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The Illinois Brass Band

founded 1991


The Illinois Brass Band has produced six recordings to date, and they are all available for sale. All CDs in our catalog are available for only $10.00 USD, plus shipping:

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*NEW* - Cookin' with Brass

Cookin' with Brass is the latest recording project by the Illinois Brass Band, and the first recording by the band in over ten years. The tracks were recorded over a series of sessions in May and early-June 2013 at First United Methodist Church Arlington Heights, where the band regularly rehearses.

The pieces selected are a selection of pieces that might be typically performed at one of the band's outdoor summer concerts.

Live and Kickin'

Live and Kickin' is a collection of pieces from two of our concerts in March and May 2003. The CD was released in December 2003 and features one of the most outstanding British trombone players, Brett Baker, who was featured at our March 2003 concert. Along with “Over the Rainbow” and “Teddy Trombone”, Mr. Baker played the World Premier of a new piece by Robin Dewhurst entitled “Homelands”.

The album contains marches by the American composer J.J. Richards and a march by the well known British composer William Rimmer.

Also on the CD are two of the very best pieces in the brass band repertoire: “Resurgam” by Eric Ball and “Harmony Music” by Philip Sparke. The Broadway musical “Hello Dolly” is also represented on the CD.

Recorded and mastered by Ron Rolland, Fine Audio Recording/Mastering, Chicago, IL.

* Featuring Brett Baker on Trombone
** World Premiere performance

Shakin' ... Not Stirred

The inspiration for this 2000 recording came about largely as a result of playing Philip Wilby's stunning “Jazz: Symphonic Dances for Brass Band” as the band's own choice material at the 1998 NABBA Competition in Lexington, KY. In addition to the live NABBA performance, this CD contains lighter jazz selections from American popular repertoire.

Championship Brass

Championship Brass released in 1998, contains compositions played at the 1996 and 1997 NABBA Championships. The Illinois Brass Band won the Championship section of the NABBA Championships in 1996 held in Columbus, OH, as well as the 1997 NABBA Championships held in Red Wing, MN.


01 - Hark the Herald Trumpets Sing 0:30
02 - Jingle Bells
03 - Gesu Bambino
04 - Go Tell It
05 - Still, Still, Still
06 - The Snowman 0:31 07 - Carol of the Bells 0:27
08 - A Christmas Reverie
09 - Carol of the Shepherds
10 - A Christmas Canon
11 - Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming
12 - Four Dances from The "Nutcracker"
13 - Comin' to Town 0:30
14 - Hallelujah Chorus from "The Messiah"

Hark! is The Illinois Brass Band's second holiday recording featuring a fabulous collection of sacred and secular favorites. Hark! features antiphonal brass pieces, traditional carols, and swinging jazz versions of holiday classics. It will quickly put you in the holiday spirit!

A Christmas Fantasy

01 - A Christmas Fantasy
02 - The Christmas Song
03 - The Little Drummer Boy
04 - Troika from Lieutenant Kije 0:31 05 - O Holy Night 0:32
06 - A Christmas Suite
07 - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
08 - The Kingdom Triumphant
09 - The Shepherd's Farewell
10 - Three Kings Swing
11 - White Christmas
12 - Two Canadian Christmas Carols
13 - Sleigh Ride 0:31
14 - Away in a Manger
15 - We Wish You a Merry Christmas 0:31

A Christmas Fantasy, The Illinois Brass Band's first CD, features the First Presbyterian Church Choir of Libertyville, IL. Christmas is a season of coming together to celebrate, and this album, recorded in 1995, brings together a variety of styles, appealing to a wide audience.

Upcoming events

April 5-6, 2024

North American Brass Band Championship
Von Braun Center
Huntsville, AL

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NABBA Champions - 1996-98; 2000-2 Association of Concert Bands Illinois Arts Council
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

National Endowment for the Arts