facebook twitter rss vimeo


Garasi leaves Florida

One of the leading conductors in America calls it a day as Michael J Garasi leaves Central Florida.



4BR has been informed that after nine years at the helm Michael J Garasi has announced his resignation as Musical Director of Brass Band of Central Florida.


During his tenure, the band became the leading domestic contesting band in America, winning both the US National and US Open titles. In addition the band gained critical acclaim for their CD releases and their innovative concert performances under one of the most charismatic conductors in the banding world..

Michael has been an integral part of the band and has a mutual love and respect for the membersPresident, Bob Tucker


Florida gained world wide banding prominence when they made their debut at the British Open in 2005, coming 15th, whilst a year later they delighted the audiences at Brass in Concert, where their highly polished programming and high class playing saw them steal the show at the Gala Concert and come 4th at the contest itself.


Garasi's reputation was further enhanced when Grimethorpe Colliery asked him to direct their Brass in Concert programme in 2008, coming 3rd in difficult circumstances.


Band President, Bob Tucker told 4BR: "After nine years of brilliant success in conducting the Brass Band of Central Florida, Michael J. Garasi announced his resignation this month."

Bob added: "Michael has been an integral part of the band and has a mutual love and respect for the members. As Michael’s position with University of Central Florida demands more of him and with the band evolving to a higher level organization, they will greatly miss each other."

4BR understands that Michael plans on staying in close contact and will guest conduct as his schedule allows. A search of a new conductor will begin at a local level and expand nationally or internationally as needed.

Solar System

Sparke work to increase brass band sphere of influence

December 10 • Philip Sparke's 'Music of the Spheres' is to be performed by Brass Band of Battle Creek at the opening of the influential Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Factory Girls

Time travellers sought in South Wales

December 10 • A television production company is looking for people with an interest in all things 1970s — especially with the rag trade and a bit of brass banding...

Fountain City

Fountain City success makes a mark in Kansas

December 10 • The UK tour success of Fountain City in claiming podium finishes at Brass in Concert and the Scottish Open has certainly made a mark back home in Kansas.

Portraits of Tibshelf

Godley's cream given retrospective

December 10 • The work of renowned i-pad artist Mik Godley has been given a retrospective by the influential East Midlands Contemporary Visual Arts Network — including the innovative Portraits of Tibshelf project.

Northop Silver Band - Rhys Meirion & Denbighshire Youth Choir

Monday 11 December • St. Asaph Cathedral LL17 0RD

Strata Brass -

Wednesday 13 December • Rockingham Centre,Sheffield Road,Hoyland Common,Nr Barnsley S74 1DQ

South London Fellowship Band -

Wednesday 13 December • John Lewis Department Store. Bluewater. Kent DA9 9SA

Black Dyke Band - Queensbury Parish Church

Thursday 14 December • Queensbury Parish Church Halifax Road Queensbury BD13

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Thursday 14 December • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church Street. London. SE10 9BJ SE10 9BJ

Uppermill Band

December 10 • Cornet players required urgently in preparation for the upcoming Contest season. Positions negotiable on ability. If you are looking for a change or moving into the area come and join us in a rehearsal. We are a friendlly team with ambition to succeed

Newstead Brass

December 9 • Newstead Brass require Bass player (EEb or BBb) to join our established Midlands Championship section band.

Newstead Brass

December 9 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable) Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer