BRASS BAND OF THE WESTERN RESERVE
“I just want to let you know how much my mom and I thoroughly enjoyed the BBWR performance on Saturday. It was phenomenal!!!”
“I knew the concert would be wonderful but it far exceeded my expectations.”
“Last evening my wife and I attended the BBWR performance. WOW! We loved every minute”
These are just a few of the many, many complimentary comments the band has received following its performances since it was formed in 1997. The catalyst for the creation of the band was the knowledge that the experienced and successful British brass band director, Dr Keith M Wilkinson, had recently relocated to north-east Ohio.
The band presents an annual Concert Series which, since 2013, has taken place at Medina Performing Arts Center. Additionally, the band is delighted to accept many of the invitations it receives to perform at other locations, many of which 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.
The band’s goals have always been to present a wide variety of music at the highest possible standard of performance and, in so doing, create an enjoyable experience for its audience. It is able to perform impressively across a wide spectrum of emotions whether the music is quiet and delicate or strong and powerful.
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 also recorded a number of popular CDs, its most recent one, A Celebration Of Christmas, recorded in the Summer of 2018, received an extremely complimentary review in The British Bandsman, a magazine with an international circulation.
The band presents its own Concert Series, five concerts each year, often with guest artists at the Medina Performing Arts Center.
Among the outdoor concerts performed by BBWR they have a regular booking at Bicentennial Park, Fairlawn. Their concert is followed by fireworks.
Summer wedding, small five piece concert.