The Ohio Valley British Brass Band was founded in February 1992 by Francis Laws
and the late Ed Nickol. Nickol was OVBBB conductor until January 2009.
Michael Gallehue took over the baton from 2009 through Summer 2017, and
the band has been under the leadership of music director Greg Mills since.
The 45-member ensemble is comprised of professional musicians,
active as well as retired educators at the secondary and collegiate
levels, students, and lay people from the Ohio Valley region.
The band’s mission is to perform a variety of worthwhile and engaging
literature while providing an opportunity for the area’s finest
brass players to participate in a quality musical ensemble.
Since its inception the OVBBB has played extensively throughout southwestern
Ohio and northern Kentucky, including featured performances with the
Cincinnati Pops and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestras.
The OVBBB has also performed for the Ohio Music Education Association Professional
Development Conference, the American School Band Directors Association
State Convention, and was the keynote performing ensemble at the
Wisconsin Brass Band Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Over the past twenty-five years, the OVBBB has been joined by guest performers of local, national,
and international acclaim, including trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzuti, John Philip Sousa IV
(great grandson of the famous American composer and bandmaster)
and Steven Bulla, who was commissioned by the OVBBB, to write “Valley of the Adena”,
a brass band composition to commemorate OVBBB’s 25th anniversary
(Bulla conducted the OVBBB at the world premiere.)
The band plays a variety of musical repertoire, appropriate and suitable to its
audience—including marches, overtures, show tunes, light classics,
popular music, and patriotic selections.
The OVBBB is a non-profit corporation, organized exclusively for charitable and
educational activities, under section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.