Brian serves as co-leader of Cornet Chop Suey alongside his long-time colleague Tom Tucker. Cornet Chop Suey has enjoyed a rapid rise since 2001 when they performed for the first time at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. The seven piece band plays dixie to bop as well as pop tunes in a show style and are best known for their wide variety of styles. The band is named after an obscure Louis Armstrong composition and performs a popular Armstrong set featuring some of his most loved tunes alongside a fascinating historical narrative of his rise to fame.
This well-traveled band has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Germany among others.
The band's unique front line with Brian Casserly on trumpet, Tom Tucker on cornet, Jerry Epperson on reeds and Brett Stamps on trombone is driven by a powerful rhythm section consisting of Rick Zelle on piano, Jay Hungerford on bass and Dick Maley on drums. Many of the musicians in the band are educators as well as performers and have performed with other popular festival bands prior to forming into one of America's hottest jazz bands.
Chop Suey applies its own exciting style to traditional jazz, swing, blues and "big production" numbers. Every performance by Cornet Chop Suey is a high-energy presentation and is always a memorable experience for the audience.