About Us

           Rick Ennis plays euphonium/baritone                                       Bill Buttermore plays tuba.

"Second Chair Brass"  is an amateur low brass band duo.  We play a variety of familiar, upbeat, and contagious polka, waltz, classical, Mardi Gras, Irish, Oktoberfest, Patriotic, Americana, serenade, and Christmas songs, as well as marches!  We can tailor our performances around annual "themes" like Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, St Patrick's Day, Patriotic Holidays, the State Fair, Oktoberfest, etc.  Ask about our German lederhosen outfits. Check out our Photo Gallery below.

Since we started the band in January 2013, Second Chair Brass has played more than 250 gigs - most to repeat fans!   Based out of Ames, Iowa, our band plays at private parties, downtown and area civic events, farmers markets, fund-raisers, cafes, and special "music therapy" songs for senior centers, health care centers and other living communities! We can be "front and center," or background music. Our rates are very reasonable.  We even have lyrics ready to hand out for many songs!  We encourage lots of participation and toe-tapping!

Also, we LOVE to tell listeners how our brass instruments work, why and how we took up our instrument-playing again as adults, how we formed as a group, etc.  And we take questions and music requests from the audience!!

Nothing attracts and keeps people at your event like live music!  Let us add value to your upcoming activity or be a part of your musical entertainment offerings!

Check out our YouTube video medley below, and listen to some short, (albeit "second chair" poor quality recordings .... sorry) music samples in the Audio Section below. Finally, to hear us in person, drop us an email below, and we’ll  find a way for you to see and hear us, live in the Ames area, usually within a week or two!

                          Member of the Ames Community Arts Council

First Chair Performances by SecondChairBrass


Ames Public Library, "German Immigration to Iowa" Celebration and Concert 

 Ames Oktoberfest, Main Street (4x).

Lincoln Highway Days, Nevada, Iowa

 Des Moines Farmer's Market

 City of Ames Independence Day Pancake Breakfast (4x)

 Veteran's Day Ceremonies all around Iowa (7x) 

 Ames Library Re-Grand Opening

 Ames Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

 Midnight Madness 5K and 10K, pre-race, Ames, Iowa

Ames Farmers Market (10x)

What Past Clients are Saying About Us

"Thank you for performing. My mother was counting down the days until your performance. Many thanks to you both for making an elderly lady feel YOUNG again!" Tina Hanson, Ames.

"We  were so pleased to have you set the tone for the day. You were  terrific!"  Mary Logsdon, Manager, Ames Public Library, for the Sept.  14, 2014, Library Grand RE-opening.

“I just wanted to express how absolutely delighted we were with your performance last night.  What talent ... and what a treat for them." Jessica, Ames. 

“Absolutely fabulous!  Terrific!  The best band we have had in a long time.” Gale, Huxley.


"Thank you so much for playing!  We loved the addition to our party of live music!"  Sonya, Ames.

“They really enjoyed your music!  We will look at our calendars and get back to you." Rhonda, Ankeny.


“The residents talked about you guys for days, and keep asking when you will be "back!  Magenta, Jefferson, Iowa.

Upcoming Public Performances

Ames Farmer's Market, Main Street, 9 to 10 AM, on these Saturday mornings, in 2020, pending the COVID-19 rules:

       June 27

       July 25

      September 5

We are also two of the ~120 crazy low brass players in the Ames and Des Moines,Tuba Christmas events, December 2020. Iowa Dates TBD. visit, and plan to attend for free:


Click on the red circled white arrow below to hear us play a classical tune: Rondeau.

Then, click on the "Secondchairbrass" web link on the photo, below, to jump to SoundCloud, and listen to more (albeit poor quality recordings) music samples, including Old Comrades March, Golden Days polka, or Jazzy Closer Walk


                   Check out this short video 

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Second Chair Brass

Click below to send to inquire about your next music needs; or to ask questions! Happy to hear from you! We'll get back within a day - we promise!

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