Mission and Staff

Board of Directors

From left: Douglas Riggs (Chair), Susan Birch Reinoehl (Secretary), T.R. Shaw (Immediate Past Chair), John J.H. Schwarz (MD Director), Gary Longman (Treasurer), Jane Parikh-Simons (Director), Kyle Labreque (Director). Missing from photo: Richard C. Lindsey, Jr (Vice Chair), Jean Krohn (Director), Terris Todd (Director)

Founding Directors and Staff

From Left: Bill Gray (Founding Producer), Jerry Rose (Education Director), Jim Gray (Founding Producer), Shannon Aikins (Executive Director)

 

About Jerry

Jerry Rose was hired as the Brass Band of Battle Creek’s Education Director in September 2020 after a successful 33-year career as a music educator and band director. He taught in the Michigan school districts of Pennfield, Coldwater and Charlotte where his bands earned over seventy division one ratings at MSBOA festivals and numerous other awards and honors. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Olivet College in 1986 and his Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in 1993. He is a low brass specialist, and performed as a tubist in the BBBC for the first five years of its existence. Jerry’s passion for music education is a driving force behind the current BBBC Education Initiative as he continues to design, implement, and adapt the education program to meet the needs of local students, music programs, and the greater Battle Creek community.


About Shannon

Shannon was hired as the Brass Band of Battle Creek’s Business Office Manager in 2016, named Interim Executive Director in 2019, and was appointed as the Executive Director in 2020. Prior to joining the Brass Band of Battle Creek, Shannon held Administrative Assistant positions at Albion College, State Farm Insurance, and Oaklawn Hospital.

A multi-tasking champion, Shannon’s organizational skills are unparalleled in the fast-paced leadership role of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a world-renowned performing arts and youth education nonprofit. With over 25 years of experience in creating positive customer interactions, Shannon’s passion for the BBBC is infectious and sharing the resources of the band through community outreach programs continues to be a top priority.

History

“To bring joy, understanding and inspiration through the power of music”

– BBBC Mission Statement

Over the last 25 years the Brass Band of Battle Creek (BBBC) has established itself as one of the premier brass/percussion ensembles in the world. Through a wonderful relationship with its local audience and the generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation the band has seen its membership grow to include some of the finest brass/percussion performers in the United States and Europe. Members have included: Mr. Steven Mead, professor of euphonium, Birmingham Conservatoire (U.K.), Mr. Jens Lindeman, former member Canadian Brass, Ryan Anthony, former member Canadian Brass, Mr. Wycliffe Gordon, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Mr. Woodrow English, principal trumpet, U.S. Army Band, Mr. Sam Pilafian, professor of tuba and euphonium Arizona State University and founding member of Empire Brass, Mr. Scott Hartman, former member of the famous Empire Brass and professor of trombone at Boston University. Conductors have included Mr. Howard Snell, formerly principal trumpet, London Symphony Orchestra and also a noted composer and arranger of brass band music and Mr. Mark Gould, Principal Trumpet Emeritus of the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The BBBC is best known for its ability to expertly perform many styles of music. From swing, to brass band classics, orchestral transcriptions show tunes, pop selections, dance music, marches and dixieland the BBBC will wow you with its stunning energy, power and technical virtuosity.

The BBBC has performed at many prestigious events: as featured band at the International Trombone Association Convention, the International Trumpet Guild Convention, the Calvin College “January Series” and the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY. In 1998 the BBBC became the first band from the United States to perform as guest band at the British National Brass Band Championships held in London’s Royal Albert Hall. This happened as part of the band’s 10-day tour of the United Kingdom, which also saw performances in Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester. The band has twice performed with legendary trumpet soloist Doc Severinsen. In 2000 the band performed as a guest artist on the University of Kentucky’s Artist Series. 2001 performances included the Interlochen Arts Society Series, the University Musical Society Series at the University of Michigan (the first performance ever by a brass band). At this performance the BBBC set a record for CD sales in the legendary 4200 seat Hill Auditorium. In April of 2002 the band performed in Cincinnati as guest artist at the North American Brass Band Association Championships thus becoming the only brass band to perform as guest artist at both the North American Championship and the British National Brass Band Championship.

In the spring of 2005, the BBBC completed an eight-day tour of Florida with performances at the Naples Philharmonic Center, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Ruth Eckerd Hall, The King Center and the Englewood Performing Arts Series. The BBBC was selected by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as the featured performer at its 75th Anniversary performance in August of 2005. The BBBC was also selected by the Kellogg Foundation as one of its Outstanding Grantee’s in the 75-year history of the Foundation.

The BBBC has released 10 compact discs: Sing, Sing, Sing, Britain and Brass, Sleigh Bells and Brass, Fight Songs of the Big Ten, and Brassmatazz, Live One, Live 2 and Live 3 (featuring music performed in concert since 1994), Music for Battle Creek and A Christmas Festival.