The U.S. Open Brass Band Championships is a annual one-day competitive event for traditional brass bands from around the nation – and around the world! Tickets – $25 available through the website at: http://www.usopenbrass.org
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!
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, 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.
The U.S. Open aims to draw the finest brass bands from North America and around the world. If your band is interested in participating in the U.S. Open Championships, please contact Clark Niermeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Eastern Iowa Brass Band and the Brass Chamber Ensembles from the University of Iowa for a FREE concert at the Riverside Recital Hall in Iowa City on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:30pm. The EIBB will perform the 25 minute program they have prepared for the US Open Brass Band Championship. Their theme of their program will be xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Shhhhhhh! We cannot tell you yet, but we CAN guarantee that you will love it! The band will feature Dan Davies on a gorgeous flugelhorn solo, play a powerful march that was featured in a movie, and perform a familiar overture that will leave you wanting to gallop your way home 😉
Location: Riverside Recital Hall, 205 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City
Free parking is plentiful at Hancher auditorium and limited parking will be available at the recital hall. Click this link for the map: Riverside Recital Hall
The Northside Oktoberfest is Iowa City’s own Oktoberfest! First Saturday of October every year.
The new home of the Iowa City Brewfest, plus food booths, large kids area, music, arts & crafts and more!
The festival will operate from 10am to 8pm on Saturday October 1st.
Brewfest from 10am-4pm
Sodafest from 10am-2pm
All other activities will run all day.
The Music line up is as follows:
Dave Moore 10:30-11:30
The Monday Night Allstars 12-1
Flannel 1:30-2:30 Eastern Iowa Brass Band 3-4
Dave Zollo and the Body Electric 4:30-5:30
The Beaker Brothers 6-7:30
The Eastern Iowa Brass Band will kick off its 2011-2012 subscription series on Saturday, September 17th at 7:30pm at Solon Middle School. Kate Wohlman, the band’s new music director, will take the podium.
Kate is currently working toward her DMA in Tuba Performance at the University of Iowa. At the university, she is a brass area teaching assistant, conductor of the Collegium Tubum (tuba/euphonium ensemble), and assistant to Professor of Tuba John Manning. Kate earned her MM in Tuba Performance and MA in Music Theory from Penn State University. The EIBB is excited to welcome Kate and her firsthand knowledge of British brass band culture.
The band was started by Don Stine in 1986 and the 2011-2012 year marks the band’s 25th season. Members are celebrating by including favorite pieces from years past on each program.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for students. To purchase your tickets in advance, visit our e-store: EIBB Store
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