CONCERT INFO

CURRENT REPERTOIRE

NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 47TH SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2018 – 2019 Season

October 14, 2018
Sponsor –Naples Art Association

November 11, 2018
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

December 2, 2018
Sponsor – Christmas in July Foundation of Collier County

January 20, 2019
Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc.

February 10, 2019
Sponsor – Habitat for Humanity
(Sponsored by Craig & Kathy Fenton)

March 3, 2019
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

March 23, 2019 (Saturday)
Sponsor – The Naples Zoo
(Sponsored by Craig & Kathy Fenton)

April 14, 2019

Sunday, Cambier Park, Naples

(Sponsor – Vi at Bentley Village)

PAST REPERTOIRES

NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 47TH SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2018 – 2019 Season

NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 45TH SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2016 – 2017 Season

October 16, 2016
Sponsor – Vi at Bentley Village

November 13, 2016
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

December 4, 2016
Sponsor – Alan S. Novick, Attorney

January 15, 2017
Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc.

February 12, 2017
Sponsor – Habitat for Humanity
(Sponsored by Craig & Kathy Fenton)

March 5, 2017
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

April 2, 2017
Sponsor – The Naples Zoo
(Sponsored by Craig © Kathy Fenton)

April 22, 2017 – Saturday, Cambier Park, Naples

April 23, 2017 – Sunday, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs
Sponsor – IMA Creative

NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 44TH SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2015 – 2016 Season

October 18, 2015
Sponsor – NCB Trumpet Section

October 25, 2015
SPECIAL CONCERT AT ARTIS-NAPLES

November 8, 2015
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

December 6, 2015
Sponsor – Alan Novick, Attorney

January 17, 2016
Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc

February 6, 2016 (Saturday)
Sponsor – Germain Lincoln of Naples

February 28, 2016
Sponsor – Habitat For Humanity of Collier County (Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

March 20, 2016
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

April 10, 2016
Sponsor – The Naples Zoo (Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 43RD SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2014 – 2015 Season

October 19, 2014
Sponsor – Sun Realty, Diane J. Brennan, G.R.T.

October 26, 2014
Sponsor – SPECIAL CONCERT AT ARTIS-NAPLES

November 9, 2014
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

December 7, 2014
Sponsor – Alan Novick, Attorney

January 18, 2015
Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc.

February 8, 2015
Sponsor – Habitat For Humanity
(Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

March 1, 2015
Sponsor – Keith Hussey, MD Gastroenterologist

March 22, 2015
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

April 12, 2015
Spnosor – The Naples Zoo
(Sponsored by Craig and Kath Fenton)

NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 42ND SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2013 – 2014 Season

October 20, 2013
Sponsor – Sun Realty, Diane J. Brennan, GRI
Concert Dedicated to William Eriksen

November 10, 2013
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

December 1, 2013
Sponsor – Attorney Alan Novick

January 19, 2014
Sponsor – UBS Financial Services

February 9, 2014
Sponsor – The Naples Zoo
(Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

March 2, 2014
Sponsor – Keith Hussey – Gastroenterologist

March 23, 2014
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

April 11, 2014
Sponsor – The Naples Zoo
(Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

October 15, 2017
Sponsor –Naples Art Association

November 12, 2017
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

December 3, 2017
Sponsor – Alan S. Novick, Attorney

January 14, 2018
Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc.

February 11, 2018
Sponsor – Habitat for Humanity
(Sponsored by Craig & Kathy Fenton)

March 4, 2018
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

March 24, 2018 (Saturday)
Sponsor – The Naples Zoo
(Sponsored by Craig & Kathy Fenton)

April 15, 2018

Sunday, Cambier Park, Naples

(Sponsor – Vi at Bentley Village)

April 22, 2018

Sunday, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs
(Sponsor – Vi at Bentley Village)

2018-19 GUEST PERFORMERS

Glenn Basham is a native of Washington D.C., has a B.M. degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and an M.M. degree from Indiana University. Previously, he played with the Detroit Symphony under Antal Dorati and was a member of the Chester String Quartet.

