Meet the Group

Brian McClure

Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Percussion

Brian McClure is lead Trumpet and Sunnyside Up Brass musical director. Brian plays B-flat, C, D, E-flat, flugelhorn and Piccolo trumpets, and has degrees in trumpet performance and music education. His addition to the group in 1993 has provided us with powerful musical leadership. Brian is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, past member of the King's Jazz Version, New Century big bands and sat as principal trumpet with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra for three years. In real life, Brian works as a manager in IT Engineering.

Caleb Thorne

Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Caleb Thorne has been a member of Sunnyside Up Brass since 2005. Caleb started learning music at a young age on piano and began to focus on the trumpet in the 4th grade. In addition to playing the trumpet, Caleb works as a web/mobile developer and tutor.

Nancy Nylander

French Horn

Nancy Nylander began as a string player, part of a very musical family in Claremont, California. She has played professionally for a total of 43+ years - in the Denver Symphony, the Pueblo Symphony, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, among others. She is now about played out where symphonies are concerned, so is delighted to be able to explore other musical instruments (French Horn) and avenues, in smaller groups like Sunnyside Up Brass. Variety and new challenges keep her going, joyfully.

Gary Gossage

Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone

Gary Gossage plays first trombone. In addition to playing with Sunnyside Up Brass, Gary is active in a local Big Band, is Principal trombone in the Pikes Peak Philharmonic Orchestra, and sometimes plays with alumni bands at football games for CU Boulder. When not playing trombone, Gary earns his living as a Christian Licensed Family Counselor and acts as the groups spiritual mentor. Gary has been with the group since 1993, and enjoys helping develop new young talented musicians.

Pat Landry


Pat Landry has played Tuba with us since 1991 and is the longest serving member of the group. Pat acts as the group's music librarian, curmudgeon, costumer, encouragement (some would say slave driver...), and brings the joke of the night to our practice sessions. He has been known to play trombone when needed, much to the discomfiture of the real trombonist in the group. Pat is a past member of the Taylor Brass Ensemble, King's Jazz Version Big Band, and Pikes Peak Philharmonic Orchestra. Pat performed ragtime piano in an earlier era, and is the group's snappy dresser.


Sunnyside Up Brass has an extensive repertoire including Traditional Hymns, Dixieland, Classical, Christmas, Swing, and Ragtime. Contact us to request your favorite song for your special occasion.

  • Basin Street Blues
  • Do Lord
  • Dog Gone Blues
  • Glory Look Away
  • Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  • Bugler's Holiday
  • Glory Bound
  • If I Only Had A Brain
  • Put Your Hand In The Hand
  • Stardust
  • Come Thou Fount
  • Deep River
  • Do Lord
  • Glory Bound
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Americana Medley
  • God Bless America
  • God Bless the USA
  • Sousa Collection
  • Washington Post March
  • Contrapunctus I
  • Galliard Bataglia
  • Kanon in D
  • Quintet
  • Zarathustra Fanfare
  • Away in a Manger
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • I'll Be Home For Christmas
  • Jingle Bells
  • Let it Snow

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