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: Anita Cocker Hunt
Anita Cocker Hunt is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in trumpet degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She later returned to the College-Conservatory of Music to earn her Master of Music degree in Instrumental Wind Conducting. She has held positions as high school band and orchestra director in the Cleveland area, as private trumpet instructor at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, and was a member of the Cleveland Women’s Symphony Orchestra.
Anita returned to Cincinnati to serve as Divisional Music Director for the Salvation Army in Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky before leaving in 1997 to go back to public education as the Pendleton County H.S. Band Director and then worked as a school representative for Buddy Roger’s Music. Anita recently returned to the Salvation Army as Director of Brass Music for the Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky Division.
Anita has been the Cincinnati Brass Band’s primary conductor since its inception, and presently serves on the Board of Directors for the band. She is the former President of the North American Brass Band Association and still a current member of their board of directors, is a member of Women Band Directors International and the International Women’s Brass Conference. Additionally, Anita is the associate conductor of the Commonwealth Brass Band, an Ensemble in Residence at Indiana University Southeast. This includes responsibility as adjunct faculty member of Indiana University Southeast.