Pikes Peak Brass Band, formerly known as the Fountain Creek Brass
Band, was formulated in the fall of 1998, when Jim Fady, Carl
Vail, Frank Hilligas, and Mel Graner decided to start a brass band
in Colorado Springs, CO. They learned that noted conductor
and composer Paul Curnow, who previously conducted the Rocky Mountain Brassworks, was moving to the
area and it was easily agreed that gaining
his expertise to help develop and lead the new brass band was of the
In November 1998,
the four founding members presented their plan to Paul over lunch,
persuading him to assume the conductorís position. It was decided
that rehearsals would begin in January if the founding members could
assemble the required personnel. They
worked diligently to recruit quality brass and percussion players and
the band had its first rehearsal in January 1999,
squeezing into Mel Granerís music store in Colorado Springs.
In March 1999, the band invited
to join the group as the associate conductor.
The band presented its first concert on June 17, 1999, at Soda
Springs Park in Manitou Springs and the band still performs an annual
summer series at the location. The
band's first formal concert was October 17, 1999, at Sunrise United
In 2002, a new
job took Paul Curnow away to California and he conducted his final
concert with The Fountain Creek Brass Band on May 5, 2002.
assumed the principal conductor's role, leading the band into the future without missing a
addition to presenting their own concerts, the band has shared concerts with a number of bands in the area.
In keeping with the founding characteristic of supporting
musical education and the community, the band has given clinics and
performed joint concerts with multiple youth organizations including
the CSU Pueblo Honor Band, the Tri-Peaks League Honor Band, and many
middel schools and high schools in the Front Range area.
The band has also shared concerts with the Air Force Academy
Band & 4th ID Army Band at the Colorado Internaltional Tattoo, the
Concert Band, the CSU Pueblo Wind Symphony, The Rocky
Mountain Brassworks, The Golden Eagle Brass Band, and The Little
In October 2014,
the band was renamed
to the Pikes Peak Brass Band. The ensemble was preparing to enter its
first national brass band competition and decided there was a need to
clearly distinguish the ensemble on a national level, while also
providing a well known geographical location with which the band could
Since its founding,
the Pikes Peak Brass Band has maintained high musical standards for
all of its members. These standards have infused the band with new
talent, helping it to evolve into a truly outstanding representative
of British brass music.
Summer 1999: First
concert at Soda Springs Park. Across the front (left to right) is
Jeremiah Fowler, Frank Hilligas, Paul Curnow, Carl Vail, & Chris Welch.
27 April 2000: Paul Curnow conducting the combined FCBB and middle school kids.
December 1999: Christmas concert at First Christian Church.
Summer 2000: First
of many 4th of July concerts at the Rock Ledge Ranch .
Summer, 2000: Summer Series
Concert at Soda Springs. Carl Vail and Buddy Laws preparing to play a duet.
Becky & Paul Curnow and Debbie Baker
at Paul's farewell concert in May 2002.