Ensembles

Altoona Brass Collective, in addition to appearing in its full-ensemble setup, also performs in smaller subsets

ABC – Full Ensemble

Altoona Brass Collective’s full band instrumentation is unique. We are not a British-Style Brass Band, nor are we an American-Style “Symphonic Eleven.”

We’re blazing a unique trail using the following setup:

  • Trumpet 1
  • Trumpet 2 (This is where our Eb Trumpet/Cornet and Piccolo Parts are written)
  • Trumpet 3
  • Trumpet 4 (This is where our Flugelhorn parts are written)
  • Horn 1 (occasionally doubling mellophone)
  • Horn 2 (occasionally doubling mellophone)
  • Tenor Trombone 1 & 2
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium (sometimes Euph. 1 and Euph. 2)
  • Tuba

One special aspect of ABC is that we have a complete rhythm section within our band – four members of the group collectively make a professional guitar/keyboard/bass/percussion unit.

All of our music is written especially for us by ABC members Scott Pappal and Jack Sears. None of our music is “off the shelf!”

*Percussion (as needed), Guitar (as needed), Bass Guitar (as needed), Keyboards (as needed). Very occasionally there are five trumpet parts. All four trumpet parts incorporate C/Bb/Flugelhorn, and sometimes other trumpets. Very occasionally there are three horn parts.

ABC Quintet Edition

The brass quintet is the “string quartet” of the brass world. It’s the classic combination that’s been proven for nearly 80 years. Groups like the New York Brass Quintet, American Brass Quintet, Canadian Brass Quintet, and Empire Brass Quintet are well-known and well-travelled.

ABC’s Brass Quintet setup mirrors the classic instrumentation:

  • Trumpet 1
  • Trumpet 2
  • Horn
  • Tenor Trombone or Euphonium
  • Tuba or Bass Trombone

Just as our full ensemble repertoire is written especially for our members, our quintet music is also written specifically for us! One advantage of our quintet format is that we can fit into smaller spaces where the larger ensemble of twenty musicians can not fit. The quintet (or quartet) can also be a helpful option in very time-constrained situations: Do you need a brass ensemble at the last minute? The quintet and quartet editions can often be quickly scheduled. All members of the group rotate playing in our smaller editions, and in fact, it has happened that TWO different ABC Quintet Editions have been performing TWO simultaneous concerts in TWO different places! How cool is that?

ABC Quartet Edition

For the ultimate in space-constrained brass setups, the quartet edition is the smallest functioning cell we offer. Stripped down to its basics and carefully arranged, nearly all music requires four “notes” or “voices” in order to sound complete.

ABC’s Brass Quartet setup is as follows: 

  • Trumpet 1
  • Trumpet 2
  • Horn
  • Trombone or Euphonium

The quartet’s music is arranged specifically for our group, just as with the full-band and quintet setups.

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