Gearing up for the big occasion

Issue 5957

BB looks forward to major band events at Birmingham and Cheltenham

High-profile responses open up collaboration debate

Getting the university band back together!

Diary Dates

US Open Brass Band Championships

Saturday 4th November, 2017 @ 12:00


St Charles, IL, USA


America’s Premier Brass Band Event The U.S. Open Brass Band Championships is an annual one-day invitational contest event for traditional brass bands from around America —and around the world! Next year’s event is scheduled to take place in St. Charles, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, on November 4th. 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. 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 is required. Instead, each band performs a 25-minute set of music of their own choosing. Standard brass band instrumentation is required. The adjudicators are among the finest and most experienced available. The U.S. Open aims to draw the finest brass bands from North America and around the world. If your band is interested in receiving an invitation to participate in the U.S. Open, please contact Clark Niermeyer at: