Oakland University Brass Band
The Oakland University Brass Band, formed in September of 2009, enjoys the distinction of being one of the few collegiate brass bands in the country. Since its inception, the group has attracted enthusiastic audiences to its concerts that have been presented both on and off campus. In January of 2015 they accepted an invitation to travel to England to perform in the Butlin’s National Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival & Competition. While there, the band was awarded 2nd place in their division and now holds the distinction of being the highest placing American band in the history of the competition. This invitation was extended as a result of having won the First Section of the North American Brass Band Championships in 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI. In June of 2015, the band represented NABBA at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, Kentucky where they gave three featured concerts. That same year, the group was showcased at the Mid-West Tuba Euphonium Conference at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where they presented a concert and accompanied the conference’s headline soloists. The group hosts a number of guest soloists and conductors each year. The band has enjoyed relationships with guest conductors such as, James Gourlay, Colin Holman and Keith Wilkinson. Alumni of the Oakland University brass and percussion programs have gone on to receive graduate assistantships and scholarships to attend many of the country’s outstanding music programs.
Dr. Kenneth Kroesche
Kenneth Kroesche is the Doris & Paul Travis Professor of Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He holds a master's and doctorate of musical arts degree in performance from the University of Michigan, in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University. Dr. Kroesche has appeared as a euphonium soloist with a number of notable ensembles, including a guest appearance as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This honor was the result of a competitive nationwide audition sponsored by the orchestra and their music director, Mstislav Rostropovich. The Washington Post's review of this concert described him as "an expert on the instrument." He currently serves as the principal trombonist of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra. Each summer, he performs as euphoniumist with the Toledo (OH) Concert Band and as a low brass player frequently performs with the Flint Symphony, Toledo Symphony and Detroit Chamber Winds. In addition to conducting the Oakland University Brass Band, from 2008-2011 he served as the conductor of the award winning Capital City Brass Band of Lansing, Michigan.