He has served as Concertmaster at music festivals nationwide, including the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, the Colorado Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony, the Plymouth Symphony, the Oak Park Symphony, the North Carolina School of the Arts Festival Orchestra, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz musician, Glenn has performed with Ira Sullivan, Simon Salz, and John Blake, and is featured on the Miami Saxophone Quartet’s recording “Four More Giant Steps’ and on Skitch Henderson’s “Swinging with Strings” on the Arbors jazz label. He has produced two jazz CDs, “Blue Moon” and “Blue Bossa,” from a live concert given back in 2005 with Guitarist Simon Salz. His most recent recording was for the Naxos Label, featuring music of Michael Daugherty, and receiving critical praise from Fanfare Magazine.

Jenny Bintliff began performing at age 12 when her family started a gospel singing group called “The Reynolds Family Singers.” The family mainly performed out west, close to where they lived, but they also went on short singing trips on the weekends, and a tour to various parts of the country once or twice a year. Jenny went to college majoring in flute/vocal at Oklahoma Baptist University but missed performing with the group so much that she returned home after one year. She married her husband, Gary (who also spent many years in the group), in 1980 and moved to Naples in 1988. She is very involved with the music at her church (Center Point Community Church), and helps lead worship. She is a vocalist for the Dixieland Jazz Band who also performs here at Cambier on Sundays. She joined the Naples Concert Band in 2004 and states she is honored to sing with the band.

Musically speaking, Amy refers to herself as a “canary” in the Big Band Era sense: the age when a girl singer stood at the front of the bandstand and simply told a story through music. There are few things in life she enjoys more than engaging an audience in song – especially with a full band or orchestra. She is “for hire” to serve a unique need in the southwest Florida musical market: she is “on call” as a sub vocalist for many popular musical groups in the area.

Although trained as a classical vocalist from the age of 15, Amy has discovered joy in singing all types of music over the years including pop/top-40/dance, jazz standards, Broadway, and rock. Her background includes a wide array of studio session work, dramatic performances, spokes modeling, industrial film acting, and live appearances ranging from singing and dancing on the cruise ship circuit to National Anthem performances at sporting events, including Florida Everblades hockey games.

Amy is Lead Vocalist, Marketing Manager and active board member with the Naples Big Band as well as an active praise and worship leader with the North Naples Church contemporary worship team. She has appeared as an invited guest soloist with the Sarasota Jazz and Concert Bands, Music Makers Show Band and Gulf Coast Big Band. Additionally, Amy is a regular guest performer with the Bonita Springs and  Naples Concert Bands.

Amy and her husband, Patrick Gilhuly, enjoy being silly at home with the family, cooking, hanging out with friends, going to church, playing in the pool or gulf, reading, movies, and fun day trips whenever possible. Please visit Amy at CanaryForHire.com.

James (Jim) Castaldi was born and brought up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and is a graduate of Woonsocket High School. After high school, Jim attended Dean Junior College in Franklin, Massachusetts receiving an Associate Degree in Business Administration before moving to Boston and receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Boston University. After college, Jim became the band director at Woonsocket High School where he had a 35-year career, retiring in 2001.

Jim’s professional career includes performances with all major bands and artists up and down the East Coast including, Peggy Lee. Kate Smith, Englebert Humperdinck, Disney On Parade, The Ice Capades, The Ringling Bros. Circus, Music Man and many others. Jim and his wife, watercolor artist Michaela, retired in 2005 and moved to Naples where he is currently a member of the Gulf Coast Big Band, The Paradise Brass Quintet and is the music director of the Naples Big Band.

Versatile in all styles of music, Craig Christman plays sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxes; flute, alto flute, & piccolo; clarinet, and bass clarinet.  He attended the University of Miami as a double major in Music Business and Studio Music & Jazz Performance, studying under Gary Keller and Gary Campbell.  Craig is also a musical instrument repair technician, focusing on professional level instruments.  Since graduating U.M. in 1998, he has become one of South Florida’s most in-demand woodwind performers and repair specialists for both brass and woodwind instruments.

