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Based in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, the Giannini Brass is dedicated to the mission of having a good time while defying the laws of physics. The group is composed of highly educated and thoroughly trained musicians who are equally at home on the concert stage or leading a discourse on the merits of eastern NC vs. Lexington style BBQ. The Giannini Brass performs in a variety of settings; the concert stage, classrooms, radio and TV studios, planetariums, and occasionally shipboard. Members of the Giannini Brass perform in nearly all of the professional orchestras in the Carolinas, and have toured and performed with orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the United States and Europe.

Formed in 1989, the group took the name of the composer and educator Vittorio Giannini, the founder of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and has subsequently spent the last 20 years educating audiences on the correct pronunciation of Gee-a-nee-nee.

The ensemble has been a recipient of grants from the Winston-Salem and NC Arts Council for developing innovative community and education programs, including "The Science of Sound," and "Brass Under the Big Top." The Giannini Brass is the brass faculty ensemble-in-residence for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts summer music program. From 1999 to 2001 the Giannini Brass were artists in residence on Classical 89.9 WDAV, the classical music radio station for Charlotte, NC. The Giannini Brass is a Yamaha Performing Ensemble.

The Giannini Brass has released six acclaimed and award-worthy recordings: Big-Shot Brass, Christmas with the Giannini Brass, Baroque Banquet, Mit Freuden zart (With Tender Joy): Moravian Chorales for Brass, Summertime and Swingle Bells.