It is with great sadness that the Rockville Brass Band announces the passing of Mr. Charles Lietwiler, the band’s Chairman emeritus, who died on November 20th. More than 40 years ago, Charles conceived of and pursued the vision of a brass band to play music in the British brass band tradition, founding the band in 1976. “With the help of a few of us from the Rockville Concert Band, Charles pursued his dream of a brass band capable of playing at a high level,” said Curt Anstine, a band founder and current RBB Board member. “Charles planted the seeds forty years ago,” Musical Director Nigel Horne observed, “and those seeds have grown year after year. RBB is not only one of the oldest brass bands in North America, but now also nationally recognized among competitive brass bands.”
“Charles’ work has left a legacy of a band structure and an extensive music library that is in the finest tradition of the brass band movement,” said Bill Ichord, current Chairman of the RBB Board of Directors. Band President Caleb DeGroote observed, “We all, players and audiences, are the beneficiaries of Charles’ decades long commitment to Rockville Brass Band – he will be missed.”
A gathering of friends will be held from 3 to 5 PM on Sunday December 3rd at Pumphey Funeral Home, 7557 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.