Our Mission

Blowcomotion is Austin’s learning brass band, welcoming adults of all skill levels. We build community by bringing people together to learn musical instruments, play in public spaces and experience the joy and sense of belonging one gets in making music with others.

Blowcomotion grew out of a series of community-music workshops held by Minor Mishap Marching Band – eventually becoming one of Austin’s exciting musical groups – a brass band open to everyone, no matter their level of musical experience, financial means or background – providing an instrument lending library and professional instructors for percussion, low brass, high brass, and reeds. 

From humble beginnings back in 2018 with less than a dozen members, Blowcomotion’s active roster now includes musicians from all around Central Texas. Blowcomotion has participated at the City of Austin’s Trail of Lights, the Central Texas Pig Pageant and HONK!TX along with numerous local events.

Blowcomotion is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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Meet Blowcomotion!

Help Us – Take the Survey!

Blowcomotion, a community brass band for new and returning musicians, requests your participation in a community involvement survey.  This survey is one of the elements of its Community Initiative Grant from the City of Austin for 2021/2022.  It will be enormously helpful to us if you could complete this survey.

Blowcomotion currently holds band practices with instructors starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in east Austin at Patterson Park and in central Austin at Shipe Park.  The practices are open to everyone! The band plays a mixture of funk, New Orleans, world music, latin and originals.  Blowcomotion has an instrument lending library if a person needs an instrument in order to participate. Don’t know how to play an instrument – Blowcomotion instructors will teach you.

Blowcomotion would like to know from the residents of Austin and Central Texas what we can do better in order for more community involvement – either by joining the band or attending our gigs.

Take the survey