Simply put: we are very serious – about having fun – making great music!
Brass Band Northwest was founded in 2002 by Steve Keene and Dennis Schreffler, with the goal of sharing the vibrant and exciting sound of all-brass music with audiences of all ages in the Pacific Northwest. Brass Band Northwest is grounded in the tradition of the British brass band, with all brass instrumentation: cornets, flugelhorn, alto horns, baritones, euphoniums, trombones, and tubas, plus percussion – no trumpets or French horns. But the group also explores an extensive range of other musical genres arranged for brass band.
Brass Band Northwest is composed of professional, semi-professional, and amateur musicians who rehearse weekly and perform 4-5 major concerts a year. In addition, BBNW performs at a variety of other venues, including the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival, Yarrow Point’s Independence Day Celebration, Bellevue Botanical Garden’s “Music in the Garden,” and Seattle Mariners games. The group also plays for Bellevue Presbyterian Church Sunday services 4 times per year, under the joint direction of Artistic Director Dr. Judson Scott and BPC Music Director Scott Dean.
Brass Band Northwest presents the Northwest Brass Festival each year, hosting brass bands from California to British Columbia, along with students and practitioners of brass solo music. For brass bands and their members, the day is spent in clinics and performance with internationally recognized band clinicians and guest soloists. Past guest soloists and conductors have included Stephen Bulla, Patrick Sheridan, Mark Gould, Philip Sparke, James Curnow, Douglas Yeo, Allen Vizzutti, James Gourlay, and Jens Lindemann. Local high school and college students are particularly encouraged to come to the Festival, attend the clinics led by experts in brass playing, observe the guest conductor/clinician working with each participating band in rehearsals, and participate in the Festival Youth Brass Ensemble under the tutelage of the Festival’s guest soloist/clinician.
Students and practiontioners of brass solo performance of all ages are invited to attend and participate in clinics, brass instrument masterclasses, and a solo competition (for students age 25 and under) under the tutelage and coaching of Seattle Pacific University brass faculty and guest clinicians. The day includes a public Artists’ Concert featuring the guest clinicians.
The Festival day concludes with a Gala Festival Concert featuring all participating bands, special guest appearances, and solo performance with the Festival guest artist.
Go to the Northwest Brass Festival web page for more information and registration options for the 2016 Festival upcoming on Saturday, March 5th, 2016.
Join our Sub List
We are always looking for qualified subs – sometimes for a rehearsal, sometimes for an entire concert series. If you play cornet, flugel horn, alto horn, baritone horn, euphonium, trombone, bass trombone, Eb or BBb tuba, can read and play treble clef music, pass a brief audition and are available on Tuesday evenings, we’d like to hear from you! Traditionally, brass band musicians have switched between instruments with mouthpieces of a similar size. Brass bands do not use trumpets or French horns, and all parts, except bass trombone, are written in transposed treble clef. Qualified percussionists are also encouraged to contact us. Click the Contact tab at the top right of the page and fill in your information. Or you can send us an email directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brass Band Northwest rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from September through June at Bellevue Presbyterian Church. We start promptly at 7:00 PM and end at 9:30 PM. Stop by, listen to a rehearsal and hear what brass band music is all about.