CEDARVILLE — The Ohio Valley British Band will make its first appearance at the Cedarville Opera House 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9.
Formed in 1992, the 45-member ensemble plays a variety of music including marches, overtures, show tunes, light classics, popular music, and patriotic selections.
Several members including trombonists Michael DiCuirci and Kris McClure and cornet player Kevin Sims have ties to Greene County. DiCuirci recently retired after serving 38 years as a professor of music at Cedarville University and was instrumental in forming the school’s jazz band, symphonic band, and pep band. McClure is the music teacher at Cedarville Elementary School and formerly taught at Greeneview High School. Sims has been a political science professor at Cedarville University for more than 25 years.
A British brass band is different from a typical orchestra and concert band in that it is limited to certain instruments. The standard instrumentation includes cornets, tenor horns, baritone horns, tenor trombones, euphoniums, basses, percussion, flugelhorns and bass trombones. Trumpets and french horns are excluded.
The Ohio State University Marching Band, formed in 1879, still performs with only brass and percussion.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and are available at the opera house website (cedarvilleoperahouse.org) or at the door (cash/credit cards accepted). Doors will open 2:30 p.m.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.