Youth Brass Seminar

COVID-19 Update

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers is always our first priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The 2020 Kickin’ Brass Youth Seminar will now be held as an online distance-learning event.  Please see this page for the details.

World-Class Experience!

The 2020 Youth Brass Seminar is an incredible “not to be missed” opportunity to work with and learn from the finest brass performers in the country!  The 2020 seminar takes place in an online distance learning format from Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17.


Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Michael Garasi possesses extraordinary stage charisma and ease of connection with both students and audiences. With an intuitive and instinctive understanding of and passion for music, Mr. Garasi is one of the most engaging and exciting professional conductors of our day.


Our faculty includes renowned performers who teach in highly regarded institutions including the Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Also on the faculty are outstanding free-lance musicians who play in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and with some of the most sought-after ensembles. This year’s seminar faculty are: Rex Richardson (trumpet), Rich Kelley (trumpet), Adam Unsworth (french horn), Gail Robertson (euphonium), Tony Baker (trombone), William Russell (tuba), Dave Coash (percussion), and John Beck (percussion).


The 5-day seminar will feature daily sectionals and master classes led by the all-star faculty as well as listening sessions and discussions with Michael Garasi. There will be daily solo performances followed by Q&A chats allowing the students to ask questions and interact with the BBBC musicians. Each participant will receive three individual online lessons with a faculty member, and all of the students and faculty will collaborate on a “Virtual Band” recording project that will be released during the week following the event.


All students and faculty will collaborate on a “Virtual Band” recording project that will be released during the week following the event.


Tuition for the 2020 "Kickin Brass" Youth Seminar is $50. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information about financial aid assistance, please indicate that on the registration form or contact the Brass Band of Battle Creek office at 269-789-2222 or by email at


All brass and percussion students currently in grades 8-12 (2020 high school graduates are also eligible) are invited to register. Click the following link, 2020 Kickin' Brass Youth Seminar Registration, to register.  Registration is currently open to Calhoun County students, registration for all students opens at 12:00 pm (noon) on May 21st.


Payment of tuition for the seminar may be made by credit card or PayPal when completing the registration form.  Payment by check is acceptable, but registration will not be considered complete until payment has been received by the Brass Band of Battle Creek's Business Office.  Checks should be made payable to the Brass Band of Battle Creek and mailed to the BBBC at P.O. Box 556, Marshall, MI 49068.  Any refund of tuition is at the sole discretion of the Brass Band of Battle Creek.


If you have questions about the registration form, financial aid available, the activities/hours of the seminar, the faculty, or anything else, contact Shannon Aikins at 269-789-2222 or by email at, or Jerry Rose at