Born in the small city of Itu in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Brito developed his diverse taste in art and culture through the thriving multinational arts surrounding him. Playing percussion in the marching band as a child opened his eyes to the community created through music. He saw his friends playing in the school marching band and immediately fell in love with the idea of making music with his friends. So, at the age of 16, Felipe tried every brass instrument in a high school band class until his band director and school recognized his talent and bought him his first trombone. Loving the way that music connected him to the people around him, his life quickly transformed to a horizon of imagination and possibility.
Felipe followed his growing passion for music by joining every ensemble and performance group he could. His commitment to excellence allowed him to perform in community and symphonic bands, regional orchestras, and local commercial bands at a variety of events around São Paulo state. After excelling in his educational pursuits at State University of Campinas, he gained opportunities to perform with great national and international artists like Raul de Souza, Branford Marsalis, Ze da Velha, and Silverio Pontes. He developed a proficiency in a variety of styles, including Samba, Samba-Rock, Choro, Salsa, Jazz, and commercial bands.
At a 2010 seminar in Brazil’s capitol, at the National University of Brasília, Professor Peter Ellefson encouraged Felipe to learn English in order to move to the US and study trombone. Felipe did just that! He moved in 2012 where he was given a full-scholarship to the Masters Degree program at Indiana University, studying under Professor Peter Ellefson. During his time at IU, Felipe performed in a variety settings including the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra and Indiana University’s New Music Ensemble. During this time Felipe also was recognized for his skill as a Finalist in the Latin American Music Recording Competition and as a Finalist in the Indian University Concerto Competition.
In 2017, Felipe graduated from the Artist Diploma program at Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) under principal trombonist of the Cleveland Orchestra, Massimo La Rosa and bass trombonist of the Detroit Symphony, Randall Hawes. Felipe is the Principal Trombonist for the Cleveland Opera Theater Orchestra and Substitute Trombone for the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Firelands Symphony, and Mansfield Symphony. Felipe currently plays with some of Cleveland’s best bands and ensembles in every style of music.
Driven by a deep belief in the genuine connection that is made through music, Felipe strives to share this powerful interaction with audiences and students of all ages and backgrounds. He further shares this gift with the community through the Boys And Girls Club in Cleveland, as well as the Euclid High School and Vance Music Studio. Felipe strives to share the power of music with students in order to transform their lives.