Jon Waters (President of Dublin Community Bands, Director of Bands at Heidelberg University, Former Director of The Ohio State University Marching Band)
Jon Waters has recently been appointed as Director of Bands at Heidelberg University. There, he will serve as a faculty member teaching conducting classes, brass methods classes, marching band techniques classes, tuba and low brass classes, as well as being the primary conductor of the Symphonic Band and the Athletic Band. Prior to his appointment at Heidelberg, Waters served as Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at Ohio State University. Through energy and creativity, the students and he elevated the Ohio State Marching Band to national and international prominence, through creative show design and outstanding musicianship and execution.
Waters has served as guest conductor and clinician around the country, and is a staunch advocate for music education. He is also currently the president of the Dublin Community Bands Board, and he serves as assistant director of the Ohio State Alumni Band. He and his wife Molly reside in Delaware, Ohio with their three children.
Diana graduated from The Ohio State University with B.M.E. and M.A. degrees in Music Education. While at OSU, she played baritone in the all-brass Ohio State University Marching Band, and currently plays in the TBDBITL Alumni Band. In 2014 she was named as an Assistant Director for the group.
Diana Is a founding member of the following ensembles: All-Star Brass Band, Ohio Collegiate Brass (OCB)/Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB), Athena Brass Band (an all-star women’s brass band), Dublin Cornet Band, and Dublin Silver Band. She also joined the Brass Band of Columbus in 1999.
Diana won the NABBA Adult Slow Melody soloist competition on euphonium in 1996 and on baritone in 2006.
During the 2004-2005 school year Diana took a year leave of absence from her job to experience brass banding in the UK first hand. She had the opportunity to play with a variety of Championship Section bands at many contests (and still returns on occasion to visit and perform). In 2008, Diana was one of four international baritone players to take part in the “Baritones to the Fore” CD, the first CD devoted specifically to baritone solo repertoire.
Diana is currently a middle school strings teacher in the Westerville City School District (Westerville, OH).
Spring 2016 Guest Artist
Pontypool in South Wales has always been famous for its steel and “Front Row”, but with the rise of Owen Farr, the Music World is beginning to know it for its brass and the middle of the band. Owen began his musical career with the Pontypool Brass Band at the age of six. He soon joined Gwent County Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, progressing to Principal Horn in both ensembles. Owen’s growing talent was recognised in 1995 when he became the British Open Junior Solo Champion and was appointed Solo Horn for the Tredegar Town Band at the tender age of sixteen. He consolidated the precocious promise of his youth by enrolling in what was arguably the centre of excellence for brass musicianship at the time, the Royal Northern College of Music, in 1998. Six months later he joined the famous Williams Fairey Band. Owen thrived in both these environments and was voted “Player of the Year” by his fellow players at the band. He enjoyed many successful solo performances with the band and was also a key member in their two National Finals victories. 2002 was an extremely busy year for Owen; he graduated from the Royal Northern where his talent was recognised by his immediate appointment to the department as Tenor Horn Teacher. He also accepted a teaching post at Liverpool University. On top of this busy teaching schedule, he also went on to form “Sonar Brass” alongside Richard Marshall, Alan Morrison, Nicholas Hudson and Shaun Crowther. This dynamic ensemble has enjoyed great success, culminating in prestigious broadcasts such as “Listen to the Band” and “Friday Night is Music Night”. Owen is dedicated to improving the pedagogy of the Tenor Horn and is constantly exploring ways of improving teaching methods for the instrument he loves. This can be seen both in the positions he holds in the Birmingham Conservatoire (Lecturer in Brass Scoring and Arranging) and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Tenor Horn Tutor) and is his work as a Besson clinician where he tours the country raising awareness of the Tenor Horn with his lyrical tone and stunning technical precision. Owen was extremely pleased to be able to return to the “Land of his fathers” by joining the Buy as you View Band in 2004. Owen is in many ways a musician’s musician, combining amazing skill on the instrument of his choice with a passionate urge to know everything about his profession and develop that body of knowledge even further. The promise of his early talent has blossomed into an assured maturity that ensures Owen’s place in the “Front Row” of brass band musicians, soloists and educators for the 21st Century.
