HBO Band - Cincinnati

formerly: Howard Bloemker Orchestra- Est. 1947

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The band was founded in 1947 by Howard Bloemker in Cincinnati, OH.  First job was February 11, 1948 at a Delhi Junior High dance.  The band has been playing continuously every year since it's founding with the exception of Howard's two years of military service playing trumpet in the United States Army Band.  After 64 years with the HBO, HOWARD ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT on October 15, 2013.

Howard Bloemker (b.1932- d.April 5, 2018)

MUSICAL BACKGROUND of various members of the HBO:

graduates from College Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati; graduate degree in music from University of Michigan; Band Director (retired), Sycamore High School; Band Director (retired) Lakota Schools; founding director of the “Green Tones” Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, choral group; studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory (before it was CCM)


Select members of HBO also play in the following musical groups to name a few:   Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, New Horizons Band, Jump ‘N Jive Show Band; , Polished Brass, Pat Emmett Orchestra, Saffire Express, The Tommy and Hub Band, Curly & the Q-Balls, Cecil Young Big Band, Mt. Auburn Brass fellowship, the Seton-Elder Performing Arts Series and St. Williams Church (Cincinnati/West Side) Music events, and pit orchestras for musicals.



In addition to dances and concerts for organizations, private events, wedding receptions, senior communities, etc., the HBO plays some charity events throughout the year... One such event is the Christmas Dance at Rost School, Hamilton Co. Disabilities Services which we played for ~40 years.