Comprised of some of the finest brass players in Texas, including the principal brass of the San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio Brass has been South Texas’s premier brass ensemble for more than 25 years. Since its founding in 1982, the SAB has contributed to the cultural life of San Antonio, Bexar County and the state of Texas through its performances and educational programs.
Past SAB projects have included world premieres of new compositions, an album of Christmas music, and collaborations with the Texas Music Educators Association, Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Guadalupe Dance Company, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band.
In recent years, the SAB has expanded its educational mission through the San Antonio Brass Camp at St. Mary’s University and B.E.S.T. (Brass Ensemble Summer Training). These programs bring students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds together to explore music and develop as brass players. Additionally, the SAB (with a grant from the City of San Antonio) participates in the Neighborhood Arts Program, a project aimed at mentoring young artists and musicians from under-served segments of the community. This program, called “Brass in the Class”, allows students an opportunity to work one-on-one with the city’s top professional brass players.