About Us

The all-volunteer Northern Michigan Brass Band (NMiBB) has attracted enthusiastic adult and youth brass players from across Northern Michigan from Alpena in the east to Traverse City in the west. The current active membership comes from many walks of life and includes several current and retired band directors, doctors, secretaries, lawyers, teachers, football coaches, school administrators and former military bandsmen. Since the band was organized in January 1999, NMiBB has presented concerts at various locations throughout Michigan including Gaylord, Alpena, Midland, Cheboygan, Standish, Petoskey, Bellaire, Harrison, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Mackinaw City, Elk Rapids, Lansing and Traverse City.

NMiBB guest conductors have included Dr. Paul Droste, Professor Emeritus from the Ohio State University and conductor of the Brass Band of Columbus; Bramwell Gregson, the famous Canadian brass band conductor; James Curnow, the renowned American brass band composer and conductor; Dennis L. Horton, Professor Emeritus at Central Michigan University; Kenneth Bloomquist, former Director of Bands at Michigan State University and conductor of the Brass Band of Battle Creek; and Dr. Timothy Topolewski, Professor Emeritus at the Crane School of Music, SUNY, Potsdam..

Featured soloists have included Michael Mayhew, Associate Principal Horn of the Cleveland Orchestra; Bradley S. Moors, a NMiBB founding member and a former Cornet Section Leader of the United States Army Brass Band, "Pershing's Own"; Charles K. Smith, Professor Emeritus and retired Director of Choral Activities at Michigan State University; and Dr. Edward R. Bahr, NMiBB's Principal Euphonium and Professor Emeritus at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Northern Michigan Brass Band