The SABB generally meets weekly (Sunday from 6-8 pm) at St. Mary's University Recital Hall to rehearse and perform literature in the tradition of the "British Brass Band" style which consisting of compositions such as marches, classical transcriptions and "pop" literature as well as pieces composed specifically for brass bands and brass band competitions.
The SABB is a volunteer organization comitted to promoting Brass Banding through performances in San Antonio and throughout South Texas as well as participating in the North American Brass Band Associations annual competition. This competition is held each April and in 2018 included thirtynine bands and over 1300 musicians. With bands and musicians covering 15 states and Canada, and ages ranging from school-age youth to senior citizens, NABBA has become a true force championing brass bands across North America.
The SABB is comprised of university professors, music educators and private teachers, as well as real estate professionals, philosophers, IT system engineers, homemakers, law school students, current and retired members of the San Antonio Symphony, USAF Band of the West and the 323rd Army Band, and others, creating a unique mix of volunteer musicians.
For more information regarding the SABB contact Mitch Dunham - Executive Director at email@example.com.
The standard instrumentation is as follows:
• 1 soprano cornet (E♭)
• 9 cornets (B♭) –
• Front row: 1 principal cornet, 3 solo cornets
• Back row: 1 repiano Cornet, 2 2nd cornets, 2 3rd cornets
• 1 flugelhorn (B♭)
• 3 tenor horns (E♭; sometimes called alto horn in the United States and Germany) – solo, 1st, 2nd
• 2 baritone horns (B♭) – 1st, 2nd
• 2 tenor trombones (B♭) – 1st, 2nd
• 1 bass trombone (C), notated in bass clef
• 2 euphoniums (B♭)
• 2 E♭ basses, also known as E♭ tubas, notated in treble clef
• 2 B♭ basses, also known as B♭ tubas, notated in treble clef
• 2 to 4 percussion