What Band Directors Say...


Our band is currently in the process of starting up small ensembles. I have 187 students. The brass players are standing in line wanting to get the first shot at Brass Grooves. It is so helpful to have music that is exciting to listen to and fun to play. Brass Grooves sells itself to my musicians.

—John Combs
Hellgate High School, Missoula, MT

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My students love Brass Grooves. I am still in shock at the fact that they ask me permission to practice quintet music.  They have also become great role models for all my other band students. Hmm, if only I can get them to work that hard on concert band music ....

—Mike Lewis
Thomas Jefferson High School, Auburn, WA

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We just got Brass Grooves and my students are so excited about the music that they have asked to perform one of the pieces at our next band concert! It has started a curiosity among all of my players to find such music for an ensemble that they can play in regardless of the instrument they play.  As a teacher, I appreciate the publication for its varying degrees of difficulty in the literature printed and the accessible ranges that most young musicians can achieve. 

—Shawn Thacker
Hamilton High School, Hamlton, MT

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My kids have played through the entire book a couple of times and really enjoy the arrangements. My woodwind players are jealous!

—Russ Kellogg
CM Russell High School, Great Falls, MT

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What a great book and a great variety of music!  The Brass Grooves arrangements are so unique from anything else on the market.  It’s this type of ensemble music that keeps young musicians wanting to play together.

 —Ed Cunnington
East Valley High School, Yakima, WA

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What a great supplement to the traditional brass quintet literature! Many thanks are due to the Dallas Brass for recognizing the need to have a book of brass quintets that can be used to motivate brass players to explore the world of small ensembles.

—Steven M. Kesner
Southside High School Band, Fort Smith, AR

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Finally, a collection of program pieces that entertains the audience, challenges the individual student, and motivates student brass ensembles to work independently. Once my students had prepared one piece for a concert, they began planning to continue performing other pieces at future concerts and festivals! Very cool.

—Dan Beich
Moses Lake High School, Moses Lake, WA

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Don Lawrence was the band director here at my high school from 1959 to 1984. He is now in his 70's and is very active in the musical community here. He is an incredibly talented arranger and the leader of a jazz band. He also is the leader of a brass quintet that plays for many community events. They do lots of nursing home gigs and lots of benefits. He donates his time to my trombone section every week for sectionals. Trombone is his instrument.

When I played the Brass Grooves CD for him and showed him the music he got very excited by it. He asked me to order a set for him and then promised to bring his adult brass quintet in to work with my students on the music. A heck of a deal all the way around don't you think?!

—Karen Ulmer
Columbia Falls High School, Columbia Falls, MT

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My kids love Brass Grooves…they’re now asking to have more time to practice! They even want to play some Brass Grooves for Pep Band.  Dallas Brass helped to inspire small ensemble playing in our band program. Thank you.

—Robert Sloan
Van Wert High School, Van Wert, OH

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Moses Lake, WA High School Brass Quintet