ABOUT

Organized January 1972, The Naples Concert Band originally consisted of 10 musicians playing to hundreds of musical lovers. Today, our band has grown to over 80 musicians who often play to thousands during peak season here in Naples. We love to see friends, neighbors, and members of the community enjoying a night of music in our beautiful city!

In 1983, we established the Kenneth P. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship program and awarded $500 to the first high school student band member — who we are proud to say is now a full time adult participant in the Band. Since that time, the Band has awarded over $100,000 in student scholarships.

The Naples Concert Band has also worked closely with the City of Naples to build the original Band Shell in Cambier Park in 1987 and the major renovation in 2001. This outdoor stage has not only benefitted the Band, but is widely used by many other local and visiting performance groups. In all, the Naples Concert Band initiated the idea of a Band Shell, raised over $500,000 for the construction and renovation, and actually installed the memorial bricks in front of the stage. It was a labor of love that we still love seeing today!

With an operating budget of approximately $75,000 per year, the Band relies on individual and corporate gifts to enable it to continue offering free concerts in the park. The Band is grateful to the City of Naples and the Collier County School District for the use of rehearsal and concert sites. Over 87 percent of the budget comes from private donations and audience contributions at concerts. The Band receives no governmental financial support of any kind.

The tremendous growth in audiences has inspired the Band to reach new levels of performance. This required additional funding for equipment, music, printing, marketing, and related expenses. In addition, the Band has established an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County and would like to build its reserves as a means to support major capital expenditures, supplement scholarships, and meet extraordinary expenses.

Please consider sponsoring a Sunday concert, placing a Sponsorship Ad in our program or providing a special gift or donation. Thank you!

OUR OFFICERS

HOWARD HAWKINS, PRESIDENT
DAVE DREWEK, VICE PRESIDENT
FRED BURNS, TREASURER
CAROL CARPER, SECRETARY

DIRECTORS

Joe Choomack
Tony Costello
Tom Curcio
Anne Codman
Sheila Miles

OUR CONDUCTOR

Harris Lanzel is the Music Director and Conductor of the Naples Concert Band. He plays the trumpet with several local groups including the Paradise Brass Quintet and the Music Makers Big Band.

He retired as Director of Bands from Eisenhower High School, Russell, Pennsylvania in 1999. During his 31 years at Eisenhower, Mr. Lanzel’s concert, jazz, and marching bands have consistently earned superior ratings at state contests and festivals. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Mr. Lanzel is past president of District 2 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and past president of Nu chapter, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity. During his teaching career Mr. Lanzel has been honored with many awards. He was also recognized as the Outstanding Pennsylvania Bandmaster of the Year by Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. In addition, he was presented with a Citation from the Common- wealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives for achievements “that have brought distinction to themselves, their community and state.” The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association inducted Mr. Lanzel into the PMEA Hall of Fame in February of 2015.

Mr. Lanzel has served as a clinician, lecturer, and adjudicator for Pennsylvania, New York and Florida conventions and contests. He was associate conductor with the Naples Concert Band for six years, and he has also guest conducted in Pennsylvania, New York, New Mexico and Florida.

A Naples resident, Harris has also taught instrumental music at Gulf View Middle School, and has worked with the instrumental music programs at East Naples Middle School, St. Ann School, the Village School and Barron Collier High School.

LETTER FROM CONDUCTOR

Welcome back! I hope you are all looking forward to our 47th season. I know I am.

Each season I mention that we continue to have record audiences that really enjoy our concerts and keep coming back for more. The band keeps getting stronger each year and as long as we provide quality performances that trend will continue. I still like the quote from one of our audience members: “NCB concerts provide the best musical bang for our buck”. We will have another challenging set of programs and a varied line up of guest soloists to present to our fans. The updated 2018 – 2019 schedule is in your folder.

You have already received an e-mail with a link taking you to “the cloud”. All of this seasons sample music can be played on line or downloaded by using the link. CD’s of the same samples will also be available for those that request them. In addition, please go to our official website, www.naplesconcertband.org to see the repertoire, highlights and featured guest soloists for all of this seasons 8 concerts.

Most of you come to band, sit down, put your music on a stand and start to warm up and play. Have you ever given any thought to the work that goes into making that possible? There are many people that have laid the ground work for that to happen – from your officers and board members to your librarian, set up crew and section leaders. Remember to thank them for the great job that they do to make your musical experience in the NCB a rewarding one. Not every band is that fortunate!

