Despite the record 35 entries in the NABBA 2016 contest, not one organization is a newcomer to the NABBA competition. Rather, each of our five sections is filled out by NABBA loyalists, with six–six!–youth bands entering the ranks. NABBA16 is the ultimate contest, then, as we stack up all of our most competitive bands from the past five years in one cage match.
For fans who can’t make the trip to Fort Wayne, we will be live streaming NABBA16 from both venues this year. The stream is $19.99 for the full weekend and can be purchased from Soundwaves in advance. Also, for fans at home as well as contest audiences, we will have live tweets from the venues (@BrassBandBridge) as well as Facebook updates. Our official hashtag is #NABBA16 on all social media.
Atlantic Brass Band
Atlantic Brass Band is conducted by Salvatore Scarpa and rehearses in Glassboro, New Jersey. The ABB originally competed as the Wheaton Brass Band in 1985, then as Atlantic for over two decades before winning back-to-back Championship titles in 2011 and 2012. Atlantic displays a refined, elegant style and exquisite attention to detail.
2015 Championship Section 2nd place
2014 Championship Section 4th Place
2013 Championship Section 3rd Place
2012 Championship Section 1st Place
2011 Championship Section 1st Place
Brass Band of Central Florida
BBCF has been a strong NABBA competitor since 2000. They last competed in 2014 under the baton of Chad Shoopman.
2014 Championship Section 6th place
2013 Championship Section 8th place
Brass of the Potomac
BOTP was created in 2008 by conductor Stephen Bulla and first competed in 2010. The band rehearses in the DC area and makes its fourth appearance in the Championship section this year.
2014 Championship Section 3rd place
2013 Championship Section 5th place
Chicago Brass Band
The Chicago Brass Band formed in 2002 under Colin Holman and promptly won the 2004 NABBA Championship Section. Chicago’s trademark is their classic sound and perfect blend across the sections, as well as daring own-choice selections.
2015 Championship Section 5th place
2014 Championship Section 8th place
2013 Championship Section 6th place
2012 Championship Section 5th place
2011 Championship Section 3rd place
Fountain City Brass Band
Fountain City was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and has graced NABBA’s stages since 2005. Conductor Joseph Parisi led FCBB to victory in the Championship section for four consecutive years, 2007-2010. Fountain City is known for dramatic stylistic effects and calibrated artistry that controls the listener’s experience through every moment of their performance. Roger Oyster conducted the band to a decisive win in 2015.
2015 Championship Section 1st Place
2014 Championship Section 2nd Place
2013 Championship Section 2nd Place
2012 Championship Section 2nd Place
2011 Championship Section 2nd Place
James Madison University Brass Band
JMU Brass Band and Music Director Kevin Stees rehearse on campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia. JMU Brass Band are popular with the NABBA audience for their sheer energy and exuberance and a level of musicianship high above that of traditional college wind ensembles. This band truly demonstrates the extreme artistic capacity of young players.
2015 Championship Section 4th Place
2014 Championship Section 5th Place
2013 Championship Section 4th Place
2012 Championship Section 3rd Place
Princeton Brass Band
Princeton Brass Band first competed in the First Section at NABBA in 2006 and made waves by winning the Championship section in their first shot in 2013. Music Director Dr. Stephen Allen is famous for his dynamic and expressive conducting, and the band follows him perfectly, creating explosive performances marked by extremes in style and volume.
2015 Championship Section 3rd Place
2014 Championship Section 7th Place
2013 Championship Section 1st Place
2012 First Section 3rd Place
2011 First Section 2nd Place
Central Ohio Brass Band
Central Ohio Brass Band, with Jessica Sneeringer on the podium, has placed in the top two slots in eight out of the last ten years. COBB began in 1989 as the Ohio Collegiate Brass Band and competed in its first NABBA in 1990, making it one of the oldest competitive bands in the current competition.
