The Brass Band of Huntsville began with the vision of Paul Zubrod, a trombone-playing WWII veteran who saw combat in Germany and Czechoslovakia as a member of Patton’s 3rd Army. Paul embarked on a successful career in the defense industry while playing his trombone and leading numerous dance bands in the Columbus, Ohio area.
While on business in England, Paul heard a BBC broadcast of a brass band competition and he was hooked. The powerful and proficient brass band sound of that broadcast sparked Paul’s dream of starting a brass band when he returned to the United States. Following retirement, Paul and his wife Marilyn moved to Huntsville, where he put his dream of starting a brass band into motion. Through many phone calls and countless hours of hard work and perseverance, the Brass Band of Huntsville (BBoH) conducted its first rehearsal on April 30, 2001. Paul passed peacefully on March 19, 2014, and we will miss him very much.
Since 2001, the band has expanded its repertoire and continues to entertain audiences throughout Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley. The BBoH has also participated in the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) competition, winning the Open division in 2009 and placing 2nd in the second division in 2013. We are looking for corporate sponsors to help us go back to competition in 2015 with hopes of winning the second division.
Conductor & Artistic Director
Dr. W. David Spencer is Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Brass Band of Huntsville and also plays in the first cornet section of the group. Dr. Spencer has been director of bands at Huntsville HIgh School since 1980, received a B.S. in Business and Music from Auburn University, a Master of Music (Music History, Conducting, Trumpet) from University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He is also founder and conductor of the Twickenham Winds, an adult community band in Huntsville. He has performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra for thirty-one years, ten as principal trumpet.
Board of Directors
- President – Tim Patterson
- Vice President – Kent Eversmeyer
- Treasurer – Jeff Stewart
- Secretary – To be named
- Members at Large: David Spencer, George Kraft (Personnel Manager), Roque Haines (Librarian), Adam Dauro, Troy Alaway, Ralph Klar, Ian Lowther, Emily Parker, Jennifer Hill, Laurie Volkmar (Webmaster)
Brass Band of Huntsville
Email: BrassBandOfHuntsville (at) gmail (dot) com