Meet the Board: Dolores Nypaver

In this edition of Meet the Board, we are featuring Dolores Nypaver, Chair of the River City Brass Board of Directors.

Dolores Nypaver

Dolores Nypaver is the Associate Director in the Office for Stewardship and Development at the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Tell us a little about your experience as a community leader.

I love to meet people who want to make the world a better place.  There are many terrific organizations in our area doing wonderful things to help people in need.  Likewise, there are many selfless volunteers who give their time and talents to help others along their way, whether it’s through music, dancing, mentoring, gardening. I have spent time on 15 boards over the years and met some of my best friends this way.  There are always interesting projects for the less fortunate who need assistance.  I find nonprofit service very compelling.

What made you want to join the River City Brass Board of Directors?

I’ve always loved brass music, and I sang with the River City Brass Band many years ago when I was part of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.  My chance to be part of the board came when I met James Gourlay in the Rotary Club.  The more I learned about the Band, the more I was interested, and the more I got to know the board members and musicians, the more I felt like I was part of something great.  River City Brass is one of the best arts organizations in a city loaded with wonderful cultural offerings.

Favorite place you’ve ever been?

That’s hard to say—I love hiking in the Nevada desert, biking in South Carolina, skiing in Vermont, and touring the medieval castles of Europe.  I think my favorite place in the world is Assisi, Italy.  I feel like I’m stepping back into the middle ages when I walk the narrow streets there.

One of my all-time highlights was traveling to Italy with the River City Brass Band in May of 2013.  We saw many remarkable historic places in one of the richest countries in the world for renaissance art and culture.  And we watched the Italians enjoy our very own brass band from Pittsburgh!  It was a wonderful experience.

A genie has granted you three wishes. What do you wish for?

Peace on earth.

To tour the world.

To read a different book every week.

Behind the Scenes #4: Community Concerts and ITEC Performance

Welcome to another edition of RCB Behind the Scenes! We have a couple exciting gigs to share with you.

As part of our Community Concert Series sponsored by the Eden Hall Foundation, we performed at a rooftop party benefiting the Center that CARES at the beautiful Jaron Xavier Grayson Community Center. With a great audience and a great view, it was a blast.

This past week, Maestro James Gourlay and River City Brass travelled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to take part in the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. James spent the week conducting, playing, and teaching, and the band joined him on Saturday for a fabulous concert. The RCB trombone section (John Sebastian Vera, Gabriel Colby, and Hakeem Bilal) and tubist Brian Kiser also performed as a quartet. We have some seriously talented people in this group!

Photos via James Gourlay, Linda Reznik, Gabriel Colby, Hakeem Bilal, Brian Kiser, Brandon Thibault, Sam Buccigrossi, Matt von Emmerik, and Hidehiro Fujita.

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.