The last two seasons we have added 24 very qualified new members to the band. Auditions for a host of promising “future members’ have been scheduled prior to our first two rehearsals this season. We could use additional personnel in our Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Alto Sax. and Percussion sections.

I receive many positive and helpful comments from the feedback sheets that you turn in at the end of each season. They are very encouraging to me and I try to incorporate many of your ideas into my planning. Remember that our rehearsal time is 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

All of you are seasoned veterans of many bands. You all know how to prepare for and conduct yourself during our rehearsals and concerts. Remember we are fortunate to have the opportunity to combine our talents to make wonderful music and entertain thousands of people. Let’s use all of that experience to make this season the most productive and successful ever. One that we can be proud of. One that we can look back and say “WOW, what a band”!

Harris

OUR ANNOUNCER

Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, BILL BANFIELD has called Southwest Florida home for the past decade. He is a philanthropist, most widely recognized for donating his time and talent as an announcer for several area organizations, including currently as the sports announcer for Florida Gulf Coast University and formerly as the sports announcer for the Fort Myers Miracle. Banfield is a member of the advisory committee for Catholic Charities of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties; a member of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce board of directors; vice chairman of the Bonita Springs Assistance Office board of directors; and a member of the Bonita Springs Morning Rotary Club. Banfield earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross and resides in Estero.

BAND MEMBERS & SECTIONS

  • Jenny Bintliff (SL)
  • Cathy Bumbledare
  • Robin Engelson
  • Marjorie Huelsman
  • Julie Meschko
  • Martie Miller
  • Linda Picone
  • Cindy Quehl
  • Coleen Simpson
  • Cherry Smith
  • Sandy Stein
  • Sue Adney
  • Mel Toub
  • Janet Blumert
  • William Brasile
  • Diane Brennan
  • Ann Brown
  • George Brown
  • Frank Burgeson
  • Tony Costello
  • Valerie Esnes
  • Karen Marcotte (P)
  • Marilyn Perry
  • Hal Reisenfeld
  • Angela Stathatos (SL)
  • Tim Ulrich
  • Anne Codman
  • Malcolm Dunham
  • Jennifer Morgan
  • Lou DeBonzo
  • Don Fabiano
  • Tim Hains (SL)
  • Harmon Smith
  • Bob Smith
  • Joe Berger
  • John Marszalek
  • Ken Carper
  • James Castaldi
  • Tom Curcio (SL)
  • Angela Currier
  • Tom Hessney
  • Kathy Kvet
  • Nancy Lachance
  • Sam Maconachy
  • Shirley Mann
  • Jim Nordstrom
  • Ross Shaver
  • Terry Stevens
  • Bob Tiffany
  • Pam Viers
  • Art Wallace
  • Art Zens
  • Michael Donovan
  • Dave Drewek
  • Logan Fischer (S)
  • John Grover
  • Gordon Hardy
  • Marcia Hardy
  • Janice Hessney (P)
  • Jan Lane
  • Paul Myerson
  • Dwight Richardson (SL)
  • Gene Bartley
  • Jim Day (SL)
  • John Hattery
  • Jerry Huckle
  • Curt Kumpf
  • Pat Lewis
  • Doug Mitchell
  • Dennis Viers
  • Corbin Wyant
  • William Bennett
  • Kevin Huelsman
  • Everett Hughes
  • Robert Thurston (SL, P)
  • Michael Boudreau
  • Brad Cassity
  • Joe Choomack (SL, P)
  • Todd Handley
  • Howard Hawkins
  • Bud Gartland
  • Pete Kinney
  • Troy Miles
  • Charlie DiGangi
  • Fred Eckler
  • Emiliano Isquerda (S)
  • Tim Hamilton
  • Daniela Nemo (S)
  • Rob Platter (SL)
  • Marilyn Marszalek
  • Phyllis Olex
  • Rob Platter
  • Mason Iaconelli
  • Fred Eckler
  • Music Director | Conductor: Harris Lanzel
  • Conductor Laureate: Gale Waterland Scott
  • Announcer/MC William Banfield
  • Announcer/MC William Banfield
  • Advertising & Public Relations: IMA Creative, Inc.
  • Bucketeer Coordinator: Sheila Miles
  • Librarian: Karen Marcotte
  • Property Manager: Todd Hunt
  • Sound Engineers: Keith Scott
  • Tutti Editor: Carol Carper
  • Webmaster: IMA Creative, Inc.
  • Audition Chairman: Tony Costello
  • Audition Contact: Frank Burgeson
  • Fan of the Band Coordinator: Joan Costello
  • William Banfield
  • Carol Carper

SELECTION OF MUSIC