Brass Band Institute – Asbury University
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The Brass Band Institute at Asbury University exists for the promotion, both artistic and pedagogic, of Brass Bands in the United States, with the intention to enable and empower people throughout the country to engage in meaningful community music-making within a Brass Band. Asbury’s brass band is one of the longest-standing collegiate brass bands (founded in 1954) in the United States and its faculty, students, and alumni have been a vital part of the American brass band movement. This history, along with its location in the heart of America’s brass band country, make Asbury ideally suited to house the Brass Band Institute.

BBI Festival – January 28-29, 2022

The inaugural BBI festival has two primary components: The All-America Brass Band and the BBI Festival Gala Concert!

All-America Brass Band

With masterclasses by the finest brass musicians in the country, and guest conducted by renowned composer, conductor, and clinician, James Curnow, the All-America Brass Band is an opportunity for young brass musicians to reach the highest standards of performance on their instrument. Admittance into the All-America Brass Band will be by video audition.

BBI Festival Gala Concert

January 29, 2022 – 6:30 p.m. — The Gala Concert will feature performances by the All-America Brass Band, High Bridge Brass – America’s premiere conical ensemble, and Lexington Brass Band. This event will be ticketed and open to the public.

Resources for Brass Bands and Bandsmen

Interested in playing in, or hearing, a brass band near you? Find information for brass bands in your area!

Brass Band Locator

The Brass Band Institute maintains a network of brass band excerpts drawn from Asbury’s faculty and the BBI advisory board that can be a valuable resource for your band in areas ranging from brass band repertoire, rehearsal strategies, marketing, band development, launching a youth band, and leadership development.

Request a Consultation

One of the brass band experts in our network can come to your band’s rehearsal to lead sectionals, masterclasses, or serve as a guest conductor. This valuable resource can help your brass band in preparation for a concert or competition, or just to help your band push its boundaries.

Request a Guest Instructor/Clinician/Conductor