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MOTOR CITY BRASS BAND

It's more than a concert ... It's a SHOW!

Southfield, MI   |  www.mccb.org
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MOTOR CITY BRASS BAND

EIN: 38-3319093


Mission

Motor City Brass Band (MCBB) is a nationally recognized British-style Brass Band that promotes the art form by entertaining southeast Michigan audiences with high quality performances and community outreach, while engaging new musicians with exceptional instruction and performance opportunities. MCBB primarily serves Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties in southeastern Michigan. The subscription concert series occurs annually in Dearborn, with additional contract engagements throughout the region. The Motor City Academy Brass Band for rising musicians is supported by MCBB, with a home base in Southfield, MI.

Ruling year info

1997

Music Director / Conductor

Mr. Gordon Ward

Marketing & Development Chair

Thomas Hitchman

Main address

24901 Northwestern Highway Suite 312

Southfield, MI 48075 USA

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EIN

38-3319093

Subject area info

Performing arts

Population served info

Adolescents

Adults

Retired people

Veterans

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Programs and results

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Our programs

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Motor City Academy Brass Band

Motor City Academy Brass Band is a British-Style Brass Band and a unique performance opportunity for musicians in high school and above. MCABB welcomes dedicated brass players and percussionists that wish to achieve a high level of musicianship through performing brass band literature. It is a family of musicians that are committed to lifelong learning and exceeding expectations.

MCABB is designed for the performer that enjoys a wide variety of music ranging from classical to rock to jazz and seeks to advance their technical skills. Hosted by The Salvation Army in Southfield, MCABB will offer you an opportunity to develop brass and percussion techniques and cultivate fellowship and musicianship through exploration of the brass band genre.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

Motor City Brass Band was Michigan’s first competitive British style brass band, annually participating in the North American Brass Band Association or US Open Championships in addition to performing a full schedule of subscription and community performances. MCBB is directed by Gordon Ward who generates a strong synergy throughout the band in every musical genre. Under Ward's skillful direction the individual talent of even the finest player is often exceeded in context of the ensemble as a whole. Ward’s most sensitive interpretations in his conducting has won the heart of both player and listener alike. The 32 MCBB musicians are volunteers, ranging in skill level from advanced amateur to professional musician.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Families
Retired people

Where we work

Awards

First Place, 2nd Section 2022

North American Brass Band Championships

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

MOTOR CITY BRASS BAND
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Operations

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Music Director / Conductor

Mr. Gordon Ward

Motor City Brass Band is fortunate to have Gordon Ward as its Musical Director and Conductor. Gordon was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England. He was appointed Director of Music for the Salvation Army of New York in 1980. He became conductor of the Greater New York Youth Band and oversaw the music programs in 30 centers as well as summer camps and conservatories at the Star Lake Camp. Gordon joined the New York Staff Band and was principal cornet for over 25 years. During that time, he gained a master’s degree in trumpet performance and was featured on recordings and tours throughout the world. In 2019, he moved to Michigan and was asked to become President of Five Lakes Silver band and became a playing member. He also joined the Royal Oak Salvation Army Band as principal cornet and the Eastern Michigan Divisional Band. Gordon assumed the Conductor position for Motor City Brass Band in January 2022, replacing Craig Strain, MCBB’s founding conductor, now Music Director Emeritus.

Marketing & Development Chair

Thomas Hitchman

Auto industry consultant and community volunteer; retired General Motors executive with 35 years of wide-ranging experiences in sales, marketing and strategic planning; advocate for customer research and data-driven decision-making. Marketing Director for Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, volunteer Board member for Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, former musician with Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, Birmingham Concert Band and Stadtharmonie Zurich (five years while living in Switzerland).

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/25/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Conner Heinle

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Term: 2020 - 2023

Richard McClelland

John Aren

Toby Kmet

John Martin

Mark Stephens

Amere Horton

Bona Opatich

Mary McGough

Thomas Hitchman

Conner Heinle

Gordon Ward

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/25/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2023

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.