José is active in South Florida’s Latin music scene and toured the world extensively in Ricky Martin’s band for eight years . He appears in more than 150 commercial recordings with artists such as Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz. Jose has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live and the Grammys. José has recently been appointed Associate Trumpet Professor of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee.
After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986``. Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), International Horn Society and countless others.
Del Lyren currently serves as Professor of Instrumental Music at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He has presented a lecture on Conrad Gozzo at the ITG conference in Ft. Worth, as well as presenting lectures on Rafael Méndez throughout the world and recitals at the Euro-ITG conferences in Bad Säckingen, Germany and Kiev, Ukraine
José Chafer is trumpet teacher in Mestre Vert Conservatory in Spain, Master in Musical Research and Artistic Director to CIMVO. Frequently travel as a guest performer and clinician to Universities and festivals, include USA, China, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Poland. Has performed as a soloist at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference, IBBA2013 and 2017 and 1st and 2nd International trumpet Conference in Lodz. He has premiered concertos for trumpet and piano, solo trumpet and organ, two trumpets and organ, trumpet unaccompanied, two solo trumpets, solo trumpet and trumpet ensemble, for 2 trumpets and band and for 4 trumpets and band, all written and dedicated to him in Europe and North America. Also European premieres to Vizzutti and Stephenson works.
With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group. With a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in bringing brass music to mass audiences everywhere. They have sold well over 2 million albums worldwide, with 1.2 million sold in the Nielsen Soundscan era alone (since 1991).
Dr. Peter Wood, Professor of Music, teaches applied trumpet and coaches brass ensembles at the University of South Alabama. The 2011 recipient of the Andy and Carol Denny National Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, he also won the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. He serves on the International Trumpet Guild Board of Directors and as the ITG Publications Editor, a position in which he is responsible for overseeing production of the ITG Journal, as well as all ITG publications, both in print and online