Faculty and Staff

Bona Opatich, Director

Bona Opatich has been teaching musicians in public and private schools for over 30 years.  The subjects she has taught include high school, middle school and elementary band and choir, advanced-placement music theory, piano class and studies of jazz. She became the director of the Motor City Youth Brass Band in January 2011.

Miss Opatich received her Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University and was the baritone section leader in the Spartan Marching Band. She received a full scholarship for her Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, where she was the conductor of the tuba and euphonium ensemble and a graduate assistant.

During her first three years of teaching, Miss Opatich was the K-12 Director of Music in De Tour Village, which is in the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Following her Master of Music degree, she became Director of Music at Wayne Trace High School in Paulding, OH.  She returned to Michigan in 1996 to teach band in the Waterford School District in the middle school and high school. Miss Opatich also recently directed the Saints Band which is a combination of students from two Catholic Schools in St. Clair Shores.

Throughout her teaching career, Miss Opatich has always been an active performer in many ensembles.  Significant are her performances in Europe with the Michigan State Alumni Band, 1995 and with the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Rochester, New York, 2001, in the United Kingdom, 1997 and in China, 2013. In 1997, she joined Motor City Brass Band to play English Baritone and has been a member of the board of directors as Secretary, Treasurer, Artistic Committee Chair and is currently the Education Outreach Chair.

MCBB is active in the Metropolitan Detroit area as well as elsewhere in the United States.  In January of 2001, MCBB performed at the Midwestern Band and Orchestra Clinic in Ann Arbor and in October of 2001 in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  For several summers MCBB was the guest performing ensemble at the Greenfield Village July 4th celebration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Miss Opatich currently plays Euphonium in Motor City Brass Band and in Detroit Community Concert Band under the direction of Damien Crutcher. She also teaches private euphonium lessons, tutors computers at Oakland Community College, is very active in her church and loves to travel.

 

Scott Voytush

Scott Voytush graduated in 2020 from Oakland University with Bachelor degrees in Trombone Performance and Music Education. During his time there, he was a part of many groups including the Oakland University Brass Band, Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Oakland University Wind Symphony, and Oakland University Big Band.

In his final year at Oakland University, Scott was awarded the Matilda Award for Outstanding Student in Instrumental Performance. He has also placed second in the MTNA Brass Young Artist Competition at the State Level in 2019.

Scott is currently the principal trombonist of the Five Lakes Silver Band. He also is teaching privately to multiple students, has been instructing the Lamphere Brass Line since 2018, and was the trombone and euphonium private teacher for the Oakland University Music Preparatory Division.