2013 NABBA 1st Section Champions
Five Lakes Silver Band - Neil Barlow, Director
XXXI CHAMPIONSHIPS - Cincinnati, OH 2013
The Five Lakes Silver Band originally started as Oakland Brass Band and was renamed to provide a distinct identify apart from the Oakland University Brass Band. The Oakland Brass Band was founded in 2006 by several local musicians with the desire to provide Detroit area professional and semi-professional musicians with an outlet for expressing their talent through the brass band style and heritage. By October, 2006, a Board of Directors was created, non-profit status was sought for the organization and a list of interested musicians was developed.
In 2013, The Five Lakes Silver Band captured it's first national championship title by taking 1st Place in the 1st Section of the North American Brass Band Association Championships held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band continues to grow in its popularity, strength of musicianship, and leadership and is emerging as one of the leading brass bands in the country.