Hauts-de-France Brass Band

In 1992, a group of friends with a passion for brass instruments founded Ensemble de Cuivres Nord Pas-de-Calais under the direction of Philippe Lorthios. At the time, it was a 'French-style' brass band but after several concerts and the discovery of the British brass band movement, the musicians decided to adapt their instrumentation to the nomenclature of English brass bands. The sound was thus transformed towards greater homogeneity while maintaining virtuosity. Thus, the Nord Pas-de-Calais Brass Ensemble became the Nord Pas-de-Calais Brass Band.
The band celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.

In 2016, the Nord Pas-de-Calais region merged with the Picardy region to form the Hauts-de-France region. Very attached to the values of its territory, the band joined this new dynamic and changed its name to the Hauts-de-France Brass Band.

The band won the title of European Champions in the first division in 2002, won eight French championship titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023), a first prize at the International contest in Amboise in 2015 and two titles at the Open Flemish Brass Band Championships in 2018 and 2022. 

The Hauts-de-France Brass Band has also had the honour of representing France at the European Championships in Montreux (2001), Brussels (2002), Linz (2010), Rotterdam (2012), Utrecht (2018), Birmingham (2022), Malmö (2023) and Palanga (2024).

The band continues to develop by working with internationally renowned conductors such as Frank Renton (England), Russell Gray (Scotland) and its current conductor, Luc Vertommen (Belgium).

Hauts-de-France Brass Band