Lancaster British Brass Band was founded in 2004 by Paul Belser,
Walter Blackburn and Rick Staherski, three well-known Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, musicians. They saw the need for and the
potential of a highly professional musical ensemble of this type
for the region. A roster of first-rank professional brass and
percussion players from a four state region was drawn up, music
chosen, and a concert schedule with appropriate rehearsals
established. The premier concert was given on April 30, 2005, in
downtown Lancaster at the historic First Presbyterian Church to
an enthusiastic and overflowing crowd.
Now in their seventh season, the band continues to draw large and
enthusiastic audiences, continuing the brass band tradition
which began over a century and a half ago in the British Isles.
Lancaster British Brass Band consists of 28 players including 3
percussionists. It draws its personnel from the four state
region of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.
Originally conceived as a top-level, professional quality
ensemble, it includes among its membership professional solo and
ensemble players and music teacher/performers. The band members
bring years of playing and teaching experience to the
organization from such diverse institutions as The United States Marine Band,
the Lancaster, Harrisburg, Reading and York Symphony Orchestras. Many Players
are currently engaged as teachers in various public and private
school venues and in such institutions of higher learning as
West Chester, Millersville and Kutztown Universities, Lebanon Valley
College, and The University of Delaware.
Download Live Concert Audio Samples of the LBBB:
Lux Aurumque (full version)
Whitacre, arranged by Scott Loose
Face the Music and Dance (samples) Irving Berlin
Tower Music (sample) Jean-Francois