been established and any contributions are welcome
Tuba player Bryan Smith had been a member of Westwind Brass since 2014 and served as the Operations Coordinator for Art of Elan from 2014-2019. He was the co-founder and Artistic Director of New House Productions, LLC, a consulting firm that provides dynamic and innovative music based leadership workshops to all types of organizations. He was also an active soloist, collaborator, and clinician throughout the United States and Mexico. From 2004-2014 he served as the principal tuba player of the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Much of this time he also served as principal tuba with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria, in Mexico City.
Bryan often performed with the San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, and the Hartford Symphony. Performing chamber music and jazz, he participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and JazzAspen. He completed his formal training at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.
Westwind Brass is an ensemble in residence at the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University, we offer school music programs for K-6th grades, Middle School, High School and College.
Westwind Brass aims to broaden and enrich the musical legacy of local, national and international audiences through performance and educational services featuring brass instruments and music.
Westwind Brass, the ensemble in residence at the School of Music and Dance, San Diego State University is proud to announce their upcoming concert series at The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park ! Brass in the Park Concert Series New for the 2018-19 Season! Westwind...
Westwind Brass is pleased to provide its Summer Brass Workshop! This program is open to all high school, college, and adult brass players in San Diego County. Activities include: sectional coachings, ensemble playing, group performances, engaging interaction and lots of chuckles!
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Internationally recognized for its critically acclaimed residencies, educational performances and concerts, Westwind Brass offers school music programs for K-6th grades, Middle School, High School and College Music Programs as well as unique musical arrangements and compositions.
Ensemble In Residence School of Music and Dance, San Diego State University
Westwind Brass exists to broaden and enrich the musical legacy of local, national and international audiences through performance and educational services featuring brass instruments and music.