Under the direction of founding Music Director William Rollins, the NEBB established itself with performances throughout New England including concerts at Boston University's Tsai Performance Center and Crane's Castle Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts as well as participation in the Northeast Brass Band championships at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
From 1998 to 2008, the band thrived under the leadership of Music Director Douglas Yeo and Concert Master Terry Everson, broadening its activities to include concerts at Symphony Hall in Boston as well as performances in New York City and New Jersey. The band’s calendar has continued to expand annually to concert sights across New England. During a recent season the NEBB was featured on a main stage performance at the International Trumpet Guild Convention.
Beginning with the 2008 season, the NEBB is being guided by the distinguished talents of Stephen Bulla, former chief arranger for the ‘President’s Own’ U.S. Marine Band.
The NEBB has participated in the North American Brass Band Association National Championship contest since 2001 (Washington D.C.). Performance highlights include 2004 (Charleston, WV) when the band placed first in the Challenge Division, and 2006 (Louisville, KY) when the band won first place in the Honors Division.
Since 1999, the NEBB has produced an acclaimed series of compact disc recordings. All feature a variety of music and include performances by the band’s soloists. "Christmas Joy" (1999), was the band’s first CD of Christmas music (and is now out of print). "Honour and Glory" (2000 - 2001) features music representative of the British band tradition replete with marches, patriotic songs, tone poems on dramatic themes and sacred music. "The Light of the World" (2003 - 2004) is a recording of some of the best sacred literature written for brass band. “This is Christmas” (2005), is a second recorded program of Christmas music, this with an international flair. The band’s latest recording is a celebration of American music called “Be Glad Then America” (2006 - 2007). That CD won the first NABBA “Recording Of The Year” contest.
During the 2006 -2007, NEBB began a new tradition of giving back to the community by contributing over $4500 to the Brass Band Aid fundraising effort to build a school in Adet, Ethiopia. During the 2007 - 2008 Season, the band donated 10% of proceeds from sales of our new cd ‘Be Glad Then America’ to Home For Our Troops, an organization that raises funds to build housing for severely disabled veterans.
The mission of the NEBB is to perpetuate the British Brass Band style of playing.
The NEBB goals are to:
1. Present high quality musical performances throughout the New England area to demonstrate the beauty and uncommon sounds of British Brass music.
2. Provide a challenging setting where selected musicians can continually improve their brass banding abilities.