Brass players of all ages are welcome to participate in this totally unique program. Some of the top brass players and teachers in the country – all faculty members – offer workshops and lectures on topics that range from the technical (breathing, posture, ensemble playing) to the practical (equipment choices, careers in music, auditioning). The series will also feature our extremely popular “BrassFests,” which are hands-on, side-by-side playing experiences with our brass faculty, both in large ensembles and instrument-specific groups.


Each year, NEC Prep presents TrumpetFest, Trombone/TubaFest, and FrenchHornFest. These FREE two-hour Sunday morning events focus on a particular instrument’s challenges and joys, and promise to inspire and expand the awareness of participants. These classes are open to the public. Please bring your instruments!

Sunday, October 20, 10 AM - 12 noon: BrassFest with Rich Kelley and Joseph Foley, trumpets; Eli Epstein, horn; Kenneth Amis, Tuba

Sunday, November 3, 10 AM - 12 noon: TrumpetFest with Rich Kelley and Joseph Foley

Sunday, November 17, 10 AM - 12 noon: Euphonium/TubaFest with Kenneth Amis

Sunday, February 9, 10 AM - 12 noon: French HornFest with Eli Epstein

Sunday, April 6, 10 AM - 12 noon: TromboneFest with Norman Bolter

Saturday Special Brass Seminars

Saturday, October 19, 11:15 AM - 12 noon: Calculated Laziness & Boredom for the Advancing Musician: Learn how to make your practicing both easier and more efficient! presented by Kenneth Amis, tubist of the Empire Brass

Saturday, November 9, 11:15 AM - 12 noon: New Routes for Old Ruts: How to find alternative routes to avoid and/or get out of being stuck in a rutpresented by Norman Bolter, trombonist of the BSO and Boston Pops

Saturday, February 22, 11:15 AM - 12 noon: Using Acting Methods to Create Moving Performances: What classical musicians can learn from the theatre presented by Eli Epstein, veteran hornist of the Cleveland Orchestra

Saturday, March 1, 11:15 AM - 12 noon: "How do I learn this, NOW?" How to practice efficiently, effectively and deeply presented by Joseph Foley, Principal Trumpet of the Rhode Island Philharmonic

Saturday, March 29, 11:15 AM - 12 noon: “Natural is good. Natural works.” A class on breathing to facilitate your best tone production presented by Richard Kelley, Boston Pops trumpeter