Canadian Brass has performed around the world. Now the fab five in the famous white sneakers will grace the Mt. Gretna Playhouse stage in what’s sure to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer!
With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group. Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Each of their concerts explores a wide range of music; from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentation to pieces served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun – but never at the expense of the music: Whatever the style, the music is central and performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence.
Chuck Daellenbach, Tuba, has brought music, imagination and humour to Canadian Brass since the group was formed in 1970. As the founding member, Chuck plays a key role in all of the group’s ground-breaking projects, world travels and on over 100 recordings, Chuck and his gold-plated & carbon fiber tuba are the bedrock of the massive Canadian Brass repertoire –from Baroque to jazz. Chuck comes from a long line of German and Swiss musicians and, during his upbringing in Wisconsin, his father gave him daily music lessons.
Christopher Coletti ,Trumpet, joined the Canadian Brass in 2009. Chris received his Masters Degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelors Degree from Manhattan School of Music which he completed in just three years. Chris got his professional start as Principal Trumpet of The Huntsville Symphony in Alabama. Comfortable in many musical styles, he has performed with a wide range of musicians ranging from Yefim Bronfman, Pierre Boulez, Michael Tilson Thomas and Ricardo Muti to Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, and Miami Sound Machine.
Caleb Hudson ,Trumpet, joined the Canadian Brass after graduation from the Juilliard School in 2012 with a Bachelor and Master of Music degree. Acclaimed by the New York Times as ‘brilliantly stylish,” Caleb made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Caleb was soloist with pianist Vladimir Feltsman at the Aspen Music Festival in a performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist across the USA, most recently as a recitalist at the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, where he was also soloist with the UGA Wind Ensemble. Upcoming solo engagements include the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and a performance at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art with members of the Israel Philharmonic.
Achilles Liarmakopoulos ,Trombone, holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Achilles has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing and educating in the world’s most important venues and institutions. Upon completion of his studies, he won the position of principal trombone of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra. Achilles has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and European Union Youth Orchestra, among many others. As a recitalist, Achilles has performed in China, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Greece and the US, having been awarded honors at competitions around the globe.
Bernhard Scully, Horn, is the professor of horn at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is a passionate teacher, and has been on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West, the Eastman School of Music, the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, the Madeline Island Music Camp with the Prairie Winds Quintet, and the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute. Bernhard has held the position of principal horn with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra where he was featured as a soloist on many occasions. Prior to the SPCO he was the horn player of the Canadian Brass, performing on numerous recordings and touring the world. He has been fortunate to return and play with the quintet on numerous occasions since his departure. He is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player (including orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony), and is a frequent guest artist at workshops, conventions, and clinics across the United States. He has recorded the “G. Schirmer Horn Library”, which includes much of the standard repertoire for horn and piano.