The Chicago Brass Band is a 30-piece brass and percussion ensemble formed in 2002 to promote the British brass band tradition but with Chicago flair. The band, led by six-time NABBA championship conductor Dr. Colin Holman, has celebrated many achievements since its inception.
This international award-winning ensemble is a member of the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA).
In its first decade, the Chicago Brass Band has won the NABBA Championship, competed in the inaugural World Music Contest 2005 in The Netherlands – and returned in the summer of 2013, participated in the renowned Whit Friday Marches in England, and twice been a featured ensemble in front of 40,000 brass fans at the Great American Brass Festival.
The band’s favorite activity, however, remains dazzling audiences in Chicago, one of the world’s premiere cities for brass musicianship. The band has particularly enjoyed recent performances with soloists drawn from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s celebrated brass section, including Christopher Martin, Mark Ridenour, Charlie Vernon, and Gene Pokorny.
The Chicago Brass Band (CBB) is a world class brass band in the British tradition,
and reflects the American musical culture of which it is a part.
* CBB attains the highest musical and artistic standards possible, earning the respect of critical, serious music lovers
* CBB promotes good brass band music as high art, while also providing an entertaining concert experience for its audiences
* CBB at all times honors the musical labor, achievement, and individual dignity of each of its members.