2015 First Section 5th place
2014 First Section 2nd Place
2013 First Section 2nd Place
2012 First Section 1st Place
2011 First Section 1st Place
Dublin Silver Band
The DSB came into existence as the Ohio Brass Band in 2008 and made their NABBA debut performance in 2014, though many DSB members had already competed with other Columbus, Ohio, brass bands. Dublin Silver and is led by Dr. Timothy Jameson and won the Second Section contest in 2015.
2015 Second Section 1st place
2014 Second Section 4th Place
Fillmore Philharmonic Brass
Fillmore Philharmonic Brass is a yearling band in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, founded with the express purpose of competing at the North American Championships. Dr. Stephen Lytle will conduct the FPB in their second NABBA event.
2015 First Section 8th Place
Five Lakes Silver Band
With players drawn from one of the richest brass communities in the Midwest, Five Lakes Silver Band first competed at NABBA in 2011 as the Oakland Brass Band under Neil Barlow. 2016 will be their fifth NABBA event.
2014 Championship Section 9th place
2013 First Section 1st place
2012 First Section 4th place
2011 First Section 5th place
Illinois Brass Band
Illinois is another seasoned competitive band, having competed at NABBA since 1993. Conducted by Stephen Squires, the IBB has placed in the top half of the First Section for the last two years.
2015 First Section 4th place
2014 First Section 3rd Place
2013 First Section 7th Place
2011 Championship 4th Place
Madison Brass Band
Originally formed in 1863, the Madison Brass Band re-formed in 2002 and has been a NABBA competitor since 2012. The MBB performs under the baton of Craig Mason.
2014 First Section 4th place
2013 First Section 8th place
2012 Second Section 1st place
Motor City Brass Band
Motor City has been a staple of the First Section competition since the band’s birth in 1996. Conducted by Craig Strain, the MCBB is the oldest competitive band in the Detroit area, and have birthed the Motor City Youth Brass Band as well.
2015 First Section 6th place
2014 First Section 5th Place
2013 First Section 5th Place
2011 First Section 3rd Place
Oakland University Brass Band
Under conductor Dr. Kenneth Kroesche, Oakland University Brass Band has become one of the top collegiate bands in the United States. The OUBB first appeared at NABBA in 2010.
2014 First Section 1st place
2013 First Section 3rd place
2012 First Section 5th place
2011 First Section 5th place
Pikes Peak Brass Band
Pikes Peak Brass Band was formed in 1998 as the Fountain Creek Brass Band in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Directed by Debbie Baker, the PPBB will made their competitive debut at NABBA in 2015.
2015 First Section 3rd Place
Weston Silver Band
Weston wins the prize for oldest NABBA band, having been founded as the Weston Boys Band in 1921. The Toronto, Ontario, WSB has shown well in the Canadian National Exhibition Band competitions and has competed in North American Championships off and on since the 1980s. They dominated the First Section last year after taking Second Section in 2014, and are conducted by Music Director Larry Shields.
2015 First Section 1st Place
2014 Second Section 1st Place
Brass Band of Huntsville
BBH has made the trek to NABBA from Huntsville, Alabama to compete under the direction of Dr. David Spencer. This will be their fourth NABBA performance.
2015 Second Section 3rd place
2013 Second Section 2nd Place
Capital City Brass Band
CCBB was born in 2001 in Lansing, Michigan. The band performs regularly under the baton of William Waterman, and first competed at NABBA in 2011, when they placed first in their debut performance in the Third Section.
2015 Second Section 2nd place
2014 Second Section 2nd Place
2011 Third Section 1st Place
Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band
CSCBB’s first NABBA appearance was in 2007 under Charles Hockersmith. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band is comprised of amateur and professional musicians from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware, and performs under musical director Russell Murray.
2014 First Section 6th place
2013 Second Section 1st place
2012 Second Section 2nd place
Natural State Brass Band
Natural State Brass Band was born in 2003 and has been a regular competitor at the North American Championships. The NSBB is conducted by former NABBA President Rusty Morris.
