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Upcoming Performances

North Carolina’s cultural ambassadors, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will be entertaining the citizens and students of Hungary and Romania later this month during their tour of Eastern Europe.

Founding member David Ginn says,

We’ll be sharing a wide variety of musical styles from Americana and Classical to the Blues. There will be flashy show pieces and collaborations with guest soloists, as well as music from our own Southern Appalachian region by local composers.

The Quintet will perform in historic venues, important cultural centers, and music academies. New SMBQ member Zsolt Szabo, trombone, has been instrumental in coordinating this tour. He has also arranged for the Quintet to give brass masterclasses and individual break-out sessions. The goal of these classes is not only to share about our American style of brass-playing, but to also learn more about the European style.

Western Carolina University professor Will Peebles, bassoon, will be joining the Quintet on tour. Other guest soloists are Gabriel Posdarescu, trumpet professor from the Dima Music Academy; Kovacs Janos, trumpet professor from the Kodaly Zoltan School of Music; and the Transylvania Brass Quintet.

This tour is made possible by funding from the WCU School of Music, the College of Fine & Performing Arts, and the Office of International Programs & Services.

Please join the SMBQ Facebook page and follow along as the Quintet makes it way through the following cities.

Budapest, Hungary

May 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Old Liszt Ferenc Music Academy
1064. Budapest, Vörömarty Street, 35.


Debrecen, Hungary

May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Kodaly Zoltan School of Music


Cluj Napoca, Romania

May 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Gheorghe Dima Music Academy Recital Hall


Targu Mures, Romania

May 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Palace of the Cultures Arts Building
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Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet Members

Five accomplished artists performing a diverse repertoire with particular emphasis on music from the Southern Appalachians.

Brad Ulrich

Brad Ulrich


Boat-lover. Beer connoisseur.


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Zsolt Szabo

Zsolt Szabo


Sports fan. Restaurant explorer.

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David Ginn

David Ginn


Alzheimer’s caregiver. Fitness & nutrition coach.

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Western Carolina University Bell Tower
Travis Bennett

Travis Bennett


Seminoles, Braves & U2 fan.

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Michael Schallock

Michael Schallock


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About The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet

Cultural ambassadors building international relationships through music.

Since its founding in 1993, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet has performed throughout the United States in venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and internationally with tours of Russia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Jamaica, Prague, Hungary, and Romania.

The Quintet performs a wide variety of music ranging from Classical to Jazz, and Patriotic to Pop.

In addition, works commissioned from regional composers for the Quintet have expanded the repertoire for all brass quintets.

The group dedicates time to the education of young musicians and serves as Quintet in Residence at Western Carolina University. Whether through mini-residencies, master-classes or school shows, members of the SMBQ use their talents to inspire tomorrow’s musicians.

Eleven Countries

Three Continents

Countless performances

Many New Friends!

Our Services: Have Brass, Will Travel.


Through the years the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet has performed at openings of new hotels, community celebrations, community arts programs, fund raising events, and weddings. Educational programs include in-service at universities as well as our “Instrument Petting Zoo”, a hands on, multi-media musical experience for elementary school students.

These types of musical outreach opportunities are available now, or we can customize a performance to meet your needs. Please contact us to talk about ways the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet can enhance your events, celebrations, concert series, or educational programs.

Fine and Performing Arts Center Performance


From a performance at Carnegie Hall to small neighborhood picnics, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet has entertained in diverse indoor and outdoor settings both nationally and internationally.

Community Service

Among its many community service performances, the SMBQ has helped to raise money for the Jackson County public library, local arts council, and band program. The group has performed multiple times for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life”; and on a beautiful afternoon in 2007, the Quintet co-hosted “Sunday in the Park” which helped raised $14,500 for National Alzheimer’s Day.
WCU Symphonic Band


The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet offers a mini-residency program to university music schools in the southeast. In general, the residency consists of group master classes, individual master lessons, coaching of student brass ensembles, and ending with a finale concert. The residency can be tailored to meet your needs.
Instrument Petting Zoo

School Programs

The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet “Instrument Petting Zoo” is a hands-on, multi-media, musical experience for elementary school students. Our “zoo-keepers”, music education majors at Western Carolina University, help students get up close and personal with brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
Brass Quintet Wedding


The brass quintet is perfectly suited to a wedding ceremony.  Whether fanfares to announce you and your guests, processional music, participation during the ceremony, recessional, or postlude music, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet can work with you to plan a ceremony that provides lasting memories.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville


There’s nothing like brass instruments to announce a grand opening. If your corporate event needs pomp and circumstance, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet should be your first call.

SMBQ is a 501c(3) Non-profit Organization

OUR MISSION: To promote the understanding and enjoyment of music, particularly among the youth of Western North Carolina; and to expand appreciation for the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian region.

Our Work
SMBQ offers a delectable blend, in terms of both repertoire and the sound they create together. Ranging from crowd-pleasing dixieland to contemporary pieces that challenge and explore, these accomplished performers make musical magic with their smooth technique, energetic playing, and warm presence. From Cullowhee to Carnegie, they are quality entertainment that will enrich you. Lytingale

Director of Music, Unity Center

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