Western Missouri British Brass Band

Our History

Formed in 1985, the Western Missouri Brass Band's first performance was for President Ronald Reagan during his visit to Independence, Missouri. Since that time the band has played for the Dome & Spire Concert Series, the Truman Library, Crown Center, Missouri Music Educators Conference on three occasions, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, Central Missouri State University, Missouri Western State College, William Jewell College, the Grain Valley Concert Series, numerous times on the Independence Concert Series and at numerous other venues.

The band is comprised of musicians from all walks of life. This year our youngest members are freshmen in college and enjoy pushing those that are retired. There are also several in the group that have Doctorate Degrees in their individual fields.

As in the tradition of British Brass Bands and American Brass Bands, the literature is derived from sources overseas and in the Americas. In Great Britain there are numerous brass bands that compete annually for coveted trophies. In the United States there is now the North American Brass Band Association, of which our band has been a member.

The Western Missouri Brass Band is now proudly associated with MAI, The Music Arts Institute, of Independence, Missouri. This affiliation now puts the band in "not for profit" status. All donations are tax deductible and go towards the purchase of new music and equipment.

Our Conductor
Gary D. Love

Gary Love
Founder and conductor of the WMBBB, Gary Love has earned a Bachelor of Music from Central Missouri State University and a Master of Arts from Western State College of Colorado. He has additional training in instrumental music conducting from the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of California Los Angeles. Principal trumpet teachers have been Adele Sanchez, Herb Koerselman and John Kincaid. Love has studied conducting with H. Robert Reynolds, Alan McMurray and Gary Hill.

Love is currently Bandmaster at Wentworth Military Academy.

He has performed from coast to coast in both small and large ensembles. In addition Love has performed solos with groups across the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. For several years he toured with the Black Diamond Band.

Love was Director of Bands in Gallatin, Missouri, and at Truman High School in Independence, Missouri, along with teaching brass at Central Missouri State University, William Jewell College and the Music/Arts Institute of Independence, Missouri.

Love has been listed in "Outstanding Young Men of America", "Who's Who of Americas Teachers" and Marquis "Who's Who in America." In addition to conducting the WMBBB, Love is the principal trumpet in the First Family Orchestra and Eb soprano cornet player in the Colorado Brass Band.

Booking Information
For information on booking performances of the Western Missouri British Brass Band, please contact:

Milicent Daugherty, Music/Arts Institute: 816-836-1998
Gary D. Love: 816-260-3700