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 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.

In addition to its tour concerts, the Summit Brass instructs the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute. The 2013 institute will be held on the campus of the University of Denver. The dates are July 14-21, 2013. Attendees are treated to a wide variety of performance outlets offered during the week including large and small ensemble experiences, daily masterclass participation, orchestral reading sessions, mock auditions and others, all taught by members of Summit Brass and University of Denver faculty. The week will finish with a live recording by the Summit Brass.

The artist roster is scheduled to include:

  • Trumpet: Allan Dean, David Hickman, Alan Hood, Ron Romm, John Marchiando
  • Horn: Thomas Bacon, Martin Hackleman, Allene Hackleman, Susan McCullough, Bernhard Scully
  • Trombone: Scott Hartman, Carl Lenthe, Larry Zalkind, John Lofton, Joseph Martin
  • Euphonium: Brian Bowman
  • Tuba: Daniel Perantoni, Timothy Northcut, Kathy Alysworth Brantigan, Warren Deck

    For information, contact:
    Alan Hood at the University of Denver
    2344 E. Iliff Avenue
    Denver, CO 80208
    303-871-6918

    The following Summit Brass recordings are available for purchase:
    [DCD-101:Toccata and Fugue] [DCD-115:Hindemith Complete Brass Works] [DCD-116:Colors for Brass]
    [DCD-127:American Tribute] [DCD-138:Delights] [DCD-169:Trumpet Summit]
    [DCD-171:Paving the Way] [DCD-218:Spirits of Fire] [DCD-380:Summit Brass Live][DCD-500:A Summit Brass Night]


    Summit Brass is managed by Primo Concerts, Inc., 314-968-9027.

    Summit Brass can be reached through its President David Hickman.