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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 2022 eurobrass Ensemble

Trumpet

Simon Bald

Kathryn Cheney, Ensemble-Mitglied von eurobrass
Trumpet

Kathryn Cheney

Trumpet

Dr. Matt Dueppen

Trumpet

Dr. Brian Reichenbach

Horn

Stephen Foster

Horn

Susan Frazier

Horn

Dr. Kim Rooney Hagelstein

Trombone and Euphonium

Angie Hunter

Trombone

Amanda Kana

Trombone

Nathan LeFeber

Bass Trombone

Ben Roundtree

Tuba

Dr. David Porter

Trumpet

Simon Bald

Siegen, Germany

Simon grew up in Haiger and now lives in nearby Siegen, where he works as a Supply Chain Manager. He performs regularly with the brass ensemble Pro Musica Sacra Siegen, the band Soul Affair, Brass Band Westfalen, and the chamber orchestra Camerata Instrumentale. He also performs with various other orchestras and ensembles in North-Rhine Westphalia and Frankfurt. Along with music, Simon’s hobbies include mountain biking, travel, and cars.

Years with eurobrass: 2007–11, 2013–15, 2017–18, 2022

Trumpet

Kathryn Cheney

Bötzingen, Germany

Kathryn Cheney grew up surrounded by music: her parents are active amateur musicians who sang and played in church choirs and orchestras, as well as playing with dance bands and other ensembles. Kathryn followed in their footsteps, coaxing her first notes out of the trumpet under her father’s instruction. She went on to study trumpet at the University of Georgia and Ithaca College before spending 12 years performing, teaching, and working as a church musician in the Augusta, GA area. Kathryn joined eurobrass for the first time in 2012 and liked it so much, she decided to do it forever: In 2017 she moved to Germany to join the eurobrass leadership team. She now lives in Bötzingen, in southwest Germany’s Kaiserstuhl region, where she enjoys hiking in the local vineyards and continuing to follow her favorite American sports teams.

Years with eurobrass: 2012–2019, 2021–22; Workshop 2012, 2015, 2018

Trumpet

Dr. Matt Dueppen

Grand Rapids, MI

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Matt currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he is Adjunct Professor of Music at Cornerstone University. At Cornerstone he directs the CU Jazz Ensemble and Brass Ensemble, along with teaching Music History, Jazz Studies, Applied Brass, and Music Education courses. Matt earned degrees from California State University at Northridge (BA-Music), Lamar University in Texas (MM-Music Ed.), and Florida State University (DMA-Trumpet Performance). As a soloist, he has performed at the Reno Jazz Festival, with the National Christian Choir, and at several universities across the United States. For the last five years, Matt toured extensively in the United States with the renowned Christian brass ensemble Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass. His continued passion for music ministry led him to join eurobrass in 2022. He loves traveling, spending time with his family, working out, and hiking with his new puppy, Tessa.

Years with eurobrass: 2022

Trumpet

Dr. Brian Reichenbach

Cleveland, TN

Inspired by his church music minister (and a bugle-playing Curious George), Brian Reichenbach knew at an early age that he wanted to play the trumpet. Now he teaches trumpet to the next generation at Lee University in Tennessee and at Csehy Summer School of Music in Pennsylvania. As a performer, Brian has played with various orchestras including the Chattanooga Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony, and Chicago Sinfonietta, as well as chamber ensembles such as the International Chamber Artists and New Chicago Brass. He performs often with concert organist Rhonda Sider Edgington; they recently released a recording as the Great Lakes Duo. When he’s not playing or teaching, Brian enjoys cooking, hiking to waterfalls, mountain biking, and camping with his wife and four kids (all violin players).

Years with eurobrass: 2001, 2008, 2022

Horn

Stephen Foster

Jackson, MI

Hornist Stephen Foster has had an interest in music from a young age. At the age of three, upon hearing a violinist play in church, he stood up on the pew, enraptured, and told his mother, “I am going to play that someday.” This was the beginning of many years of violin lessons, which led to horn playing when school band was the only option. He went on to receive undergraduate degrees in Horn Performance and Music Theory from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Horn Performance from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Stephen and his wife, Shelby, have two university-aged children, Stephen and Michael Lynne, and live in Jackson, Michigan. He plays horn in local symphonies in Jackson and Lansing and has worked for 25 years as a project manager for a family-owned fire protection contractor.

