Brass Bands International is pleased to announce the 8th Annual US Open Brass Band Championships, hosted by the Prairie Brass Band and in partnership with Buffet Crampon. This year’s competitors, consisting of eight bands from seven states, as well as Canada, will take the stage at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Doors will open at 9:00 AM, the first band begins at 9:30 AM and the contest will run until 4:15 PM.
Performing will be the following brass bands:
Band name Band location
1 Madison Brass Band Madison, Wisconsin
2 Fountain City Brass Band Kansas City, Missouri
3 Eastern Iowa Brass Band Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 James Madison University Brass Band Harrisonburg, Virginia
5 Prairie Brass Band Arlington Heights, Illinois
6 Weston Silver Band Toronto, Ontario Canada
7 Brass Band of Central Florida Orlando, Florida
8 Ohio Brass Band Columbus, Ohio
The bands will be competing for trophies and cash prizes, including Grand Champion, 2nd. Place, Best Performance of a March, Most Entertaining Band, Best New Composition or Arrangement for Brass Band and most Outstanding Percussion Section. The award for the Best Soloist of the Day and a specially engraved Besson cornet for the Best Cornet Player of the day will be awarded by Buffet Crampon, which is also the sponsor of Frank Renton, The Voice of the US Open.
All indications are that this will be the most competitive and exciting US Open ever, so don’t miss it.
Further information and tickets may be secured by checking out the website at
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band welcomes Joshua Thompson to the podium!
Joshua Thompson is currently a trumpet performer and teacher in the Iowa City area. Currently, he is a Visiting Artist in the Department of Music at Cornell College, serving as a director of the Wind Ensemble. Having served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio for three years at the University of Iowa, he is currently a candidate (ABD) for a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis on Instrumental Conducting. While attending the University of Iowa, he has performed with the university’s Symphony Orchestras, Symphony Band and Center for New Music Ensemble, all of which have involved the performance of numerous premieres, tours and The University of Iowa’s first performance in Carnegie Hall. He is currently a member of the Old Capitol Brass quintet, which regularly performs at a variety of concert venues, public schools, clinics and festivals throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
Joshua received his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. At Bowling Green, he worked as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio, helped to host an Ohio-area International Trumpet Guild Conference and was a guest artist with the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, performing Aaron Copland’s Quiet City. He received his Bachelor of Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated cum laude with degrees in Instrumental Performance and Music Education. He was active throughout Ohio as a freelance musician, performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Carmon DeLeone and was a member of the “haus” German polka band at the Hofbräuhaus in Newport, Kentucky.
Joshua has been a finalist in concerto competitions at Miami University, Bowling Green State University and the University of Iowa and was invited to perform as a semifinalist at the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. He has performed regularly with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Findlay Summer Stock Theatre, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Quad City Brass Quintet, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Recently, Joshua was invited to guest conduct the Eastern Iowa Brass Band in Solon, Iowa as part of their summer concert series. Earlier this year, he was the guest conductor of the prestigious Brass in Blue ensemble from the United States Heartland of America Band. As part of his D.M.A. Thesis project, he has been working closely with composer Libby Larsen to reintroduce her Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1988) to the world by way of interviews, editing of the score and the creation of a reduction for trumpet, piano and percussion.
Joshua is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (alumnus), and the Free and Accepted Masons, Oxford Lodge No. 67. His primary teachers include Karl Sievers, James Olcott, Gary Speck, Charles Saenz, David Greenhoe, Myron Welch, R. Mark Heidel and Amy Schendel.
After a little more than three years at the helm of the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, Casey Thomas will conduct his final concert with the EIBB on Saturday, September 18th at 7:30pm. Casey has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. He will begin his new teaching position on August 25th. At OBU, Casey will teach in the low brass studio as well as teaching music theory and music appreciation classes.
Casey brought great enthusiasm, musicianship, dedication, and leadership to the band beginning with his very first rehearsal. Immediately, band members noted his tremendous ear and attention to detail. Casey’s creativity and effective rehearsal technique made for efficient two hour rehearsals each week. Through his association with the University of Iowa, he was able to bring new musicians to the band and these new players brought masterful playing skill to the group. Casey’s creativity extended to writing new arrangements for the band, programming exciting concerts, and incorporating small groups and ensembles into every performance.
It goes without saying that the Eastern Iowa Brass Band is truly grateful for Casey’s service and friendship and we greatly appreciate the time we have spent together.
“Til we meet again…”
Announcing the 2010 Participants
Brass Bands International, sponsors of the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships, announces the lineup of bands that have accepted the invitation to compete in the 2010 entertainment contest to be held November 6, 2010.
- The Brass Band of Central Florida, from Orlando, Florida, which has competed every year of the Open and won on 3 occasions, will make their eighth appearance this year with their new conductor, Chad Shoopman.
- The Eastern Iowa Brass Band from Mt. Vernon, Iowa has competed in six previous Opens and will be led by an as-yet-to-announced conductor.
- Defending champions, Scottish Open Champions and three-time U.S. Open Champions, the Fountain City Brass Band from Kansas City, Missouri will again be conducted by Dr. Joe Parisi.
- Making their long-awaited debut at this year’s Open is the brass band from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, under the leadership of Kevin Stees.
- Appearing for the third consecutive year is the Madison Brass Band from Madison, Wisconsin, led by music director Craig Mason.
- The entertaining and innovative Ohio Brass Band from Columbus, Ohio, also making their third appearance at the Open, will be directed this year by Tim Jameson.
- Serving as the host band, the local group, the Prairie Brass Band of Arlington Heights, Illinois, will be competing for the eighth time at this year’s Open, under the leadership of director Dallas Niermeyer.
- Returning for the second year at the Open is the Weston Silver Band from the Toronto suburb of Weston, led again this year by Larry Shields.
The contest takes place in St. Charles, Illinois at the Norris Cultural Arts Center and although the adjudication panel won’t be revealed for several days, the committee is once again proud to announce that, as he has every year since the contest’s inception, Frank Renton will serve as host and announcer for the day’s event. Frank is truly “The Voice of the U.S. Open”
The Saturday contest is preceded by the Friday night “Buskers’ Preview” held at the nearby Real Time Sports Bar, where many of the small ensembles, known as Buskers, preview their acts to a packed house in preparation for their Saturday competition, held between the performances of the competing bands.
Trophies, cash prizes and awards are presented at the Gala Awards Banquet held Saturday night following the contest at a nearby steak house.
Have you ever wanted to be the “fly-on-the-wall” at an Eastern Iowa Brass Band rehearsal? Now you can! Our new ‘bandroom cam’ will be turned on for our rehearsals on Thursday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 29th starting at 7:20pm central time. You can watch and listen to us rehearse and prepare for our next two concerts. Tune in on our Bandroom Camera page or at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eibb. Our rehearsal wraps up at 9:30pm central, so feel free to drop-in any time and leave us a comment during the rehearsal.