Paul Duffy (former Soprano Cornet of the Black Dyke Band)
Born in Liverpool, Paul began his musical interest at the age of seven playing cornet with his local youth brass band. He advanced from this to the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain becoming principal cornet and leader of the band. In 2006 Paul joined the world renowned Black Dyke Band as their soprano cornet player, quickly developing a reputation as one of the most thrilling soloists Black Dyke had ever had. This position allowed him to showcase his talents as a performer, arranger and composer around the world. Paul has been featured at the BBC proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and as a soloist on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, and on a number of international radio stations. He has delivered critically acclaimed performances at some of the finest concert halls around the world, including the Royal Albert Hall (London, UK), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), KKL Lucerne (Switzerland), Hamer Hall (Melbourne), the Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK) and the Grieg Hall (Norway). In 2013 Paul reluctantly resigned his position from the Black Dyke Band in order to develop his career further.
In 2009 Paul graduated from the University of Salford with a first class honours degree in Popular Music and Recording. It was whilst completing this degree that he developed a keen interest in the recording and production of music. He had already learnt how to play many musical instruments and was now using the knowledge gained to transfer these musical skills into recordings. In 2013, Paul completed a Masters Degree in Music Production at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Paul is in high demand, fully engaged as a soloist and as a producer of music. His eagerly awaited debut album, ‘Only Just Begun’ released in 2014, is an impressive showcase for Paul as a musician, composer, arranger, producer and a recording engineer.
Stephen Bulla began his musical instruction at age six, growing up in a musical household where his father played tuba and his mother played piano. He eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied trombone with Phil Wilson and Composition/Arranging with Herb Pomeroy.
In 1980 he won an audition for the position of Staff Arranger to “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. For the next thirty years he would provide musical scores for myriad White House events, beginning with the Reagan era until 2010.
Working alongside film score legend John Williams he has transcribed music from “Star Wars”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “Close Encounters” for performances by the Marine Band with the composer conducting. He has also scored music for the Discovery Channel (“Wings of the Luftwaffe” and “Century of Flight”) and PBS television series “In Performance At The White House.” Here artists including Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Nell Carter, Shirley Jones, Larry Gatlin, and Jordan Sparks performed his arrangements.
His commissioned concert works are performed and recorded internationally. The Dutch, British, Swiss and New Zealand Brass Band Championship organizations have all commissioned test pieces from his pen. According to a recent ASCAP survey his music has been used on the following television programs: CSI Miami, Cold Case, Jag, Joan of Arcadia, Without A Trace, Guiding Light, Ren and Stimpy, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, and Survivor.
For fifteen years he conducted the National Capital Band (Washington DC), producing several CDs and touring Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Scandinavia while directing this ensemble. He presently serves as artistic director and principal conductor for New England Brass Band and Brass of the Potomac. Both of these fine ensembles are non-profit organizations providing music for community events, arts programs, and educational outreach in local public schools.
Stephen Bulla is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and has received that organization’s Performance Award annually since 1984. He travels often as a guest conductor for All-State band events around the country.
Wendy Bauer Reeves is in her fifteenth year as band director at Sells Middle School, and her eighteenth year as Assistant Director of the Dublin Coffman Marching Band. Prior to teaching middle school band, she taught choir and general music for five years, also at Sells. Mrs. Reeves graduated from The Ohio State University School of Music in 1993, and received her Master of Arts in Music Education from OSU in 1998. While at OSU, she played tuba in concert ensembles and sousaphone in the Ohio State University Marching Band. Also at OSU, she is collecting data for a research project that will eventually lead to a Ph.D. in Music Education. She has conducted honors bands in Ohio, Indiana, and Georgia and has served as a clinician for the Ohio Music Education Association State Conference, the Capital University Complete Band Directors Workshop, the Michigan Music Educators Convention, The American School Band Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
In addition to OMEA, Mrs. Reeves is a member of the American School Band Directors Association. She played Eb tuba in the Central Ohio Brass Band from 1992-2002 and currently plays in the Worthington Civic Band. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Sells Middle School teacher Chad Reeves, daughters Samantha and Sydney Reeves, cats Scarlette and Gray and dog Roxie.