Established in 1966, we are gathered from a variety of technical disciplines in the Greater Cincinnati area. If you are an engineer or scientist, either working or retired, join us for dining and scientific discussion/education with other members. We meet October through May to share knowledge and experiences while pursuing interests in technology and industry developments. All of our activities are nonsectarian, nonpolitical and nonfinancial.
Lunch followed by
Technical Programs, often with PE CE/CPD credit
Tours of local centers of innovation.
Involvement and support in local S.T.E.M. competitions
a Summer GOLF league
This Months ProgramTechnical Presentation 1:00 pm
Make a luncheon Reservation:
Concert of seasonal and Christmas music
by the Marzan Brass Quintet
The Marzan Brass Quintet is named in honor of Fred Marzan (1920-2003), a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, was a professor of music at Moorhead State University. The university's website states that during the 1950's and early 1960's, under the leadership of Fred Marzan, the Morehead State Marching Band grew from 18 members to over 130. Fred was also a performer and designer of tubas and euphoniums bearing his name, and a teacher of tuba and low brass at his home in Greenhills, Ohio. He established a brass quintet for his adult students and when Fred became too ill to teach, the group disbanded. A few years later, in March 2003, five brass musicians, two of whom had played in Fred's quintet, got together to rehearse brass quintet literature for their own enjoyment.
In late June 2003, Fred passed away and, on July 1, 2003, the quintet performed - for the first time in public - at Fred's funeral. Later, Fred's wife, Marvella, graciously gifted us much of Fred's quintet library and it was decided to honor Fred by naming our group after him and thus we became the Marzan Brass Quintet.
We have performed at numerous retirement homes throughout Greater Cincinnati, Civil War reenactments in Lebanon, Ohio , Harrison, Ohio and Sharon Woods Historical Village as well as summer concerts in Lytle and Washington Parks in downtown Cincinnati and various churches for Easter and Christmas. We also performed for Airport Days at Lunken Airport and at the Taft Museum.
Current members of the quintet are: Steve Joos and Ron Porges - trumpets, Marilyn Bourquein - French horn, Paul Russell - euphonium and Bruce Knapp - tuba.
Steve Joos, trumpet, retired in 2004 from teaching music for 35 years. He earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Since retiring, he has been active in several community bands and brass ensembles.
Ron Porges, trumpet, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Miami University. In 1998 he retired after 30 years teaching band in the Greenhills-Forest Park (now Winton Woods) City Schools. He is currently a member of the Greenhills American Legion Post 530 Concert Band and serves as assistant conductor, the Sycamore Community Band, the Marzan Brass Quintet - which he co-founded, the Highlandaires - an old-fashioned dance band, and the Bavarians - a German band that plays at Cincinnati's Oktoberfest. He also plays in the Seven Hills Sinfonietta. Ron and his wife Judy live in Liberty Township and have a son, daughter-in-law and grandson in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Marilyn Bourguein, French horn, has always loved music, whether singing, playing or dancing. Lessons began with the piano, but today her time is primarily spent with the French horn, playing for the Marzan Brass, the Sycamore Community Band, the Westside Community, occasional Musicals and her church. After a management career in Information Services, Marilyn now concentrates on trying to program her grandchildren and retirement.
Paul Russell, euphonium, was raised in the San Francisco area of California playing baritone and tuba in both school and private military bands. While attending the University of California at Berkeley he played in both the marching and concerts band for one year before focusing on his academics. Upon graduation he completed graduate degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Oregon before moving east for post-doctoral training. He spent two years on the medical school faculty at The Ohio State University before transferring to a faculty position at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and finally to a Reproductive Technologies position at The Christ Hospital from where he retired in 2000. On his 60th birthday his wife gave him a baritone and later a tuba so that he could join local community bands and the Cincinnati Shrine band. He now plays tuba in the Sycamore Community Band and euphonium in the Marzan Brass Quintet. He resides with his wife of 55 years at the Knolls of Oxford in Oxford, Ohio.
Bruce Knapp, tuba, is semi-retired after a 40+ year career as music educator on the secondary school and collegiate level. Mr. Knapp is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, with both a B. S. in Music Education and a Master's in tuba performance. Mr. Knapp is also a graduate of the U. S. Army Warrant Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. In addition to being the tubist with the Marzan Brass, he is assistant director for the Cincinnati New Horizon Band, director and tubist with the New Horizon Dixieland Band, and principal tubist with the Cincinnati Community Orchestra. Mr. Knapp still serves as a private teacher, guest conductor/clinician, and a contest judge.
PE/CE CertificatesRESC offers PE/CE* Credit:
$5.00 for Non-members - Free to Members.
You are invited to join us for lunch at 11:30 am and attend the technical program for PE CE credit at 1:00 pm.
If you are unable to attend the luncheon you may attend the 1:00 pm program to obtain the CE Certificate but you must register with: Howard Heineke, (513) 733-4282, by 10:00 a.m. one day prior to the presentation or email CE Credit
To receive the PE CE Certificate, we will request your PE registration number and your PE name since certificates are prepared in advance.
According to our information OH, KY and IN have reciprocal agreements for PE credits.
There is no charge for attending just the program.
*PE Professional Engineer, CE Continuing Education
The Upcoming Tour
Make a tour Reservation:
Tours are on hold for the snowey winter months. they are expected to resume in March 2015.
Tenative schedule of tours in the spring are:
Gallatin Steel Plant (March)
New Riff Distillery (April 23)
Solar Melink Facility (May)
These are tenative plans and are subject to repeated changes. Be sure to check back here for the latest information.