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Host to the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships
NABBA Section Champions - 1998 & 2002

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Important Dates


Saturday, February 20th, 8:00 pm
Admission: $25
Opera House of Sandwich
140 E. Railroad St, Sandwich, IL 60548
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Prairie Brass Christmas Album

Enjoy the sounds of the holiday season performed by your favorite brass band! Selections include Winter Wonderland, The Holly and the Ivy, A Christmas Celebration in Brass, Ding Dong Merrily on High, White Christmas and many more. 15 beautifully arranged holiday selections to brighten your holiday season for years to come. Purchase the CD Now.

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The Prairie Brass Band plays a wide variety of events, and is always a crowd pleaser! Learn More

Band News

2014 - Prairie Brass Announces New Music Directors

Following the decision of the band's first Music Director, Dallas Niermeyer to step down from the podium after 16 years, the band began an extensive search process.

President, Clark Niermeyer and Prairie Brass is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Music Staff:

- Mary Barnes-Gingrich, Music Director
- Peter Held, Co-Music Director
- Dallas Niermeyer, Director Emeritus on Staff

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2014 PBOY Awarded to Karen Griffin

2014 PBOY Award for Prairie Brass Band

Karen Griffin - Principal Cornet, was the winner of the PBOY Award on July 25th at our performance in Harmony Park in our hometown of Arlington Heights. The PBOY award is a service award given to that band member who has best displayed the exemplary characteristics of attitude, dedication, service, attendance and musicianship.

Congratulations to Karen from the entire Prairie Brass Band family.

pictured here at the celebration party are Karen and band president, Clark Niermeyer

Prairie Brass Band Hosts US Open Brass Band Championships

Prairie Brass at US Open

The Prairie Brass Band hosted the 12th annual US Open Brass Band Championships at the Norris Center in St. Charles, IL on November 8, 2014.

Spectators are the primary reason for the success of the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships.

Thank you for your participation and we hope to provide you with entertainment that you won't soon forget at next year's event!

Open Rehearsals

The Prairie Brass Band rehearses on Thursday evenings in Arlington Heights. Please contact Clark Niermeyer at info@prairiebrass.org for rehearsal details.


Listen to the Prairie Brass Band - The debut recording of the Praire Brass Band is a compilation of 13 wonderful brass band pieces, conducted by Dallas Niermeyer. Listen to samples by using the player on the left, then order your copy today!
Into Africa - Brass Band Aid - A compilation of African-themed brass band music composed by well-known composers and performed by brass bands around the world, including the Prairie Brass Band. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to Brass Band Aid and will contribute to the building of a new school in the town of Adet in the north of Ethiopia. Order your copy today!


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Prairie Brass Band encourages and welcomes any serious brass or percussion players to contact us to arrange a time to sit in with the band. Formal acceptance into the band may be contingent upon successful completion of a brief audition. Please contact us for more information.

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