The Natural State Brass Band (NSBB), founded in 2003, is a brass and percussion ensemble rooted in the British brass band tradition. NSBB is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and draws its membership from throughout the scenic state – thus adopting the official state motto, “The Natural State,” as the band’s name.
Natural State Brass Band performs a wide range of repertoire, including popular, jazz, and patriotic music in addition to selections from the British brass band genre. The band’s mission is "to provide an enjoyable musical experience for our audience, to promote the brass band idiom, and to enhance the musicianship of our members through the performance of quality literature."
Natural State Brass Band is a member of the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) and competed in its first NABBA competition in 2004. As of 2016, NSBB has competed in 10 NABBA championships, winning the Challenge (Second) Section in 2009 and 2012.
|The band completed a concert tour of northern England in the summer of 2010 with guest soloist Douglas Yeo. NSBB played an exhibition performance at the English Nationals and joint concerts with Freckleton, Vernon Building Society Poynton, Thoresby and Wingates bands. NSBB also played the last rehearsal before the world famous Black Dyke band room was converted to a museum, closing with “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”|