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Date & Time: Sun, Jan 27 @ 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Quartyard

Address: 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101




The Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) West features seven days of new music by a diverse community of trumpet and brass players, highlighting various trumpet stylings including Jazz, new music, New Orleans, and Slavic.

The Finale for the weeklong festival is presented by UC San Diego Urban and the Quartyard.

This is a free concert.

JAN 27 | 2:00 P.M. | The Quartyard

Brass Band Blast-off presented by UC San Diego Urban and Quartyard

Featured performances by: Euphoria Brass Band, Gilbert Castellanos Dia de los Muertos Suite, and the Daniel Rosenboom Octet


Steve Ebner – trumpet
April West – trombone
JP Balmat – baritone sax, alto sax, clarinet
David Jackson – tenor sax
Wayne Rice – sousaphone
Ron Bocian – snare drum, cymbals
Drew Miller – bass drum

Euphoria Brass Band is a San Diego based musical collective that serves up a contemporary mix of old school New Orleans traditional brass band jazz, funky street beats and new school edginess with a West Coast feeling!Embracing the exciting spirit of improvisation with a hard funk edge, Euphoria Brass Band has become known for their incendiary high energy shows. Euphoria Brass Band has had the honor of sharing the stage with some of New Orleans music’s royalty: Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Rebirth Brass Band, Funky Meters, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Honey Island Swamp Band, Rosie Ledet, California Honeydrops, Red Baraat, Chali 2na, and Rusted Root, among others.

With reverence to tradition while bringing the multi-layered modern street sounds of New Orleans and letting the Southern California vibe shine through, Euphoria Brass Band is an undeniably unique and exciting musical force!


Gilbert Castellanos – Trumpet/Compositions
Robert Dove – Tenor Saxophone
tba – Keys
Mackenzie Leighton – Bass
Tommy Aros – Congas
Charlie Chavez – Percussion

Gilbert Castellanos, a resident composer for the San Diego Ballet, premiered the musical suite DIA DE LOS MUERTOS with the renowned dance company in February 2018 during Ritmos Latinos, it’s annual celebration of Latin jazz music. This was the second original composition by Castellanos for the SDB.

“My newest suite – Dia de Los Muertos – began as a spark two years ago when I was home in Guadalajara with my family for the holidays. I was very inspired there and began reflecting more and more on my roots, where I’m from, where I’ve been and what I’ve experienced over the years. It was completely unexpected. Each movement has deep significance and meaning for me personally. I’m paying tribute to people who have been a big inspiration to me and my life, and they have all passed and gone on ahead… The music really represents me NOW – who I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing. I’m honored to have the San Diego Ballet include it in their Ritmos Latinos series!” ~ Gilbert Castellanos

The eight-movement suite, a masterfully woven Latin jazz tapestry with an Afro-Cuban vibe, merged boleros, ballads and more with the choreography of SDB’s award-winning artistic director Javier Velasco. A five-piece ensemble hand-picked by Castellanos, including top Southern California musicians respected in the Latin jazz genre – Charlie Chavez on Timbales/Bata Drums, Tommy Aros on Congas/Percussion, Irving Flores on piano – performed the 60-minute program to three sold out audiences who gave standing ovations.


Daniel Rosenboom – Trumpets/Compositions
Gavin Templeton – Woodwinds
Brian Walsh – Woodwinds
Tom Alvie Wilson – Woodwinds
Alexander Noice – Guitar
Joshua White – Piano
Jerry Watts Jr. – Bass
Dan Schnelle – Drums

Trumpeter/Composer Daniel Rosenboom’s dynamic octet is an electro-acoustic ensemble performing original compositions that draw from avant-garde jazz, minimalism, electronic music, and experimental rock. Featuring some of Los Angeles’s most creative musicians, the octet’s first appearance was on Rosenboom’s ambitious and critically acclaimed double live album Astral Transference & Seven Dreams on Orenda Records.

5/5 Stars from All About Jazz
“L.A. trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom seems to gravitate towards music that challenges on multiple levels…wildly ambitious… It’s a fascinating blend and blur of the notated versus the improvised, and the constant shifting keeps the listener’s interest at a peak level… Imagine a synthesis of Wayne Shorter’s “Moto Grosso Feio,” and Cecil Taylor’s “Conquistador,” and one knows what to expect. Recommended.”
—Robert Bush, All About Jazz

“Los Angeles trumpeter Rosenboom and his colleagues have the spark in them, the connection to that nexus where head, heart, and spirit collide. His improvisations flow with an undisputable internal logic so that every turn seems as inevitable upon hearing as it was unpredictable moments before. Whether his music shifts from a trumpet march to an electric guitar loop, from frenzy to quiet breath, from tight ensemble to bickering solos, I feel smarter and somehow better for having heard it. Great music teaches … trains the brain. Coltrane, Dylan, Hendrix, Carla Bley, Leroy Jenkins, Bach all do this. So does Daniel Rosenboom.”
—Hobert Taylor, KUCI

For more information on other events included in the FONT West festival, visit extension.ucsd.edu/fontwest