2015 First Section 7th Place
2013 First Section 6th Place
2012 First Section 7th place
2011 Second Section 1st Place
New England Brass Band
A regular contender in First Section, New England began competing at NABBA in 2001 under Doug Yeo. With Musical Director Stephen Bulla, they have recently recorded a Christmas CD and performed on Classical New England WGBH.
2013 First Section 4th place
2012 First Section 6th place
Formed in 1991 in Evansville, Indiana as Bend in the River Brass Band, River Brass has competed at NABBA eight times since 2007. The current band is led by Dr. Faril Bunner.
2015 Second Section 5th place
2014 Second Section 3rd Place
2013 Third Section 2nd Place
2012 Third Section 1st Place
2011 Third Section 2nd Place
Triangle Brass Band
The Triangle Brass Band returns to the NABBA stage this year after a competitive hiatus. The Raleigh-based TBB performs under the baton of Tony Granados.
Chapel Brass was born as the Central Ohio Youth Band in 2001. Regularly performing at the Chapel at Worthington Woods in Worthington, Ohio, the band is led by founder Dr. Keith Wilkinson. Chapel Brass has won the Third Section each time they have competed since 2013.
2015 Third Section 1st place
2013 Third Section 1st Place
Crossroads Brass Band
Music Director Don Bookout created Crossroads Brass Band in 2012 and the band first competed in 2014. Crossroads rehearses and performs regularly in Franklin, Indiana.
2015 Third Section 5th place
2014 Third Section 3rd Place
Fountain City Youth Academy Band
The FCYAB is one of the two youth bands begun in 2008 and associated with Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, Missouri. The Youth Academy Band consists of more experienced students and is led by Helen Harrelson and Ron Stinson.
2015 Second Section 6th place
2014 Third Section 1st Place
Milwaukee Festival Brass
Milwaukee Festival Brass, under the baton of Mark Taylor, has become a Third Section regular at the NABBA contest. Though they appear relatively new to the NABBA Championships, MFB has competed in previous contests as Milkwaukee Brass Band and Festival City Brass Band.
2015 Third Section 3rd place
2014 Third Section 2nd Place
Old Crown Brass Band
Old Crown will join the competitive ranks of the 3rd Section this season after two successful performances in the Open Section. Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, OCBB has provided invaluable onsite assistance to NABBA in preparing for the Fort Wayne contest. As our local ambassadors, they will perform the US and Canadian national anthems before the Championship performances on Friday night.
2015 Open Section 1st Place
2014 Open Section 1st Place
Rockville Brass Band
Located in Rockville, Maryland, the Rockville Brass Band formed in 1976, making them one of the oldest NABBA bands. They charmed the audience with their performance in 2015 and return to NABBA this year under the direction of Nigel Horne.
2015 Third Section 4th place
2012 Third Section 2nd place
Triangle Youth Brass Band
Triangle Youth Brass Band came to the NABBA stage in 2004 under Tony Granados. The TYBB is made up of the most experienced students in Raleigh, NC, and will perform in the Third Section this year, conducted by Jesse Rackley.
2013 Youth Open Section 1st place
Fountain City Youth Band
FCYBB is an outgrowth of the Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, Missouri. The FCYBB is the younger of the two ensembles in the Fountain City youth brass program. Conducted by Lee Harrelson, the FCYBB won their first NABBA Championships in 2015.
2015 Youth Section 1st Place
Motor City Youth Brass Band
The Motor City Youth Brass Band is associated with Detroit’s Motor City Brass Band. Created in 2006, the MCYBB is conducted by Bona Opatich and is a seasoned NABBA competing band, having won the Youth Open Section in 2014 and placed second in the Youth Section in 2015.
2015 Youth Section 2nd Place
2014 Youth Open 1st Place
Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band
The TYABB has previously performed at NABBA as the Triangle Youth Brass Ensemble. Now meeting the requirements for a fully competitive band, they will perform under the baton of Jesse Rackle y.
2013 Youth Open Section 2nd place
2012 Youth Open Section no ranking