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US Open Brass Band Championships

Brass Bands International is pleased to announce the 12th U.S. Open Brass Band Championships for 2014, hosted by the Prairie Brass Band.

Announcing the 2014 Participants

  1. Central Ohio Brass Band - Columbus, OH
  2. Dublin Silver Band - Dublin, OH
  3. Eastern Iowa Brass Band - Cedar Rapids, IA
  4. Fountain City Brass Band - Kansas City, MO
  5. Madison Brass Band - Madison, WI
  6. Prairie Brass Band - Arlington Heights, IL

The 2014 Adjudication Panel

This year's adjudication panel has two outstanding and internationally recognized brass performers and educators.

Dr. Paul Bauer holds a D. M. in trombone performance from Northwestern University. He is recently retired as the the director of the School of Music at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and is the past president of the Association of Illinois Music Schools. He is an active performer, clinician, conductor, lecturer in jazz studies and author.

Dr. Eric Yates is currently the Professor of Trumpet at the University Of Alabama School Of Music, Dr. Eric Yates holds a Doctorate of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University. His playing experience encompasses all genres of music, including symphony, brass bands, brass choir and period performances on historical instruments. Brass Bands International is proud to welcome these two highly experienced

Yamaha Sponsors U.S. Open Brass Band Competition

Brass Bands International has entered into a corporate partnership with Yamaha Corporation of America to sponsor the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships.

"Yamaha's international presence and its full range of professional and custom level brass and percussion instruments puts the company in a unique position to contribute to the growth of the brass band movement in North America," said Clark Niermeyer, President, Brass Bands International. "Yamaha's partnership with our organization will help assure that brass bands will continue to thrive in America." Read Full Press Release


Norris Cultural Arts Center

Spectators are the primary reason for the success of the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships. We value your participation and hope to provide you with entertainment that you won't soon forget! Our venue is the beautiful Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, IL. Please plan to join us for a relaxing day of fun and entertainment. Doors open to the public at 9:30 AM. Contest Starts at 10:00 AM. There is a one hour lunch break from 11:45 - 12:45. Contest concludes at 4:15 PM.

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Norris Cultural Arts Center
1040 Dunham Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174

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Please Note: All on-line Ticket Sales conclude at noon on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

Buskers Preview Event

Buskers Contest

This is a fun event that is free and open to the public. Stop by for some great food, great drinks and great music by the best Busker groups in the US.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
Alley 64 Bar and Grill
212 W. Main St.
St. Charles, IL

Awards Banquet

Come rub elbows with the competing musicians, adjudicators and sponsors at the Awards Banquet. Join us for cocktails, dinner and the excitement of the awards as we wrap up another season of the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships. Tickets sell out fast so please reserve early!

St. Charles Place Steak House
2550 East Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174

2013 US Open Brass CD

The best of the 2013 US Open CD is now available. Enjoy 18 tracks of the best of the 2013 US Open Championships, including all the award winners as well as the winning Buskers performance and much more.

Order yours now, still just $15.00 plus $2.00 shipping within the United States. Please contact us for Canadian and overseas shipping charges or quantities over 50.

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Apply for Your Invitation

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


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