Day of Brass

About the Day of Brass

The Cathedral Brass is pleased to present our first annual Day of Brass! This event is the representation of our efforts to create an engaging and enriching opportunity for young brass players to perform traditional brass choir repertoire, and work with highly accomplished and successful brass artists. For our first year, we have the good fortune to have a very strong slate of clinicians to work with our participants, and it is sure to be an experience to remember for years to come!

Guest Clinicians

Dr. Amy Horn
George Mason University
“The President’s Own” Marine Band (ret.)
Michael Delaune
United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
Phil Franke
Principal Trombone and Euphonium, “The President’s Own” Marine Band (ret.)
John Cradler
Gettysburg College
Principal Tuba, “The President’s Own” Marine Band (ret.)

Tentative Schedule

9:00 – 9:50 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Reading Session John Cradler (Conductor)
10:30 – 11:30 Sectionals
11:30 – 12:30 Master Class
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch*
1:00 – 3:00 Rehearsal John Cradler (Conductor)
3:00 – 3:30 Rehearsal w/Cathedral Brass
4:00 Concert: “Symphony in Brass”
*Due to concerns with allergies, we are asking all students to bring their own bag lunch.


Registration is FREE for all participating students! In order to know the number of students participating and our instrumentation, we ask that all interested students register at this site. Submit your free event registration here.


Please click this link to download a compressed archive of parts for Day of Brass participants. The archive includes subfolders for each piece, and PDFs for each instrument will be found within each subfolder. Click this link to download the latest part assignments for Day of Brass.


Due to the various dietary restrictions that may be present, we are asking that students pack their own lunch for this event. This ensures that every student has a meal, and that every student is responsible for their own allergies. If your student does have allergies, please be sure to have any required medical assistance devices (epi-pens, etc.) available for use. We will be able to provide bottled water for all participating students.

Dress for the Concert

The concert dress for the Cathedral Brass is all black; however, students attending the workshop can dress comfortably for the day. We do ask that students be in business casual attire for the performance. If a student elects to be in business casual dress for the entire day, that is perfectly acceptable.

Other Things To Consider

When a student registers, he/she will be given access to the selections that Mr. Cradler has recommended for performance. It is expected that the students will come to Day of Brass with the music in a state of preparation conducive to rehearsal. Students should bring all other items that are required for the day (mutes, oils, etc.).

Saturday, March 25th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Concert at 4:00 p.m.

Sherwood Community Center
3740 Blenheim Boulevard (formerly Old Lee Hwy)
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Free for all students grades 7 – 12
Concert is free and open to the public

Generously sponsored by the
City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
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