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The North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the British-style brass band movement in North America. With bands and musicians covering 15 states and Canada as well as ranging from school-age youth to senior citizens, NABBA has become a true force in the arena of amateur musicians and brass banding across North America and across the world.
At a time when music in general is under all kinds of pressures and reversals there is, against all the odds, at least one area that appears to be growing: the brass band movement in North America. Every year sees the birth of new brass bands around the country, a phenomenon that is productive and positive in every possible way. The North American Brass Band Association has attempted to serve this growing and vibrant movement both through its annual National Championships and wider outreach programs. 
Formed in 1983, its Articles of Incorporation state NABBA has been formed to:
  • Sponsor and hold local, state, regional, national and international contests for the purpose of improving the performing standards and abilities of amateur British-type brass bands.
  • Foster, promote and otherwise encourage the establishment, growth and development of amateur and professional British-type brass bands throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Support and help further the music education of its members and to advance the public’s appreciation of British-type brass bands.
  • Serve as a resource for musical and organizational assistance to amateur British-type brass bands throughout North America.
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The 2018 Championships are coming up, April 6 & 7 at the Historic Embassy Theatre in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Around 40 bands will compete in various divisions.

For the North American Champion, there is the Championship Division.
Right behind are some very strong bands in the 1st Division
AND there is a second and third division for bands working to climb the ladder.

There are two youth divisions. The "Open Youth" division for the newer bands
The youth championship division simply called the "Youth Division."
and the best of the youth bands can compete in the Third Division.
In 2017, 1st and 2nd place in the Third Division were taken by Youth Bands.

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The 2018 Championships will be given full coverage. 4barsrest has asked me (Dr. Jim Fox) to cover the event for them. I will be reporting on the performances, conducting video interviews and reporting the results.