Established in 2015, the Barclay Brass is an ensemble comprised of some of Washington DC’s top brass musicians. Performers of the highest caliber, Barclay Brass members are proud to serve as musicians in the premier military bands in Washington, DC. From the Pope to the President, these members have performed for some of the highest profile officials and ceremonies. As highly sought after freelance musicians, some members have performed with groups such as Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Empire Brass, National Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and many other high profile ensembles throughout the country.
Trumpeter Nathan Clark, Arranger and Trombonist David Miller, and Tubist Willie Clark created the Barclay Brass for the opportunity to perform a wide variety of classical music arranged specifically for brass instruments. For half of a decade, they have performed diverse genres of music – from patriotic and classical to ceremonial and seasonal – to audiences of all ages. In 2017, Barclay Brass was part of “The Force at 40”, the 40th anniversary celebration of the release of Star Wars, which was held at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Barclay Brass was recently featured in a video produced by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Committed to education, Barclay Brass traveled to Akron, OH in March of 2019 to work with students at Kent State and the University of Akron. In 2020, the group played a concert and presented a masterclass at George Mason University with internationally renowned composer Johan de Meij, where they performed the North American premiere of arrangements of his own music for brass ensemble and percussion.