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Hot Horns

About the Artist

Hot Horns is a vibrant and entertaining musical ensemble that regularly travels presenting interactive, educational concerts and master-classes.  Led by trumpeter, Glen Johnson, Hot Horns is the premiere educational ensemble of its kind. Unique to Hot Horns is its all-inclusive instrumentation and its burnin’ arrangements. Hot Horns incorporates its trademark combinations of various brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, all performed by six friendly, enthusiastic musicians with backgrounds in education. The group performs various genres of music from classical to jazz, rock to pop and more.
The ensemble was originally founded in 1995. Since that time, the group has toured Korea (1999), received first prize at the New York Brass Conference – International Brass Quintet Competition (2003).  Hot Horns has worked with Young Audiences in most of the lower 48 states to bring educational concerts to diverse audiences of children at hundreds of schools throughout the country. 

Brass Can Do Anything:

Beginning with a blast from a prehistoric cow horn, Hot Horns engages students in an action packed program, musically portraying the history of the brass family from “past to present.” Along the way, students experience the various periods of music with cross-curricular connections made to world history, physics, and math. Students will learn about each brass instrument, the differences and similarities between brass and woodwind instruments, and the science behind sound. The Brass Can Do Anything show incorporates a few student volunteers, as well as entire audience interaction.

All That Jazz: History of American Jazz: 

The history of jazz, America’s own musical art form, is presented in a swinging, foot-tapping, highly accessible way through this Hot Horns show. This high-energy presentation features blues, ragtime, dixieland, swing, jazz, funk, and pop. Beginning with the blues, a New Orleans style dixieland parade, and piano rags, Hot Horns takes students on a musical journey through the history of Americal Jazz, culminating ultimately in the popular music of today. This show draws connections between U.S. History and Music, introduces the origins and applications of improvisation, and teaches students about the various instruments of jazz. All That Jazz is an interactive show that inspires curiosity, appreciation, and excitement for America's music.

Pop to Rock:

Popular music has evolved over the ages. Over time, crowds of 2,000+ people regularly have attended concerts by musicians; and among all the elements that make a concert great, the music performed is the key to establishing popularity and positive public reception. Featuring musical styles from different ages, including jazz and rock music, students will discover a variety of intstruments whose unique features contribute to the sounds and rythyms of popular music over time.  Hot Horns does not change the show content for younger students.  Hot Horns does use more age appropriate descriptions for all musical examples, instrument descriptions, and more age appropriate vocabulary for younger elementary aged students.  Some references to math, science, and cross-cultural connections are incorporated. Students are guaranteed to recognize the music, and will be singing along and dancing in their seats before the show is over. 

Grade LevelsK-12
Maximums300 Students, 45 minutes, 6/day
Special Populations

Special needs students

Technical Requirements

MIcrophone & microphone stand, gymnasium with or without a stage, six black concert style stands, one (1) armless chair

Total Fee1 performance or 2 performances back-to-back (same day and same school)- $1,210
School Portion1 performance or 2 performances back-to-back (same day and same school)- $605


  • Helen Meyer, The United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County, 919-839-1498 ext.210,
  • Kurtis Donnelly, Young Audiences of Maryland, 410-837-7577 ext.113,