Over the years the River City Brass Band’s Christmas Brasstacular show has become a holiday tradition for many families in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The brass ensemble brings the magic of Christmas to life in a program that features Christmas carols, holiday movie music, classic songs, and collaborations with local choirs. Come find out why the readers of Trib Total media have named River City Brass the ‘Best Family Entertainment in the city’ two years in a row.
In 1981, under the baton of conductor Robert Bernat, the River City Brass staged its inaugural concert on November 21 at Carnegie Music Hall. It was an evening of musical inspiration, causing the group to persevere and revive the grassroots tradition of the American brass band. Nationally, RCB has routinely held concerts at venues including Pennsylvania’s Musikfest, New York’s Chautauqua Institution, Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts, Indiana’s Conner Prairie, and North Carolina’s Thalian Hall, while also appearing on The Today Show and NPR’s Performance Today. Internationally, RCB tours every several years, most recently in Italy last summer. RCB has produced 15 commercial recordings, the latest of which are River City Brass – 30 Years, Christmas Brasstacular, and Proud to Be American.