This collection of Brass Music represents the panacea of compositional innovation in Western Music. With the exception of Charles Ives, all of these composers are contemporaries. With the advent of new technologies and discovery of the past 100 years came many different modes of thought and theories of Art. In tracing the brass tradition from it's folk roots to the highest artistic form of expression, an ensemble has formed out of the music contained in this CD. Influences and abilities abound in this group, comprised of musicians who are adept in virtually any style imaginable. To be blunt, these guys can play anything. The ensemble is made up of 6 trumpets, 4 horns, 4 trombones, 2 tubas, electric guitar, keyboard, and a battery of 8 percussion.