Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band
Founded in 1996, The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band is a 30-piece brass and percussion ensemble formed in the tradition of British-style brass bands. The band is a non-profit musical group comprised of professional-level volunteer musicians from communities along the multi-state area of the Chesapeake Bay region including Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The band is headquartered in Hockessin, Delaware.
From formal performing arts concerts to more casual outdoor summer festivals, the band plays 15-20 concerts per year in the mid-Atlantic area. The band is known for its emphasis on performance quality and its interactive repartee with audiences. The band has released eight CD’s and has been invited frequently to perform for regional and national music festivals and conventions.
Dr. Russell E. Murray, Jr.
Music Director and Conductor Russell Murray began his musical studies with the trumpet at the age of 10. Dr. Murray earned his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Redlands and his master of Music education from the University of North Texas. He went on to earn his PhD in Musicology from UNT. He has taught music history and directed early music ensembles at UNT, Texas Wesleyan University and Rice University. He is currently Chair of the Music department at the University of Delaware, where he is the director of the Collegium Musicum and is also the Core Faculty of the Women’s Study program. He has been at the University of Delaware since 1991.
In addition to his duties as music Director of the Chesapeake Brass Band, Dr. Murray performs with Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band.