Northwest Brass Festival 2020 has been cancelled. Conditions are such the the festival is no longer viable this weekend. Our deepest apologies to those planning to attend.

Al Vizzutti!

Our scheduled soloist, Doug Yeo, has fallen ill and has been forced to withdraw, but we were able to book  Al Vizzutti! We are so fortunate to have this amazing talent living locally!


Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, ‘Doc’ Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan’s NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Croatia, Slovenia, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen’s status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen’s current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia

Allen’s solo jazz recordings include CDs such as, “Ritzville”, (Village Place Music), and “Trumpet Summit” and “Skyrocket” from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are “The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems”, with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, “Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti” and “Vizzutti and Soli On Tour”. His “High Class Brass”, (available on iTunes), is a wonderfully unique classical and jazz blend co-produced and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are “Baroque and Beyond”, from Sony, “The Carnival of Venus”, (Summit Records), and “A Trumpeter’s Dream, (Ludwig Music Publishing).

As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina.

His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study world wide. Many more of Allen’s jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Village Place Music and Ars Nova. His writing includes solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

Allen’s love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. After the world premier of his “Emerald Concerto” with the Syracuse Symphony Allen’s writing was described in review: “The Emerald Concerto sparkles!…a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer.”

While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There 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 85 year history.

While living in Los Angeles during the 80’s, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek), as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on recent projects including the movies “Furry Vengeance”, “40 Days and 40 Nights”, “Unfaithfully Yours”, Gridiron Gang”, “Scary Movie Four”, and the “Medal of Honor”, “Gears Of War 3” and “Halo” video games.


Doug Yeo will perform with the Festival Brass

Members of the Festival Brass, open to any brass player, will work with Doug Yeo in rehearsal and accompany him on “Mr. Nice Guy.” Other music under consideration are Septimi Toni No 2 by Giovanni Gabrieli and Milenburg Joys by Jelly Roll Morten. We always adjust the repertoire to fit the musicians who show up.

Register today! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and perform with a master!

Tim Salzman to appear as Guest Clinician for NWBF – 2020

Timothy Salzman is in his 33nd year at the University of Washington where he serves as Professor of Music/Director of Concert Bands, is conductor of the University Wind Ensemble and teaches students enrolled in the graduate instrumental conducting program. Former graduate wind conducting students of Professor Salzman have obtained positions at fifty-seven universities and colleges throughout the United States. Prior to his appointment at the UW he served for four years as Director of Bands at Montana State University where he founded the MSU Wind Ensemble. From 1978 to 1983 he was band director in the Herscher, Illinois, public school system where the band program received several regional and national awards in solo/ensemble, concert and marching band competition. Professor Salzman holds degrees from Wheaton (IL) College (Bachelor of Music Education), and Northern Illinois University (Master of Music in low brass performance), and studied privately with Arnold Jacobs, former tubist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has numerous publications for bands with the C. L. Barnhouse, Arranger’s Publications, Columbia Pictures, Hal Leonard Publishing and Nihon Pals publishing companies, and has served on the staff of new music reviews for The Instrumentalist magazine. Professor Salzman has been a conductor, adjudicator, arranger or consultant for bands throughout the United States and in Canada, England, France, Russia, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, China, and Japan, a country he has visited twenty-one times. Recently he has frequently travelled to China where he served as visiting professor at the China Conservatory, given master classes for numerous wind bands, and conducted several ensembles including: the Shanghai Wind Orchestra on their 15th Anniversary Concert in Philharmonic Hall in Shanghai; the People’s Liberation Army Band in two concerts (2009/10); the Beijing Wind Orchestra in a concert appearance at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Tiananmen Square; and the Tsinghua University Band in concerts in 2016/2017. He also served on three occasions as an adjudicator for the Singapore Youth Festival National Concert Band Championships. He is compiling editor and co-author (with several current and former UW graduate students) of A Composer’s Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band, a five-volume series of books on contemporary wind band composers published by Meredith Music Publications, a subsidiary of the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and is a past president of the Northwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association.

