The Illinois Brass Band was founded in 1991 by George Foster and William Homer who modeled it after the United Kingdom's Desford Colliery Caterpillar Band, which toured the U.S. in 1990. IBB entered its first North American Brass Band Association competition in 1993 and the next year won first place honors.
By 2002, IBB had won six NABBA championships in seven years, all while continuing to delight audiences throughout the Chicago area with a repertoire ranging from brass band classics and to show tunes and jazz. In 2003, IBB became the first brass band outside the Commonwealth to attend the British Open Brass Band Championships.
Over the years, IBB has presented dozens of concerts indoors and out and showcased exceptional artists including Roger Webster, Michael Mulcahy, and Brett Baker. The band has recorded five CD's with another planned in 2013.
Illinois Brass Bands
Location: Arlington Heights, IL
Founded: March 12, 1991
Member: Founders - George Foster, William Homer / Music Director - Stephen Squires Assistant Conductor - Tom Runty / Cornet - Mike Ackerman, DJ Alstadt, Carol Dickenson, Lev Garbar, Eugen Goman, Bob Jones, Alex Katernoza, Michael Lipinski, Christine Rueger, Geoff Richards, Jim Sobacki, Michael Swope, Steve Ware,
Flugelhorn - Brian Ferguson
Tenor Horn - Matt Billock, Doug Lim, John Reschke, Melody Velleuer
Euphonium - Matt Kaempfe, Diana Ponce, Tom Runty
Baritone - Erik Bateman, Ken Wistrom
Trombone - Rob Barnes, Larry Pearce, Madelyn Srajer
Eb Bass - Randy Beschorner, Sharon Pearce
Bb Bass - Bill Kaempfe, Andy Loeffler
Percussion - Joe Beribak, Brian Davis