Pikes Peak Brass Band    
 
History
 

Tthe 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 utmost priority.

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 Debbie Baker 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 Methodist Church. 

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.  Debbie Baker assumed the principal conductor's role, leading the band into the future without missing a beat.

In 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 Colorado College Concert Band, the CSU Pueblo Wind Symphony, The Rocky Mountain Brassworks, The Golden Eagle Brass Band, and The Little London Winds.

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 be identified.

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.

 


 

Historic Band Pictures

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
.

 

1999: First formal concert

 



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.

 

May 2002: Becky & Paul Curnow and Debbie Baker 
at Paul's farewell concert in May 2002.

 

 

 

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