The University of Washington Wind Ensemble is the select wind ensemble at the UW and is comprised of the finest wind and percussion players on campus. Under Professor Salzman’s direction the University of Washington Wind Ensemble has performed at a number of prestigious music conventions, has presented several world premiere performances of outstanding new music for wind band and in 2004, undertook a highly acclaimed nine-day concert tour of the Kansai region of Japan, returning for more extensive tours of that country in 2007 and 2010. The UW Wind Ensemble presented several concerts in the main concert venues of Beijing, China in March of 2013, including a sold-out concert in the National Center for the Performing Arts in Tiananmen Square that was broadcast nationwide on China Central Television. The ensemble returned to China for two more concert tours in 2016 and 2019 playing before large audiences in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Xi’an. In the spring of 2006, the ensemble was invited by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra to present a concert at Benaroya Hall as a part of the Symphony’s Made in America Festival. The London Financial Times review of the concert applauded “music of surprising sophistication…Cindy McTee’s Finish Line pulsated energetically and William Bolcom’s Song was simply gorgeous.” Subsequent to the 2006 performance the ensemble was invited for return appearances on Seattle Symphony concert series in 2007, 2008 and, most recently in 2011 when Maestro Gerard Schwarz conducted the ensemble. The UW Wind Ensemble has also collaborated with a number of internationally renowned guest artists, conductors and composers including Eddie Daniels, Steve Houghton, James Walker, Douglas Yeo, Leigh Howard Stevens, Allen Vizzutti, Jeffery Fair, Mary Lynch, Ben Lulich, John DiCesare, Donna Shin, Seth Krimsky, Chris Olka, David Maslanka, Michael Colgrass, Cindy McTee, Eric Ewazen, Satoshi Yagisawa, David Stanhope and Huck Hodge. In July of 2008 Nihon Pals, a music education resource company based in Osaka, Japan, released a set of instructional DVDs regarding the subject of building ensemble musicality featuring Professor Salzman and the UW Wind Ensemble. Membership, based on audition, is open to the entire student body regardless of major field of study. Additional opportunities for student involvement in University of Washington instrumental organizations include the Symphonic Band, the Concert Band, the Campus Band, the 240-member Husky Marching Band, jazz ensembles, several combos and the UW Symphony Orchestra. The University of Washington was host for the 2011 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association.

Doug Yeo as soloist for NWBF – 2020

We are especially pleased to welcome back Doug Yeo as soloist. In addition to being a superb musician he is also a great teacher.

Recognized worldwide as a leading low brass performer, teacher, scholar, and author, Douglas Yeo was bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony from 1985-2012. Before coming to Boston, he was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a free-lance musician in New York City, and a high school band director. From 2012-2016 he served as Professor of Trombone at Arizona State University and has also been on the faculties of New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He received his Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Wheaton College, Illinois (1976)—where he studied trombone with Edward Kleinhammer (Bass Trombonist of the Chicago Symphony, 1940-1985)—and his master’s degree from New York University (1979)—where he was the graduate teaching assistant for the NYU Band. He was appointed to the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music faculty as Guest Lecturer of Trombone in 2019.

In 2014, Douglas Yeo was the recipient of the International Trombone Association’s highest honor, the ITA Award, given to him “in recognition of his distinguished career and in acknowledgement of his impact on the world of trombone performance.” He has written dozens of book chapters and articles for many publications and is the author of The One Hundred: Essential Works for the Symphonic Bass Trombonist (Encore Music Publishers) and co-author (with Edward Kleinhammer) of Mastering the Trombone (Ensemble Publications). His most recently published book is Serpents, Bass Horns and Ophicleides at the Bate Collection (Oxford University Press). Presently, he is at work on books to be published by University of Illinois Press, Oxford University Press, and Rowman & Littlefield. International Music, G. Schirmer, Southern Music, De Haske Music, and Sarastro Music publish his many arrangements of music for trombones and other wind instruments. His instructional DVD and six solo recordings—which include Proclamation, recorded with Britain’s Black Dyke Band, Cornerstone, and album of devotional solos with Scripture readings by Bill Pearce, and Fratres, a recording of bass trombone duets with Gerry Pagano, bass trombonist of the Saint Louis Symphony—have received critical acclaim. He is also the scriptwriter and on-air host of Arizona Encore, a radio program produced by Classical Arizona PBS and broadcast weekly on KBAQ-FM, Phoenix, and is in demand as a performer on historical instrument including serpent, ophicleide, and bass sackbut with both period instrument and modern orchestras.

As a teacher, Douglas Yeo has given master classes and recitals on five continents and has held residencies around the world including the International Trombone Festival (six times), the Banff Center (Canada), the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival (eight times) and the Nagoya Trombone Festival (Japan), the International Trombone and Tuba Festival (Beijing), and the Dutch Bass Trombone Open (Holland). From 1998-2008 he was music director of the New England Brass Band, leading the band to two North American Brass Band Association Championship titles in its section and recording five CDs in Symphony Hall, Boston. These included The Light of the World, and Be Glad Then, America, which was named the 2007 NABBA recording of the year. With the Arizona State University Desert Bones Trombone Choir, he recorded two albums, including Of Grandeur, Grace, and Glory, the first recording ever made at ASU by an instrumental studio ensemble. As a guest conductor and clinician with bands and orchestras around the world, he has worked with dozens of high school, collegiate, and professional groups, was recently conductor of the North Carolina Christian School Association All State Honor Band and conducted the University of Washington Wind Ensemble and Concert Band in concert. His website, (1996), was the first site on the Internet devoted to the trombone, and his blog,—Occasional thoughts on Life, Faith, and the Trombone—was launched in 2016. Douglas Yeo is an International YAMAHA Performing artist and has worked closely with YAMAHA in the design of the YAMAHA 822-G bass trombone and mouthpiece that he plays.