Founded in 1960, the ABQ celebrates its 37th anniversary during the 1997-98 season and is the longest continuously performing brass quintet in North America. Almost since its inception, the ABQ has toured both nationally and internationally and has performed in virtually all of the world's major cities, concert halls and major music festivals. The ABQ also presents a formal concert series in New York City each season and is the only brass quintet ever presented on PBS Live from Lincoln Center.
Currently comprised of Raymond Mase & Chris Gekker (trumpets), David Wakefield (horn), Michael Powell (trombone) and John Rojak (bass trombone), the ABQ recently made its 42nd recording adding even more repertoire to the largest body of serious brass chamber music ever recorded by one ensemble. Past members of the ABQ have included such legendary brass players as Gerald Schwartz, Robert Biddlecome and Louis Ranger.
Performing a broad range of repertoire from Renaissance to accessible contemporary American, the American Brass Quintet is Ensemble-in-Residence both of The Juilliard School and The Aspen Music Festival.
Tickets for the American Brass Quintet are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They made be obtained by calling (315) 859-4350.