Onsby C. Rose

Onsby C. Rose is a second-year DMA conducting associate at The Ohio State University. In 1993 he attended the University of South Carolina as a music education major and in 1997 he was accepted as a trombonist for the U.S. Marine Corps fleet bands. During his 11-year Marine Corps career he served as a trombonist and conductor with bands in Albany, GA and New Orleans, LA as well as on staff at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA. He also served for two years as a baritone bugler with “The Commandant’s Own” U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, DC. In 2007 Onsby was honorably discharged from the USMC and was a freelance trombonist and railroad freight conductor in the eastern U.S., then returned to education in 2012 as director of bands at Hampton High School and Middle School in Carter County, TN. 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. Onsby also has recently entered the composition world with his new work, Heroes from the Sea, which was premiered by The United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own” in August of 2017 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol as well as his Fanfare, “Die Helden” is a 2017 winner of the Dallas Wind Symphony “Call for Fanfares.” Because of the wonderful reception of these works, Onsby has accepted a commission for the United States Air Force Band, which will be premiered by them in 2018, and is supported by a consortium of over 50 university, community, and military bands both in the United States and abroad. Onsby has studied conducting with Russel C. Mikkelson, Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Eugene Corporon, Donald McKinney, Steven Peterson, Gordon Brock, John Ross and Kevin Richardson. His friend and most influential composition mentor is the late David Maslanka. Onsby and his wife Jessica live in Blacklick, Ohio with their five boys, Aidan, Timothy, Caleb, Elijah and Colin.