Musers & Performers

Performances are an integral part of the Tennessee Arts Academy experience. From the opening Overture Celebration to the final Finale Luncheon, a diverse group of artists and performing groups are featured at every Arts Academy event. Regional theatre, dance and music soloists and ensembles are showcased during a daily thirty-minute presentation in the Massey Performing Arts Center. On Sunday and Wednesday evenings a world-class artist is chosen to perform for TAA participants. The Belmont Mansion tour, the TAA art exhibitions, the TAA Carnival, Vendor Fair and Artist Market, and special event functions each include local artists as part of their program.

Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2019 Tennessee Arts Academy.

Presidio Brass
Brass Quintet

July 14 - 4:00 PM
Massey Performing Arts Center


Since forming in 2006, Presidio Brass has rocketed to success as the face of a bold new generation in brass entertainment. By combining a brass quintet with piano, percussion instruments, and fresh, original arrangements, the ensemble’s unique sound has become their trademark. In their hit touring show of Hollywood’s greatest hits, Sounds of the Cinema, the five young men of the group combine film music with a good dose of the wit and humor they’ve become known for. Hailing from San Diego, California, Presidio Brass has performed and provided educational outreach in more than forty states, conducted master classes at many of America’s finest colleges and universities, and has been featured on National Public Radio.

Each member of the ensemble began his music career by joining their school’s band program. Inspired by the dedication of their school music teachers, Presidio Brass came together with the primary mission to promote music education and music appreciation in youngsters. For this very reason, performances are often coupled with a master class or a school program for which the quintet volunteers their time.

Members of the ensemble have performed with major symphony orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, and San Diego Symphony, and have shared the stage with commercial and pop artists including Natalie Cole, Quincy Jones, and Stevie Wonder. In addition to performing as a brass quintet, Presidio Brass performs regularly as a part of Millennia Consort, one of the nation’s premiere brass, organ, and percussion ensembles. Millennia Consort is active in commissioning new works as well as arrangements of popular classical music.

The Presidio Brass has released four recordings. Their latest recording, Pictures of a New Beginning, includes commissions of new music by Craig Phillips, John Hirten, and Jon Naples and features an arrangement of the orchestral favorite “Pictures at an Exhibition” by the group’s tubist, Scott Sutherland.