Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York was founded in 1982 by trumpeter/cornetist John Henry Lambert, while still living in the Gramercy Park community of NYC. The group, employing the instruments of the traditional brass band, set out to operate as a professional brass concert organization, with membership drawn from the vast pool of highly skilled professional brass and percussion performers in the NY Metropolitan area.

Members of Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY also appear with major ensembles such as the NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, to name a few, as well as many Broadway show orchestras and prestigious chamber ensembles. 

For over three decades, Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY has carved a reputation as a pioneer in the North American Brass Band movement.  This effort was launched by way of winning First Place in the 1984 and 1985 newly established North American Brass Band Championships.

Gramercy Brass Orchestra, a non-profit arts organization (Gramercy Brass of NY, Inc.) has appeared at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival at the Fisher Center along-side the American Symphony Orchestra, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Gettysburg Festival, The National Arts Club, World Trade Center, South Street Seaport, many years of performances in collaboration with the NYC Department of Park and Recreation, and more.

Gramercy Brass Orchestra has been featured in major corporate events of companies such as; British Airway, Avon Products, Nike, Bristol Myers Squibb, Volvo, Ogilvy & Mather, NBC News, Hermes of Paris, Advertising Educational Foundation, Jewish-American Foundation, National Parks Service, Ronald McDonald House, American Museum of Natural History, Arts & Business Council, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, and has appeared at the legendary Waldorf Hotel, Plaza Hotel Ball Room, University Club, Manhattan Center, Javits Center, Gotham Hall, Pierre Hotel Ball Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and many other major event venues.

Always mindful of the extreme importance of music education, Gramercy Brass Orchestra offers its annual GRAMERCY BRASS BAND CAMP, where young brass and percussion students have the opportunity to be coached by and perform side-by-side with Gramercy Brass Orchestra’s professional leading members. Gramercy Brass Orchestra has also appeared as “artist in residence” in many schools in NYC, Long Island and New Jersey.

Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY records on the EntertainmentOne record label (formerly Koch Records) and has three commercial records available; AMERICAN ANTHEMS, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE, and BRUBECK: BOLD & BRASSY, all of which can be found at music outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.

To reach Gramercy Brass Orchestra of NY about concert bookings or other questions, please email:

Messages can be left for us on our Voice Hot Line at 212 229 7607.     




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