The Capital City Brass Quintet

Saint Paul, Minnesota

About Us

The Capital City Brass Quintet has been active in the Twin Cities music scene since 1986. In addition to performing its own recital series and ceremonial music, the quintet has appeared in venues ranging from Saint Paul's Landmark Center and other formal settings to informal settings such as the Saint Paul Farmer's Market, riverboats, and parks. The quintet has also been heard on Minnesota Public Radio. The group is adventurous in its programming, premieres many new works, and performs a varied repertoire of classical music ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a broad spectrum of Jazz and rock arrangements. 

Our members are Michael Roe and Buffy Larson, trumpets, Don Feeney, horn, Charles Watt, trombone, and Roger Lundberg, bass trombone.  All have over twenty years of performing experience -- excellent performers and interesting people to boot.

Upcoming Events

BREXIT:  The Musical

Sunday, October 2, 2016         3:00 PM

For this concert, we are joined by the Quintessence Winds in a program based on the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union. Half the music is from the European continent and Ireland - Bizet, Granados, Van Morrison, and others. The remaining music is English - Vaughan Williams, Arnold, Arne, and others. Brass quintet music and wind quintet music will alternate until both groups come together to perform Sir Arthur Sullivan's Overture to "The Pirates of Penzance."  

Admission is free.   

Olivet Congregational Church

1850 Iglehart
Saint Paul, MN

Hire Us

Our rates are negotiable within reason, but as a rule of thumb, for something like a straightforward worship service plan on paying around $500.00. A wedding will typically cost around $600 because extra work is involved.  This assumes we're involved for two or three hours the day of the event and can include a rehearsal ahead of time. If there's a lot of extra rehearsal, playing or coordination, or an additional service the same day obviously figure on more. 

For some events we may be open to payment of a base fee plus tips or a base fee plus plus a percentage of the gate. If the event is interesting enough, we've been known to offer a discount.

Contact Us

651-699-9748 (Chuck)
651-457-6160 (Don)
By mail
1531 Osceola Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
By email

Recent Performances

Macalester Groveland Fest
Saturday, September 10, 2016 

Light classics, popular standards, beautiful weather.  What's not to like?  What more was there to ask? 

Orange Hair, Red Noses, Square Eyeballs
Sunday, April 24, 2016 

We revisited childhood and comedy - circus music, cartoon themes - as well as some rueful adult smiles.  People laughed.

Warm Weather Music in the Dead of WInter
Sunday, January 24, 2016 

We enjoyed raising temps in January.  The Latin stuff is always well received, and the response to Reskin's Summer Dances was favorable and interesting. 

Fresh and Local
Sunday, October 11, 2015 

We had some fun exploring lots of recent stuff.  A couple of the composer were on hand to hear and discuss their work.  An appreciative crowd was willing to have their ears stretched.

Macalester Groveland Fest
Saturday, September 12, 2015 

Good weather year after year:  Another mellow afternoon of favorites at a community festival. Nice temps, no wind.

Outdoors at Dodge
Friday, June 26, 2015 and construction drove us indoors.  But there were solos for each member of the group, including a natural trumpet demo and coverage from the Star Tribune.  What's not to like?

Ain't Misbehavin' and Other Tales
Sunday, June 7, 2015 

A fabulous and successful benefit for the youth at Olivet.  The money raised covered the outstanding cost of their service project.  And the music was good too!

Saturday, February 21, 2015 

An experiment with an evening concert was not too all wet.  The crowd was decent and pirates mingled with folk songs and classics without incident.

it IS what it IS
Sunday, November 30, 2014 

We wrapped up the Thanksgiving weekend exploring interesting music lurking behind innocuous titles.  We survived "Bach's" Toccata and Fugue in d in fine style.

Taste of Macalester Groveland
Saturday, September 6, 2014 

A mellow afternoon of favorites at a community festival.  Nice temps, no wind.

Travelogue for Haiti
Sunday, July 20, 2014 

We blew around the world, and pulled in some money for a worthy cause on a warm July afternoon.

People's Choice
Sunday, March 23, 2014 

We blew through a number favorites famous and obscure.  The audience votes for Brown Eyed Girl as the finale in a vote that was close but not rigged.

Older Programs

Blowing Hot When It's Cold Outside, Sunday, November 24, 2013 

Concert Before Sunset Friday June 28, 2013

Tour of the Americas:  Sunday February 17, 2013

Metamorphosis:  Sunday, November 25, 2012

Concert Under the Stars:  Friday, June 29, 2012

Several Pentecost Exaltation Concerts:   2010 - 2013

Spun from Sea and Mist: Sunday April 15, 2012 .

Where East Meets West:  Sunday January 29, 2012 

You Oughta Be In Pictures:  Sunday November 13, 2011



Photos from our Saint Paul Farmers Market appearance
Saturday, July 11, 2009

  Buffy and Chuck 


Don and Mike

photos by Andrew Watt