The first KBPX Kids' Concert of 2019 will feature a performace by the Spokane British Brass Band at St. John's Cathedral in Spokane (127 E 12th Ave) Saturday, January 26 at 1 p.m. Join host Verne Windham and the Spokane British Brass Band on a musical journey through the British Isles!
The tradition of British Brass Bands dates back to the early nineteenth century during the Industrial Revolution. As farms and rural life gave way to coal mines, mills, and factories, more people moved to urban areas. Employers began organizing brass bands as an alternative to after-work drinking and to discourage workers from undesirable political activity. By 1860, there were more than 750 brass bands in England. Competition arose between rival bands, and brass band competitions remain a major part of British brass band culture today.
The Spokane British Brass Band was founded in 1995 by trumpeter, teacher, and conductor, Michael Warner. Today, the band features many of the most talented brass and percussion players in the region, continuing the rich history of British Brass Bands.