Artist-Faculty include distinguished members of the Summit Brass and University of Denver music faculty. Below you can find out more about the individuals faculty members for each instrument.

Trumpet Faculty
Horn Faculty
Trombone Faculty
Euphonium Faculty
Tuba Faculty
Piano Faculty


The Summit Brass

Summit Brass is the first and only truly American brass ensemble to represent the United States. Touring in America and throughout the world, the ensemble consists of some of the nation’s leading trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba soloists and chamber and orchestral musicians. They have recorded numerous albums, been the feature of many television and radio programs, and commissioned many works for brass.

The ensemble was formed by trumpet virtuoso David Hickman in 1985. For many years, Hickman had dreamed of an all-American brass ensemble similar to those in Europe and Japan. He knew that America had the world’s finest brass performers and many excellent brass quintets; and he felt that it should have a quality large brass ensemble. Determined to establish the finest group possible, he and his colleagues in the St. Louis Brass Quintet decided to draw upon the talents of some of the best instrumentalists in the country. Thus, Summit Brass was formed with well-known orchestral musicians from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Phoenix and St. Louis.

In addition to its tour concerts, the Summit Brass instructs the Rafael Méndez Brass Institute, now held annually at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music.

Joseph Parisi Conductor JOSEPH PARISI is a Professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he serves as wind ensemble director and chair of music education. Parisi is also the principal conductor of Fountain City Brass Band. Since receiving the invitation to become musical director and conductor in fall 2006, the group has been recognized as one of the world’s top brass bands, with ten winning performances at the North American Brass Band Championships and the US Open Brass Band Championship. Parisi has been nominated numerous times for Brass Band Conductor of the Year and received the winning conductor award at the 2009 Scottish Open where Fountain City was the first American band to win an international competition. His work with Fountain City Brass Band can be heard on several recordings, including Celebration, Over the Rainbow, and Project Blue Christmas.