Encore Brass began in fall of 1978 as a quintet, and has been a non profit 501(c)3 organization since 1983. Membership averages twenty+ players, and the group plays pieces with as few as five parts and as many as twenty. In general, instrumentation is 4 trumpets, 3 French horns, 3 trombones, 2 euphoniums, tuba and percussion.
Founding members include Glenn Taylor (Conductor) and Ruthanne Bennett (French Horn), both still active with the group. The musicians are entrepreneurs, engineers, managers, retired individuals and students meeting together to play brass repertoire. Besides the chance to play an extensive range of brass music, the group is dedicated to having fun!
The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday nights in southeast Portland, and performs at retirement homes, festivals, community activities, farmer’s markets and church services as well as several concerts each year. Members donate their time and expertise. Any funds raised support group expenses.
Repertoire performed includes classical transcriptions, brass band music, jazz arrangements, Christmas music, pop and Americana pieces, and German waltzes and polkas.