George Brahler, a KU School of Music graduate, was recently chosen as the newest member of the Dallas Brass. As part of his new appointment, Brahler will be performing in at least 50 towns and cities this spring.
Brahler is a graduate of Free State High School in Lawrence. He holds undergraduate degrees in trumpet and vocal performance from the University of Kansas and is currently working on a master's degree in trumpet performance at Indiana University.
While at KU, Brahler was a featured soloist with the KU Trumpet Ensemble and the KU Wind Ensemble on two separate tours of China, and was also featured with the KU Jazz Ensemble at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Brahler has appeared on American Public Media's Performance Today radio broadcast with the Hot Springs Music Festival Brass Quintet. While in Bloomington, he performed with the Brent Wallarab and Jeremy Allen Big Bands, the Latin Jazz Collective, and salsa group Cafe Cubano.
"I have always dreamt of performing with an ensemble of this caliber. I am so very thankful to be a part of the Dallas Brass and I'm having the time of my life on the road," said Brahler.
The Dallas Brass was formed in 1983 and has established a blend of traditional brass instrumentation with drums/percussion. The repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. The Dallas Brass appears in solo concerts and with symphony orchestras nationwide. Symphonic credits include the Cincinnati Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel, New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson, and the Philly Pops conducted by Peter Nero. The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and has toured overseas. The group has shared the stage with the late Bob Hope, performed for former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, appeared on the CBS "Early Show," and the group's music has been used numerous times on the television show, "The Young & the Restless." The ensemble has released six recordings and has a strong dedication to working with young musicians, frequently going into the public schools to present clinics and workshops for students of all ages.
For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742 or visit music.ku.edu.