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 High 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. 2016 marked the 9th appearance of River Brass at NABBA championships.
North American Brass Band Association competition history:
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
About our Conductor
Pat Stuckemeyer’s diverse career has taken him to a dozen countries and three continents. Originally from Indiana, Stuckemeyer was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2010. He holds additional degrees from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, the University of Kansas, and the Royal Northern College of Music.
Pat shares his passion for business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as his extensive knowledge of pedagogy and repertoire with musicians the world over. Stuckemeyer formed Potenza Music Publishing (www.potenzamusic.com) in 2007 with his wife, and bassoonist, Mary and currently represents over two-hundred composers and artists worldwide. As President of Potenza Music, Pat enjoys working with composers to bring new music to audiences everywhere.
In addition to his flourishing entrepreneurial skills, Stuckemeyer has held collegiate teaching positions at Arizona State University, Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. From 2007-2011, Dr. Stuckemeyer was an adjunct instructor of low brass, teaching brass pedagogy, studio instruction, music theory, aural perception, and business classes in entrepreneurship.
Being constantly artistically creative both as a soloist and chamber musician, Pat is a founding member of Eufonix, Tuba Quartet 2.0, and has released two recordings with the group: End Game, and Brink. A third recording is slated to be released in the Summer of 2013. In addition, many people have written for the talents of Pat Stuckemeyer as a performer and soloist, including: James Barnes, Jonathan Newman, Stephen Roberts, Peter Meechan, Noah Taylor, Anthony Zilincik, Damian Montano, Daniel Nelson, and Donald Grantham. Stuckemeyer has released three solo recordings. His debut album, Just For Fun, was released in 2005 with Ellen Bottorff (piano) and Justin White (trumpet). A second disc, Stepping Stones for Euphonium, Vol. 1, encompassed formative repertoire for euphonium and has been heralded as the ‘ultimate teaching tool’ for the instrument. His latest solo offering, Footprints with the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble, encompasses a two-year commissioning project, was released in 2010, and was a finalist for the acclaimed Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in recording.