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Happy New Year!  Finally... 2021

As we presently are unable to perform in a public manner, past concert selections will be posted here on a periodic basis for your listening pleasure. Stay well!  


Sound track today:

 Turkish Delight and Sunny Side of the Street


About the ensemble

       BRAZZISSIMO is a ten-piece brass chamber music ensemble (sans conductor) and was established in September of 2001. Two months earlier in July, while some some of us were attending the Humboldt State Brass Chamber Music Workshop, the spark of inspiration to form this brass ensemble by then trumpeter Philip Shoptaugh and trombonist friend Jim Jaffe took place. For twenty years now we have been performing specifically arranged or composed music with emphasis on classical, jazz, Latin and contemporary pieces.


       We utilize a combination of four trumpets (including piccolo trumpet, various pitched trumpets and flugelhorn), four trombones (including baritone horn), French horn and tuba. On occasion one or two percussionists may accompany us at our concerts.  Individually, we perform with various orchestras, symphonic bands, smaller chamber groups, and a few of us are music educators.  


       2021 represents the year BRAZZISSIMO turns twenty years old. Our unrelenting MISSION remains to showcase exciting and true interpretations of brass chamber literature. Our ever-consistent GOAL is to present the most enjoyable and memorable concert-going experiences possible.



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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John Degiglio

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James Pannell

French horn

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John Buschiazzo

Trombone and Euphonium

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Todd Weinman

Bass Trombone

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John Taylor


White Feather


Concert selections from 2020BRAZZISSIMO
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