Saturday May 27, 2023
Texas Brass Fest
Festival Concert Hall
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

We invite you to share in the first-ever Texas Brass Fest!

Brass Fest

Combining four of the leading British-style Brass bands. Starting at 1:00 pm, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio Brass bands will each perform concerts, showcasing some of Texas's best brass musicians.

Everything is bigger in Texas….right? The Texas Brass Fest is no exception. At the end of the day, all four bands will take the stage at Round Top Festival Institute to form the biggest brass band ever seen (and heard) in Texas. Of course, we are not saying it is the biggest ever in the U.S., but we are in Texas!!

At 1:00 pm, the Austin Brass Band will start the day with their performance. They will be followed by the Dallas Brass Band at 2:15 pm, the Houston Brass Band at 3:30 pm, and San Antonio Brass Band at 4:45 pm. Finally, the mass band concert will start at 6:00 pm.

In addition to some of the best British-style brass band performances this side of the Atlantic, we will have food trucks and refreshments on tap throughout the day. This will be a fun, family event not to be missed!

Austin Brass Band

Inspired by the 1996 British movie Brassed Off, Austin Civic Wind Ensemble members initially formed the band as the Austin Wonder Brass in 2005. In 2011, the name was changed to Austin Brass Band. The band competed at the NABBA Championships for the first time in 2019. John Caputo is a founding member and conductor of the San Antonio Brass Band.

Dallas Brass Band

Dallas Brass Band was founded in January 2017 as an outreach project of The Salvation Army, with the organization providing a rehearsal venue and the use of instruments and equipment. The band is based on the British brass band tradition and now has over 30 members.

The current band comprises players from various musical backgrounds, with many coming out of the Salvation Army banding tradition, as well as a number from institutions such as the University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Concert Program

Nightingale Dances - Hall
All I Ask Of You - Trombone Solo - Weber, arr. by Mowat
Euphonium Concerto, Part 1: Dance Zebekeikos - Wilb
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom - Williams, arr. Farr
Share My Yolk - Webb, arr. Bosanko
Kingdom Of Dragons - Harper
Encore - Caravan - Ellington, arr. Sykes

Houston Brass Band

Formed in 2000, the Houston Brass Band has performed at festivals, concerts, and patriotic events in Houston and surrounding areas. In 2022, the Band appointed Dr. Rick Spitz as its Music Director. A former member of the Band, Dr. Spitz is leading the group in one of our busiest concert seasons by far. Texas Brass Fest is the pinnacle of the Bands 2022/2023 season.

Concert Program - Outerspace

Also sprach Zarathustra - Richard Straus. arr R.E. Pearce
Main Title Theme from Apollo 13 - James Horner - arr L. Kavanaugh
The Aeronauts - Goff Richards
Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan - John Williams arr. Klass van de Woude
The Peace of God - John Rutter arr. Luc Vertommen
Moon River - Henry Mancini - arr. Alan Fernie
Fly me to the Moon - Bart Howard - arr. Darrol Barry
Honest Toil - William Rimmer

San Antonio Brass Band

The San Antonio Brass band is a volunteer organization committed to promoting Brass Banding through performances in San Antonio and throughout South Texas as well as participating in the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) annual Championships. Our band members include professional musicians, university and public school instructors, freelance musicians, as well as college students and amateurs. San Antonio Brass Band is currently under the baton of Dr. Matthew Mireles (Chair of St. Mary’s University Dept. of Music).

Concert Program

Hymn of the Highlands - Philip Sparke
Ardross Castle
Summer Isles – Euphonium solo
Flowerdale – Soprano Cornet solo
Strathcarron – Sword Dance
Lairg Muir – Cornet solo
Alladale – Flugel Horn, Horn and Baritone trio
Dundonnell – Finale