The Motor City Brass Quintet

Acclaimed by Mark Stryker of the Detroit Free Press for its “creative vitality” and “seamless and highly musical performances,” The Motor City Brass Quintet features some of Detroit’s most versatile brass musicians, including members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, and Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, making the MCBQ an integral part of the diverse musical culture both in Metropolitan Detroit and across the United States. Members of the MCBQ have also performed with many other top chamber ensembles, including the Canadian Brass, Detroit Chamber Winds, Empire Brass, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and currently serve on the music faculties of Bowling Green State University, Oakland University, and Western Michigan University.

The MCBQ was recently the ensemble-in-residence at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute and frequently performs educational programs for school-aged children, as well as more broadly-focused programs in a variety of genres on concerts series for audiences of all ages. The MCBQ’s debut CD, Christmas Vespers, features the premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison’s Christmas Vespers, as well as unique new arrangements of familiar holiday favorites. Additional performance premieres include those of Kevin Beavers’ Three Moods for Brass Quintet (commissioned by the MCBQ in 2010) and upcoming new works by D.J. Sparr and Joel Puckett.

The Motor City Brass Quintet is managed by Brassjar Music.


Clients have included:

  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • The Boston University-Tanglewood Institute
  • The Detroit Athletic Club
  • Grosse Pointe War Memorial
  • Meadowbrook Manor
  • Archdiocese of Detroit
  • Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament
  • St. Mary’s of Milford
  • St. Clare of Montefalco
  • St. Paul on the Lake
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church
  • Historic Trinity Luthern Church
  • The University of Detroit-Mercy
  • Loyola High School of Detroit
  • The Grosse Pointe Academy