Crossroads Brass Band
Crossroads Brass Band was founded in March 2012 by Don Bookout. Early rehearsals were held at Franklin College. Rehearsals moved to Franklin Community Middle School when the band needed more space. The band proudly maintains the title of Franklin College Visiting Ensemble. Starting out with neither funds nor equipment and a few brass band arrangements, the band has relied upon other brass groups for music and support, including, The Indianapolis Brass Choir and River Brass, Evansville, IN. Indianapolis is considered a crossroads of America; therefore the “Crossroads Brass Band” was natural choice as a name for the new organization. NABBA membership and competition is a charter objective and viewed as a critical component in the future growth and improvement of the band. Our goal is to become the premier amateur ensemble in Central Indiana.
Members come from Indianapolis and surrounding communities as far away as Bloomington to the south and Kokomo to the north. Like many community-based organizations our members have a variety of musical experiences including former and current band directors, retired military and dedicated amateurs seeking a more challenging and rewarding experience. While there are several community bands in the area, Crossroads is the only “British” brass band and possibly the first brass band since the end of the civil war. The band made its first public performance in October 2012, just a few weeks after the first rehearsal and entered the 2014 NABBA Championship in Grand Rapids, MI.