The Dublin Cornet Band
In 2010, through the vision and dedication of the Dublin Historical Society and generosity of the Dublin 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 ten local professional-level musicians who are volunteering their time and talent to help represent Dublin at many community events.
Since 2010, the Dublin Cornet Band has performed at a variety of city events including the Emerald Celebration, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Blarney Bash, Independence Day Concert, Jig Thursdays, Emerald City Music Games, Dub Crawl, the Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin Field of Honor, Dublin Historical Society Heritage Day, and the Dublin BREAD Festival.
This versatile group performs a variety of music in the small brass band tradition including 19th/early 20th century music (music popular around the time of the original Dublin Cornet Band), Celtic music, New Orleans brass band repertoire, and German Oktoberfest music.
Diana Herak, Musical Director
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).
Dr. Patrick Herak, Artistic Director
Dr. Herak is a five time graduate of The Ohio State University having earned his PhD in Education. As an undergrad he was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band for 5-years and can still be found playing with the TBDBITL Alumni Band on occasion. In addition to playing with the Dublin Cornet Band, Dr. Herak is co-founder of the Dublin Silver Band, and Dublin Metro Brass, the latter where he continues to play Eb Bass.
Dr. Herak was a secondary science teacher for 18-years, primarily for Westerville City Schools. However, he did take a leave of absence to teach at Aldenham School near London (UK) where he performed and contested with a plethora of British Brass Bands. Dr. Herak is currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Herak is a member of a variety of professional education organizations and has presented at education conferences at the state, national and international level including the Science Education Council of Ohio, National Science Teachers Association, American Society for Engineering Educators, International Consortium of Research in Science and Math Education and Ohio Music Education Association.