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JMU Brass Band
April 9, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
The JMU Brass Band is the university’s premier brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States.
The JMU Brass Band was one of three featured brass bands to perform at the 2012 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria, sharing the stage with low brass artists David Thornton, principal euphonium, Brighouse and Rastrick; Carol Jantsch, principal tuba, Philadelphia Orchestra; euphonium sensation Glenn Van Looy; and tuba virtuoso Les Neish.
In 2009, the group became the first brass band to perform a full-length concert at the Kennedy Center. In the summer of 2008, the ensemble embarked on a concert tour of England and Wales, and shared the stage with many outstanding bands including the No. 1 ranked brass band in the world, Cory Band. Formed in the fall of 2000, the band has twice been named the North American Brass Band Association Honors Section Champion (2005, 2004) and was the 2019, 2010, 2007 and 2006 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up.