Boston Brass to Perform at VanderCook College of Music

VanderCook College of Music is proud to announce the inaugural concert of The George A. Quinlan Sr. Concert Series with a special performance by the world-renowned Boston Brass.

On Thursday, October 26 Yamaha performing artists Boston Brass will highlight a special event at VanderCook College of Music, performing a selection of favorites from their extensive repertoire. A Q&A with ensemble member Sam Pilafian and co-founder Jeff Conner will precede the concert, and a reception will follow immediately afterwards. The quintet’s appearance includes a master class for VanderCook students earlier in the day.

The George A. Quinlan Sr. Concert Series is sponsored by Yamaha Corporation of America. George A. Quinlan Sr. (1922-2013) was a prominent music educator, staunch advocate for school music programs, and passionate supporter of VanderCook College of Music. In addition to personally teaching music in Illinois schools for over 40 years, he co-founded the Quinlan & Fabish Music Company in 1959, which today is one of the leading school music companies in the nation.

The Quinlan Concert Series was created in support of VanderCook’s capital campaign Inspire. Build. Sustain. 2.0: Meet the Challenge. The campaign will complete the renovation of an original Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building into the first performing arts and music education center in the Bronzeville/Bridgeport area in decades. The event, which launches Meet the Challenge, will be held in the Mies van der Rohe building at the heart of the campaign. The building was completed in 1953 on commission from the American Association of Railroads on what is now the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology.

Boston Brass has delighted audiences the world over with their one-of-a-kind musical experience for over 30 years. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. Boston Brass is a Yamaha Performing Group.

Reservations for the event can be made here.

Additional information about VanderCook College of Music, its programs, and events, can be found at For additional information about the Inspire. Build. Sustain. campaign, contact Charles T. Menghini, president emeritus, at