The American Brass Quintet, whose members are Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik, trumpets, Eric Reed, horn, Michael Powell, tenor trombone, and John D. Rojak, bass trombone, is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time. Celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world, the A.B.Q. is the 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field. The ensemble's rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and all 50 of the United States; a discography of nearly 60 recordings; and the premieres of more than 150 contemporary brass works.
A.B.Q. commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. The ensemble's Emerging Composer Commissioning program has produced brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. Among the quintet’s recordings are 11 CDs for Summit Records since 1992 including the ABQ’s 50th-anniversary release, State of the Art—The ABQ at 50, featuring recent works written for the group.
Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970 and at The Juilliard School since 1987. Since 2000 the A.B.Q. has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, A.B.Q. mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries.
In December 2013, The New York Times wrote that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass” and American Record Guide called the A.B.Q. “the most distinguished” of all the brass quintets. Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.