As a trumpeter, composer, arranger and band leader, multi-instrumentalist Brian Boyes has worked in Vermont for the past 20 years. As a member of a variety of award wining ensembles including the national touring jazz-funk act, viperHouse, he has been recognized for his soulful and intense approach to his trumpet.
Most recently, Brian Boyes has been celebrated and recognized for his work as the composer and conductor of The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band and the 20-piece post-rock, nu-world big band, The Saturn People’s Sound Collective. As a recipient of a Vermont Community Foundation Arts Endowment grant and a Goddard College Concerts commission, Boyes and his collective have sent shockwaves throughout the VT musical community leaving an indelible imprint amongst Vermont’s tastemakers and diverse music lovers alike. Says Seven Days of the group’s 2013 headlining Discover Jazz Festival performance, “Mind blowing radness . . . The Saturn People’s set at The FlynnSpace on Tuesday was simply transcendent, not merely a local highlight, but a festival topper,period.”
Brian Boyes is no stranger when it comes to working with large ensembles; his most recent work including The Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band and Movement of the People: The Fela Kuti Project. Both projects exploring the intersection of global music and jazz improvisation.
As an educator Brian Boyes hastwice receivedspecial recognition from the Vermont Arts Alliance for his unique and creative approach to musiceducation at Cabot School. Most recently he was selected to be a 2014 Rowland Foundation Fellow to develop and implement a significant project of educational transformation in Vermont.
Brian holds two degrees from Goddard College; BA Music Performance & Composition (with minor in Ethnomusicology); MA Education (Infusing Performing Arts into Project Based Learning).