The Old Arizona Brass Band (Tucson's Historic Brass Band) was founded in Fall of 1996 (first performance early 1997) by Ray Hicks, our long-time bandmaster, friend & mentor to provide a living representation of the military and civilian bands that performed throughout Arizona during the period 1872 to 1912. Our music, uniforms, and instrumentation reflect a transitional point between the all brass "over the shoulder" instrumentation of the Civil War years and the shift to primarily bell-front brass & expanded mix of reed and brass instruments of the modern day concert band. Our instrumentation may look more familiar to moderns than a Civil War band, but our frontier sound emphasizing Eb voices in cornet, alto horn, tuba, ( & even clarinet on occasion) probably won't. (Not to mention the oldtimers' love for oompah, snap & military snare that crops up in the strangest places...) When you see & hear the Old Arizona Brass Band, you experience the real music of the military and town bands of the western frontier.
Mostly we stick close to home, Tucson, Arizona, but darned if we don't show up from time to time elsewhere in Arizona & New Mexico as well. You've probably seen us at the 4th Avenue Street Fair, the annual "Civil War in the Southwest" at Picacho Peak State Park, or beside the Ft. Lowell Museum during February's Reunon De El Fuerte. ...Not to mention, recent forays down Tombstone way, at the ranch in nearby Colossal Cave Park, or breaking forth in melody beside Engine #1673 at the restored railroad depot in downtown Tucson (the venerable Old Pueblo). Basically any chance to perform mid to late 19th-century Americana scored for brass band is our meat & potatoes. So, if you're planning a historical celebration, vintage-style ball, fair, festival, concert, etc., sign us up!
In keeping with our educational goals, it is our fond hope that the lists maintained on this website will encourage citizens of the 21st century to discover the riches of 19th-century brass & transition band music while saving confirmed enthusiasts much time & effort. Suggestions & corrections much appreciated.
To engage the services of The Old Arizona Brass Band, ask about performing with the band, or dialogue mutual swap of 19th century band arrangements, please email or call: 520-529-2807 (also, don't store that neglected musical instrument - donate it to the band)
Page updated July 9, 2013
Musical instruments were designed to be played, not stored!
Donate your retired musical instruments to the OLD ARIZONA BRASS BAND & we'll put them back to work in our band (our preference) or in the hands of a deserving student (our pleasure). Nothing goes to waste. thank you.
An educational non-profit 501(C)(3) musical organization whose members volunteer their time & talent for your listening pleasure.
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(best way to hear this great old time music is to play it yourself)
... loaner instruments available ...
... weekly rehearsals in Tucson area ...
(love the concept, but not a player? No problem, enlist in our quartermaster corps)
(currently recruiting alternates.)
Old Arizona 's 3 faces:
1) 4th Cavalry Regimental Band of Ft. Lowell, Arizona Territory`:
1885-1890 Cavalry Band in US Army Blue (20-22 musicians)
2) Town Band
mid 19th to early 20th century Town Band in Circus Band Red (20-22 musicians)
3) Pioneer Band: smaller versions of the above to fit special situations (8-12 musicians)
Photo of Ray and Nancy Hicks
Old Arizona Brass Band -
Re-creators of the 4th Cavalry Regimental Band of Ft. Lowell, Arizona Territory, 1884-1890,
& of a classic 1870's-1900 town band
This web site is dedicated to our founders & dear friends Ray & Nancy Hicks who passed away 07/01/06 & 03/25/07 respectively. The world's a much better place because they were in it!
We presently have openings for the following
Drums, Bb and Eb Cornets
Other instruments - ask
DONATE THAT USED INSTRUMENT
We have just come out with a new CD Album, the first one since our original CD in 2001. It is Titled "Music From the Western
Frontier - Vol. 2"
We stert rehearsing again on August 14 and are scheduled to play on Saturday, Seiember 21 at Ft. Bayard near Silver City, NM for a 1 PM concert and their Annual Historic Military Ball.