The Brass Band of Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia's Premier Brass Band

The Brass Band of Northern Virginia was founded in November 2019 by a group of friends who shared a passion for British-style brass band music and a desire to grow an active and sustainable organization. The mission of the band is to share high-quality performances consisting of both the established brass band repertoire as well as new and innovative brass band programming for the enjoyment and education of the community and to participate in the rich brass band contesting tradition.

Who we are

The Brass Band of Northern Virginia is a community of musicians drawn from a range of professional and avocational backgrounds in the Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland metropolitan areas. Inspired by the famous brass bands of the UK and Europe, the band is led by world-renowned Euphonium soloist Dr. Brian Bowman. In its first three years, the Brass Band of Northern Virginia has organized community outreach concerts, masterclasses for student brass players, chamber music performances, and published recordings.

In 2020, the Brass Band of Northern Virginia placed in the Cory Band's International virtual Brass Band contest with its performance of "The Artist's Way" from Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," Philip Wilby's "Lowry's Sketchbook," and Anthony Plog's Trumpet Concerto No. 3. The band also won the award for most entertaining video in its class. This year, the Brass Band of Northern Virginia has an active schedule of 10 programs in the DC and Northern Virginia area.

Dr. Brian Bowman

Dr. Brian Bowman is a renowned euphonium soloist and has over twenty years of experience conducting British Brass Bands. He has served as a professor at nine universities, was the first euphonium player to be elected president of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, and has been a product consultant with Wilson, Getzen, and DEG.

Dr. Bowman has received numerous accolades, including the Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship from the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2010 and the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation from the American Bandmaster Association in 2016, which is given to those who have rendered outstanding service to bands and band music in America. Upon his retirement in 2018, the Dr. Brian Bowman Euphonium Endowed Scholarship was established at the University of North Texas. Dr. Bowman brings this expertise and experience to his leadership of the Brass Band of Northern Virginia.


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Brass Band of Northern Virginia is a cost-effective way to gain exposure for your business and build a personal rapport with your customers. With activations starting at just $1 per audience member, our sponsored events are significantly more cost-effective than traditional online advertising methods such as cost-per-thousand impressions (CPM). Not only will you be able to reach a targeted and engaged audience, but you will also be supporting the local arts community and creating a memorable and genuine brand activation. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make a positive impact and see a remarkable return on investment for your business.


Host a Concert

If you have a venue that can seat 500 people or more, hosting a concert by the Brass Band of Northern Virginia is a great way to bring live music to your community and provide a memorable and enjoyable experience for your audience. We are a versatile and highly sought-after group of musicians with a diverse range of performance styles and repertoire. By hosting a concert with us, you can provide your audience with top-quality entertainment and support the local arts community. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bring the joy of live music to your community. Contact us to see what we can offer you.


Become a Patron

As a patron of the Brass Band of Northern Virginia, you can support the local arts community and enjoy the benefits of being a regular at our concerts. In addition to season tickets and discounts on individual concert tickets, you will also have access to exclusive patron-only receptions where you can meet the musicians and learn more about the inner workings of our organization. Becoming a patron is a great way to show your support for live music and connect with a community of like-minded music lovers. Click below for more details on all the benefits of being a patron of the Brass Band of Northern Virginia.

Countdown to NABBA

The Brass Band of Northern Virginia is going to compete in the North American Brass Band Championships this year in Huntsville Alabama. Help us meet our goal!


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Our Patrons

Thank you to all of our patrons, You are the life-blood of our organization

Lawrence Bocaner,          Edward Adkins,
Betty McGonagle,         Betsy Roese,
 Pamela Kleczek,          Susan Burkhart,
 Tito Ventura,           Lorine and Rob Smith,
 Aaron Eckert,          Sanford and Marsha King,
 Ginger Segala,                  Nancy Lehnhoff,
 John Elliott,                    Ray and Carolyn Smith,
 Chris Dillard,                   John and Elizabeth Helveston,
 Priscilla Turvold,                  Mary Beasley,
Susan Shugars,               Ursula and Andy Johnson


Richard Demy


Brett Dodson

Vice President

Jennifer Sorgatz


David Boltz

Member At Large

Barry Bocanner


Brian Bowman

Music Director



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