Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY is based in the “Gramercy-Flatiron” neighborhood of NYC, and is the principal ensemble of the Flatiron Festival of Music, supported by Time Warner Cable and other major area businesses. Named the official brass band of New York by Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Gramercy Brass “Orchestra” of New York is a unique ensemble of 28 leading professional brass and percussion instrumentalists in the New York performing arts community. Founded in 1982 by John Henry Lambert, Gramercy Brass was twice the First Place winner of the North American Brass Band Competitions (1984 and 1985) and 1994 recipient of the Lincoln Center Community Arts Award, which led to its acclaimed Alice Tully Hall debut in May of 1995, with guest artists, the Marvin Stamm Jazz Quartet.
Not only is GBOofNY an awesome concert experience, playing everything from Shostakovich to Duke Ellington, they have always had a deep involvement with education. Arts education has always played a major role in the Gramercy Brass Orchestra’s season. These student programs called “Polishing the Brass” include, open rehearsals, master classes, school clinics, the Gramercy Brass Band Camp, the annual “Horn of the Future Award” – presented to outstanding young high school brass players, and many In-School support programs with special emphasis on students from underserved communities such as Elizabeth, Jersey City and Teaneck, NJ, and the newest programs with PS 204 in the Bronx and Washington Irving High School on Manhattan’s east side.They are affiliated with numerous schools in NJ and NYC, including the LaGuardia School for the Performing Arts and one of the only schools in the nation to have a dedicated brass band program, St.Hilda's and St. Hugh's.
In performance they collaborate with a wide variety of instrumentalists and singers including broadway performers like Brian Stokes Mitchell and tenor Michael Amante. Jazz luminaries the likes of Dena DeRose and Dave Brubeck have also shared the stage with Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York.
The concerts are always exciting and full of something for everyone.