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eurobrass e.V.

Our Goals

Through our music, our interaction with each other and with host families, and through the spoken word, eurobrass seeks to achieve the following five goals:

#1 Worship
Together with other Christians we enter into the presence of God and magnify his name.

#2 Evangelism
We identify ourselves as believers in Jesus Christ and seek opportunities to share that faith.

#3 Encouragement of believers
We help carry the burden of believers where we serve and desire to see them renewed and refreshed. Our concerts and workshops also provide new motivation for local church brass choirs.

#4 Personal, spiritual and musical growth of eurobrass members
In addition to the musical challenge, we also commit ourselves to the mutual nurturing and encouragement of our fellow team members.

#5 Support of like-minded organizations in Germany
Through cooperative efforts and, when possible, financial assistance we support the work of other organizations in Germany with which we share a common bond.

Founding and History

The first 30 years

Yesterday…

The history of eurobrass dates back to 1972, when musician Julian Bandy left his home in the United States for Germany. Julian served as a teacher at the German Bible Institute in Seeheim-Jugenheim, where he established a music department to complement the Institute’s programs in church work and missions. In 1978 Julian and a few brass-playing friends came together to form the first eurobrass ensemble.

Within a few years, the ensemble expanded beyond Julian’s circle of friends to include college students willing to devote their summers to the eight-week tour. In addition to concerts, Julian and the ensemble offered a brass seminar each summer for German musicians. The instrumentation of early ensembles differed – varying numbers of brass players, sometimes including organ.

New leadership
In 1993 eurobrass faced the unexpected death of its founder and leader, Julian Bandy. Two members of the ensemble took on leadership roles to continue the ministry of eurobrass: Angie Hunter and Chris Woods. Angie Hunter studied euphonium in the USA and trombone in Germany; until 2008 she served on the music staff of the German Bible Institute. Chris Woods lives in the USA, where he is an emeritus music faculty member at Greenville University, Illinois.

New tour structure
In 1999 eurobrass standardized its tour structure and instrumentation. The ensemble now consists of twelve musicians who participate in an annual three-week tour. The performers include both professional musicians and advanced college music majors from the USA and Germany. The current instrumentation—four trumpets, three horns, three trombones, one euphonium, and tuba – allows for great flexibility. eurobrass performs music from different genres and eras, offering a wide range of musical colors. The concert program changes yearly with our expanding repertoire.

eurobrass-Gründer Julian Bandy mit den ersten Mitgliedern

The 1987 eurobrass Ensemble. From left to right: Julian Bandy, Ted Griswold, Angie Hunter, David Love, Steffen Happel, John Barcanic, Matthias Müller

Carrying on a rich inheritance

…and today

Founding of the eurobrass nonprofit
For over thirty years eurobrass remained a ministry arm of the German Bible Institute. As both eurobrass and GBI continued to grow and change, it became apparent that a new organizational structure was needed to carry the ministry of eurobrass forward. To that end, the nonprofit organization „eurobrass – music that goes beyond“ was formed in March 2009, with Angie Hunter as its chairperson.

The eurobrass ensemble is the flagship of the nonprofit. In addition to the annual concert tour, the nonprofit offers leadership for brass choir rehearsals and workshops, creative worship services, and instrumental performances in church services and concerts. Through these and other related activities, eurobrass works year-round to support German brass players seeking to serve God and their local churches through music.

Growth of the leadership team
In 2018 the eurobrass leadership team doubled in size as ensemble members Kathryn Cheney and Ben Roundtree began the transition into leadership roles. Kathryn Cheney studied trumpet and worked as a church musician and music teacher in the United States before moving to Germany to join forces with eurobrass full-time. Tubist/bass trombonist, composer, and church musician Ben Roundtree and his family also live in Germany. In addition to his work with eurobrass, Ben and his wife Erin perform on handbells as the BellTree Duo. Angie, Chris, Ben, and Kathryn work together in praying, planning, and leading the ensemble. Chris and Ben also write most of the group’s arrangements

The joy of music
eurobrass performs nationally and internationally, to date in fourteen German states, Switzerland, and the USA. In addition to its annual concert tour, the ensemble has produced six CDs, available as mp3 downloads from Gerth Medien. These recordings document the impressive quality and breadth of the ensemble since 1996. More than 100 musicians have participated in eurobrass, with many returning for multiple tours. Each year an average of 4,000 enthusiastic listeners attend eurobrass concerts, as the ensemble continues to grow in popularity and prominence.

Rooted in faith
In all of this – both our 40-year-history and our present – we see God’s hand at work leading, carrying, and blessing this ministry. We honor our rich heritage and carry it on with joy, a deep sense of responsibility, and ongoing dependence on God. As an ensemble and an organization, we strive to communicate God’s greatness and goodness in such a way that our listeners recognize and experience the love of their Creator.

