For forty years, the Tower Brass Quintet has creatively and progressively shaped their reputation as a premier chamber music ensemble, delighting a broad spectrum of audiences with their unique style of programming and performance.
Critics and presenters have consistently praised the Tower Brass for the innovative nature of their concert repertoire, their superb musicianship, and their engaging stage presence. Each Tower Brass concert program is thoughtfully planned to offer the audience a blend of entertainment and discovery and is skillfully presented by five gifted and versatile performers.
The Tower Brass is a favorite among Northwest Ohio audiences. Founded in 1979, they have performed more than 500 performances in twenty-five states and have collaborated with several of the world's other premiere brass ensembles, including the London, Budapest, Annapolis and American Brass Quintets. Tower Brass concerts and recordings have been heard on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, the American Composer's Alliance Series, Voice of America, Hungarian State Radio and WNCN in New York. Locally, they have appeared on WGTE’s Live from FM91! Program six consecutive years. The Quintet has released ten recordings and can also be heard on a compilation disc entitled “Convergence” released by Parma Recordings, NYC.
The Tower Brass Quintet has been recognized by the Lake Erie West People's Choice awards as one of the three most popular instrumental ensembles in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
"... members of this group have a lot going for them. Prodigious scholastic credentials, beautiful instruments, a healthy length of time together, as well as phenomenal technique, give them the confidence to program and play music that lesser groups might shy away from."
"The Tower Brass Quintet played plenty of good, stout-hearted music on this evening of early winter's chill."
Rick Justice, Charleston Daily Mail
"A smattering of Bach - David Baldwin's transcription of Bach's arrangement of a Vivaldi Concerto along with the famous "Air on the G String" - let the ensemble demonstrate its ability to wind out lovely, long contrapuntal lines."
David Williams, The Charleston Gazette
"The Tower Brass...gave a seasonal concert full of wit and satire that was a pleasant twist on the usual Christmas fare."
Willa Conrad, Toledo Blade
"Emma's Christmas...was a hoot. They took the familiar and, frankly, improved upon it."
Janet Mareneau, The Saginaw News
"They're rock solid in the rhythm and technical department, and they get a close-knit brass ensemble tone as well as superb individual tones. The Tower Brass Quintet is a top-brass delight."
The Oak Ridger, Oak Ridge, TN
"...contagious spirit, beautiful tuning, superb technique and musicianship. But most importantly they played like a seasoned ensemble, a mixture of precision and relaxation that is the best recipe for musical success."