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Osnby Rose


Onsby C. Rose (b. 1975, Royal Oak, Mich.) is an American composer, educator, trombonist and conductor.

Dr. Rose grew up primarily in Abingdon, Va. Upon graduation from Abingdon High School in 1993, he attended the University of South Carolina as a music education major. After three years of studies, he auditioned for and was accepted as a trombone instrumentalist for the US Marine Corps Fleet Band system. While assigned to the Marine Corps Logistics Base Band in Albany, Ga. as a trombonist, he also served as a music librarian and drill writer/instructor, writing and teaching drum corps-style fields shows to the band for use at military tattoos. In Oct. of 1999, then-Corporal Rose auditioned and was accepted for duty with one of the two premier musical units in the USMC, The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, “The Commandant’s Own,” and was transferred to historic Marine Barracks 8th and I Streets SE, Washington D.C. While there Sergeant Rose served as a baritone bugler and assistant instrument repairman as well as deploying to Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait as musical support. Upon his re-enlistment, Sergeant Rose was transferred back into the Fleet Marine Corps bands as a trombonist with Marine Corps Band New Orleans, in New Orleans, La. During his four years in the Crescent City, Onsby served as trombone and low brass section head, travel operations chief, brass quintet Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Small Ensemble Leader, Fiscal Chief, platoon sergeant, assistant drum major and assistant conductor.

In 2004 upon his promotion to staff sergeant, Mr. Rose was accepted for the Marine Staff Non-Commissioned Officers Degree Completion Program where he attended East Tennessee State University and finished his Bachelor of Music degree, and also studied conducting with Roxanne Haskill. After graduation Staff Sergeant Rose was transferred to the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Va. where he served on staff as brass ensemble rehearsal conductor and registrar for the school of music. In 2007 Mr. Rose was honorably discharged from the USMC. During the next five year Onsby would work as a freight conductor for Norfolk Southern, Canadian Pacific, and Gennessee and Wyoming Railroads. During this time he freelanced as a trombone player in Indiana, Virginia, and Tennessee.

Mr. Rose returned to a full-time music position and was hired as the Director of Bands at Hampton High School and Elementary in Carter County, Tenn. He served as the Director of Bands in Hampton for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. During his tenure in Hampton, the band program saw an enrolment increase of 400% as well as consistently receiving superior ratings in both marching and concert festivals and competitions.

From 2014-16 Onsby was a graduate assistant with the bands of Appalachian State University, graduating in 2016 with a master's degree in Wind Conducting. He then continued on to pursue his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting at The Ohio State University. Currently in his final year of studies, Onsby is currently writing his dissertation on Symphony #10 by David Maslanka. He expects to graduate in May 2019. He also is the music director and conductor of The Brass Band of Appalachia, from Bristol, Virginia.

He has studied conducting with Russel C. Mikkelson, John Ross, Scott Jones, Kevin Richardson, Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Eugene Corporon, Donald McKinney, and Steven Peterson and Roxanne Haskill. The most influential composers that Onsby studies and identifies with their music, are David Maslanka, Frank Ticheli, Julie Giroux, David Holsinger, Steven Bryant, and P. I. Tchaikovsky. Although Onsby views himself as a conductor, he is excited and thanks God for the gift of composition. Onsby and his wife Jessica live in Blacklick, Ohio with their five boys, Aidan, Timothy, Caleb, Elijah and Colin. He is a member of numerous professional organizations to including the College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. However, he holds closest to his heart the title of United States Marine.

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