The First Brass of Sarasota Inc
4565 N LAKE DR
SARASOTA FL 34232-1938
To Entertain and Educate Through Music and Stories.
CEO/Executive Director Gary H Reinstrom
Board Chair Gary H Reinstrom
Board Chair Affiliation President & Artistic Director
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

This past season The First Brass donated time and talents to Veterans, their families, Military Officers Association of America, and the residents of Assisted Living Communities. The First Brass employed 60 musicians and rented 6 facilities. The organization’s impact in our community was felt financially and musically.

We promote fellowship, patriotism, honor and a sense of community as we entertain. We embrace our diversity with music from around the world and celebrate our generational differences by performing music from all eras; from Strauss to Van Halen.

During the summer of 2017, we are planning to mentor 40 brass youth with the Sarasota BrassFest.


Needs Statement

The following list is a combination of instruments, music, hardware, transportation needs, as well as the budget for our 2017-18 season.

1) Percussion Equipment: Timpani, Crash Cymbals, Chimes, Snare Drum $ 6,000

2) Brass Arrangements $ 1,500

3) Utility Trailer $ 7,000


Background Statement

The First Brass was founded in 2005 as a quintet at First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota to enhance worship services. In November 2012 we received our corporation status and performed for the first time as a large brass ensemble.

In the past 5 years, the group has performed 87 times to over 48,000 people.

The group owns the largest (large brass) library in Florida and is the only professional large brass ensemble in the southeast U.S.

Our musicians’ ages range from 14 to 89 and come from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.


Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments

Since 2012, The First Brass has performed primarily in Venice, Sarasota, and Bradenton.  We have been asked to perform in Punta Gorda and St. Petersburg in 2017. Our base of operations remain in Sarasota County.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The First Brass has just completed its 5th season.  The 2015-16 Season was our most productive yet, playing to over 20,000 people in the Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte area.  The ensemble also volunteered over 260 hours to the community during this period.

Donation exceeded 9,000 with 100% of Board participation. The First Brass collaborated with 18 congregations using 38 musicians performing to 7,800 people. We’ve received grants this year to bring live music to seniors at retirement centers. The future is bright for The First Brass. Weekly rehearsals begin in July to bring the first Brass Festival to Englewood and Sarasota the last weekend of August. Two of our youth musicians were accepted to New England Conservatory and Juilliard. Prospective youth members are being identified at local schools.

Financially we finished 2016-17 in the black. We’ve also reduced our debt by 60% while acquiring four brass instruments, stand lights, uniform parts and percussion equipments.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The First Brass is unique, not only to Sarasota, but to the Southeast United States. There are only a handful of large brass ensembles in the U.S. Our ensemble, at full strength, includes 6 trumpets, 4 trombones, Euphonium, 4 French horns, 2 tubas, keyboard and percussion.

We have partnered with: • The Patterson Foundation - Legacy of Valor campaign. (2013-14) • The Patterson Foundation - Dedication of Patriot Plaza (2014) • Sarasota Military Officers Association - 70th Anniversary of VJ Day (2016), Veteran Day Concert (2015) and Flag Day Parade (2015) • Vern Buchanan - Veteran Appreciation Day (2016). • Local Churches - Worship services, Weddings, Memorial Services from Punta Gorda to Sun City Center. • Sister Cities of Sarasota - Annual Awards Luncheon • Cell Phones for Soldiers - Collected over 1,200 phones for this national organization that provides calling cards for active military personnel. • The Jacobite Pipe Band - Band including Bagpipes, Guitars, Drum Kit, Keyboard - Joint concerts and promotion I Solisti de Oneco - Woodwind Quintet - Promotion and booking Bay Street Jazz - A 5 piece jazz ensemble to plays at retirement centers, festivals and private parties - Promotion and booking ABC7 - John Scalzi (Master of Ceremony for Veterans Day Concert-2015), Scott Dennis (Master of Ceremony for BRASSFEST (8-28-16) and interviews prior to shows. Local vocalist - Sharon Scott, Kira Gaillard, Erika Miller, Deborah Suta, Sara Peeples-McNatt has sung with The First Brass in concert.

This group is unlike any other in that it performs classical music to rock music with the power and intensity that only a large brass ensemble can produce.
Description The First Brass partners with local retirement centers to bring live music, at little or no cost, to those facilities.
Budget $3,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The joy of music is hard to measure, however, we can "feel" the happiness during and after each show.  Feed back from the audience indicates that our goal to achieve our mission "To Entertain and Educate Through Music and Stories" was accomplished.
Long Term Success Long-Term success in the music business is determined by repeat performances.  Lakeside Lutheran is inviting us back next season and we are sure that the same number or more people will be in attendance.
Program Success Monitoring Spreadsheets for each year are maintained and feed back via conversations with the partnering organizations and those in attendance are kept on file.
Program Success Examples Continued bookings at the same location is an example of program success and this too can be measured by increases in ticket sells each year.
The First Brass gives local talented students an opportunity to perform with professional musicians.
Budget $3,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The Short-Term success of Mardi Gras was shown with the participation and comments from the over 400 people in attendance.
Long Term Success Long-Term success can be measured when the ensemble is invited to comes back the next year and with the increase in tickets sells.
Program Success Monitoring We maintain detailed records of ticket sells, income and expenses and feed back from our partner and those in attendance.
Program Success Examples The best examples is the reaction from the audience and their desire to come to another concert.
Description The First Brass supplies musician churches and synagogues for religious services, including worship, weddings & funerals. 
Budget $3,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Short Term Success The participation and comments from the partner and those in attendance indicated that the presentation was pleasing and brought them joy.
Long Term Success Comments from our partner and those in attendance indicate the enjoyment they received at the event that they will carry with them into the future.  In times of trouble, music is one thing that is universal that improves everyones life.
Program Success Monitoring Spreadsheets and feed back from partners and those in attendance is our method of monitoring our success.
Program Success Examples The continuance of the ability to play music and to entertain and educate our audiences is an example of our programing success.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Gary H Reinstrom
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email

