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Kenneth Kroesche

Professor of Music, Low Brass

Coordinator of Brass
OU Brass Band, Golden Grizzlies Athletic Band

Contact: [email protected]
(248) 370-4303

Kenneth Kroesche, Professor of Music, teaches Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba, as well as conducts the Oakland University Brass Band. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in addition to a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas State University.

Dr. Kroesche has appeared as a euphonium soloist with a number of notable ensembles, ranging from the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to the U.S. Army Band at the West Point Military Academy. The Washington Post described him as "an expert on the instrument." From 2000 to 2016, he appeared as a soloist at every international conference of the International Tuba & Euphonium Association, as well as numerous regional conferences across the country. As an orchestral musician, he is the principal trombonist of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, the university’s orchestra in residence, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent guest musician with the area’s leading ensembles which include the Grand Rapids Symphony, Flint Symphony and Detroit Chamber Winds. In addition, each summer he performs as euphoniumist with the Toledo Symphony Concert Band.

 In 2009, he formed the Oakland University Brass Band which since its inception has gone on to receive national and international recognition. In January of 2015, the group accepted an invitation to travel to England to perform in the Butlin’s National Brass Band Festival & Competition. While there, the band was awarded 2nd place in their division and now holds the distinction of being the highest placing American band in the history of the competition. This invitation was extended as a result of having won the First Section of the North American Brass Band Championships in 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI. Since then, the band has performed at the country’s leading brass band festivals and they are currently the 2018 and 2019 Grand Champions of the Dublin Festival of Brass in Dublin, Ohio.

School of Music, Theatre and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041