Ken Brader’s “Holiday Brass” set to perform in December!

Ah, Yes, October!  The leaves are changing and the smell of Fall is in the air.  As the chill of autumn replaces the warm Summer heat, the landscape is beautiful and picturesque.  However, faintly heard in the distance is the sound of the Christmas season approaching as Christmas Day is only a little more than 2 months away.  For over 30 years the Holiday has been met with a performance by Ken Brader’s “The Holiday Brass”.  It was always said that the holiday season wasn’t official until the Holiday Brass performed. Well, it gives us great pleasure to announce that once again, Ken Brader’s “Holiday Brass” will be performing on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 7:15pm and 8:15pm at the Outlets at the Sands in Bethlehem, Pa. The ensemble is excited once again to fill the mall with the sounds of the holiday season.



The Holiday Brass was formed many years ago by trumpeter Ken Brader, who wanted to give his students an opportunity to perform together in a brass ensemble. As the years went on and Ken began teaching more students, the Holiday Brass grew.  The group has grown to 50 members! What a glorious sound it is to hear that many trumpets, trombones, flugel horns, baritones, French horns and tubas all in place playing together. The sound is so unique because the music, which was arranged by Ken, truly is inspiring and a joy to behold.


Ken is a graduate of Easton Area High School and the famed Eastman School of Music.  He played lead trumpet for the Glenn Miller Orchestra among many other musical groups as well as the Principal Trumpeter of the Philly Pops directed by Peter Nero.  Unfortunately, Ken was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2012 which affected his feet and caused a significant loss of vision.  He then had a heart attack which required open-heart surgery and suffered a partial leg amputation due to the diabetes.  It was a most difficult time for him.  However, through a lot of hard work, prayer and rehabilitation, Ken now has a prosthetic leg and is beginning to walk again. This has rallied everyone around him and really makes every performance we have so special. He is doing the best he can and we are looking forward to another edition of the Holiday Brass.


The Outlets at the Sands is connected to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem. However, it has its own parking area and you can enter directly into the mall without having to walk all the way through the casino. Check out their website here:


With the upper floor of the mall overlooking down to where the Holiday Brass performs, it is not only an awesome site to see, but wonderful to hear.  If you would like more information or details on the Holiday Brass, please contact Vince Pettinelli and or call 908-619-4502.