Brass Band of the Western Reserve
The band was founded in 1997 by Dr. Keith Wilkinson, a nationally renowned British brass band conductor, arranger and frequent adjudicator at the North American Brass Band Competition.
BBWR’s current director, Jay Wardeska, has been a band conductor and active trumpet player in the state of Ohio for more than 30 years. He currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Associate in music education at Ohio State University, where he’s pursuing a PhD in Music Education.
Wardeska has been the recipient of many honors and appointments, including being named the 2013 National Band Director of the Year by the National Association for Music Education and the U.S. Army Band.
The band follows British brass band instrumentation, using cornets and tenor horns in place of trumpets and French horns. Tubas, euphoniums, baritones and trombones round out the band, with a strong percussion ensemble for support.