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
ANNE CODMAN, VICE PRESIDENT
FRED BURNS, TREASURER
CAROL CARPER, SECRETARY

DIRECTORS

Joe Choomack
Tony Costello
Tom Curcio
Dave Drewek
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 to our 45th season of great music and camaraderie. Again, we all get to combine our talents to make wonderful music and entertain thousands of people.

We continue to have record audiences that really enjoy our concerts and keep coming back for more. This season promises to continue that trend and hopefully promises to have more favor- able weather conditions than last season. The new schedule has two exciting additional perfor- mances in addition to our regular eight concerts. We will present our Christmas concert twice. First on Thurs. Dec. 1 at 5th Ave. South and then at the park on Sunday Dec. 4. Our nal concert of the season, Sat. April 22 and Sun. April 23, will be a Community Band Spectacular! The Naples and Bonita Springs concert bands will combine to feature over 150 musicians. Each band will present a varied program for their portion of the concert and combine forces for a grand nale. The updated 2016 – 2017 schedule is in your folder.

Go to our o cial web site, www.naplesconcertband.org, to see the repertoire and featured guest soloists for all of this seasons concerts.

Sadly our fantastic long time announcer, Bill Belaney, passed away on August 15, 2016. He will be greatly missed. We are in the process of searching for a new “voice of the band”.

President Howard and your board of directors have again been very busy this summer doing

the planning and leg work necessary to make this season run smoothly. Contracts, publicity, grants, fund raising, scheduling and purchase of new music and equipment are just a few of the details that they have been attending to.

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful organization and many dedicated volunteers to make our rehearsals and concerts comfortable and rewarding. Thank you all for your many hours of work! Our section leaders also deserve a big thank you for all of their extra time and e orts!

Auditions for a host of promising “new members’ have been scheduled prior to our rst two rehearsals this season. Our most immediate need is still a Bassoonist and another Tuba player.

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. Starting with the Oct. 18 rehearsal, we will move our rehearsal time to the 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. time slot. After the Nov. 13 Patriotic concert we will decide if we want to make that change permanent.

I am ready for a fantastic 45th season! I hope you are too! 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

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

SELECTION OF MUSIC