Begun in 1963-64, the symphony has brought both classical and pops music to its audience, thanks to the concerted efforts of both the community and university. Its annual programming also provides a unique opportunity for a select group of outstanding music students to play alongside their teachers and mentors. BSO concerts are a collaborative effort of the community-based non-profit Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association and the Tennessee Tech Department of Music and Art. Performances are in the Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus. The building -- and orchestra -- were named for teacher and composer Charles Faulkner Bryan, a native son of the Upper Cumberland, the first Tennessee musician to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a former chairman of the music program at Tech.
Established in 1972, the Cumberland Quintet has built a solid reputation for unique programming and fine musicianship. The group has toured throughout the United States and in Europe, performing to a wide variety of audiences. Commanding a large repertoire of music from all periods, the quintet offers the standard wind classics, exciting modern works and lighter popular music. They have performed on live radio and television broadcasts, and have been part of an educational public television series seen across the country. The ensemble has also performed as guest artists at conferences for the College Music Society, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the National Flute Association.
Founded in 1963, the quintet has entertained audiences throughout the eastern United States, appeared at major music conferences, and has toured for the Tennessee Arts Commission, bringing the joy of music to thousands of listeners of all ages through both community and school performances. The quintet has appeared on public television stations across the country in programs including two Christmas specials and Patriotic Brass, celebrating the music of America. The group has also recorded four compact discs, Premiere Recordings of Music for Professional and Student Brass Quintets, The Spirit of America, Shazam!, and Serengeti.