Northwest Brass Festival 2017
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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 2016 we are pleased to present Allen Vizzutti, trumpet and Steve Allen, euphonium and conductor.

The day offers opportunities to rehearse, perform and listen for all attendees including:
  • Youth competition with two divisions, one for high/middle school students, one for college students.
  • 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 5, 2016
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Allen Vizzutti, trumpet

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 60 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras, in recital, on television and in jazz venues around the world.

While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self-taught musician. Allen attended the Eastman School of Music where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s history.

As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at leading universities throughout the world including the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study worldwide. Allen Vizzutti is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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Steve Fissel, trombone

Stephen Fissel joined the Seattle Symphony as a trombonist in 1981 after having played in orchestras in Fort Wayne, Indiana and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Growing up in a small town in northern Indiana, he discovered his passion for music playing trombone in his school program, and guitar in his rock-and-roll band. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a Performer's Certificate from the Indiana University School of Music, he played in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and continued his trombone studies, commuting to Chicago for lessons. He had several great trombone instructors, but the two most influential were Keith Brown and Frank Crisafulli.

In 1992 he moved from the 2nd trombone position to bass trombone when former Seattle Symphony trombonist Harry Case retired. In 2010 he took a short leave from the SSO to enjoy the opportunity to return to Indiana where he had the honor of teaching trombone at his alma mater.

When he is not performing he can be found at home practicing, teaching trombone students, at the gym doing yoga, or spending time with his family.

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Steve Allen, conductor and euphonium

Dr. Steve Allen began his musical career by gaining performing and teaching diplomas in brass instrument playing and by winning national awards and television appearances as a euphonium soloist. In 1979 he won the UK National Solo Champion award in the Open Section followed by a Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music awarded by Eric Ball O.B.E. and Geoffrey Brand. He graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with the highest B.A. (Academic with Honors) degree in that institution's 100-year history.

Dr. Allen founded The Princeton Brass Band in 2004, of which he is Musical Director. The band has played on national tour (Kentucky, Durham, NC, and Michigan) and has won honors at the North American Brass Band Championships (NABBA). The Princeton Brass Band has a growing archive on You Tube. Dr. Allen has served on both the Music and Development Committees of NABBA and was voted President for 2011-13.

As a performer Dr. Allen has recorded as a euphonium artist and has performed around the world. He has also been guest Principal Euphonium and/or soloist with Imperial Brass Band (Woodbridge), The Eastern Wind Symphony (The College of New Jersey), the Blawenburg Band, the Princeton Brass Band and the professional Garden State Symphonic Band. Dr. Allen is Visiting Professor of Euphonium at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where he maintains a studio and chamber ensemble.

"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

8:30 Registration opens
9:00 Warm-up/sectional
10:00 Allen Vizzutti recital-masterclass
11:30 Competition finals
[Lunch Break - 12:30}
1:30 Steve Fissel recital-masterclass
3:00 Festival Brass Ensemble Rehearsal

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

9:00 Band clinic
10:15 Band clinic
11:30 Band clinic
[Lunch Break - 12:30]
2:00 Band clinic
3:15 Band clinic
4:30 Massed Band rehearsal
[Dinner Break - 5:00]
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.


For more information about the Northwest Brass Festival, please contact us via email:


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.