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2016 Concert Schedule

May 1
Beatles Go Brass
The Ware Center, 42 N Prince St., Lancaster, PA
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May 6
Beatles Go Brass
The Ware Center, 42 N Prince St., Lancaster, PA
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May 10
Beatles Go Brass*Private Event
Willow Valley Cultural Center, 900 Willow Valley Lakes, Willow Street, PA
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Jul 30
First Presbyterian Church, 140 East Orange St., Lancaster, PA
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Aug 6
St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Rd., Lancaster, PA
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"It was great to work with such a talented group upholding the best of British brass band traditions on the other side of the pond! Cheers!" Philip Sparkes, Composer


Lancaster British Brass Band follows the path first laid down in the smoky mill and mining towns of mid-nineteenth century Britain. Gradually evolving into a fixed instrumentation of 28 players (and 1 conductor), the brass band flourished under the sponsorship of mill and mine owners bent on "morale and spiritual uplift," thus laying the groundwork for a later time when the Salvation Army began capitalizing on the success of the bands by establishing brass bands as part of their outreach through music.

For concert programs brass bands borrow from virtually every musical genre.  A typical program consists of transcriptions of the classics, marches, hymns, popular music arrangements, solos and, last but not least, original compositions written for the medium. Programs are selected for a balanced presentation that attempts to please a wide range of tastes and interests.

The unique sound quality of Lancaster Brass Band is due to its being composed entirely of brass winds and percussion instruments. The sound of Lancaster British Brass Band has been compared to "one big, magnificent pipe organ."

"Without a doubt, Lancaster British Brass Band is one of the most musical and nicest ensembles I have ever worked with."Dr. Stephen Allen, LBBB Conductor

About Us

Lancaster British Brass Band consists of 28 players including 3 percussionists. It draws its personnel from the four state regions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Originally conceived as a top-level, professional quality ensemble, it includes among its membership professional solo and ensemble players and music teacher/performers. The band members bring years of playing and teaching experience to the organization from such diverse institutions as The United States Marine Band, and the Lancaster, Harrisburg, Reading and York Symphony Orchestras. Many players are currently engaged as teachers in various public and private school venues and in such institutions of higher learning as West Chester, Millersville and Kutztown Universities, Lebanon Valley College, and The University of Delaware.

Meet The Conductor

Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen came to prominence in the UK as one of the finest euphonium players of his generation. He was awarded the ALCM at age 16 and achieved national distinction in competition, winning the Open section of the British National Solo Championships. He was awarded a Royal Academy Scholarship by legendary brass band composer Eric Ball, OBE and Geoffrey Brand, conductor of Black Dyke Band.

An associate professor of music at Rider University, Dr. Allen is also a visiting professor of Euphonium at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In 2004 Dr. Allen founded the Princeton Brass Band, ensemble-in-residence at Rider University since 2010, of which he is Musical Director.

Dr. Allen is a recorded and published composer. His Gaudy Flourishes was commissioned by and premiered at Oxford University and his Heroes: A Symphonic Fanfare was written with a Rider Fellowship in Composition. Receiving his doctorate in 2003 from Oxford University, Dr. Allen is a world authority in the operas and music of Benjamin Britten on which he is widely published

Since 2008 Dr. Allen has served on the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA).

Meet The Players

ConductorDr. Stephen Arthur Allen
Soprano CornetDouglas Albert
Principal CornetChristopher Campbell
Solo CornetPriscilla King
Curtis Palmer
L. Gene Clark
Kathryn Umble Smucker
Repiano CornetRobert Belser Jr.
2nd CornetTimothy Wolf
Martin Hinkley
3rd CornetRobert Belser Sr.
Paul Belser Sr.
FlugelhornD. Scott Loose
Solo HornKristen Albert
1st Tenor HornDeanna Grager
2nd Tenor HornLori Groff
1st BaritoneJames Zeigler
2nd BaritoneRobert Woodbridge
1st EuphoniumJay Hildebrandt
2nd EuphoniumJohn Metcalf
1st TromboneRick Staherski
2nd TromboneJames Erdman
Bass TromboneErnest Lightfoot
Eb TubaKen Kemmerer
Steven Holgate
Bb TubaCharles Ebersole
Geoffrey Davis
PercussionClement Lichty
Brian Holt
TimpaniEdward Vaughen

Board of Directors

"The LBBB experience provides its audiences with artistry, wonderment, smiles and goosebumps-all essential components of being truly human."Doug Albert, President of LBBB


Symphonic Highlights from Frozen (2015)
Hometown Miniatures (2015)
With Clouds Descending (2015)
Fanfare and Flourishes (2014)
Hymn of the Highlands, mvt. 1 Andross Castle (2014)
Hymn for Diana (2014)
Lightwalk (2013)
Blue Rondo a la Turk (2012)
MacArthur Park (2012)

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Volume 1 (2008)

10th Anniversary (2014)