Having studied both classical and jazz at U.M., Craig regularly performs in many jazz, R&B, dance, rock & soul bands, symphony orchestras, various classical and wedding ensembles, as well as studio recording sessions throughout Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Naples, and Fort Myers.   Craig has been a featured soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestras.  He is also an accomplished arranger having written orchestrations and horn section arrangements for concerts, recording sessions, and classical music ensembles for weddings.  In addition to contracting ensembles for weddings, corporate functions, and other events, he also has performed with artists such as:  Brian Wilson, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Four Tops, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Frankie Valli, and many others.  Craig has been the leader, as well as a featured soloist, with bands that have opened concerts for Bruce Hornsby, Marie Osmond, Nelson Rangell, and Richard Elliot.  His multi-instrumental skills have allowed him to play with many local theater groups as well as with the touring Broadway shows:   Wicked, Hairspray, Spamalot, 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady and many others that travel throughout Florida.   Some of the local bands that he has been a member of include:  Rock-n-Soul Revue (R.I.P. the finest soul band in all of south Florida, may it be resurrected soon!), R&B Connection, The Mambo Brothers, the Stu Shelton Trio, the Naples Jazz Orchestra, and many others.  Some of Craig’s musical influences are:  Michael Brecker, Maynard Ferguson, Lenny Pickett (SNL & vintage Tower of Power), Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Steve Grossman, Branford Marsalis, Gene Ammons, David Sanborn, Gordon Goodwin, Bob Berg, Jerry Hay, Dan Higgins, Klaus Thunemann, James Galway, Rolf Smedvig, Sabine Meyer, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Nick Brignola, Sonny Stitt, and Ronnie Cuber.

His quest for excellence as a performer also shows in his repair work.  Craig is a specialist in Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, and Saxophone repair and takes great pride in his work.  He apprenticed in the art of musical instrument repair under Tom Kracmer, the owner of Cadence Music, and is devoted to perfecting his craft.  Craig repairs instruments for the faculty and students at the University of Miami, Florida International University, New World School for the Arts, professional musicians from all around Florida, the clarinet, flute, and oboe sections of the Naples Philharmonic and Southwest Florida Symphony, as well as professional musicians from all around the world!  He repairs instruments for such luminaries as:  Wayne Shorter (Jazz Legend!), Gary Keller (sax professor at the University of Miami, author of The Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook & Sonny Stitt’s Transcribed Solos), Brandon Fields, Ed Calle (sax player with Arturo Sandoval and has his own recordings played on many jazz radio stations nationwide), Dale Underwood (classical saxophonist extraordinaire and former soloist with the Navy Band), Gary Campbell (saxophonist, composer, professor of sax at Florida International University and author of Expansions, Connecting Jazz Theory, Triad Pairs for Jazz as well as co-author of Patterns for Jazz), and Mike Scaglione (Miami Sound Machine,  Maynard Ferguson Big Band in the early 90’s, Julio Iglesias, and many others).
Music is a passion for Craig and it is his mission in life to help others through his God-given abilities.  If you would like to see or hear Craig perform, please check the calendar page for upcoming events, or contact Craig for upcoming performance dates.  Please visit the Audio Clips page to hear some MP3 samples of Craig performing either solo or with various ensembles.  Craig is currently accepting a limited number of students for private instruction in saxophone performance, flute & clarinet doubling, jazz improvisation, sight-reading and other related topics.
To discuss lessons, any repair concerns you may have, or to schedule an appointment, please contact via E-mail or call 239-823-7240.
Some of Craig’s interests include:  flying, computer repair and website design, collecting (and reading) old books, vintage microphones, studying history and law, and cars.  Craig is an instrument rated private pilot and hopes to soon build a Van’s RV-10 aircraft.  He is a pilot with the Sundowners, a local aerial search organization that looks for people stranded in the coastal waters of SW Florida with a small fleet of Cessna 172 aircraft.  Early in life, Craig wanted to be an airline pilot and play the music for fun.  Interestingly, music became his career and he flies for fun!  He is able to fly as part of his career, though, by flying to gigs as well as to pick up and deliver repairs around the state.  During the school year, Craig flies to Miami to do on site repairs at U.M. every other Friday.  It’s a pretty cool way to make a living!
Craig is happily married to oboist Ruth Christman!  Ruth is the Executive Director of The Music Foundation of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organization that helps kids study music by giving scholarships for lessons, providing music summer camps, a traveling instrument program, and many other programs.  Craig, Ruth and their 4-year-old daughter Emily live in Fort Myers on 5 acres they’ve dubbed their private nature preserve.  Lots of trees, wildlife and a big pond makes working from home a real pleasure!

