The Dublin Metro Brass is the most recent addition to the Dublin Community Bands family. This ensemble was created to allow musicians the opportunity to experience the Brass Band world without the high intensity and full-year commitment of most competitive Bands.
The abbreviated rehearsal season runs from January through June each year, with the goal of competing and performing at events like the Dublin Festival of Brass, the North American Brass Band Association Championships, and the Ohio Brass Arts Festival. Merging the "community band" and "competition band" experiences, Dublin Metro Brass is open to all interested musicians (no audition necessary), but will require a season-long commitment from its members to attend all rehearsals and practice regularly at home in order to effectively prepare for competitions.
Dublin Metro Brass is a British-style Brass Band, which differs from a traditional Concert Band or Wind Symphony in both group size and instrumentation. Brass Bands are smaller (~30 players), leaving parts more exposed than in a larger band setting (there may be only 2 or 3 musicians on each part, with opportunities to solo), and the instruments are limited to Soprano and Bb Cornet, Flugelhorn, Eb Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone, Eb and Bb Tuba, and Percussion. (If you have experience with any brass instrument, you may be comfortable switching to learn a new part!) Learn more about Brass Bands and instrumentation here.
Robert Munson, Co-Director
Stepping up to the podium for the 2020 season is Bob Munson:
Bob previously spent five years conducting the Greater Columbus Community Band and has been a Resident Conductor with the Dublin Youth Brass Band for several summers.
A graduate of Kent State University with a B.M. degree in Tuba Performance, Bob has performed in regional orchestras, professional brass quintets and bands for more than 25 years. As a student at Kent State, he studied with Dick Jacoby and Ron Bishop the famed Cleveland Orchestra Principal Tubist. He currently plays Bb Bass in the Dublin Silver Band.
In addition to performing with the Dublin Silver Band, Bob regularly performs with the Westerville Symphony, New Albany Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Westerville Concert Band, Renaissance Brass Quintet, Classic Brass Quintet, Village Brass Quintet, Westerville Brass Quintet, Greater Columbus Brass Quintet and Ain't Misbehavin' Dixieland Band.
Bob and his musical wife Cindy (flute) reside in Westerville, Ohio where their two sons attend Westerville Schools.
Kevin Wallick, Co-Director
Kevin Wallick is in his ninth year teaching at Dublin Coffman High School. He is a 2010 graduate of The Ohio State University where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Music Education, and recently completed a Masters of Music in Music Education degree from Capital University. At Dublin Coffman High School, Kevin conducts the Chamber and Concert Orchestras, Pit Orchestra, the Emerald Band, assists with the marching band. He also assists in teaching beginning band at Dublin Sells Middle School. Under his direction the Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Emerald Band have all consistently received high ratings at OMEA Adjudicated Events. Under his direction the DCHS Chamber Orchestra had the honor of been selected to perform at the 2018 OMEA Professional Conference. Outside of public school teaching Kevin is an active performer and maintains a small studio of private students, and has held the position of South-Central Region Chair for the Ohio Music Education Association.