Rodney Marsalis began his musical studies at the age of six, and at 11 years old began taking classical trumpet lessons with his cousin, Wynton Marsalis. Referred to as a "trumpet prodigy," Rodney’s solo debut was at the age of 15 with the New Orleans Symphony. He went on to graduate from of one of the world’s leading conservatories, The Curtis Institute of Music.
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) began on the streets of New Orleans as a family owned and operated business. On the advice of the family’s musical patriarch, Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres and strives to create connection between the audience and performers.
Now an internationally acclaimed brass ensemble composed of some of America's top brass musicians, the RMPBB is devoted to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone.
“No one plays absolutely beautifully all the time...unless you're my cousin Rodney."
— Wynton Marsalis
“The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is a quantum leap forward in what a brass group can bring to an audience. It simply is the next big thing."
— Jens Lindemann, former member of The Canadian Brass
“Precision, excitement, and charisma - these words best describe the audience engaging performance by the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass… This is a show that should not be missed."
— Franklin Marshall College Sound Horizons Concert Series