Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re not sure what to wear, when to arrive, when to clap or what to do if you’re late, have a look at our FAQs below. We want our audiences to feel relaxed and be able to concentrate fully on enjoying the music.
Is there a dress code?
No, you can wear whatever you like. Jeans and sneakers are fine, but equally if you like the idea of dressing up, this would also be acceptable. Usually the only people wearing maroon and silver-lined jackets with shiny shoes are on stage!
Is there a minimum age?
We think anyone of school age (5) and above will enjoy a Nebraska Brass Band concert. Incidentally, there is no maximum age either!
When should I arrive?
This depends on the venue, but we find that up to 30 minutes before the scheduled start time is a good time to arrive. The auditorium will be open and you will be able to find your seats, get comfortable and read through the program before the band begins.
What if I’m late and the band has already started?
Most venues will admit you to the auditorium in between pieces, so please wait outside the door until the current piece has finished. You will then be allowed entry.
When do I clap?
It is customary to clap when the band and the conductor enter the stage, then after each piece. If you want to display more appreciation at the end of the concert, feel free. A shout of "Encore!" should be enough to encourage the band to play another piece. If however you’re unsure of whether to clap, it’s usually best to wait for others to start.
Can I take photographs?
In most venues, taking photos or recording audio is not permitted. Photo-taking whilst the music is playing can be distracting for the musicians and other audience members, but please snap away during the intermission – we love seeing your selfies on social media! Audio or video recording is illegal anywhere, so we kindly ask that you refrain from this, even for your own personal use.
How long will it last?
For most of our concerts, the first half will last for 45 minutes. Then there will be a 15 minute intermission, and the second half will be another 30 minutes. During each half you should remain in your seats – in other words, use the restroom beforehand! You can move around freely during the intermission.
Can I buy NEBB merchandise at the concert?
Yes you can, usually we have band novelty items and other merchandise available for purchase.
Can I get autographs?
Yes, all members of the NEBB and the conductor are extremely approachable and will be delighted to sign a program for you. The majority of our musicians will be available to meet and greet you in the foyer after the concert.