Gruppenfoto vom eurobrass-Ensemble am Strand

The 2016 eurobrass Ensemble on the beach in Warnemünde

The 2019 eurobrass Ensemble

Trumpet

Dr. John Anthony

Kathryn Cheney, Ensemble-Mitglied von eurobrass
Trumpet

Kathryn Cheney

Trumpet

Charles Pagnard

Trumpet

Dr. Sarah Stoneback

Horn

Michael Hall

Horn

Beth Lunt

Horn

Andrew Symington

Trombone and Euphonium

Angie Hunter

Trombone

Amanda Kana

Trombone

Nathan LeFeber

Bass Trombone

Ben Roundtree

Tuba

Dr. David Porter

Trumpet

Dr. John Anthony

Penns Creek, PA

John has served as Music Department Chair at Ohio Christian University (2007–2018) and Penn View Bible Institute (2018–present) and has performed with the Columbus Symphony, Pro Musica, the Dayton Philharmonic, and the Nittany Valley Symphony. He has graduate trumpet performance degrees from Penn State University and the University of Georgia. John and his wife, Edith, have two sons, twin daughters, and one granddaughter.

Years with eurobrass: 2018–2019

Trumpet

Kathryn Cheney

Bötzingen, Germany

After over a decade in church music ministry in her native Georgia, Kathryn now lives in Bötzingen am Kaiserstuhl, Germany, where she works year-round as part of the eurobrass leadership team. She holds degrees in trumpet performance from the University of Georgia and Ithaca College.

Years with eurobrass: 2012–2019; Workshop 2012, 2015, 2018

Trumpet

Charles Pagnard

Centerville, OH

Charles is Principal Trumpet for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Ohio, and the Carillon Brass. He has recorded and traveled extensively with the Cincinnati Symphony. He also serves as Professor Emeritus at Cedarville University, Ohio, and for many years he was Minister of Worship and Music at Washington Heights Baptist Church.

Years with eurobrass: 2007–09, 2011, 2013–14, 2017, 2019

Trumpet

Dr. Sarah Stoneback

Bozeman, MT

Sarah is an innovative and exuberant performer with over twenty years professional performance experience. She currently serves as the Trumpet Professor at Montana State University School of Music and holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Bozeman Symphony.

Years with eurobrass: 2011, 2013–2014, 2017, 2019; Workshop 2018

Horn

Michael Hall

Baltimore, MD

Michael is Principal Horn of the National Philharmonic and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, freelances in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, and teaches private lessons in French horn and piano. He was a scholarship student at the Peabody Conservatory and University of Cincinnati.

Years with eurobrass: 2018–2019

Horn

Beth Lunt

Gaithersburg, MD

Beth teaches and plays horn in Gaithersburg and the Washington, D.C. area. She holds degrees in Horn Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Music Education from Cairn University.

Years with eurobrass: 1992, 1995–1999, 2002, 2014, 2017–2019; Workshop 2018

Horn

Andrew Symington

Pittsburgh, PA

Andrew is a freelance horn player in and around Pittsburgh. He is 2nd Horn of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the orchestras of Akron and Canton, Ohio. He studied horn at Cedarville University, Ohio, and Carnegie Mellon University n Pittsburgh.

Years with eurobrass: 2012, 2018–2019

Trombone and Euphonium

Angie Hunter

Greenwich, OH

Angie studied euphonium at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and the University of Illinois, and trombone at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany. After 20 years as a Bible college music teacher, she now provides leadership for the non-profit organization eurobrass – music that goes beyond, as well as Vivace Arts, a Christian arts academy in rural Ohio.

Years with eurobrass: 1985–2019; Workshop 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018

Trombone

Amanda Kana

Fort Worth, TX

Amanda is an active freelance musician and teacher in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas. She maintains a private studio of approximately 80 low brass students and performs regularly with her brass ensemble, Center Stage Brass. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, Texas, and Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University.

Years with eurobrass: 2016–2019; Workshop 2018

Trombone

Nathan LeFeber

Kearney, NE

Nathan has been teaching instrumental music in Nebraska since 2005. He currently runs a large band program in Kearney, Nebraska, where he has been recognized for excellence in music education. In addition to his teaching schedule, he has performed on trombone with professional ensembles including the Hastings Symphony Orchestra and the Flatwater Jazz Orchestra. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Julie, and they have four children: Evelyn and Sylvia, Abraham, and Mordecai.

Years with eurobrass: 2016–2019

Bass Trombone

Ben Roundtree

Rötenberg, Germany

After working at a large church in Washington, D.C. for 18 years, Ben now lives in Rötenberg in the Black Forest with his wife Erin and their daughters Elise and Emily, who has CHARGE Syndrome. He has performed on tuba and bass trombone with eurobrass, King’s Brass, and The Dominion Brass, and has conducted his own music with the Worship Orchestra of Washington, Rostock Brass, and the Liya Orchestra in Ukraine. Ben and Erin have performed their handbell duets at McLean Bible Church, at the White House, and in the Black Forest, Hessen, and Thüringen.

Years with eurobrass: 2000, 2003, 2012, 2015–2019; Workshop 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018

Tuba

Dr. David Porter

Springfield, VA

David, retired CMSgt tubist, The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University, University of New Mexico, and George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, where he is now Adjunct Brass Faculty. David also works as a freelance musician: he plays Principal Tuba in the Tysons McLean Orchestra, is on the Faculty of the Masterworks Festival, and maintains a private teaching studio.

Years with eurobrass: 2013–2019