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, as our soloist,

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 11, 2017

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Scott Hartmann, trombone

Scott Hartmann 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. Hartmann 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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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.

"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 Scott Hartmann recital-masterclass
11:30 Competition finals
[Lunch Break - 12:30}
1:30 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.


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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.