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Beltway Brass Quintet



Biography

The Beltway Brass Quintet is a project group led by Zachary Smith of the nationally acclaimed Dixie Power Trio.  The members of the quintet reside in the Washington, D.C. area and quite frequently spend hours slogging around I-495, D.C.’s infamous beltway. It was on this stretch of highway that the idea for the Beltway Brass was conceived in 2003. The repertoire for the quintet is unusual in its emphasis on Twentieth Century jazz harmonies and stylings.  Zachary Smith, Chas Peterson, and Tom Holtz have written most of the arrangements for the group.  Each player in the ensemble has a background rooted more in commercial playing than classical. This allows them to incorporate jazz technique such as improvising into their performances.  The group is currently working on their next recording, which will feature Church hymns and Spirituals.

Personnel:
Zachary Smith- Trumpet
Charlie Peterson- Trumpet
Merry Beth Hall- French Horn
Dan "Big Daddy" Haverstock- trombone
Tom Holtz- tuba

Upcoming Performances

Video 12/24/2017: Beltway Brass Quintet

The D.C.-based Beltway Brass Quintet will perform their annual holiday show featuring jazzy, lighthearted arrangements of seasonal favorites—along with a few surprises!

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/24/2016: Beltway Brass Quintet

The D.C.-based Beltway Brass Quintet will perform their annual holiday show featuring jazzy, lighthearted arrangements of seasonal favorites-along with a few surprises!

Video 12/24/2015: Beltway Brass Quintet

The Beltway Brass Quintet is a project group led by Zachary Smith of the nationally acclaimed Dixie Power Trio. The members of the quintet reside in the Washington, D.C. area. Zack Smith leads this group in a performance of jazzy and cheerful arrangements of holiday favorites.

Video 12/24/2014: Beltway Brass Quintet

The Quintet led by Zachary Smith of the Dixie Power Trio performs original arrangements characterized by 20th century of jazz harmonies and stylings.

Video 12/24/2013: Beltway Brass Quintet

Zack Smith leads this group in a performance of jazzy and cheerful arrangements of holiday favorites.

Video 12/24/2011: Beltway Brass Quintet

Led by Zack Smith, the group plays jazzy and jaunty arrangements of holiday favorites.

Beltway Brass Quintet