He Plays Patriotic Music to Pay Tribute to Military Veterans

by Allison Churchill

Some years ago, Steven Behnke, a horn player studying at Manhattan School of Music, volunteered to put together an ensemble to play for the Memorial Day festivities in his hometown of Ridgefield, New Jersey. He recruited some fellow brass players, and they assembled on the green. He made sure the repertoire was filled with patriotic tunes.

That experience led Steven to form the Patriotic Brass Ensemble in 2010, a group that spawned other ensembles in almost 50 cities across the United States.