Empire Brass
Empire Brass performing in 2006
Background information
OriginMassachusetts, U.S.
Years active1972–present
  • Derek Lockhart
  • Eric Berlin
  • Victor Sungarian
  • Greg Spiridopoulos
  • Kenneth Amis
Past members

Mark H. Lawrence

  • Scott Hartman
  • Michelle Perry
  • Sam Pilafian
  • Martin Hackleman
  • Jeffrey Curnow
  • Norman Bolter
  • Lawrence Isaacson
  • Douglas Wright
  • Timothy Morrison

Empire Brass is a brass quintet from the United States. The group was founded in 1972. The original members met at Tanglewood Music Center (in Lenox, Massachusetts) in 1970.[1]

Description and history

The quintet chose its name after performing in New York City.[1] (New York is the Empire State.) They continue to tour regularly in North America, Europe, and Asia. They have been the Faculty Quintet-in-Residence at Boston University since 1976.[2]

The Empire Brass have appeared on Good Morning America, Today Show and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.[3] They also make joint concert appearances with organist Douglas Major.[4]


As of May 2015, its members include:

Previous members include:



  1. ^ a b c "Rolf Smedvig, 62; virtuoso trumpeter who cofounded renowned brass quintet". Boston Globe. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Wise, Brian (April 28, 2015). "Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter Who Founded Empire Brass, Dies at 63". WQXR-FM. Retrieved May 8, 2015. The quintet was a co-winner of the Naumberg Chamber Music Award in 1976 and had also begun a long-term residency at Boston University.
  3. ^ Woodstra, Chris; Brennan, Gerald; Schrott, Allen (2005). All Music Guide to Classical Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 417. ISBN 9780879308650.
  4. ^ Acton, Nancy (April 21, 2006). "Major weekend treat for organ music lovers". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Sandomir, Richard (April 12, 2019). "Sam Pilafian, Tuba Maestro of Multiple Genres, Dies at 69". The New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2020.