Canadian Brass Co-Founder and Tuba Master Dr. CC ("Chuck") Daellenbach Appointed to the Order of Canada

Established in 1967, The Order of Canada recognizes “outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.” 

On December 26th, 2014, his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced that Dr. CC (“Chuck”) Daellenbach has been named a Member of the Order of Canada.  This appointment comes in recognition of Chuck’s lifelong work as Canadian Brass’s co-founder, and his critical role as a performer, mentor and entrepreneur.

In 1970, building on his intense love of brass chamber music, Chuck initiated an entirely new trend for formal concerts.  Previously, performers and audiences were considered separate entities -- Chuck fearlessly brought them together with wit, charm and creativity.  Once criticized for talking to his audiences and including them in the performance process, the concept of establishing a bond between performer and audience has now become virtually obligatory. 

As a publisher Chuck is responsible for over six hundred works being introduced into the brass chamber music genre, as well as a series of four educational books (for 5 parts and conductor) that have become core repertoire for music students, young players and professionals around the globe with nearly 1 million books sold over the last 35 years. Perhaps more importantly, music schools now have entrepreneur courses that essentially teach what Chuck and the Canadian Brass had to figure out pragmatically 40 years ago.  This fusion of method and an extensive repertoire has fueled a virtual explosion of brass ensembles around the world.

Listen Listen to a recent interview on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Palkin to hear Daellenbach describe the group’s origin  and their innovative performance style.

Chuck stated that, “This honour reflects and reinforces the considerable influence my colleagues, our mentors and I have had in establishing brass chamber music as a legitimate partner in the classical music world.  The founding of this ensemble could only have happened here in Canada, and the result is that now thousands of young performers throughout the world are growing up with our music.” 

Chuck, who begins his 45th year with the Canadian Brass, also co-directs the Canadian Indie recording label Opening Day Entertainment Group, otherwise known as ODEG, with his wife MB. Learn more about ODEG on their website, Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Conn-Selmer is proud to have Chuck and the Canadian Brass as part of its artist family. John Stoner, President and CEO of C.G. Conn Selmer, extended his wishes, "On behalf of Conn-Selmer, I'd like to congratulate Chuck on being named a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor. Chuck's accomplishments and impact are not only benefitting Canada but also music education worldwide. We all owe Chuck a debt of gratitude.”

The Canadian Brass’s newest album, GREAT WALL OF CHINA – 中国的, breaks into new territory both musically and culturally. In 1977, as China emerged from the Cultural Revolution, Canadian Brass arrived in Beijing for a concert tour that was part of a cultural exchange. They were the first Western musicians to visit the country since Western music and art were banned in May 1966. The experience was the inspiration for this album that features the world famous ensemble performing arrangements of some of China s most popular songs. To purchase the latest album or prior releases from the group’s extensive recording library, visit the Canadian Brass web store at (also available on Facebook and Twitter.) More information on the Canadian Brass is available at their website, YouTube channel, on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram.

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