Brass band meets with success

Dr. Stephen Allen gives his all as he conducts The Princeton Brass Band to victory at the NABBA 2011 championship.

Dr. Stephen Allen, professor of music at Rider, was voted President of the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) through 2013. He has been heavily involved with the organization since 2008, having served on the Board as Chair of Development.

“Brass bands have been the sound-track of my life and the brass band movement is growing,” Allen said. “This is a very exciting time to take on the challenges of building this vibrant genre at the national level.”’

To jumpstart the association’s expansion, Dr. Allen recently traveled to Toronto, Canada and attended the Hannaford Festival of Brass. It is an annual festival that features performances by many of Canada’s most successful brass bands.

“I want a stronger Canadian presence as they have a tremendous tradition,” he said. “I also want the US to have a far greater international presence.  There is plenty of work to do and I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in.”

The Princeton Brass Band, founded by Dr. Allen in 2004, placed 2nd in the Honors Division of this year’s NABBA championship.

The band will be performing a show in celebration of their victory at the Yvonne Theater on Sunday, May 15th at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.princetonbrassband.com.

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