Inspired by the 1996 British movie Brassed Off, the band was originally formed by members of the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble as the Austin Wonder Brass in 2005. In 2011 the name was changed to Austin Brass Band.
Our conductor is John Caputo. As a member of the USAF Band of the West at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio he plays euphonium with the Concert Band and trombone with the Jazz Ensemble. He earned a Music Education degree from Duquesne University where he studied euphonium with Brian Bowman. He earned a Masters degree in Euphonium Performance from The University of Michigan where he studied with Mark Fisher and Fritz Kaenzig. His experience with British style brass bands includes the Georgia Brass Band.
See a documentary on YouTube about the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. This is the real story behind the movie Brassed Off.
Danny Boy from the movie Brassed Off. In memeory of Pete Postlethwaite
As far as we know, there are only three British style brass bands in Texas. The others are in Houston and North Texas.
We rehearse Monday evenings 7:30PM - 9:30PM at
Covenant United Methodist Church,
4410 Duval Road, Austin, Texas 78727 Map
Austin Brass Band Roster