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:

28-Jun-14 6:30pm
Ohio Brass Arts Festival (OBAF)
Rotary Stage Gahanna Creekside Parkl
Gahanna, OH

FREE this year - See OBAF Website

»more info

5-Jul-14 8:00pm
Patriotic Pops w Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Columbus Commons
Columbus, OH

$$ Admission Fee

»more info

View our Google® Calendar.

Dean Appleman, Percussion - Column 3
A New Season

The 2013-2014 season moves the BBC forward to its 30th year!

We start the year out with a service concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity. In addition to some great concerts this season, we are excited about our involvement with the OSU Marching Band on a special project. We'll tell more later!

While we have some of our traditional concerts scheduled well in advance, we will unveil other plans in the near future. But do mark your calendars for two great events in 2014 - our 30th Gala Concert (2-Mar-14) at the amazing Lincoln Theatre and the 2014 God and Country Concert (12-Apr-14) to feature renown trumpet soloist Mark Ridenour (assistant principal trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the SASF Asbury University Brass Band with Director, Dr. Ron Holz. More details.


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.