The Classic Brass band was established in early 1988. It was the brainchild of David Maker of the University of Connecticut, who conceived of the band as a way to provide the opportunity for adult musicians (e.g. UConn alumni) to continue active involvement in music after graduating from school or college. During the first year or so, Classic Brass rehearsed regularly and presented several public concerts in central Connecticut towns. An early high point was a performance at the 1st Annual Adult Wind Band Festival, held at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA on 7 May 1989. Unfortunately, later that same year Maker withdrew as Director. Thereafter ensued some seven plus lean years during which Classic Brass struggled continuously with instability in leadership, personnel and direction.
In 1997, Corinne Zanetti assumed the position of Director of the Classic Brass band. Corinne's patience as a director, tenacity as a manager, and integrity as a performing musician enabled the band to become a viable performing musical organization once again under her leadership. Classic Brass adopted a schedule of appearances usually consisting of two concerts in the late spring and another two around the December holiday season. Sadly Classic Brass lost Corinne as their leader when her duties as a public school music teacher and desire for a more civilized personal life led her to resign after the annual appearance by the band at the Festival of Trees and Traditions at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT in December 1999.
Early in the following year, Dave Yutzey sought to absorb a portion of the copious free time afforded by his retirement by taking up the operational duties of the Classic Brass band. He also prevailed upon a long-time friend and first-rate professional musician, Tom Labadorf, to become its new Director. Under Tom’s tenure, the band continued to develop, increasing the number of performances offered each season and nearly doubling the size of its music library with the purchase of commercially available brass band sets and the creation of some original arrangements by band members. In Fall 2002, Classic Brass gave its first concert with an all upright Eb tenor horn section as just one more small step towards becoming a truly British-style brass band.
In the summer of 2003, Adam Crowe, whose “day job” is tubist with the U.S. Coast Guard Band, assumed directorship of Classic Brass, a position he held until summer 2017. Classic Brass enjoyed continued growth and success during Adam’s tenure, with many challenging pieces added to the band’s repertoire. The band is currently seeking a new music director.