Support Motor City Brass Band

Motor City Brass Band depends on YOU, our friends and donors, to continue providing the terrific brass band music we've all come to enjoy. There are many ways for you to support the band. Browse through the tabs below for more information on how you can help, and THANK YOU for your support!

  • Corporate
  • Musicians
  • Volunteer
  • Wish List
  • Shop
  • Our Supporters

Motor City Brass Band Corporate Support Opportunities

We invite you to partner with the Motor City Brass Band as a supporter for our 2016 season.

In addition to supporting a truly unique and entertaining program of shows, Motor City Brass Band sponsorship provides a variety of benefits including visibility and access across print, web, and live audiences.

Choose one of the opportunities below, or work with us to design a unique support program to fit your needs. Options range from concerts in the park, homecoming, in-school clinic/concerts, senior programs, church and community center events, beginner student instruction, youth band, brass days music camps and instruments.

Upcoming events requiring support:

  • MCBB 2016-2017 Concert Series
    • Horns & Howls - The Terrifying 20 (October 23, 2016)
    • Sounds of the Season (December 18, 2016)
    • Motor City Festival of Bands 8 (April 9, 2017)
    • The Celebration Continues - 20 Years of Music (June 4, 2017)


Concert Co-Support: $500 each (up to five Supporters)

You will be recognized:

  • On our website with a link to your company website
  • On 1,000 postcard mailing
  • In all press and marketing materials
  • With signage prominently displayed at each sponsored concert
  • In programs distributed at the sponsored concert 
  • In all MCBB contributor lists

You will also receive ten complimentary tickets to the sponsored concert

Exclusive Concert Support: $2,500

Exclusive concert sponsorship includes all the benefits of co-support plus the following:

  • Forty additional complimentary tickets to the supported concert
  • An exclusive pre or post-concert event for your guests featuring musicians and refreshments


Underwrite a Guest Artist: $1,000

Guest Artist support includes all the benefits of concert co-support plus the following:

  • Ten additional complimentary tickets to the supported concert
  • An exclusive pre or post-concert event for your guests featuring guest artist and refreshments


Support a Musician: $200 - $3,000

Benefits commensurate to support level:

  • MCBB Musician: $200
  • MCBB Section Leader: $300
  • MCYBB Student Scholarship: $250
  • Beginner Youth Music Instructor: $2,000
  • MCBB Music Director: $2.500

Show your support by selecting your favorite section leader, band member, or Craig Strain and make a gift to sponsor him/her for the entire season!

Sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • Band member support: $200
  • Section leader support: $300
  • Music Director Support: $2,500 (May be shared among multiple individuals)


How the Musician Support Program works:

  • All band members are available for support.
  • Support is recognized for the remainder of the 2015-2016 subscription season.


MCBB Musician Supporter Benefits

All donors to the MCBB Support Program receive the following benefits:

  • Acknowledgement on the supporter list inserted in the 2015-16 program;
  • Recognition signage displayed at the April 10 and June 5 performances;
  • Complimentary tickets to MCBB’s performance on June 5;
  • An invitation to an exclusive donor reception; and
  • Special reserved seating options by request at all subscription concerts.

Partial gifts will be directed to the brand new General Musician Sponsorship Fund. Money in the GMSF will be allocated to unsponsored musicians when the campaign closes prior to the June 5 concert. Musician Sponsor Benefits apply to all full sponsors ($200/$300 respectively).

Section Leader Support - $300

Select one of these talented musicians to support for the entire season! Sponsors receive four total complimentary tickets to MCBB’s performance on June 5 and an opportunity to meet their supported musician at the donor reception.

Debra Kuptz, flugelhorn
Burr Huntington, cornet Keera Allen, baritone Casey Rakowski, Bb bass
Rob Roy cornet
Joe Robertson, repiano Liz Goulet, trombone  


Band Member Support - $200

Select your favorite instrument or musician to support for the season and receive two complimentary tickets to MCBB’s performance on June 5 and meet your supported musician at the donor reception.

Mark Gallop, Bb bass
Austin Flowers, cornet Kris Wood, tenor horn Deven Gallop, Bb bass*
Kelby Weilnau, cornet Chris Collins, tenor horn*
Eric Campbell, cornet
Brian Turner, cornet Andrew Hutchinson Doug Engle, Eb bass*
Walter Smith, cornet Devin Scicluna, baritone*
Dick McClelland, cornet* Mike Fisher, baritone*
Joe Palmer, cornet* Patricia Fisher, percussion
Dave Dahl, cornet* Kevin Kuptz, euphonium* Rob Abend, percussion*
Rachel Stevens, cornet* Bob Clark, trombone  
Paul Michelsen, flugelhorn* Jason Hefner, bass trombone*  
 * Substitute Member  


Music Director Support

Support Music Director & Conductor , for $2,500*

Support MCBB’s front man in part or in full and become a donor to “Craig Strain Support Campaign”! Donors of $150+ (for individuals) or $200+ (for couples) receive four complimentary tickets to MCBB’s performance on June 5 and an invitation to a supporter reception.

*Support of Craig Strain may be split among several individuals.

Community arts organizations such as ours cannot thrive without a strong network of volunteers. From our talented musicians to our event and marketing support, Motor City Brass Band's engine runs almost exclusively on volunteers. If you enjoy the band, consider volunteering! We can always use a helping hand or a little muscle power. If you would like to help, please call the MCBB Hotline at 248.788.6618 and leave a message, or drop an email to our volunteer coordinator will get back to you quickly. Listed below are a few areas of need.

