Tuesdays on the Tube: Monarch Brass


The International Women’s Brass Conference, an organization that has been around for a number of years, seeks to promote and inspire women brass musicians around the world. Founded by Susan Slaughter – the first women named a Principal Trumpet in a major symphony orchestra – the IWBC holds a conference every few years that brings women (and men) together for a few days of sharing brass music. With sessions, concerts, and competitions, the IWBC is furthering the power of music through the brass musician.

With this event, an assembly of some of the most well-known brass players come together to form the Monarch Brass Ensemble. Members of this all-women group come from orchestras, military bands, college/universities, and professional freelancing careers. Below is a video featuring their most recent performance at the 2017 IWBC held at Rowan University. While this video features the entire concert, I have included the start time of each track in the comments section of the video.

Included in this concert was the World Premiere of The State of Mind, a composition written by Dorothy Gates. Take a listen to an excellent ensemble and mark your calendar for the next IWBC – May 21-25, 2019 at Arizona State University.

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Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith is a trombonist, brass teacher, and blogger. He studied music performance at both Grace College and Carnegie Mellon University, and currently is the bass trombonist for Orchestra Iowa and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Jeremy started Last Row Music as an online resource of job postings and artist links for brass musicians around the world. When he is not performing or blogging, Jeremy is giving brass lessons to students throughout the country from his home in Centerburg, Ohio.