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April 2021

As we presently are unable to perform in a public manner due to health related restrictions, past concert selections and such will be posted here on a periodic basis for your listening pleasure. 


Sound track today:

Trolley Song

 by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane


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About the ensemble

       BRAZZISSIMO, established in September of 2001, is an exciting musical ten-piece brass chamber ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area region. It was in July of that same year while some of us were attending the Humboldt State Brass Chamber Music Workshop where the idea of forming a brass ensemble similar to the size of a Philip Jones ensemble took place.  It was trumpeter Philip Shoptaugh and trombonist friend Jim Jaffe who ultimately put the plan into action. Since then, the ensemble has been performing up to six concerts a year performing specifically arranged or newly composed music with an emphasis on classical, jazz, Latin and contemporary music styles.


       Our ensemble is comprised of four trumpeters (including: piccolo trumpets and various pitched trumpets and flugelhorn), four trombonists (including: baritone horn and bass trombone), French horn and tuba. Special guest percussionists are included in for many concerts.  


       Since inception, our unrelenting MISSION: to showcase exciting and true interpretations of brass chamber literature, and GOAL: to present to you the most enjoyable and memorable concert-going experiences possible.


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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

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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


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