Steven Behnke

 Steven Behnke, Executive Director

Steven founded the Patriot Brass Ensemble in May of 2009 to create a better quality of life for veterans. As a horn player at the Manhattan School of Music he put together many brass quintets for various events in and out of the conservatory. He put together a brass quintet for the Ridgefield, NJ Memorial Day ceremony and he was forever changed. He was so moved by how much the music meant to the veterans and how they really appreciated the high quality musicians that we supporting their event. After a few years of performing this event and others related to veterans he decided this needed to be his life’s work and formed the Patriot Brass Ensemble.

Music makes an incredible connection with veterans since so much of their service is based around songs.
— Steven Behnke, Executive Director