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
  • Beginner Brass Instruction

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.

For more information on MCBB Artistic Residencies, please contact Bob Clark.

In addition to the sponsors listed below, MCBB
Artistic Residencies are also sponsored by the
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

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

Waterford Kettering


Van Dyke

L’Anse Creuse



Chippewa Valley

Warren Lincoln

Oakland Christian

Utica Eisenhower

Dearborn Annapolis

Rochester Adams


Anchor Bay


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, Iriquois Middle School, and with the Motor City Youth Brass Band.


John Rutherford - 2016


Detroit's leading freelance trombonist - Lapeer high 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 grantors 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 Opatich.

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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Beginner Brass Instruction

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For information on The Salvation Amy music arts programs in your area please CLICK HERE.