The North Carolina Brass Band, under the direction of Brian Meixner, is a 28-member ensemble composed of many of the finest brass players and percussionists in the state. The band includes symphony orchestra musicians, leading soloists, chamber music professionals, jazz artists, brass and percussion professors at universities throughout the region, and highly sought-after freelance professionals. The diverse musicians of the NCBB have come together to create an ensemble as colorful and rich as the literature they perform.
The NCBB provides concertgoers with a variety of musical styles; including transcriptions of music for orchestra, wind band, choir, jazz and pop music, and the wealth of exciting original music written for brass band. The NCBB’s unique sound makes for a highly enjoyable concert experience.
The North Carolina Brass Band has thrust onto the music scene with the recording of two albums and thrilling audiences with performances in its home region of the Piedmont Triad and beyond. Performances at the Great American Brass Band Festival and the North Carolina Music Educators Association convention were enthusiastically received.
The NCBB was founded in 2014 and its 28-member instrumentation is closely aligned with that of the traditional British Brass Band. With its roots in Industrial Revolution-era England, brass bands are most commonly found in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Through the North American Brass Band Association, the popularity of brass bands has been increasing steadily in the United States since the mid-late 20th century. The NCBB is excited to be a part of this movement and to share its rich tradition with audiences across the state.
"The North Carolina Brass Band is the real deal!"
- Vince DiMartino, brass and jazz legend
"The North Carolina Brass Band's debut album, 'First in Flight', is an amazing testimony in ensemble musicianship and performance."
- International Trumpet Guild Journal