Virtuosity, versatility, and variety are the hallmarks of the Millennium Brass, one of the most innovative and exciting new chamber ensembles to appear on the national concert scene in recent years. The ensemble brings together five of America's finest brass players:Vince DiMartino, trumpet; Richard Illman, trumpet; Lisa O. Bontrager, horn; Scott Hartman, trombone; and Marty Erickson, tuba. Each is recognized internationally as a leading virtuoso on his or her instrument.
Comfortable in jazz and pops styles as well as the classical idiom, the members of the Millennium Brass display a rare versatility in their playing. Collectively, they have performed as solo and section members with many of America's leading orchestras, including those in Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Rochester, St. Louis, and Washington. Members of the Millennium Brass perform in the world famous Brass Band of Battle Creek.
They have also appeared with many of the world's most famous popular stars, including Burt Bacharach, Pearl Bailey, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, the Fifth Dimension, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Bob Hope, Henry Mancini, Chuck Mangione, Doc Severinsen, and Clark Terry. With a repertoire that ranges from the standard classical brass quintets to ragtime to brass band chestnuts to jazz and popular works, the Millennium Brass brings unmatched variety to its concert programs.
The members of the Millennium Brass are also nationally respected educators. They now hold or have held faculty appointments at some of the country's most prestigious colleges and universities, including Boston University, the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, New England Conservatory, Penn State University and Lawrence University.
With its brilliant virtuosity, dynamic programming, and unmatched musical excitement, the Millennium Brass is truly the ensemble for the new century.