Saturday Music Program Highlights

Check out this video that highlights the 2016 Saturday Music Program Community Concert and acknowledges the funders of our Saturday Music Program (The Buhl Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and the Jack Buncher Foundation). The concert took place May 7, 2016 in the auditorium of the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) 6-12 school.

Saturday Music is a free music education program provided by River City Brass and Pittsburgh Public Schools. Students in grades 4-12 at Pittsburgh Public Schools come to Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 on Saturday mornings to rehearse in small ensembles and full groups.

The video includes clips of the Vocal/Musical Theater group, the 4th-12th grade String Ensemble, the 4th-12th grade Brass, Wind and String Orchestra and the River City Youth Brass Band.

Hakeem Bilal on Slurs

This week, we welcome back bass trombonist Hakeem Bilal to discuss a fundamental trombone technique: slurs. Enjoy, and be sure to share #SchoolofBrass with any trombone students you know.

Welcome to our video blog series, RCB’s School of Brass. Each video in the series features a River City Brass musician giving a lesson on a brass instrument technique. We hope the series will be helpful to all brass musicians, from middle school beginners to college students to players returning to their horns after a long time away.

Behind the Scenes #3

Greetings, River City Brass family! We're back with another round-up of photos from the last few weeks of life at RCB.

Staff, band members, and board members, spent a lovely evening at the Pirates vs. Cubs game last week. The band made their presence known to the entire stadium with vuvuzela versions of popular tunes. We even made an appearance on Root Sports and ESPN!


The Saturday Music Program students performed a concert on Saturday, May 7th. Here are a few snapshots from before and after the program. We are very proud of all the progress the students made this semester!

Operations Director Cindy Geib caught our Sound Engineer, Brandon Cecil, working the audio recording tech from a tablet in the audience of our May series.

Meet the Musicians: Youth Band Seniors

The River City Youth Brass Band (RCYBB) performed their final concert of the school year on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12. For more information about the RCYBB, click here.

Congratulations to all the RCYBB seniors! We are very proud of your accomplishments with the RCYBB. Your future students are very lucky.

Adam Bleil, trumpet, will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan College to study Music Performance and Mathematics.

Luke Barnes, trumpet, will attend Slippery Rock University for Music Education.

Leonardo Capone, trumpet, will attend Baldwin-Wallace University to study Music Education and Performance.

Dominic Gentile, trombone, will study Music Education at Youngstown State University.