The Triangle Brass Band is a British style brass band located in Cary, North Carolina, comprised of the finest volunteer brass and percussion players from the greater Research Triangle Park area. Members of the band come from a variety of backgrounds, including school band directors, college faculty, physicians, lawyers, computer programmers and carpenters, to name a few.
Formed in 1986 as a joint venture of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and Capitol Broadcasting Company of Raleigh, NC, the Triangle Brass Band, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, saw immediate success in the local area. The repertoire of the band is drawn primarily from the finest original works for brass band from the 19th century to the present. It also includes arrangements of well-known orchestral and wind band works, American patriotic tunes and marches. Music Directors of the band, since its inception, have included Mr. David Reed, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Stan Tamplin, a native of Great Britain, Dr. Jack Stamp, of Campbell University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. James Hile, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dr. Michael Votta, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland.
The Triangle Brass Band is a member of NABBA (North American Brass Band Association) and has participated in NABBA's annual competition numerous times. In 1987, its first year at the competition, the Triangle Brass captured first place in NABBA's Honors section, and then again in 1988. In 1990 and 1992 it brought home the second place trophy in the Championship section, and in 1989 the band placed first in the coveted Championship section. In 1994, the Triangle Brass co-hosted the NABBA championship event, held at NC State University in Raleigh, with the NC State Brass Band.
In addition to NABBA events, the band has performed at the Eastern Music Festival, the North Carolina Music Educators Conference and twice at the Southeast Brass Conference. They have taken their reputation for musical excellence on the road, performing in 1991 and 1994 at the New York Brass Conference for Scholarships, held in New York City. Closer to home, the band is a popular draw at events such as the Fourth of July Celebration in Chapel Hill, and Christmas services at local churches. In 1991 the band participated in the Welcome Home festivities for veterans of Desert Storm, held at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. In 1995 the Triangle Brass was proud to host a Joint Concert with The U.S. Army Brass Band on their Spring tour through Virginia and North Carolina. In 1996 the ensemble was selected by NABBA to appear at The Great American Brass Band Festival , held in Danville, Kentucky, and performed two concerts at this very popular venue. More recently, the TBB has performed at First Night Raleigh on New Year's Eve 2000, and were a featured group at the 2002 International Tuba Euphonium Conference held in Greensboro, NC.
The Triangle Brass has performed with a number of renowned brass soloists in its nearly 25-year history, including:
* Don Lucas (Trombone soloist, Boston University College of Fine Arts)
* Ray Farr (Composer/Conductor)
* Kevin Stees (Tuba soloist, James Madison University)
* Neal Corwell (Euphonium soloist, US Army Band)
* David Bilger (Trumpet Soloist, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute of Music)
* Jim Miller (Trombone, NC Symphony)
* Robert Childs (Euphonium soloist, conductor and adjudicator)
* Don Eagle (Trumpet, NC Symphony)
* Keith Wilkinson (Brass Band of the Western Reserve)
* Jim Ketch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
* Steve Sykes (Tuba soloist, conductor, and adjudicator)
* Douglas Yeo (Bass Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra)
* Steven Mead (Euphonium soloist)
* Stacy Baker (Tuba soloist, Morehead State University)
* Tony Granados (Tuba soloist and current Music Director)
* Lucas Spiros (US Marine Band, retired, Virginia Grand Military Band)
* Paul Randall (Trumpet, NC Symphony)
* Demondrae Thurman (Professor of Euphonium, University of Alabama and Sotto Voce Quartet)
* Jamie Hood (Cornet, NC Salvation Army)
* Allen Vizzutti, Trumpet Soloist)
Triangle Brass Band
Location: Cary, NC
Member: Phil Smith, Steve Sykes, Bob Childs, Steven Mead, James Miller, Demondrae Thurman, Doug Yeo and Allen Vizzutti.