What's a Dectet?
The standard configuration of Surrey Brass for concerts is a Dectet - a 10-piece line-up consisting of four Trumpets, one Horn, four Trombones and one Tuba.
In practice, Surrey Brass often supplements the dectet with additional players to add power, musical flexibility, and simply to share the work in a long and tiring concert. Often, we add a one or two members to the trumpet section. This also allows more of our members to participate, something we are always keen to do. If we are feeling ambitious it's possible to achieve 8 trumpets, 4 horns, 5 trombones, 2 tubas, 3 percussion, keyboard, soloist.
We also like to work with many of our partner choirs (both adult and children) especially at Christmas time in our legendary Carols By Candlelight concerts.
Although the Surrey Brass dectet has sometimes rehearsed and performed without a conductor, for more challenging programmes it's essential for us to be led by a talented Conductor. We have been very fortunate to have experienced many experts who have made huge contributions to our development over the years.
Like the smaller Quintet, the dectet is a standard brass ensemble formation which means that plenty of music has been composed and arranged for these particular forces, offering a huge range of performance options.
As if that is not enough, our talented members often make their own arrangements of music specially for the group, extending the repertoire even further.