Brass Band of the Western Reserve

 Thursday, August 23, 2018 
8:15pm-9:45pm

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The Brass Band of the Western Reserve (BBWR) was established in 1997 with high musical standards and a lot of enthusiasm. The band consists solely of brass instruments, which attributes to its unique and dynamic sound.

Their performance in Lakeside will include segments such as "BBWR at the Movies," "BBWR in Big Band Mood" and "BBWR Salutes the USA."

Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson is the Director of the BBWR and has enjoyed playing such an integral part in the development of the ensemble. The band has recorded several albums, with its most recent, Fanfare and Celebration, released in 2013.

BBWR started when Keith Wilkinson gathered with brass and percussion musicians in Northeast Ohio to read through some brass band literature. The enthusiasm generated during their first few meetings led to the band being formed almost immediately. High musical standards were established and have been maintained as the band has shared their talents with countless audiences.

Each year, the band presents a series of five concerts, often with guest artists. Concert venues have included the Amphitheater at Chautauqua Institution and Severance Hall in Cleveland, as well as repeat performances here in Hoover Auditorium.

Audiences are captivated by the wide variety of music presented, as well as by the band's ability to impressively perform repertoire that ranges from the delicate to the powerful.

Membership includes musicians of all walks of life, including music educators, students, accountants, attorneys, information technology, specialists, pastors and truck drivers.

Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson is the Director of the BBWR and has enjoyed playing such an integral part in the development of the ensemble. The band has recorded several albums, with its most recent, Fanfare and Celebration, released in 2013.

Prior to moving to the U.S. in 1996, WIlkinson enjoyed long and successful periods as a music director for leading championship bands in England. He was also in demand to travel around EUrope as a guest conductor and adjudicator. Appearances included performances with the Newtongrange Silver Band in Scotland and the Brass BAnd Fribourg in SWitzerland. After moving the U.S., he was also the principal guest conductor of the St. Louis Brass Band.

In March of 2008, he was presented with the God & Country Music Award by The Salvation Army and Brass Band of Columbus for his outstanding contributions to brass bands in the U.S. and Europe. He has published more than 100 arrangements internationally and has formed his own publishing company in order to make his arrangements more available to those wishing to perform them.


Admission & Parking
Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at tickets.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

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