About the HBS

The Historic Brass Society is an international music organization concerned with the entire range of early brass music, from Ancient Antiquity and the Biblical period through the present including the development of jazz and its influence on brass instruments, literature and playing techniques. The history, music, literature and performance practice of early brass instruments such as natural trumpet, natural horn, early trombone, cornetto, serpent, keyed bugle, keyed trumpet, early valve horn, 19th century brass instruments are some of the main issues of concern to the HBS.

The HBS publishes the scholarly, refereed journal, The Historic Brass Society Journal, articles and reviews on its website, and publishes, in collaboration with Pendragon Press, BUCINA: The Historic Brass Society Series.

The HBS also sponsors the bi-annual Early Brass Festival, an activity that features early brass playing sessions, concerts and lectures. The HBS also sponsors other early brass symposia and special study sessions in collaboration with other music organizations such as the American Musicological Society, the International Musicological Society and the Galpin Society.

The HBS has also established The Christopher Monk Award, an annual award presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the scholarship of early brass music.