Dublin's Silver brass band brings home gold
Latest News | December 07, 2015
The Dublin Silver Band took the title at the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships this month, gaining an invitation to a top contest in England next year.
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By JENNIFER NOBLIT| November 18, 2015
Dublin is now home to the top brass band in the nation.
The Dublin Silver Band took home the top title at the Nov. 7 U.S. Open Brass Band Championships.
"We've gone six times and won most entertaining," said Patrick Herak, band manager.
"The highest (score) we've gotten was second on two occasions. Last year we finished second. The band we beat has won the last four years in a row so this is quite an accomplishment."
The Dublin Silver Band was created six years ago and has 30 members from Dublin and other communities around central Ohio.
Conductor Tim Jameson said the Dublin Silver Band has been attending the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships since they were established.
The show that snagged the win was "Love You Forever.
"Essentially what we did is looked at different kinds of love: innocent, child-like love; romantic love; love of country; mature love; and also a very dark side and how hurtful it is when love is taken away," Jameson said.
"We took the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride."
The show, crafted by Dublin Silver Band members, is representative of the group's mission to entertain.
"A lot of bands just try to play a concert," Jameson said, "but what we try to do is tell a story and try to get people to feel things."
With the title at the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships, the Dublin Silver Band also snagged an invitation to a competition next November in England.
"This particular contest is called Brass in Concert and it's an entertainment contest like the U.S. Open was," Jameson said.
"It's arguably among the top three or four contests in the U.K. and, realize, there are literally hundreds of contests in the U.K.," he said.
"All the top bands in the world, or at least the U.K. will be there."
Brass bands, which are made up of brass instruments such as horns, trombones, cornets and euphoniums with a few percussionists, are a big deal in England, Jameson said.
"Over there brass bands are just about as big as college football is in this country," he said.
"For us to be invited to go to that is a massive honor and also a massive expense."
The Dublin Silver Band will be fundraising over the next year for the trip, which is too good to pass up.
"It's more than a little intimidating," Jameson said of the prospect of playing at Brass in Concert.
"It's a lot intimidating," he said.
"We will be competing against the best brass bands in the world.
"I'm confident in our abilities, but I also know about the level of competition there," Jameson said.
"We will do what we do. It may be a little different than what's done over there."
The Dublin Silver Band performs about a dozen times each year at contests and concerts in central Ohio.
At the North American Brass Band Association contest in March, the Dublin Silver Band took the national champion title as well.
According to Jameson, "2015 has been a good year for us."
The public will get a chance to see the award-winning show at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 in Linworth United Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd.
The show is free, but the group will take donations to help fund their trip next year.
The show will include "Love You Forever" and Christmas music.