Jodie DeSalvo has captured national and international attention with her classical and jazz interpretations of the masters of keyboard literature. Upon winning the Artist International Competition in 1988, Ms. DeSalvo made her Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim with an encore performance two years later at Lincoln Center. She has been a top prize winner in the Young Keyboard Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. A graduate of the Hartt and Manhattan Schools of Music, and a former student of John Browning and Gary Graffman, she is also a past recipient of the Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ms. DeSalvo has toured extensively as piano soloist appearing with the orchestras of Chicago, Geneva, Lucerne, San Francisco, Hartford, and Chautauqua under the batons of noted Maestros Christopher Wilkins, David Effron and Gisele Ben Dor. Having called Fort Wayne her home for nine years, she has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic numerous times under the direction of Ron Ondrejka and Edvard Tchivzhel as well as serving as principal orchestral pianist. A frequent soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, she has appeared on the classical and pops series with Jorge Mester, Jeff Tyzik, Bruce Hangen., and Stuart Chafetz. A noted chamber player, Ms. DeSalvo has appeared with cellists Sharon and Keith Robinson, violinists Glenn Basham and Jennifer Frautschi, pianist Robert Wells, the Miami String Quartet, the Bergonzi String Quartet and members of the American String Quartet. She has performed at such prestigious festivals as Brevard, Chautauqua, and Birch Creek, where she has served as the piano faculty chair for the last twenty-two seasons. She has performed over 100 times on National Public Radio.

Ms. DeSalvo has become equally proficient as a conductor. Having built choral programs in several private and public schools, she has traveled twice with her high school chorus on an extensive tour of Italy during Easter week. The chorus performed in Venice, and Florence, and Siena, culminating in a performance in Rome on Easter Sunday. She returned to Italy and Greece the following season and also completed a concert tour throughout England and France. Last spring, Ms.DeSalvo performed with the chorus on a ten day tour of Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. This past April, the group returned to Carnegie Hall for a second command performance as part of the National Youth Choir.

Jodie DeSalvo loves to play the piano and loves to have fun, so it is within the last eight years that she has broadened her horizons on the concert stage by giving tribute concerts to the art of Victor Borge, renowned pianist/comedian. She has found great joy in interpreting some of his best loved skits, including Phonetic Punctuation and Inflationary Language, as well as writing some of her own original material. These concert performances are well loved and enjoyed by the older audiences who knew him, and the younger audiences who have grown to love his artistry and humor.

Ms. DeSalvo has recorded and produced 13 CDs of solo literature, chamber, and choral music, including three CD’S with Naples Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Basham. This season, Jodie and Glenn are celebrating their thirtieth year together on the concert stage with two different performances at Artis Naples in January. Ms. DeSalvo has retired from her ten year position as Director of Fine Arts and Artistic Director of concerts at Seacrest Country Day School to concertize more extensively and to also continue as the music director and artistic director of concerts at Unity Church in Naples Florida. Ms. DeSalvo’s recital/ lecture series at Artis-Naples is now in its fifteenth year and has sold out for the last eight seasons.

