The Brass Department at Berklee offers the most comprehensive brass education you'll find anywhere. Our principal instrument and performance major programs provide individualized instruction for the following:

  • Trumpet
  • French horn
  • Trombone
  • Bass trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Many of today's most successful brass players began their careers at Berklee, including Wayne Andre, Avishai Cohen, Hal Crook, Stanton Davis, Roy Hargrove, Ingrid Jensen, Nick Lane, Delfeayo Marsalis, Tiger Okoshi, Jeremy Pelt, Claudio Roditi, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jack Walrath, and Dennis Wilson. They came to Berklee because of who we are: the world's largest independent music school and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. Learn more about our alumni and their career paths.

Berklee was founded on two revolutionary ideas: that musicianship could be taught through the music of the time, and that our students need practical, professional skills for successful, sustainable music careers. While our bedrock philosophy has not changed, the music around us has and requires that we evolve with it.

We respect the classical traditions that you may have established in your studies. We also know how your instrument fits in today's music world, and we give it the attention and respect it deserves. Brass instruments are versatile and can be effective in any musical style. Studying at a college that offers you all those styles is the most important way for you to turn your playing into a career.

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Brass in the News

Trombonist Marshall Gilkes

Marshall Gilkes and the Art of Puddle Jumping

May 31, 2019

The brass faculty member infuses his teaching with his experience as a performer, arranger, and composer.

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Brass Department Chair Tanya Darby

Press Release

Tanya Darby Announced as Chair of the Brass Department

November 1, 2018

Darby, an accomplished educator, musician, and clinician, will take up her new post in January of 2019.

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Jason Palmer

PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Jason Palmer

June 30, 2017

Jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator Jason Palmer discusses his music and more as he prepares to lead a Berklee septet at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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