US Open Brass Band Championships
Brass Bands International is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 11th U.S. Open Brass Band Championships, hosted by the Prairie Brass Band and in partnership with Buffet Crampon for 2013. This year's competitors consisted of the most entertaining bands in the United States at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois in early November.
1. Fountain City Brass Band - 239
2. Chicago Brass Band - 235
3. Capital City Brass Band - 229
4. Dublin Silver Band - 228
5. Prairie Brass Band - 215
6. Illinois Brass Band - 207
7. Eastern Iowa Brass Band - 207
The 2013 Event Recap
US Open Brass Band Championship
By Michael Boo
In 2003, after the very first U.S. Open Brass Band Championships, I wrote, "If you've never been to such an event, and you live within a hemisphere of Chicago, you should consider putting the U.S. Open Brass Band Championship on your calendar for next year."
That sentiment remains unchanged, now that we've just enjoyed the first U.S. Open of the event's second decade, featuring stunning performances from seven bands representing five states. The event was once again held at the magnificent acoustical enclave of the Norris Cultural Arts Center, which, as you already know, is in St. Charles, Illinois.
Also unchanged is the annual presence of emcee Frank Renton of BBC Radio 2, "The Voice of the U.S. Open." For the 11th year, Frank has enlightened all with his insights into the musical selections presented during each band's performance. With Frank, there is no such thing as dead time, as he's an encyclopedia of musical and cultural knowledge and presents that in quite an amusing and captivating manner. While the U.S. Open is unique on this side of the pond for having an Entertainment caption on the judging sheets, if Frank was a brass band, he'd win it every year with a perfect score.
The 11th annual U.S. Open Brass Band Championships, hosted by Prairie Brass Band and sponsored by Besson, once again brought some of the finest and most exciting music making to the heartland of America.
The judges for the U.S. Open were Dr. Paul Bauer, Director of Bands at Northern Illinois University, and Raymond Tizzard, Yamaha trumpet and cornet clinician and Orchestra Personnel Manager and Music Administrator of the National Ballet of Canada. Each participating band drew for performance order.
The best of the 2012 US Open CD is now available. Enjoy 18 tracks of the best of the 2012 US Open Championships, including all the award winners as well as the winning Buskers performance and much more.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.