The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass

“The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is a quantum leap forward in what a brass group can bring to an audience. It simply is the next big thing”
—Jens Lindemann, Professor of Trumpet UCLA, formerly of The Canadian Brass


The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences.

A group that reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in American culture, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is dedicated to reaching out to the world’s youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. Under the leadership of Rodney Marsalis, the ensemble burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, All Things Considered.

A veritable “dream team” of virtuoso brass players, members of the group have appeared on the world’s most prominent stages and performed with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass and Boston Brass.

Performances by the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass range from solo trumpet and small ensembles to the full ensemble with percussion. Their programs include holiday concerts, family concerts, traditional brass concerts with optional organ or choir, themed concerts (American Music, Baroque-Renaissance, contemporary popular music, the Francis Johnson Project, the John Philip Sousa Project), as well as specially designed residencies, all available to suit the needs of every venue.


Available Touring Programs for 2018/19 Season:

  • Big Brass!

  • Six Plus One (Six Piece RMPBB Group Plus Drums)

  • Brothers on the Battlefield

  • An American Salute

  • Brass Through the Ages: From Bach to Bourbon Street

  • Virtuoso Brass

  • Holiday Brass

Available Outreach Programs:

  • Multi-day residencies

  • Masterclass

  • Lectures & Professional Workshops

  • Lecture & Demonstration