  • Instrument transport to and from concert performances
  • Stage set up and design
  • Event support
    • Ticket sales & Will Call table
    • Merchandise sales
    • Audience survey
  • Administrative support
    • Help with mailings
    • Music library management
    • Office duties
    • Data Entry
    • Hotline support
  • Marketing support
    • Event flier distribution
    • Communications


The band is always in need of items to keep the great music flowing. Perhaps you would like to donate in this manner instead. We have developed a BAND WISH LIST toward this end. These items are based upon direct input from the band members, our director, and the MCBB Board of Directors. Some items are smaller, while some are quite significant and strategic in nature. If you are interested in helping with the wish list please contact us at

Item Approximate Value   Donor(s)
Musical Instrument Travel Trailer
COMPLETE! Thank You! Dr. Lenise Banse
Mr. John Martin
Mr, Richard McClelland
Ms. Mary Rankovich
Tympani Head Replacements
COMPLETE! Thank You! D’Addario Foundation
Keyboard percussion instrument cases (3)
Music stands for percussion section (8)
COMPLETE! Thank You! Dennis Kanka
Music Stand Lights for percussion section (8)
Two four-drawer filing cabinets for music
COMPLETE! Thank You! Dennis Kanka
Hanging folders for filing music
COMPLETE! Thank You! Dennis Kanka
Music envelopes for filing music
Magnetic signs for trailer
Mobile music storage and sorting cabinet
Professional grade matched set of tubas
Three at $12,000 each
One Eb tuba purchased Stewart Hay
Dennis Kanka
Dick McClelland
Mary Rankovich
New CD recording


MCBB has several CD recordings available for your purchase. Just click the Add to Cart buttons to purchase one or all of these items. You will be taken to the PayPal web site and a secure server to complete your purchase. All amounts are in USD and shipping is by USPS Ground.

Take the band with you wherever you go with these CD recordings!

The cost for each individual CD is $15.00 with $2.50 shipping and handling for each order.

After Five
After Five
  • Florentiner
  • Salvation Is Created
  • Jubilee Overture
  • American Civil War Fantasy
  • Believe Me If All
    Those Endearing
    Young Charms
  • Take The A Train
  • Fiddle Faddle
  • Way Down
  • James Bond Collection
  • Reel Around The Sun
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever

Irish Spectacular
Irish Spectacular
  • Gaelforce
  • Farewell To Inishowen
  • Toora-Loora/Cockels and Mussels*
  • Gartan Mother's Lullabye*
  • Spanish Point
  • Boudrahn Solo**
  • Ballyhooley
  • Praise
  • Songs of Ireland
  • The Mist Covered Mountains Of Home*
  • Danny Boy*
  • The Yellow Tinkerman/Jenny’s
    Welcome To Charlie**
  • The Lonesome Boatman
  • Vive La Hoche
* Celtic Renaissance ** Tyler Duncan

American Salute
American Salute
  • Olympic Fanfare
  • American Overture For Band
  • Shenandoah
  • West Side Story
  • Semper Fidelis
  • Three Episodes from “An American In Paris”
  • Miller Magic

Sounds of the Season
Measure for Measure
Sounds of the Season
  • Troika
  • White Christmas
  • The Good King
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Christmastime is Here
  • Three Kings Swing
  • Christmas Festival Encore (w/choir)

MCBB Plays The Classics
MCBB Plays The Classics
  • Malagueña
  • A Disney Spectacular
  • Toccata in D Mino
  • This Is The Moment
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Trumpeter’s Lullaby
  • Blue Rondo a la Turk
  • Take the “A” Train
  • James Bond Collection


2016-2017 Season Donors

Thank you to our many donors who have supported us over the last 20 seasons. Your generous donations are important to the band, and are greatly appreciated.

Foundation Support
General Federation of Women's Club Dearborn
Kiwanis Dearborn Foundation
Kresge Foundation

Village Club Foundation


Government Support
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts
Culture Source
Anton Arts Center


Business & Corporate Support
A&G Central Music
Dearborn Symphony Orchestra
CS Music Srvices
Favorable Impressions
Gracie See Pizzeria
Insyte Inc.
John F. Martin Photography
Southfield Music School
TCF Bank
Uptown's Ghafari Market
Wild Wood Pen Company

Leadership Circle - $1,000 and above:  
Ms. Nancy Duke
Mr. & Mrs. John Haury
Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Hay
Mr. Richard McClelland


Platinum Level - $500 - $999:  


Gold Level - $200 - $499:  
Dr. Lenise Banse
Mrs. Janet Cheatham
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Gallop
Ms. Mary Jo Pachla
Mr. Edward C. Schultz
Ms. Laura Powers
Mr. & Mrs. Randy Safford
Mr.& Mrs. Dan Harris
Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Hay
Mr. & Mrs. Maynard C. Kalef
Mr. James Martin
Mr. John McCracken
Ms. Margaret C. Schaefer


Silver Level - $100 - $199:  

Dearborn Kiwanis Club of Dearborn
Mr. Finley Sizemoore
Mr. Charles Skinner
Ms. Marilyn Kornmesser
Mr. Maury Okun
Ms. Miriam Wright


Bronze Level - Up to $99:  

Mr. Richard Polk
Ms. Joan Sanscrante
Mr. Waren Boos
Mr. Gerald Larsen
Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Seymour
Mr. James VandDoorn
Mr.& Mrs. Robert Fay
Mr. Robert Kmet
Ms. Linda Pearsall



A very special thank you to all the supporters of MCBB's Horns & Hot Dogs performance in Royal Oak.