Northwest Brass Festival Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Northwest Brass Festival brings internationally recognized masters of brass to Seattle to educate and inspire brass players of all ages. Participants can spend the day with the guest artists who perform and teach.

In March 2017 we are pleased to present Scott Hartmann, trombone, Alexander White, trumpet and Michael Garasi, conductor/clinician.

The day offers opportunities to rehearse, perform and listen for all attendees including:
  • Festival Brass Ensemble open to all participants.
  • Brass band clinics throughout the day.
  • Morning warm-up and fundamentals session divided by instrument led by a member of the festival faculty.
  • Recital performed by a Festival soloist.
  • Festival concert including performances by the Festival Brass Ensemble, Brass Bands and featured soloist.
  • Opportunity to audition instruments and mouthpieces from our vendors.

Internationally acclaimed brass musicians
in a full day of performing and teaching.

Artists for March 11, 2017

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Michael Garasi, clinician

Acclaimed as one of the most formidable conductors of brass ensembles and brass bands, Mr. Garasi is currently Resident Conductor of the internationally acclaimed Brass Band of Battle Creek. He was the Music Director of the Brass Band of Central Florida for nine years, leading them to victory in both major titles in U. S. brass banding and two tours of England. He lead the ensemble to a new level of national and international prominence recording four albums with that ensemble. Additionally Mr. Garasi has had the privilege to lead the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, especially in the most prestigious entertainment contest, "Brass in Concert" at the Sage in Gateshead, England.

With a gift for understanding and motivating youth ensembles, Mr. Garasi has spent years investing in the lives of young musicians. Currently he leads the Brass Band of Battle Creek Youth Band and has held positions as the Artistic Director of the Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra, as the Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Philharmonia and has guest conducted youth orchestras and bands in Florida, Texas, Michigan and New Mexico.

Mr. Garasi has had the privilege of accompanying such outstanding brass soloists as Philip Smith, Jens Lindemann, Rex Richardson, Chris Jades, Steven Mead and Robert and David Childs.

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Scott Hartman, trombone

Scott Hartman is a trombonist and teacher. Currently he is the trombone instructor at the Yale University School of Music and a frequent guest clinician and teacher throughout the world.

Scott's performing career has been primarily as a chamber musician and soloist. He began his chamber music career as a member of the Empire Brass and now performs and records regularly with numerous ensembles including - Proteus 7, Millennium Brass, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Yale Brass Trio and Four of a Kind. Also, Scott often performs as a soloist in recitals or with large ensembles.

Mr. Hartman grew up in Elmira, New York and attended the Eastman School of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Performance and a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance. He studied with David Ritchie (1977-78) and John Marcellus (1978-83). Other important teachers were Douglas Durnin (1974-77) and Alan Stander (1978).

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Alexander White, trumpet

Alexander White joins the Seattle Symphony as Third/Assistant Principal Trumpet after holding the Principal chair with the Malaysian Philharmonic and Associate Principal with the Seoul Philharmonic. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from the Julliard School of Music where he studied with Raymond Mace and Mark Gould.

Mr. White won the Olga Koussevitzky Yung Artist Award (2009 Winds Division). Previously he was twice a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition and a winner of the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, the Metropolitan Washington Philharmonic Wind Competition and the City of Fairfax Band Competition. Additionally he has appeared as soloist with the American Youth Philharmonic, and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.

"Charlie Villarrubia was amazing!
I have never heard such controlled, yet expressive brass playing."
--2015 Participant

NWBF is held on the campus of Seattle Pacific University with events in the Nickerson Studios and First Free Methodist Church. Registration and check in are in the Nickerson Studios--number 82 on the map linked below.


Nickerson Studios
340 W. Nickerson St.
Seattle, WA 98119

Nickerson Studios
9:00 Registration opens
9:30 Warm-up/sectional
10:00 Scott Hartman recital-masterclass
Lunch Break - 11:30- 12:30
12:30 Festival Brass Ensemble Rehearsal
2:00 Alexander White recital-masterclass
3:30 Panel discussion

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First Free methodist Church
3200 3rd Ave. W
Seattle, WA 98119

10:45 Puget Brass clinic
12:00 Brass Band Northwest clinic
1:15 Seattle Temple Band clinic
2:30 Spokane British Brass Band clinic
4:30 Massed Brass rehearsal
Dinner break - 5:00-7:00
7:00 Festival Gala Concert

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Please thank our sponsors with your patronage.

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Frost Custom Brass

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If you need accommodations a discounted rate is available from the Marriott Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union. Call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the Northwest Brass Festival Room Block or click on the link below:

Book your group rate for Northwest Brass Festival Room Block

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NWBF runs on the generosity of sponsors, grants and donations. Donate today to ensure the success of NWBF.


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NWBF is the result of collaboration between two non-profit organizations: Common Tone Arts and Brass Band Northwest. The two groups have combined their individual events to create a larger, more inclusive brass event in Seattle.