River Falls Brass

River Falls Brass

UWRF Faculty Brass Quintet


River Falls Brass 2013River Falls Brass has a varied and impressive background performing in symphony orchestras, jazz ensembles, Broadway musicals, film and television scores, and a variety of brass chamber ensembles.

Ensemble members have performed with many distinguished groups including:

  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Rome Festival
  • Puccini Festival
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • New World Symphony

The list of international artists they have performed with includes:

  • Canadian Brass
  • Isaac Stern
  • Doc Severinsen
  • The King’s Singers
  • The Temptations
  • The Moody Blues
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Luciano Pavarotti

Individually, members of River Falls Brass have toured worldwide with performances spanning four continents. They have performed at some of the world’s leading musical venues including:

  • Carnegie Hall
  • Lincoln Center
  • Avery Fisher Hall
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • Abbey Road
  • Barbican Center
  • The Hollywood Bowl

Clinics / Performances

River Falls Brass is a professional quintet that presents exciting educational concerts and performances throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. It is our goal to motivate and inspire students to be their best.
River Falls Brass is available for a wide range of clinics and concerts based on your schools schedule.

Concerts/clinics include demonstrations, question and answer time, and discussions ranging from practice techniques to the role of each instrument in the ensemble. Other issues covered may include playing as a section, proper volume, intonation, etc. Clinics can be organized to address topics relevant to your ensemble. In addition, River Falls Brass rehearses individual brass sections and coaches small ensembles.


“The presentation of the River Falls Brass was a great reinforcement to my teachings. Students are now using more time to warm up before playing in band. With this, the intonation and sound has been enhanced. I am very thankful that the members allowed my to perform with them and appreciate their clinics thereafter.”
Christopher Tank, Director of Bands
Park High School, Cottage Grove, MN

“It was a pleasure to have the UWRF Brass Quintet on our campus. The performance by these talented musicians engaged our students from the first note through to the end. As a teacher, I appreciated their message about the importance and value of chamber music, and the “accessible” way in which they presented their program. There were no barriers between performers and audience…just an open and honest sharing of the joy of making music.”
Scott Jones, Director of Bands
Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley, MN

The River Falls Brass quintet members are:

  • Tom Barnett, trumpet
  • Craig Hara, trumpet
  • Melissa Morey, horn
  • Rick Gaynor, trombone
  • Gary Bird, tuba

Contact information

For more information about the River Falls Brass, contact Dr. Tom Barnett at 715-425-3177 or e-mail