The Zenith Brass Ensemble is a group of 30 talented youth
brass and percussion players. Drawing on the brass choir literature for
college and professional organizations, the repertoire is fresh and
exciting. The Zenith Brass Ensemble performs a wide variety of
transcriptions and original music for brass and percussion.
Brass rehearses in Rochester Hills on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm from September to
May. We perform concerts in November, March and May each
year. The concerts feature a wide variety of music designed to be
educational for its members and enjoyable for the audience.
Since its inception, Zenith has drawn 464 members from over
85 different school music
programs over a wide area. Membership is a supplement to those
school music organizations. Zenith gives first priority to its members'
commitment to their school music programs. Members are regular
participants in the solo and ensemble festivals and study with the best
brass teachers in the area.
The Zenith Brass Ensemble is designed for proficient, motivated
players. We perform a large amount of music with a minimum of
List of Members
Map to Rehearsals
Map to Concerts
Zenith director Mark Petty has had many musical interests in his life
including piano, percussion, singing, marching bands and drum and bugle
corps. He has had an interest in British brass bands dating back to
his college days. Studying that movement through books, scores and
recordings, he came to appreciate the potential of the large brass
ensemble. A trip to London for the 1975 International Brass Band
Championships in Royal Albert Hall provided a first hand view of the brass
When Petty concluded his long career with outdoor
marching groups, he wanted to dedicate his efforts to concert music in the
form of a brass ensemble. He founded the Zenith Brass Ensemble in 1995
provide an opportunity for outstanding area youth brass players to make music together and
develop their skills in the homogeneous atmosphere of similar
Starting in 1995 with seventeen players recruited from private teachers'
studios, the organization has grown steadily since that time. The
Zenith Brass Ensemble has become well known and respected among the area's
band directors, private teachers and professional musicians. The
Ensemble continues to attract and recruit the very best youth brass
players in the area and strives to make continuous improvement in its
Although the literature for brass ensemble is small
compared to orchestra and wind band, Zenith Brass has found and performed
over 402 different selections for brass ensemble.