Our History

Dublin Community Bands

The Dublin Community Bands organization was founded in 2010, during the process of reviving the historical 19th century Dublin Cornet Band.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, Dublin Community Bands is governed by a Board of Directors and in its first decade, has expanded to include 150+ local musicians in five main ensembles.  We are proud to serve, and be a part of, the Dublin community.

Dublin Cornet Band

The original Dublin Cornet Band was founded in 1879 and represented Dublin as it toured around central Ohio for over 50 years. In 2010, through the vision and dedication of the Dublin Historical Society and generosity of the Dublin Community Foundation, this significant piece of Dublin’s heritage was resurrected for the City’s Bicentennial Celebration. This recreation of the Dublin Cornet Band has brought together a group of thirteen local professional-level, volunteer musicians dedicated to preserving an important part of Dublin’s past.

Dublin Metro Brass

The Dublin Metro Brass completed its successful inaugural season in April of 2019.  Formed with the intention of merging the “community band” and “competition band” experiences, the Metro Brass is a British-style Brass Band that prepares for competition in a less intensive atmosphere, with an abbreviated 6-month rehearsal season each year (January-June).

Dublin Silver Band

The Dublin Silver Band began in 2008 as the Ohio Brass Band, founded by Dr. Paul Droste and Dr. Pat Herak, and joined the Dublin Community Bands organization in 2010.  A group of professional-level musicians who volunteer their time and talent, DSB maintains a regular concert season for local audiences in addition to their intense national and international competition schedule.  DSB regularly represents Dublin Community Bands in the Ohio Brass Arts Festival Cup, Dublin Festival of Bands, North American Brass Band Association Championship, and the US Open Brass Band Championship, where it has won the award for “Most Entertaining Band” on seven separate occasions.

Dublin Wind Symphony

The Dublin Wind Symphony was formed on January 31 of 2011 as the Concert Band of Dublin, which had its first rehearsal with almost 70 local musicians in attendance. As the band grew, its name was changed to the Dublin Wind Symphony to better reflect the composition of the ensemble and the music that it plays. DWS includes around 100 members, of all ages and ability levels.  They perform symphonic band music, marches, and popular arrangements during their regular concert season and throughout a summer concert series each year. DWS is proud to represent Dublin Community Bands performing before the 4th of July parade in downtown Dublin and the Plain City fireworks celebrations.  Several small ensembles have also formed within the Dublin Wind Symphony and these groups play various gigs in venues around Central Ohio.

Emerald City Swing Orchestra

The Emerald City Swing Orchestra is a 20-piece swing/jazz band that formed in 2001 and joined the Dublin Community Bands organization in 2011. The Swing Orchestra has an extensive musical library that features classic songs from the Big Band Era, such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington; contemporary artists such as Billy Joel and Carlos Santana; and vocal songs of classic singers like Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.

Dublin Festival of Brass

Four regional Brass Bands participated in the first DFOB Droste Shield Competition event, held in 2017.  Hosted by the Dublin Community Bands, this event expanded to 10 competing bands by 2019 and also included a lecture/recital and a Tuba/Euphonium ensemble led by James Gourlay.

Dublin Youth Brass Band

The Dublin Youth Brass Band began in 2014 with the goal of educational outreach – involving the younger students in our community and teaching them about the traditional brass band style of music and ensembles.  This 4-day summer event sees students from Dublin and beyond working side-by-side with musicians from Silver Band and Metro Brass to learn new music (sometimes on a new instrument!) and prepare a concert for the final day.  DYBB has been led by outstanding local educators like Diana Herak, Bob Munson, Wendy Reeves, and Jon Waters, as well as national/international guest artists like Stephen Bulla, Paul Duffy, Owen Farr, Tom Garling, and Brendan Ige.

Dublin Youth Solo Competition

Starting in 2019, The Dublin Community Bands hosts a solo competition for students in grades 6-12 on any wind, brass, or percussion instrument.  Winners in each division receive a cash prize, and may also have the opportunity to perform their solo accompanied by one of the adult ensembles on a regular season concert.