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The Atlantic Brass Band
is one of the premier performing ensembles in southern New Jersey and one of the top ranked brass bands in the nation. The band won top honors at the 2011 and 2012 National Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Cincinnati, Ohio, taking first place in the championship section.
Since 1984, Atlantic Brass Band has entertained countless audiences throughout the Delaware Valley. The band maintains an active performance schedule of over 20 shows a year. Performances at events including the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Cape May Victorian Week, and Gettysburg Brass Band Festival make this group a favorite throughout the region. The band has also performed internationally with a tour of Italy, two tours of England, and the World Brass Band Championships in The Netherlands.
The band has been proud to foster collaborative relationships with other brass bands in the region and develop young brass musicians in the area. The band hosts the the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival at Rowan University each year, attracting brass bands and brass enthusiasts from around the region for solo competitions, workshops, masterclasses, and concerts.
In 2016, the festival hosted The Cory Band, the top ranked brass band in the world. The band, in collaboration with Rowan Prep, started the Atlantic Youth Brass Band in 2013 for middle school and high school brass and percussion students. The Atlantic Brass Band is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, and was originally formed as the Wheaton Brass Band in the early 1980's by Yorkshire-born Herb Roselle.
Weston Silver Band
Now in its 96th season, The Weston Silver Band (WSB) traces its continuous history back to 1921 when it was created as the Weston Boys’ Band by George Sainsbury. Under the baton of Music Director Larry Shields, the bands membership is made up of accomplished brass players from the GTA and surrounding areas.
Based in Weston (Toronto), the WSB presents a concert series during the fall and winter season in Toronto at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, and maintains a busy performance schedule in venues throughout the GTA and southern Ontario in the summer.
Five time winners of the Hannaford Cup, an annual Award of Excellence at Toronto’s Festival of Brass, as well as Best Soloist awards for members Brad Norton, cornet (2011) and Robert Miller, euphonium (2013) and Matthew Ross, flugelhorn (2015), the WSB has recently gained international recognition as a performing ensemble. Weston became the first Canadian Brass Band invited to perform at the US Open Brass Band Championships, in Chicago, Illinois with a third place podium finish in 2009 and a US Open Best Soloist win for WSB Euphonium virtuoso Robert Miller in 2010.
In 2014, the WSB returned to competition at the North American Brass Band Championships after an 18 year hiatus, winning first place honours in the 2nd section. Moving up to First Section in 2015, the WSB repeated their top prize winning performance. At the 2016 North American Brass Band Championships the band won won second prize.
Through excellent artistic and educational performances for musicians and communities, the WSB actively seeks to promote the brass band tradition as an important part of the cultural heritage of the Province of Ontario as well as a dynamic and unique voice for contemporary composers and arrangers.
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