Youth Brass Seminar

World-Class Experience!

The 2020 Youth Brass Seminar is an incredible “not to be missed” opportunity to work with and learn from the finest brass performers in the country!  The 2020 seminar takes place from Wednesday, July 15 through Friday, July 17.  If you would like to print the Kickin' Brass poster, click here.


Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Michael Garasi possesses extraordinary stage charisma and ease of connection with both students and audiences. With an intuitive and instinctive understanding of and passion for music, Mr. Garasi is one of the most engaging and exciting professional conductors of our day.


Our faculty includes renowned performers who teach in highly regarded institutions including the Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Also on the faculty are outstanding free-lance musicians who play in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and with some of the most sought-after ensembles. This year’s seminar faculty are: Rex Richardson (trumpet), Rich Kelley (trumpet), Adam Unsworth (french horn), Gail Robertson (euphonium), Tony Baker (trombone), William Russell (tuba), Dave Coash (percussion), and John Beck (percussion).


Seminar hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 am to 8 pm on Friday. Lunches and a snack are provided on the shorter days, and a dinner is also provided on the longer day. Students achieve amazing growth in their musicianship over the course of the camp.


Our seminar concludes with a capstone performance at 7 pm on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the beautiful W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek, Michigan.


Tuition for the 2020 "Kickin Brass" Youth Seminar is $50 per day, and students can choose to attend one, two, or all three days. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For more information about financial aid assistance, please contact the Brass Band of Battle Creek office at 269-789-2222 or by email at


All brass and percussion students currently in grades 8-12 (2020 high school graduates are also eligible) are invited to register. Click the following link, 2020-Youth Seminar-Full-Application, for a printable PDF version of the registration form. The 2020 Registration Form deadline is May 15, 2020. Please mail completed registration forms to: PO Box 556, Marshall, MI 49068.


Tuition for the seminar is due, in full, Friday, May 15, 2020. Students awarded financial aid pay only what is left after applying the financial aid. Registration ro the seminar is canceled if tuition is not paid in full by the Friday, May 15, 2020. Any refund of tuition is at the sole discretion of the Brass Band of Battle Creek.


If you have questions about the registration form, financial aid available, the activities/hours of the seminar, the faculty, or anything else, contact Shannon Aikins at 269-789-2222 or by email at