Mr. Donovan is an active composer living on Cape Cod MA. He retired in 2009 as the Director of Fine Arts in Saugus MA. He also spent 30 years of service in the USAF Band Program, retiring in 2002 as the Commander/Conductor of the 567th Air Force Band. Mr. Donovan studied at The Berklee College of Music (BA Music ed.), The Boston Conservatory (MM Composition), and post graduate studies at New England Conservatory. Mr. Donovan was the “Composer in Residence” with the Cape Cod Concert Band during the 2015-16 season. “Whistle Stop Junction” is a medley of American Railroading songs. It is orchestrated in a jazz/swing setting. The piece was inspired by a lifelong affinity with trains, in combination with the train inspired music of Americana.

Flute Cocktail began as a conversation between retired Cincinnati Symphony flutist Chellie Doepke and freelance flutist Wendy Willis. In 2006, Flute Cocktail was formed and is comprised of professional and amateur flutists. Flute Cocktail venues have included The Dave Elliott Radio Show, Venetian Village, Naples Botanical Gardens, Bleu Provence Restaurant and Wine Bar, The Naples Music Club, the Naples Orchestra and Chorus, Live! At the Promenade (Art League of Bonita Springs), and various churches throughout SW Florida. Flute Cocktail would like to thank the Naples Concert Band for inviting us to perform with them this afternoon. Performers Wendy Willis, Martie Miller, Sandy Stein, Julie Meshko and Nancy Frost Tate.

Jacqueline Gallus, said to have the “voice of an angel”, has been residing in Naples with her family for the last 13 years. Rooted in the beautiful countryside of southwest MN, Jacqueline has been singing for various events and with local church worship teams for over 15 years. This is her second time accompanying the Naples Concert Bands Christmas concert, where you will enjoy her bright smile and captivating vocals.

Craig Greusel is finishing his 35th year as a music specialist, presently teaching for the Collier County Public School system. Additionally he serves as the Director of Music at Marco Lutheran Church. He has been singing as a soloist with the Naples Concert Band since 1989. Craig started singing with the Fred Waring organization in the 1970’s. He then attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Bucknell University. He holds performance and music education degrees from Juniata College and Penn State University, as well as a graduate degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Craig has performed multiple roles in our area’s community theatre productions, most recently portraying the role of Abraham Lincoln in “Honestly Abe.” This season he will be directing the 25th anniversary revival performance of Godspell. Additionally, he continues to write new music and perform at a variety of venues around the Marco/Naples area. 

Professional Experience
2013 to present: Evening anchor, reporter, WINK News. Previously worked in Chicago, Dallas, Tampa and Oklahoma City.

Awards & Recognition
Earned four Emmy awards for coverage of the Chicago Bulls’ NBA Championships and the Dallas Cowboys’ final home game at Texas Stadium. Also earned Associated Press awards for “Best Sportscast” and “Best Sports Story” on Nolan Ryan’s Hall of Fame induction.

 

News Philosophy
I love telling great stories and believe getting the audience the most up-to-date and accurate information as quickly as possible is extremely important.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Service
Loves riding my bike, playing tennis, hitting the beach or just walking my Pomeranians with my wife, Jill. Also volunteer at my church and is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Education
Graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Likes best about Southwest Florida
Hitting the beaches and putting up Christmas lights in 80 degree weather.

Hometown
Chicago

Memorable Assignments
I’ve covered 4 NBA Championships, 3 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, NFL and Major League Baseball playoff games, an NCAA football championship game, plenty of bowl games, Michael Jordan’s retirement as well as hundreds of high school sporting events. Outside of news, I helped Fort Myers police catch two escaped juveniles while reporting on the story.

