2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships. The U.S. Open Brass Band Championships is a annual one-day competitive event for traditional brass bands from around the nation! Tickets – $25 available through the website at: http://www.usopenbrass.org
U.S. Open Participants:
- Central Ohio Brass Band – Columbus, OH
- Dublin Silver Band – Dublin, OH
- Eastern Iowa Brass Band – Cedar Rapids, IA
- Fountain City Brass Band – Kansas City, MO
- Madison Brass Band – Madison, WI
- Prairie Brass Band – Arlington Heights, IL
Promoting the Brass Band in North America
The goal of this competition is to encourage the further growth and development of the brass band movement in North America by providing a unique and exciting forum for the participating bands and by promoting the highest standards of performance and entertainment.
Entertainment Contest Format
Towards this end, the U.S. Open is an entertainment contest in format, which is unique among brass band contests in North America. No test piece will be required. Instead, each band will perform a 25-minute set of music of their choosing. Standard brass band instrumentation is required, with a limit of 30 performers plus Conductor for each competing band. Judging will be open, and the adjudicators will be among the finest and most experienced available.
Along with a cash prize and trophy, the winning band overall will be crowned U.S. Open Champions, while awards and prizes will also be offered in several other categories, including Most Entertaining, Best Performance of a March, Best Soloist and Best Performance of a New Composition or Arrangement.
One of the favorite features of the day among audiences and band members alike has become The Buskers Contest. This is a fresh look at the traditional solo and ensemble contest. The “Buskers” allows bands to showcase their individual or small ensemble talents while also keeping the entertainment flowing throughout the day. The loose format is designed to encourage bands to make the most of the opportunity and be creative. The contest will be held in between band performances while other bands are setting or striking their stage. A “Mystery” judge in the audience will decide the winner and the “trophy” for this event is a top hat and loose change!
The 2014 Adjudication Panel
This year’s adjudication panel has two outstanding and internationally recognized brass performers and educators.
Dr. Paul Bauer holds a D. M. in trombone performance from Northwestern University. He is recently retired as the the director of the School of Music at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and is the past president of the Association of Illinois Music Schools. He is an active performer, clinician, conductor, lecturer in jazz studies and author.
Dr. Eric Yates is currently the Professor of Trumpet at the University Of Alabama School Of Music, Dr. Eric Yates holds a Doctorate of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University. His playing experience encompasses all genres of music, including symphony, brass bands, brass choir and period performances on historical instruments. Brass Bands International is proud to welcome these two highly experienced
Vendor and Sponsor Exhibits
The U.S. Open features vendor exhibits from the highest quality and most respected names in brass and percussion as well as a vast selection of printed and recorded music. Previous sponsors and vendors have included Besson/The Music Group, Bernel Music, Kanstul, Fred Rhodes/Courtois Brass Instruments, Getzen, Smith-Watkins, Warburton Mouthpieces, Drum Corps International, NABBA, Salvation Army Publications, Solid Brass, and Notable Images.
Awards Banquet The perfect ending to an exciting day. After the competition the bands retire to a cocktail reception followed by an awards ceremony and banquet.
Yamaha Sponsors U.S. Open Brass Band Competition
Brass Bands International has entered into a corporate partnership with Yamaha Corporation of America to sponsor the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships.
“Yamaha’s international presence and its full range of professional and custom level brass and percussion instruments puts the company in a unique position to contribute to the growth of the brass band movement in North America,” said Clark Niermeyer, President, Brass Bands International. “Yamaha’s partnership with our organization will help assure that brass bands will continue to thrive in America.” Read Full Press Release
Norris Cultural Arts Center
1040 Dunham Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174
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Please Note: All on-line Ticket Sales conclude at noon on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event.
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