Years with eurobrass: 2022

Horn

Susan Frazier

Frisco, TX

Susan Frazier grew up in Minnesota and began studying horn at age 12. She earned a BMus in both Horn Performance and Music Technology from Northwestern University and a MMus in Horn Performance from Southern Methodist University. Since graduating from SMU, Susan has been freelancing and teaching in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She is currently Principal Horn of the Plano Symphony and the Irving Symphony, 3rd Horn of the East Texas Symphony, and Associate Principal Horn of the Dallas Winds. She also performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera, and the Tulsa Symphony. In 1998 Susan and her husband, Nathan, founded Imperial Brass, a professional brass ensemble that performs extensively in the DFW area. The group has produced six albums so far. Susan and Nathan live in Frisco, TX with their two boys (ages 15 and 11) and four dogs.

Years with eurobrass: 2022

Horn

Dr. Kim Rooney Hagelstein

Waco, TX

Dr. Kim Rooney Hagelstein teaches horn and other music courses at Tarleton State University and McLennan Community College in Texas. In addition to teaching, she performs regularly as Principal Horn of the Temple Symphony Orchestra and Second Horn of the Waco Symphony Orchestra. Kim has performed both domestically and abroad with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, eurobrass, the Carl Rosa Opera Company, and the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Tarleton State University Wind Ensemble, the McLennan Community College Wind Ensemble, the University of Missouri University Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Liberty Symphony Orchestra.

Kim studied at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is wife to Paul and mother to Phillip (8) and Phoebe (6). In her free time, she enjoys baking with her kids.

Years with eurobrass: 2002–06, 2008–11, 2018, 2022

Trombone and Euphonium

Angie Hunter

Greenwich, OH

eurobrass co-leader Angie Hunter has the privilege of calling two countries home: She was born and raised in the USA and later lived almost 27 years in Germany. She is similarly at home with the two instruments she plays with eurobrass. She took to the euphonium first, obtaining degrees in music from Bowling Green State University and the University of Illinois. Along the way she picked up trombone, completing postgraduate studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany. Angie provides leadership for the nonprofit organizations “eurobrass—music that goes beyond” and Vivace Arts, a Christian arts academy in rural Ohio.

Years with eurobrass: 1985–2019, 2021–22; Workshop 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018

Trombone

Amanda Kana

Fort Worth, TX

A passionate trombonist and dedicated music educator, Amanda Kana maintains an active schedule in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond. As a member of Center Stage Brass and the Coal Hill Quartet, the has appeared in recitals and performances throughout the state of Texas, including showcase performances at conferences of the Texas Music Educators Association, the International Trombone Festival, and the International Trumpet Guild. She maintains a successful private studio that boasts over seventy students who consistently earn top placement in honor bands and solo competitions. Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Baylor University, Texas, and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from Texas Christian University.

Years with eurobrass: 2016–2019, 2022; Workshop 2018

Trombone

Nathan LeFeber

Kearney, NE

A Nebraska native, Nathan LeFeber received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a Master’s degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Iowa at Iowa City. He has been teaching instrumental music since 2003 and has been the band director at Kearney High School since 2011. Nathan has also performed on trombone with a number of professional ensembles including the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, Hastings Symphony, Plymouth Brass, Flatwater Jazz Orchestra, and the Kearney Jazz Society. Nathan is passionate about imparting his love of music, faith, and family to his students. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Julie, for nearly two decades, and they have four children: Evelyn, Sylvia, Abraham, and Mordecai.

Years with eurobrass: 2016–2019, 2022

Bass Trombone

Ben Roundtree

Rötenberg, Germany

Tubist, Bass Trombonist, and composer Ben Roundtree knew from a young age that he wanted to be a musician.  He began learning trumpet in the school band at age 10. Shortly after switching to tuba, he joined the church orchestra at age 12 and was part of the orchestra for 30 years, eventually as its director. Ben lives in Rötenberg in the Black Forest with his wife, Erin, and their daughters Elise and Emily, who has CHARGE Syndrome. In addition to offering workshops for church brass choirs (Posaunenchöre), he conducts the Bezirksposaunenchor Nagold. He performs with Landesblasorchester Baden-Württemberg, Quintessenz Brass, and Posaunenchor Rötenberg. As the BellTree Duo, Ben and Erin have performed handbell duet concerts together for over 20 years.

Years with eurobrass: 2000, 2003, 2012, 2015–2019, 2021–22; Workshop 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018

Tuba

Dr. David Porter

Springfield, VA

Dr. David Porter, 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 now serves as Adjunct Brass Faculty. David is also an active freelance musician, playing principal tuba in the Paragon Philharmonia, serving on the faculty of the Masterworks Festival, and maintaining a private teaching studio.

Years with eurobrass: 2013–2019, 2022