Education Outreach

EDUCATION OUTREACH is a cornerstone program of MCBB, providing several activities developed over a number of years to augment school music programs. In-school residences are specifically designed to expose students to professional guest clinicians, music directors and the brass band art form. Click the tabs below to learn more about the MCBB Education Outreach programs.

  • Artistic Residencies
  • Motor City Youth Brass Band
  • Motor City Youth Brass Day

Artistic Residencies

Artistic Residencies provide a day long program with in-school clinics and workshops and an evening concert with MCBB, the guest clinician, a guest music director and student ensembles.

In addition to the sponsors listed below, MCBB
Artistic Residencies are also sponsored by the
National Endowment for the Arts and the
Michigan Arts & Culture Council

MCBB has worked with multiple schools across Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties and beyond including:

Wyandotte Roosevelt

Waterford Kettering

Southgate Anderson

Van Dyke

L’Anse Creuse


Warren Lincoln

Oakland Christian

Utica Eisenhower



Chippewa Valley


Dearborn Annapolis

Rochester Adams


Anchor Bay

St. Clair

Royal Oak


Philip Hannevik - 2022

Clinician: Philip Hannevik - Norwegian championship conductor
Location: Southfield


David King - 2022

Clinician: David King, world renown Cornet and Conductor
Location: Southfield


Bona Opatich and Toby Kmet - 2020

Clinicians: Bona Opatich and Toby Kmet, Detroit area music educators and MCBB mucicians
Location: Southfield High School for Arts and Technology


Rex Richardson - 2018

Sponsors: Troy High School

Anonymous Donor


Sponsors: Annapolis High School

Annapolis Music Boosters

Clinician: Rex Richardson, world renown trumpet soloist
Locations: Troy High School and Dearborn Annapolis High School


David Jackson - 2017


Clinician: David Jackson, Professor of Trombone at the University of Michigan
MCBB Guest Conductor: Mr. Greg Payton
Location: Chippewa Valley High School



Andrew Mitchell - 2016


Clinician: Andrew Mitchell, Principal Trombone of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Midland Symphony Orchestra
MCBB Guest Conductor: Mr. Greg Payton

Location: Wyandotte Roosevelt High School


Colonel Thomas Palmatier - 2016


Retired leader of the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own", COL Palmatier conducted clinics at Rochester High School, Utica Eisenhower High School, Iroquois Middle School, and with the Motor City Youth Brass Band.


John Rutherford - 2016


Detroit's leading freelance trombonist - Lapeer High School, St. Clair Middle School, and Anchor Bay High School
MCBB Guest Conductor: Mr. Greg Payton


William Lucas - 2015


A member of the trumpet section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Dearborn Heights Annapolis High School and Rochester Adams High School
MCBB Guest Conductors: Mr. Greg Payton and Dr. Kenneth Kroesche

Dennis Nulty - 2014


Principal tuba for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Dearborn High School, Utica Eisenhower High School, and Oakland Christian School
MCBB Guest Conductor: Mr. Thomas Hanton

David Ammer - 2013

Oakland County

Principal trumpet Michigan Opera Theater - Waterford Kettering High School.
MCBB Guest Conductor Mr. Thomas Hanton

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John Rutherford 2012


Detroit's leading freelance Trombonist  – Fraser High School 2012
MCBB Guest Conductor Dr. Dennis L. Horton

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John Rutherford 2012

Detroit Recreation

Detroit's leading freelance Trombonist  – Southgate Middle and High Schools
MCBB Guest Conductor Thomas Hanton

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Kris Johnson 2011


Kris Johnson trumpeter, composer, educator, and jazz lecturer, the Ohio State University – Lamphere High School

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Motor City Youth Brass Band

Motor City Youth Brass Band (MCYBB) provides an after school program for students to participate in a brass band ensemble experiencing its unique instrumentation and sound. Instruments are available on loan to students, low/mid/high brass and percussion sectional instruction is provided along with full band rehearsal and concert performances. These performances have included, beginning in 2014, competing in the North American Brass band Championships. CLICK HERE to see some videos of the band members and their parents commenting on their experiences.

MCYBB instruments and equipment are provided by granters Ronald McDonald House Charities, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, DeRoy Foundation, D'Addario Foundation and Lula C. Wilson Trust.

Learn more about MCYBB by visiting their web site at or contacting conductor Bona s

Rehearsals at the Southfield Music School

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Motor City Youth Brass Day

Motor City Youth Brass Day provides an introduction to the brass band held on a Saturday in late November as a kick-off to the MCYBB season. Students from Middle School through College age spend the day in sectional and full band rehearsals culminating in grand concert for friends and family including a mass performance by MCBB and MCYBD students.

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