BRAZZISSIMO Brass Chamber Music Ensemble
Est. 2001


Concert Postponements

Unfortunately, at this time, we regret to inform you that our concerts for March, April and May 2020 have been canceled.  We look forward to seeing you in the near future. 

Until then, past concert selections will be posted on a weekly basis for your listening pleasure. Stay well!  

About the ensemble

         BRAZZISSIMO is a ten-piece brass "chamber music ensemble". The group was formed in September of 2001 by then trumpeter/director Philip Shoptaugh and trombonist Jim Jaffe as a result of an epiphanic late night jam session sight-reading Philip Jones brass dectet music. This event took place at the Humboldt State Brass Music Workshop. Since then we have been performing music especially arranged or composed for this ten-piece brass configuration with emphasis on classical, jazz, Latin and contemporary pieces.


        We utilize a combination of four trumpets (piccolo trumpet, various pitched trumpets and flugelhorn), four trombones (including baritone horn), French horn and tuba. Added percussionists accompany many of our concerts.

        Our musicians, year in and year out, are representative of some of the best in the S.F. Bay Area.  Our members perform with various orchestras, symphonic bands, smaller chamber groups, and many also are music educators.  


        2020 represents BRAZZISSIMO's 19th season, and as we roar ahead our unrelenting MISSION is to showcase exciting and true interpretations of brass chamber literature to you. Our consistent GOAL is to present the most enjoyable and memorable concert-going experiences possible.


American Fanfare - John Wasson

Benicia, Ca 2020 BRAZZISSIMO concert

The Musicians

Dean Boysen

Dean Boysen

Artistic Director
Trumpets and Flugelhorn

Composer and arranger


Jonathan Knight

Principal Trumpet

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Noel Weidkamp

Keith Johns

Flugelhorn and Trumpets

Trumpets and Flugelhorn


Ian Cochran

Trumpets and Flugelhorn

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Becca Burrington

Trombone and vocalist


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James Pannell

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John Degiglio

French horn

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John Buschiazzo

Trombone and Euphonium

Bass Trombone

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Todd Weinman

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John Taylor



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