|The Fountain City Brass Band, founded in 2002, is an volunteer musical ensemble based in the greater Kansas City area. The band is committed to a mission of cultural enrichment through the presentation of concerts that are both entertaining and educational. Performing a wide variety of music including opera, jazz, Broadway and modern compositions written especially for brass band, the FCBB seeks to bridge the gap between popular and classical music. Offering casual, audience friendly concerts, the band also actively seeks to initiate cultural revitalization and arts awareness in the local community. The Fountain City Brass Band is the reigning North American and U.S. Open Brass Band Champions, having won an unprecedented six consecutive national titles. In November of 2009 the Fountain City Brass Band, became the first American band ever, and the first non-UK band in over fifty years, to win a major brass band competition on UK soil at the Scottish Open Brass Band Championships.
At the end of Nineteenth century, there were over 18,000 brass bands in the United States. These bands were a central part of the cultural life of America at a time before the advent radio and other forms of mass media. Mindful of its responsibility towards this rich, but now endangered historical tradition, the FCBB strives to keep alive a vital part of early American heritage. Also aware of its responsibilities to future generations, the band is committed to education, offering a wide array of outreach programs designed specifically for schools and the community. Additionally, the FCBB also offers a variety of chamber ensembles, as well as individual band members who are available for performances and clinics in the local community.
The Fountain City Brass Band has been the host of a number of internationally known brass soloists and clinicians, including Patrick Sheridan, Steven Mead, Roger Oyster, Stephen Bulla, and Helen Tyler. Members of the thirty-piece ensemble have performed with such prestigious ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, Empire Brass, United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Black Dyke Band, Fodens Band, YBS Band, Halle Orchestra, Lieksa Symphony and numerous New York City Broadway productions including Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. They have also taught on the faculties of such schools as the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Missouri – Kansas City, University of Central Missouri, Kansas State University, University of Colorado, Missouri Western State University, Washburn University and the University of Southern Mississippi.