The Adrian City Band was founded in 1838 by William Tutten as the Adrian Brass Band and later evolved to a full concert band instrumentation. The Adrian City Band is believed to be the one of the oldest continuously active community band in the United States.
This is Adrian, Michigan's own community band. We give free and family-friendly concerts of traditional band music including marches, medleys from nearly every genre, classical transcriptions, and newer art music written specifically for wind ensemble. We frequently feature talented solo musicians from throughout the county.
The Adrian City Band is poised to continue sharing music with the City of Adrian and its surrounding communities as it approaches its historic bicentennial. The City Band will continue to provide relevant, educational, and entertaining musical experiences enriching the lives of its audience as well as it band members.
Brian is in his second year as the director of the Adrian City Band. He is a Blissfield native and has played as a member with the band (on Tuba) through his formative years in high school and again as he returned to the area after pursuing a degree in Music Performance from Eastern Michigan University. While attending EMU he was principal tubist for both the EMU symphony orchestra as well as the Wind Symphony. In 2011 he won the William Stewart Undergraduate soloist competition and was featured as a soloist with the EMU Symphonic Band. He served as the president of the EMU chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, an International Professional Music Fraternity. After graduating he served as the Administrative Assistant for the EMU Bands Department for several years. During his time at the EMU School of Music and Dance, both as a student and as a staff member, Brian had the opportunity to study and collaborate with a diverse and accomplished sampling of music educators, conductors and performers including, Matt Tropman, Aaron Tindall, Gail Robertson, Mark Waymire, John Zastoupil, Trey Jacobs, Amy Knopps, and Mary Schneider.
Brian is currently active as a guest clinician and a freelance musician in Southeastern Michigan where he works with several area music programs. He maintains a studio of musicians to whom he teaches private lessons and frequently performs in the pit orchestras of several area musical theater productions including those of the Croswell Opera House. In addition to playing tuba and conducting, he also plays jazz bass and is active in his local church choir. Brian also serves on the Board of Directors for LSM Performing Arts, Inc. a music, marching and pageantry arts organization based in Southgate, Michigan
“For the years I participated in high school, and now again as I have returned to Lenawee county, the Adrian City Band has been such a welcoming and warm place to share and develop my lifelong passion for music. The hours I have spent with this ensemble have been paramount to my journey as a musician and human. I hope to pass on this passion and provide an opportunity for other musicians to develop their passions and cultivate treasured memories and friendships with some of Lenawee county’s finest musicians.”