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The Cincinnati Brass Band performs approximately 15 concerts per year.  Venues include churches, schools, country clubs, festivals, and community concert series programs. A few notable performances include a televised concert for the unveiling of the refurbished historic Tyler-Davidson fountain on Fountain Square in Cincinnati, multiple performances at Cincinnati’s Riverbend and Music Hall venues with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, and an appearance at the Great American Brass Band festival in Danville, Kentucky.  The Cincinnati Brass Band was proclaimed as the “Official Brass Band of Cincinnati” by the Mayor of Cincinnati in recognition of their contributions to the musical culture of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Brass Band is a member of the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) which sponsors an annual competition of the member bands from across the U.S. and Canada. The Cincinnati Brass Band entered their first NABBA competition in 1996 and has competed successfully in both the Challenge and Honors sections.

Instrumentation used in the Cincinnati Brass Band is based on the British brass band tradition of mostly conical instruments rather than cylindrical ones. Hence cornets (both Bb and Eb) are used instead of trumpets, and alto horns take the place of French horns. The upper voice is completed with Flügel horns, while the bottom is composed of baritones, euphonia, trombones and tubas. A small percussion section generates additional rhythmic effects.

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Our Conductor:

Conductor of the Cincinnati Brass Band, Jon Noworyta

Jon S. Noworyta, conductor, is the newly appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Cincinnati Brass Band and a Graduate Conducting Associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting. He is also the Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Noworyta is the former Director of Bands at Wheaton North High School where he conducted and administered all aspects of the band program and taught music technology and music theory. He was previously Associate Director of Bands at Naperville (IL) North High School and taught instrumental music North Tonawanda, NY. Ensembles under his direction have performed at local, state, national, and international venues most notably Carnegie Hall, where the Wheaton North Wind Ensemble was invited to perform in 2009 and 2015. Wheaton North Wind Ensemble appeared at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the 2013 Music for All National Concert Band Festival. Noworyta has conducted at Chicago's Symphony Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall.

In addition to giving the local or world premieres of thirteen different orchestral works by composers from across the nation from 1994-1999, Noworyta’s commitment to high quality new music led to the following commissions for wind ensemble: in the midst (Shawn Okpebholo, 2014), Escapade (Charles Rochester Young, 2013), and Second City Vignettes (Clint Needham, 2005). He has conducted the Illinois state premiers of Robert Sheldon’s 1000 Cranes (2010) and Needham’s Legacies (at the 2010 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic) among numerous other premiers. The most recent of these premiers were in April 2017:

Laura Harrison’s, Corners of the Sky for Piano and Orchestra, Michael Markowski’s Machiavelli’s Conscience, and Cristina Spinei’s Clarinet Concerto.

His work has won Noworyta the praise of such influential composers as Leslie Adams, Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, Timothy Mahr, Robert Sheldon and Charles Rochester Young as well as conductors Harry Begian and Arnald Gabriel. Noworyta has twice collaborated with world-renowned pianist James Tocco in performances of the music of George Gershwin and David Maslanka.

Mr. Noworyta’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Bands and Wind Ensembles, National Band Association, Lesbian and Gay Band Association, Gay Lesbian Straight Educational Network, the Conductors Guild, and the Illinois and Ohio Music Educators Associations. Mr. Noworyta is listed among the Who’s Who in America Educator’s Edition and is on the advisory team for the 20,000+ member “Band Director” Facebook group. He was the New 200 Foundation 2012-13 Distinguished High School Teacher in Wheaton-Warrenville School District 200 and is a member of the Fine and Performing Arts Wall of Fame at North Tonawanda High School (his alma mater).

A Western New York native, Noworyta holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College (BME) and Northwestern University (MM). He is currently a student the College Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati where he has studied wind conducting with Dr. Terence Milligan and Dr. Glenn Price, and orchestral conducting with Aik Khai Pung.

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