The Spires Brass Band was organized in 1993 by its music director John Slezak. It was organized to enrich the cultural life of the community by performing traditional and contemporary brass band music in accord with the highest standards of excellence and to give its members the opportunity to participate in music making of the highest caliber.
The band annually performs a series of four formal concerts in Frederick, Maryland, and also performs several hymn concerts at area churches. Additionally, the band performs for civic functions throughout the year, competes in the NABBA North American Brass Band Championships and participates annually in the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival..
Highlights of the band's 17 year history include performing on the Today show in 1995, with Willard Scott, as part of the 250th Anniversary of the City of Frederick. In 2001, the band entered its first NABBA Championship contest in the Challenge Section and won 1st place. The band also won the 2nd Section (formerly Challenge Section) Championship in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010. In the nine years the band has competed in NABBA it has won 5 Championships, 2 Second Places, 1 Third Place and 1 Fourth Place. The band was chosen in 2006, to perform for the Maryland Music Educators Annual State Conference in Baltimore.
Guest artists who have performed with Spires include trumpeters Allen Vizzutti, Vince DiMartino, Gabriel DiMartino and Chris Jaudes, trombonist Herb Bruce, tubists Marty Erickson and Stacy Baker. The band also featured mezzo soprano vocalists Tracie Luck, Sara Dell'Omo, from the "President's Own" US Marine Band, Leigh Ann Hinton and Holly Shockey, from the US Army Band. Featured male vocalists were baritone Kevin Bennear, from the "President's Own" US Marine Band and tenor Robert Baker from The Washington Opera. Recently the band featured White House pianist Annamaria Mottola from the "President's Own" US Marine Band. Also performing as a member and guest conductor with the band in the past was composer and arranger Stephen Bulla.