River Brass

musically serving the Evansville, Newburgh, & Owensboro area since 1991


About the Band

River Brass was founded in 1991 under the original name "Bend in the River Brass Band". The group took its name from the ox bow bend of the Ohio River that separates the cities of Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky. As the band added members from across the entire IN/KY/IL tristate region, the band rebranded to "River Brass" in the fall of 2015 to equally represent members near both the Wabash and Ohio Rivers.

The band currently rehearses at Castle South Middle School in Newburgh, IN. Its conductor is Dr. Pat Stuckemeyer.

River Brass follows the tradition of British brass bands in instrumentation and literature. Its members are post-high school players from southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky, and southern Illinois. Members range in age from the late teens to the eighties. This diverse group is brought together by their common interest in making and sharing high quality brass music. 

North American Brass Band Association competition history:

2019 (Fort Wayne) - 8th Place, 2nd Section, Dr. Pat Stuckemeyer

2018 (Fort Wayne) -  6th Place, 2nd Section, Dr. Pat Stuckemeyer

2017 (Fort Wayne) - 4th Place, 2nd Section, Dr. Pat Stuckemeyer

2016 (Fort Wayne) - 3rd place, 2nd Section, Faril Bunner

2015 (Fort Wayne) - 5th place, 2nd Section, Faril Bunner

2014 (Grand Rapids) - 3rd place, 2nd Section, Faril Bunner
2013 (Cincinnati) - 2nd place, 3rd Section, Dr. Timothy Groulx
2012 (Cincinnati) - 1st place, 3rd Section, Faril Bunner
2011 (Grand Rapids) - 2nd place, 3rd Section, Danny Humphreys
2009 (Louisville) - 3rd place, Challenge Section, Dr. Timothy Zifer
2008 (Louisville) - 2nd place, Explorer Section, Dr. Timothy Zifer
2007 (Louisville) - 2nd place, Explorer Section, Mark Kersting

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River Brass is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Community Foundation Vanderburgh, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.