BRAZZISSIMO Brass Chamber Music Ensemble
Est. 2001


Happy Thanksgiving! 


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


Sound track today:

Concertino, Opus 94  - Dmitri  Shostakovich


About the ensemble

      BRAZZISSIMO is a ten-piece brass chamber music ensemble (sans conductor) and was established in September of 2001. In July of 2001 during a late night reading session of some of Philip Jones' music while some some of us were attending the Humboldt State Brass Chamber Music Workshop, the spark of inspiration to form this Bay Area based brass dectet by trumpeter Philip Shoptaugh and trombonist friend Jim Jaffe took place. Now for almost twenty years we have been performing specifically arranged or composed music for this ensemble's configuration 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. Added percussionists accompany many of our concerts.

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


     2020 represented BRAZZISSIMO's 19th season, but now as we approach 2021 our unrelenting MISSION remains to showcase exciting and true interpretations of brass chamber literature to you. Our ever-consistent GOAL to you 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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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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Concertino Opus 94BRAZZISSIMO
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