Fresh off winning its third national championship in its 33-year history — and its first since 2012 — the Atlantic Brass Band will perform a special free Memorial Day weekend show 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in the Brigantine North Middle School auditorium, located at Lafayette Place and Evans Boulevard.
Hailed as one of the premier volunteer performing ensembles in the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area, the band won the North American Brass Band Association National Competition held March 10-11 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The competition included more than 30 ensembles from across the country, according to Atlantic Brass Band marketing chairwoman Michelle Lowry, that were initially divided into six sections and whittled down to a championship section of seven bands. The ABB's winning performance was a score called “Harrison's Dream” by Scottish brass band composer Peter Graham. The ABB also won its section with a rendition of a “choice piece” selected by the NABBA committee, which was the composition “Metropolis 1927,” also by Graham.
Originally formed as the Wheaton Brass Band in 1984, the Atlantic Brass Band is composed of artists-in-residence at Rowan University in Glassboro. Each year, the band includes a blend of professional musicians, Rowan professors and educators, and community members. It is considered a traditional British-style brass band whose instruments can include any combination of cornets, trumpets, trombones, flugelhorns, tubas and percussionists.
The band's performance in Brigantine will feature a mix of patriotic and popular songs, according to Lowry, including “Liberty Fanfare,” “South Pacific Overture,” “Ticket to Ride,” “Armed Services Medley,” “The Day Thou Gavest,” “American Civil War Fantasy” and others.
The performance is part of Brigantine Community Education and Recreation's free concert series. The CER's next concert will be the Bob Ferris Big Band on June 22 at the North School. For a complete schedule, stop by the CER office at the Brigantine Community Center, 265 42nd St., or call 609-264-7350, ext. 1.