The goal of this competition is to encourage the further growth and development of the brass band movement in North America by providing a unique and exciting forum for the participating bands and by promoting the highest standards of performance and entertainment.
Towards this end, the U.S. Open is an entertainment contest in format, which is unique among brass band contests in North America. No test piece will be required. Instead, each band will perform a 25-minute set of music of their choosing. Judging will be open, and the adjudicators will be among the finest and most experienced available.
Along with a cash prize and trophy, the winning band overall will be crowned U.S. Open Champions, while awards and prizes will also be offered in several other categories, including 2nd Place, Most Entertaining, Best Performance of a March, Best Featured Soloist, Best New Composition or Arrangement for Brass band and Most Outstanding Percussion Section.
The U.S. Open features vendor exhibits from the highest quality and most respected names in brass and percussion as well as a vast selection of printed and recorded music. Previous sponsors and vendors have included Besson, Kanstul, Getzen, Smith-Watkins, Dennis wick, Yamaha, Brasswind Research, The Salvation Army, and many others. This is a great opportunity to check out the best in brass music, recordings, instruments and accessories.