The Wenham Street Brass (WSB) is a collective ensemble with a committed brass trio base in Boston, MA. It was created in August of 2010 by James Brown (hornist and artistic director) and includes Criss Tungston(trombone) and John Stanley(trumpet). WSB is dedicated to engaging performances and to education through music.
The Wenham Street Brass has developed a diverse and eclectic repertoire, including arrangements and transcriptions, original compositions for brass trio, and pieces written specifically for our ensemble. The members of WSB have developed exciting concert programs, led outreach programs in Quincy and Jamaica Plain, and directed Summer Jam, a summer music camp in Jamaica Plain, MA. Recent engagements include a performance for Ashmont Hill Chamber Music in Dorchester, MA, and a mini-residency at New York University in Fall of 2011. In summer 2012, the ensemble led a three-day workshop with composer Nathan Wilson Ball at the Baltimore Symphony’s celebrated OrchKids program. In May 2014, the trio will make their second annual appearance at Rorkport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance center in celebration of the town’s Motif No.1 Day.
The Wenham Street Brass is currently creating the Art of Brass project, a multimedia project that focuses on all aspects of brass playing and history. Through research and interviews with some of the people in the brass-world that we respect the most, we’ve created multimedia outreach workshops, brought new information into our interactive concerts, and have begun to compile a written database of the best things about brass out there! Follow the Art of Brass on twitter #artofbrassUS.
The Wenham Street Brass performs music from a wide variety of genres with the goal of spreading brass music in our community of Boston and more broadly across the United States. Members are passionate about educating our audiences through performance and outreach with unique programing, including original compositions. Musical engagement comes from listening, questioning, creativity, expression and performance. WSB musicians believe that an audience that is brought into music in a number of different ways will better connect the tradition of creating music through brass playing.