the Pacific Brass Band
an Authentic Britsh Style Brass Band
Featuring traditional Brass Band Favourites, American Folk Songs, Rags, Marches and Musical Theatre selections.

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Hear the Pacific Brass on the following dates:



Sunday, October 18, 2015, 5:30pm
Hidden Valley Music Seminars
Carmel Valley, Ca



Sunday, November 1, 2015 2:00pm
Rancho San Justo Middle School
Hollister, Ca


Sunday, June 5, 2016 Time TBA
Guest Performance and Fundraiser for South Valley Symphony
Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main Ave., Morgan Hill, Ca

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a History of the Pacific Brass Band of Salinas, California

Pacific Brass, (a California non-profit 501(c)3 corporation) is a"British-Style" Brass Band, was founded in 1990 and gave it's first concert in the Spring of 1991. The concept of a "British-Style" Brass Band is unique in the Western United States, there being only a very few in Washington, Oregon and California, except, of course, the Salvation Army bands.

In the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Europe there is great interest in the revival of this type of band, with organized competitions that culminate with National Championships yearly. Championship music, or 'contesting' pieces, are designed to highlight each section's ability, and have been appropriately described as "fiendishly difficult". It is the highest of honors to place in National Championships!

Pacific Brass - a non-contesting band - is comprised of musicians from Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, California counties. Membership stands at about 30 members.

Instrumentation is approximately the same as current contesting English Brass Bands. It consists of Eb and Bb Soprano Cornets, Flugelhorns, Eb Tenorhorns, Bb Tenorhorns (Baritones), Euphoniums, Trombones, Eb and BBb Tubas and Percussion. All instruments are of a conical bore design, with the sole exception of the Trombones.

The band's repertoire consists of traditional Brass Band literature, as well as American Folk Songs, Rags, Marches and selections from popular Musical Theatre. In addition to the Bandmaster's love for brass literature he has strong desire to aquaint younger musicians with a genre rarely heard in North America.

For more information regarding concert schedules, booking and availability,
contact the Bandmaster!

Jim O’Briant, Bandmaster
Howard Miyata, Associate Bandmaster
Brad Gronroos, Associate Bandmaster

2015 Pacific Brass Personnel:

Eb Soprano Cornet
Antonio Trujillo – Salinas

Solo Bb Cornet          
Bob Netzly - Marina
Jeff Chambers - Watsonville
John Rialson - Hollister
William Templeton - Santa Cruz
Hart Smith - Monterey

Bb Repiano Cornet
Stan Sorokin - Monterey

2nd Bb Cornet
Joe Ostenson – Hollister
Bob Bouchard – Hollister
Rex Buddenburg, Monterey

3rd Bb Cornet
Rafael Rialson - Hollister
Rick Hilgers –Salinas

Bb Flugelhorn
Jay Hilgers – Salinas

Solo Eb Tenorhorn
Al Tarasco – Gilroy

1st Eb Tenorhorn
Toni Hunt - Hollister

2nd Eb Tenorhorn
Ruth Gronroos – Salinas

1st Bb Baritone
Susan Miyata – Gilroy

2nd Bb Baritone
Howard Jones - Salinas

1st Trombone
Rich MacLeod - Salinas

2nd Trombone
Alex Barragan - Hollister
Joe Tacker - Monterey

Bass Trombone
Dave Johnson - Gilroy
Gail Black - Monterey

Bb Euphonium

Brad Gronroos - Salinas
Rich Coolman - San Jose
Stan George - Gilroy

Eb Tuba
Howard Miyata- Gilroy


BBb Tuba
John Weaver - San Jose


Dana Sales - Watsonville
Louise Viales – Salinas

Instrumentation for a British Brass Band

One E flat Soprano Cornet serves as the piccolo voice.  It requires a delicate touch and is used frequently as a soloist or to add brightness to the cornet tutti sound..

Four B flat Solo Cornets are the lead voices in he ensemble. The use of four cornets permits players to switch off on parts that are frequently continuous throughout the entire piece.  Divisi parts are also frequent. The four solo players should ideally match each other in sound.

Two B flat Second Cornets and two B Flat Third Cornets fill out the cornet choir.

One B flat Repiano Cornet is the ?roving middle linebacker? of the section, often used as a solo voice or doubling the Soprano Cornet in unison or at the octave.  The Repiano is also used to add weight to the other Cornet parts.

One B flat Flugelhorn serves as a bridge to the Tenor Horns.  It is a frequent solo voice and is often used as the top voice in the horn family.

Three E flat Tenor Horns (Solo, First, and Second) often perform as a choir with flugelhorns and baritones.  The Solo Horn is a frequent solo voice.  Also commonly referred to as the Alto Horn in the United States; it is an upright, three valve instrument, with a lighter sound than the French Horn.

Two B flat Baritones are often doubled with Euphoniums but work best as low extensions of the Tenor Horn section.  As separate voices, their ability to blend and add a middle-low voice without heaviness is a unique feature of the brass band.

Two B Flat Euphoniums are the predominant solo tenor voices and also function as tutti enforcers with the basses.

Two B flat Tenor Trombones provide punch and drive because of their cylindrical construction.

One Bass Trombone is both a low support for the trombone section and an additional weight to the tubas. The bass trombone is the only instrument that reads in concert pitch.

Two E flat Tubas and two B flat Tubas give composers an extraordinary flexibility in dictating the sound of the bass part. The lighter quality of the E flats can have all the lyricism of the Euphoniums while the fatter B flat Tuba sound adds weight. In octaves or fifths, the section can give the brass band and incredible richness of tone.

Three Percussionists will cover the entire spectrum of percussion instruments. Timpani, battery, and mallets are standard for almost all compositions.

from the NABBA XXI 2003 program, with thanks to the New England Brass Band



Pacifc Brass is pleased to support "Mr. Ostenson's Save The Music Drive" in the Hollister School District. Click on thru to the Paciffic Brass Band Outreach page to read more!


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