Dr. Paul Droste, Founder & Director Emeritus - Column 1

Founded in 1984 by Dr. Paul Droste (pictured above), the Brass Band of Columbus (BBC) has a Championship reputation. The BBC competed in the top NABBA division, the Championship Section, and has been awarded First Place ten times – most recently in April 2006.  No other North American brass band approaches this record of excellence. Learn more about our rich history.

April 2009 the BBC won the Hannaford Cup - awarded at the Hannaford Festival of Brass (Toronto) for their performance of The Padstow Lifeboat. This is the first time the Hannaford Cup journeyed south of the Canadian border!

The BBC continues to participate in NABBA, is quite dedicated to assisting with community service and our own Educational Outreach, our pursuit of expanding the Brass Band Repertoire with new commissions, and new recording projects. Our 30th season will bring some great innovation!



Gary Tirey Tuba - Column 2
Upcoming Events

Have you heard the BBC perform? Whether new to the brass band phenomenon or a devotee, it is an electric experience.  Please join us at an upcoming concert:

6-Dec-15 7:00pm
Annual Holiday Concert
Acension Lutheran Church
Columbus, OH

TBA-Dec-15 TBA
Holiday Concert
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Columbus, OH

»more info

View all performances and our Google® Calendar.

Dean Appleman, Percussion - Column 3
A New Season

The 2015-2016 season moves the BBC to its 32nd year!

This season will featured many annual favorites to include the 2016 God and Country Concert (9-Apr-16).

More information will be posted soon about special events in 2016.

Our Educational Outreach continues with the Young Artist Competition - the 2016 deadline to apply is to be announced for late spring / early summer. The top three winners receive cash prizes, and the first place winner wins an opportunity to perform with the BBC at a later concert. »more info


View our entire schedule for more.   Please join us!


Dr. Jeff Keller - Solo Trombone, Column 4
Support Us

Our all-volunteer organization relies heavily upon Corporate and Individual support to sustain our mission as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.   We have a growing educational outreach program featuring an annual Young Artist Competition and a Shared Concert Series.

We commissioned James Curnow to compose a new work in honor of our 25th Gala - the result of his genius is The Ellacombe Chronicles.

We need your help to continue such ambitious initiatives that further the genre as a whole.

Support us by concert attendance and the purchase of our CDs.

Support us with cash and in-kind donations.

If you have talents to share, consider supporting us through our Corporate Board of Directors.