Gary was raised in Sarasota and is a graduate of Riverview High School and subsequently the University of South Florida. His love for music started at a young age and he has been playing the Bagpipes, French Horn and Trumpet since 1975. He's has played with the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, the Venice Symphony and several other local organizations. He is the founder and artistic director of The First Brass of Sarasota, a large brass ensemble, whose mission is to entertain and educate though music and stories. Gary was the bagpipe instructor at Riverview High School for many years and continues to give pipe lessons to anyone interested in learning. He is currently artistic director of the Jacobites Band, a unique Scottish musical organization that entertains around Florida and is the founder of the Celtic Cultural Association of Florida. He also shares his time and talent playing the French horn in I Solisti d’ Oneco, a woodwind quintet comprising of local musicians that play for special events.

Gary has a degree in Business from University of South Florida and is the owner/operator of a successful pool service and maintenance company in Sarasota: Quality Pool Service.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 12
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A

The First Brass has collaborated with many non-profit organizations. The list includes: 29 local churches and synagogues, The Jacobite Pipe & Drum Band, The Florida Brass, Musica Sacra Cantorum, The Patterson Foundation,  Patriot Plaza, Ring Sarasota, I Solisti de Oneco, American Guild of Organist, The Sarasota Orchestra, The Brevard Symphony,  Riverview High School Kiltie Highland Dancers, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Scot’s Corner, Ski-a-Rees, Sarasota Military Officers Association, Vern Buchanan, and the Sarasota Veterans Commission.

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County2017
American Guild of Organists2017
Sarasota Music Club2015
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
85th Anniversary Music Education and Performance DonationSarasota Music Club2015
Patriot Plaza PartnerThe Patterson Foundation2013
Opportunity GrantSarasota County Arts & Culture Council2015
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

The management of The First Brass has been a steep learning curve.  Unlike a typical business, a nonprofit sometimes plans on losing money.  Management has had to find income from other sources in order to produce musical events.  These challenges have made us stronger.  We have asked for and received gifts in our first couple of years in existence.  The Patterson Foundation taught us to partner with other nonprofits in order to realize our potential and new opportunities.  Our current challenges include long-term programming, fundraising, rehearsal space, media and administration sponsors.  We are addressing these challenges by collecting volunteers who have experience in these areas. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Gary H Reinstrom
Company Affiliation President & Artistic Director
Board Term Nov 2012 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Betty Fee Board Member
Nance L Guth Vice President & Executive Directyor
Gary H Reinstrom President & Artistic Director
Ken Reinstrom Board Member
Ann Stephenson-Moe Board Member
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization

Our previous Board of Directors were business men and women working in the Sarasota/Manatee area.  This board has made it possible to own a state of the art printer/copies that lets us print in house, saving us thousands of dollars. 

In 2016, we recruited new board member(s) who love what we do and are influential in the arts community.

This year and in the past, our Board members have participated 100% in donations, promotion of the events, and to support the musicians.

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $90,000.00
Projected Expenses $72,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$35,324$29,194$42,138
Administration Expense$11,456$17,705$7,510
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.050.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%62%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$13,788$0$0
Current Assets$8,730$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$4,304$0$0
Total Net Assets$9,484$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountConcerts $30,678Fundraising $26,395Contracted Service $27,270
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $7,603Worship Services $10,275Admission $21,623
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWorship Services $7,200Contributions, gifts, grants $7,603Other Revenue $375
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.03----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

The First Brass continued to increase it’s income in the first four of operation. This can be attributed to the work ethic of its administration and musicians. Our expenses have also increased however, the organization is relentless in it's pursuit of profitable performances. We feel we can grow our income through advertising at the grassroots level as well as with local media. We are reluctant to purchase media advertising with profits made from performances. So our goal for the next season is to acquire media sponsors. Our executive director has worked as a volunteer. In order to grow, we need to keep her by offering compensation. This too needs to come from donations, sponsorships or grants.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from unaudited compilations as the organization files a 990-N. Beginning with tax year 2016, balance sheet information has been provided.
Nonprofit The First Brass of Sarasota Inc
Address 4565 N LAKE DR
SARASOTA , FL 34232 1938
Phone 941 928-0296