The Central Michigan University Brass Band, now in its 11th season, was formed in 2001 when a very strong interest in the brass band concept was expressed by a core group of brass music majors. The first season, very successful, was accomplished with no budget and with instruments not quite of the highest caliber; however, the next three years found the ensemble performing with the requisite instruments of the traditional brass band, including cornets, alto (tenor) horns, and small baritones.
The literature for the brass band encompasses a wide variety of styles including marvelous transcriptions of orchestral works, excellent original works, as well as marches and other light pieces. Soloists are a regular feature of the CMU Brass Band and have included Philip Smith, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, as well as CMU faculty, alumni, and present members of the band. The technical and musical demands on all performers in a brass band are nothing short of astonishing. With a minimum of available rehearsals, players prepare diligently and take great pride in their efficiency and work ethic. Consequently, there is a strong and healthy competition for membership in this premier ensemble.
The CMU Brass Band was invited to present a concert at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn in April, 2006 and at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids (DeVos Hall) on January 26, 2007.
The conductor of the CMU Brass Band is Timothy Campbell.