The Webmaster of The Brass Crest, Robert D. Schramm, has been associated with brass bands since the age of seven. A fourth-generation Salvationist, he attends the Montgomery County Corps (Germantown, Maryland). For many years, he attended the Prince George’s Corps (Hyattsville, Maryland), where he joined the corps band in 1974, serving as Bandmaster from 1999 – 2005. He is a long-time member of the National Capital Band of the Salvation Army, with over 30 years of service, serving the majority of that time as principal baritone. He served for thirteen seasons as member of the NCB Band Board, first as quartermaster and later as webmaster for the band’s official site. He is married and has two daughters, both of whom were brass musicians in Salvation Army corps and youth bands. Both of his daughters were also members of the National Capital Band, marking the third generation of the family to play in that ensemble.
The Webmaster has a rich background in brass band music. His father, Robert C. Schramm, was a professional musician with 23 years in the United States Air Force Band, was Deputy Bandmaster and principal euphonium of the National Capital Band for 37 years, and has had compositions published by the Salvation Army in New York and London.
Professionally, the Webmaster is a software developer specializing in human resources and financial systems, primarily for hospitals and other health care facilities.