About the Band
The North Royalton Community Band (NRCB), located in North Royalton, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland), was founded by retired North Royalton High School band director Bill Park in 1998 with 13 members. It has grown to become a well-rounded concert organization within a very short time, and now has over 50 members. In 2009 Bill Park retired from his position as music director, and was succeeded by our current music director Mark Wozniak.
The band maintains an active performance schedule primarily within the academic school year with four or five concerts each year that are free to the public. These concerts are well received and our audience is growing. The band also takes music out to those who are unable to attend our regular concerts with approximately two at elderly facilities per year. Several of the band members are part of a brass quintet and extend this program further to elderly facilities that cannot accommodate our large group.
The North Royalton Community Band is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is supported by member, audience, and community donors.
NRCB = ENTERTAINMENT
NRCB plays a wide variety of band music new and old, from marches to concert selections, overtures to folk music, Broadway to Bach, classics to contemporary. Our goal is entertainment in the rich tradition of community bands across the country. The NRCB strives to acquire additional music for our library each year to keep our concert programs fresh and exciting for our audiences as well as our band members.
NRCB= PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
At our performances, we have featured: brass, percussion, and woodwind ensembles, flute and trombone sections, a Dixieland band, and a swing big band. Other concerts have featured performances by soloists accompanied by the band, including: piano, xylophone, marimba, drum set, flute, clarinet, violin, trumpet, alto sax, f horn, bassoon, tuba, euphonium, and several accomplished vocalists.
In our 2000 season, we performed the North American premiere of "Sons of the Sun," by contemporary Argentine composer Hugh Cambiasso. A 2011 concert premiered Little Rascal’s a piece by Marc Oliver commissioned specifically for the band by Joan and Bill Park.
NRCB = COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Besides our own concert venues, we have performed combined concerts with community bands from the Cuyahoga Community College, Fairview Park and Strongsville as well as the Cleveland BoyChoir.
Past performances include welcoming Santa at the North Royalton Fire Station and accompanying fireworks at the North Royalton Homecoming. Other venues include the Tri-C West Auditorium, Cleveland State University, the gazebo on the city green, Memorial Park, and the amphitheater at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
COMMUNITY BAND MEMBERSHIP
Has it been a while since you played in that high school band? Not to worry. Some of the most successful members of the band had time away from their instruments, anywhere from 10 to 40 years. Members of the band will help newcomers get back into the swing of things, if requested. North Royalton Community Band has open enrollment for adults who have played in a high school or college level band. High school student musicians are welcome to join with the recommendation of their band director.
Prospective members are welcome to bring an instrument, in playing condition, and sit in with the band for a few weeks before making a decision.
Rehearsals are held each Thursday from 7 to 8:30 pm from September through May at the North Royalton City Hall.
Email band president Brian Brainard ator music director Mark Wozniak atfor more information.