The 12th annual US Open was held on Saturday November 8, 2014. This highly anticipated musical even was held at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois. Six highly competitive and talented brass bands from around the country were showcased and competed, including The Eastern Iowa Brass Band. Other participants included The Prairie Brass Band, Dublin Silver Band, Central Ohio Brass Band, Madison Brass Band and the returning champions, Fountain City Brass.
Judges this year included two highly experienced professors with a background in brass music. Dr. Paul Bauer teaches at Northwestern University and Dr. Eric Yates, a professor at University of Alabama School of Music. The high calibre of bands and rapid musical growth each year didn’t make their job an easy one.
The extra rehearsals, dedication and extra practice time that each member of EIBB put in, played a significant role in the outcome of the competition. The band played their outer space themed show with passion and gusto, showcasing their many talented members. EIBB began their program with the brassy fanfare of Ad Astra by Jacob Vilhelm Larsen and then transitioned into the first movement of the UFO Concerto (De Meij) showcasing Euphonium soloist Todd Bransky. The program came to conclusion with dynamic selections from Mars (Holst) and a show stopping Fragile Oasis by Peter Meechan.
Gaining momentum and enthusiasm from performing at the US Open, EIBB hopes to continue their growth as a band. Their next concert will be their Christmas Subscription Concert on Saturday December 13, at 7:30pm in the Mt.Vernon District Auditorium.
FULL RESULTS from the 2014 US Open Brass Band Championships
Results (music performance points / entertainment points)
1. Fountain City 240 (196/44)
2. Dublin Silver 236 (188/48)
3. Central Ohio 218 (179/39)
4. Eastern Iowa (177/37)
5. Prairie Brass Band 200 (167/33)
6. Madison 198 (163/35)
Most Entertaining – Dublin Silver
Busker Prize – Dublin Silver & Prairie (tie)
Best March – Central Ohio (Mephistopheles)
Best Soloist – Dr. Don Deal (Madison)
Best percussion – Fountain City
Best New Piece – Josh Jameson, Dublin Silver, (Supreme Sacrifice)