Classic Brass plays the musical repertoire of the British-style brass band. The British brass band tradition started during the Industrial Revolution, when many mining companies and manufacturing firms in England sponsored their own musical groups as a recreational diversion for their employees. The movement gradually took on a life of its own in the British Isles as band festivals and competitions were set up and as the bands evolved into public institutions within their local communities. The British-style brass band has now become part of the American musical scene as well, with groups such as Classic Brass frequently found performing in many diverse venues.
Classic Brass has a history of performing for Connecticut audiences dating back to 1988. The group affords an opportunity for musicians who played brass wind instruments in high school or college to continue their musical endeavors into their later adult years. Audiences hearing Classic Brass perform will experience how the unique blending of the brasses can render soothing, mellow sonorities in one moment and thrilling, brilliant resonances in the next.
Through its presentations of live music, Classic Brass strives to perpetuate the brass band tradition, British or otherwise. Accordingly, the main mission of Classic Brass is to provide a satisfying diversion for its members and an enjoyable musical experience for its audiences through the concerts it offers to organizations and communities throughout Central and Eastern Connecticut.