River Brass

musically serving the Evansville, Newburgh, & Owensboro area since 1991

About the Band

River Brass was founded in 1991 under the original name "Bend in the River Brass Band". The group took its name from the ox bow bend of the Ohio River that separates the cities of Evansville, Indiana and Henderson, Kentucky. As the band added members from across the entire IN/KY/IL tristate region, the band rebranded to "River Brass" in the fall of 2015 to equally represent members near both the Wabash and Ohio Rivers.


The band currently rehearses at Castle High School in Newburgh, IN. Its conductor is Faril Bunner.


River Brass follows the tradition of British brass bands in instrumentation and literature. Its members are post-high school players from southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky, and southern Illinois. Members range in age from the late teens to the eighties. This diverse group is brought together by their common interest in making and sharing high quality brass music. 2016 marked the 9th appearance of River Brass at NABBA championships.  



North American Brass Band Association competition history:

2016 (Fort Wayne) - 3rd place, 2nd Section, Faril Bunner

2015 (Fort Wayne) - 5th place, 2nd Section, Faril Bunner

2014 (Grand Rapids) - 3rd place, 2nd Section, Faril Bunner
2013 (Cincinnati) - 2nd place, 3rd Section, Dr. Timothy Groulx
2012 (Cincinnati) - 1st place, 3rd Section, Faril Bunner
2011 (Grand Rapids) - 2nd place, 3rd Section, Danny Humphreys
2009 (Louisville) - 3rd place, Challenge Section, Dr. Timothy Zifer
2008 (Louisville) - 2nd place, Explorer Section, Dr. Timothy Zifer
2007 (Louisville) - 2nd place, Explorer Section, Mark Kersting



About our Conductor

Mr. Bunner graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education. While at UNLV, he was a member of the Wind Orchestra and served as principal horn of the Symphony Orchestra. He also had the opportunity to travel extensively with the Wind Orchestra on tours through Japan, France and Hong Kong. Recently he returned back to school to earn a Masters of Education from Oakland City University.

Faril is currently the band director at Castle South Middle School in Newburgh, Indiana. Previous to this post, he served as the assistant director of the Castle High School band from 2006-2012.

Mr. Bunner spends his summers teaching on the visual team of the Phantom Regiment, a world-class drum corps.  They are a 150 piece pageantry/brass/percussion ensemble based out of Rockford, IL that takes a 60-day tour all across the United States.

Additionally, Mr. Bunner is the director of the River Brass, a 30 piece British-style brass band that performs regularly in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. The River Brass is a member of the North American Brass Band Association.

Faril lives in Newburgh with his lovely wife Jenna.