The Benfield Brass Band is a non-profit volunteer organization which performs a number
of concerts annually in the Annapolis/Baltimore area, as well as at the annual Gettysburg
Brass Band Festival held in June each year in Gettysburg, PA. Many of the band members
play together in other local instrumental groups, and the band has several “family”
members playing. The band comes together in the fall and plays through midsummer.
Ray Ascione, Conductor for the band, is a retired Navy Commander who, in his 35 years
of active naval duty, served as Leader of the U.S. Naval Academy Band and Assistant
Leader of the Navy Band in Washington, DC, among other assignments. Since retiring
in the Annapolis area, he remains active musically as a performer, educator and consultant.