“We’re forming a band and we’re aiming high!”  was the message sent out to local brass  players and percussionists in 1997 when it was discovered that the experienced and successful British brass band director, Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson, was residing in Northeast Ohio.  That these ambitious sentiments have been amply achieved can be judged by the many impressive performances the band has carried out since that time.

More than 20 years later, The Brass Band of the Western Reserve is known as the premier brass band in Northeast Ohio

The band presents its own Concert Series, five concerts each year, often with guest artists, and since 2013 these events have taken place at Medina Performing Arts Center.

Additionally BBWR receives several invitations to play at other locations, many of these are repeat bookings.  Prestigious concert venues have included The Amphitheater, Chautauqua Institution, Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua and Severance Hall, Cleveland.  Summer concerts include a July 4th performance, followed by fireworks, at Bicentennial Park, Fairlawn.

Wherever BBWR performs its audiences are captivated by the wide variety of music presented as well as the band’s  ability to impressively perform repertoire ranging from quiet and delicate to strong and powerful.  You can judge how successful the band is in achieving the high goals it has set for itself by witnessing the warm and enthusiastic support of its listeners.

Major emphasis

The major emphasis of BBWR's activities is the presentation of dynamic concerts, taking the vibrant brass band sound and a wide variety of repertoire to its enthusiastic audiences. 

Membership of the band

Membership of the band is by audition and, in addition to music educators and music students, several other professions are represented. Rehearsals are held in the band room at Ellet High School, Akron.


The band has recorded several highly-acclaimed CDs and its most recent one, Fanfare And Celebration, was released in early 2013.

Home concerts

 The band presents its own Concert Series, five concerts each year, often with guest artists at the Medina Performing Arts Center.

Outdoor Concerts

Among the outdoor concerts performed by BBWR they have a regular booking at Bicentennial Park, Fairlawn.  Their concert is followed by fireworks.

Brass Quintet

Summer wedding, small five piece concert.