Chronological Highlights

  • 1992

    The Lexington Brass Band is founded.
  • 1995

    The band sponsors a Lexington Brass Band Festival, at UK Singletary Center. Others bands included Cincinnati Brass Band, Commonwealth (Louisville) Brass Band, SASF Brass Band of Asbury University, and Scioto Brass and Percussion (Columbus, OH). Guest clinicians were James Curnow and Paul Droste.
  • 1996

    First compact disc released, Good Company, featuring guest soloist Philip Smith and a fine array of band soloists.
  • 1997

    Band was selected to play at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chicago, IL. Guests who joined the LBB included James Curnow, conductor, and two former members as soloists: Vincent DiMartino, and James Jackson , Solo euphonium, former member now with US Coast Guard Band.
  • 1998

    In April, the band hosted annual conference of the North American Brass Band Association [NABBA] which drew 22 bands, and over 1,000 delegates to the Singletary Center at UK. The band presented the Gala Concert, which ended with a spectacular combined program with the Lexington Philharmonic. In May the band played at the Annual Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, with English trumpeter Roger Webster as guest soloist. In June the band made its first appearance at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville [GABBF] and in August joined the Lexington Philharmonic at their annual summer Picnic at the Pops. Another CD was released this year, on Crest Records, which included the Midwest (1997) and KMEA (1998) performances.
  • 1999

    Featured, with soloists Brian Bowman and Daniel Perantoni, at the ITEC Tuba- Euphonium Conference.
  • 2000

    Tour of England and two concerts (Judges Interval and Gala Concert) at the All England Master Brass Band Conference; recorded concert program for broadcast on BBC Radio; second official band CD: Images In Brass; plus the CD, Master Brass Volume 11 (produced by Studio Music, Polyphonic label).
  • 2001

    Second appearance at Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF)
  • 2002

    Band celebrates 10th anniversary concert and presented Guest Clinic Concert with Vince DiMartino at NABBA, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2003

    Third appearance at GABBF; Outstanding subscription series continues.
  • 2004

    Presentation and concert at GABBF History Conference; Concerts move from Calvary Baptist to Centenary Church.
  • 2005

    Band releases third CD, Opus 3.
  • 2006

    Band presents Gala Concert at NABBA 2006, Louisville, KY, with guest soloists Allen Vizzutti, trumpet, and Simone Rebello, percussion. Band makes fifth appearance at GABBF, including concert accompanying Jens Lindemann. In November, Hollywood composer Bruce Broughton (piano and guest conductor) and his wife, violinist Belinda Bunt, join the band for the opening of the 2006—07 season.
  • 2007

    The band celebrated its 15th Anniversary Concert in April, when former principal cornet Terry Everson, cornet-trumpet, former co-conductor Skip Gray, tuba and Douglas Yeo, bass trombone Boston Symphony Orchestra, featured as soloists. Earlier in the season, Anita Cocker Hunt, Cincinnati Brass Band, guest conducts the band.
  • 2008

    Band under took first of several recording sessions with Vincent DiMartino for new solo album (in process). Presented patriotic program for Lexington Rotary Club in July, and summer concert at First Methodist Church Frankfort in August.
  • 2009

    Mark Ridenour, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, soloed on multiple items with the band of their annual ‘Tis the Season concert. The band sponsors an Honors Brass Choir selected from the very finest Middle School players within Fayette County. Ronald Waiksnoris, conductor of the famous New York Staff Band of The Salvation Army, serves as guest conductors for a second time.
  • 2010

    The band releases its first Christmas compact disc, ‘Tis the Season: A Lexington Brass Christmas. The band hosts a Salute to James Curnow, held at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. On the program, Cincinnati Brass Band and the Derby Brass Band also perform, and the bands play en masse under Curnow’s baton.
  • 2011

    The Lexington Brass Band travels to Canada, where they and their soloist, Vincent DiMartino, present the International Showcase concert on Saturday night of the Hannaford Street Silver Band’s Festival of Brass. The band again performs at the Great American Brass Band Festival, the March Madness concert of Sunday afternoon.