May 2022

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Past concert and recording selections are posted regularly

for your listening pleasure. 

Soundtrack Today

Various Selections from December 2014

Blade of Spain - "Habiba", "Navarre" - A. DiLorenzo

Peanut Vendor - Simmons/Gilbert/Sunshine, arr. by Dean Boysen

Baltazar "A Kings Journey" - A. DiLorenzo

On the Sunnyside of the Street - McHugh/Fields, arr. John Iveson 



About the ensemble

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BRAZZISSIMO is a ten-piece brass chamber music ensemble based in the East Bay Area region of northern California.  It was late in July of 2001 when some of us were in attendance at the Humboldt State Brass Chamber Music Workshop that the idea of forming a brass ensemble similar to the size of an eleven-piece Philip Jones ensemble took place. It was the brainchild of trumpeter Philip Shoptaugh and trombonist friend Jim Jaffe whom ultimately put that idea into action and subsequently formed the ensemble of musicians from the workshop.


As we enter our twentieth year we continue our commitment towards performing music in the Classical, Jazz, Latin and contemporary music idioms with emphasis on audience inspiring programs. With four trumpeters, four trombonists, French horn, tuba, and in-house composers and arrangers, our musical possibilities are endless. 


OUR MISSION: to perform music that is truly audience accessible with true interpretations of brass chamber literature.

OUR GOAL: to present the most enjoyable and memorable concert-going experiences possible, to you!                 

-  Dean


The Musicians

Dean Boysen

Artistic Director
Trumpets and Flugelhorn
Composer and arranger

Dean Boysen


Keith Johns

Jonathan Knight

Trumpets and Flugelhorn

Principal Trumpet

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Noel Weidkamp

Trumpets and Flugelhorn

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John Buschiazzo

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Craig Bryant

Trombone and Euphonium

Trombone and Euphonium

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John Degiglio

French horn

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John Taylor



John Monroe

Trombone and Euphonium


Neal Williamson

Todd Weinman

Bass Trombone


Sheet Music

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