Boston Brass: And the Nominees Are… Hits from Broadway to the Big Screen

Nov 4th, 2015, 8:00pm

The world-class players of Boston Brass stir up a melting pot of musical delight. They are five versatile musicians at the top of their profession; multilingual and multigenerational, gifted in the art of classical technique and jazz improvisation.

When Boston Brass held a Facebook fan contest to guess how many combined miles the musicians traveled last year, the correct answer was 650,427 miles flown. It’s a quirky bit of trivia, but the five virtuosic musicians of this world-renowned brass quintet take pride in delighting their audiences with their unique brand of humor and personality. On November 4 they will perform at the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s FESTIVAL MIAMI, Florida’s premier live music festival, presented by UHealth—University of Miami Health System.

Boston Brass is Jeff Connor, trumpet/founder; Jose Sabaja, trumpet; Domingo Pagliuca, trombone; Chris Castellanos, French horn and Sam Pilafian, tuba. They are versatile musicians at the top of their profession; multilingual, multi-generational, highly educated, and gifted in the art of classical technique and jazz improvisation.

“The first thing you notice about Boston Brass is our incredible group chemistry and how personable we are,” says Pilafian. “Our mission is to present a brand of music that is unified in purpose, to create a meaningful exchange and connection with our audience. Coming from three generations, we’re a mixed salad of musical ideas.” Grounded in their roots of South Florida and Latin America, Pilafian, Sabaja, and Pagliuca are all accomplished alumni of the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Pilafian is a Distinguished Alumnus of the Frost School and an emeritus professor who still remains very active. Sabaja and Pagliuca are superstars in the Latin music industry. Castellanos is a top-call Las Vegas freelancer with a who’s who list of credits.

For 31 years, Boston Brass has traveled the globe, appearing in 49 states and 30 countries. They perform everything from exciting classical arrangements of Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, and Liszt, to burning jazz standards from Horace Silver, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stan Kenton, to the best of the original brass quintet repertoire. The group bridges the ocean of classical formality, performing a wide selection of musical styles to create a family friendly atmosphere filled with great music and boisterous fun.

At Festival Miami, Boston Brass will perform works from several musical genres including Spanish classical, Bach, Nuevo Tango, and Americana. “We’re bringing our take on the music that will reach the heart of Miami’s audience,” says Pilafian. The Frost School’s lauded Stamps Brass Quintet will join Boston Brass for one piece as well.

As an added surprise, Boston Brass will invite concertgoers to take a vote at intermission to decide the second half of their program. Forty pieces of music will be separated by genre. Each voting category will have multiple repertoire choices. After the majority rules, the audience will experience a type of musical improv theatre.

To ORDER TICKETS for their November 4 concert at Festival Miami, visit

Festival Miami at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive,
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Ph: 305-284-4940


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