Janine Klaassen returns to the Naples Concert Band stage reprising “O Mio Babbino Caro” while debuting the 1950s Rosemary Clooney hit, “Mambo Italiano” NCB audiences have seen Janine singing highlights from Phantom of the Opera, “Memory” from Cats, and the popular hit, “The Prayer.” Janine is delighted to be back on the stage again with Harris Lanzel and the Naples Concert Band!

Janine is a double-graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and George Mason University. Whilst living in New York City, Janine continued post-graduate work with faculty from The Juilliard School (Beverley Peck Johnson) and Maestro Franco Iglesias. Janine’s operatic and musical theatre credits include Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Young Heidi (winning the TAP Cameo Musical Appearance), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Musetta (La Boheme), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). Janine has sung extensively in concert performing hits from the operatic world, Broadway and song in a program entitled, “Popera!” Currently, Janine is premiering jazz engagements of “Janine Cabaret” with an international combo featuring Canadian pianist Laura Friesen, double-bassist Brandon Robertson and percussionist Austin Gomez. The group highlights sophisticated vocal and instrumental interpretations while celebrating the works and performance styles from The Great American Songbook, jazz, musical theater and originals. Visit them at: JanineCabaret.com.

Julie Meschko received her BA in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, she also studied Computer Science and Accounting at the University of Denver. She plays Piccolo/Flute in the Naples Concert Band, Flute Cocktail flute choir, First Baptist Church Orchestra, and the Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra.  She has been a member of Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Opera Naples, Port Charlotte Symphony, Arvada Symphony, ALRY Flute Choir, National Flute Choir, National Flute Convention Professional Flute Choir.  Julie is also the Assistant Director for the Wildacres Flute Retreat, freelances with various groups in southwest Florida, and works full-time for the Collier County Public Schools.

The Paradise Brass Quintet (PBQ) was founded by Trombonist, Bill Eriksen in 1998. Its membership came from the Naples Concert Band and it was formed out of the need for a smaller ensemble to perform at area events. The PBQ rehearses once a week and features a variety of music ranging from Classical to Jazz and Pop arrangements. Contact Harris Lanzel at lanzjh@aol.com for bookings.

Members of the PBQ include::

Harris Lanzel, Trumpet
James Castaldi, Trumpet
Art Zens, Trumpet
Dwight Richardson, French Horn
Dennis Viers, Trombone
Joe Choomack, Tuba

Rob Platter, is a native Texan who moved to Florida in 2011. Rob holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of North Texas, where he was a member of the PASIC World Champion UNT Drumline, Steel Drum Band, and numerous percussion ensembles and concert bands. Rob began his teaching career as a Percussion Instructor in 1991 and taught High School Band in Texas until 2003. He has been the Band Director at First Baptist Academy Naples since 2011, where he teaches elementary music, Middle and High School Band, and the High School Worship Band.  From 2003-2011 Rob served as a Worship Associate in the Dallas area, working with church orchestras and Fine Arts Academies.  Rob plays drumset in the contemporary Worship Services at First Baptist Church Naples.

As a performer, Rob has worked with various Rock, Jazz, Country, and Funk artists in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, as well as the Mesquite Symphony, Metropolitan Winds, Richardson Community Band, and as a soloist in the Collin County Marimba Choir.  He also has worked as a session drummer for recording studios in Dallas.  After moving to Naples, Rob has worked with several local artists, including, Matt Benfield, Denny Scott, Rich Lancaster, Donna Allen, Anastasia Gera, “Winslow and the Rockefellers”, “Starlight Memories Big Band”, and currently is the drummer for “The Ex-Bachelors”. Rob serves as the percussion section leader for the Naples Concert Band.

Bob Powers is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his musical studies at Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Bob served with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington D.C. from 1980 to 2011, rising to the rank of sergeant major. Pershing’s Own is the premier musical organization of The U.S. Army. Bob’s service presented him with many exciting and rewarding musical opportunities. During this time he performed for every President from President Carter to President Obama. Bob was principal euphonium and soloist with Pershing’s Own, as a performer and clinician in Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Spain & throughout the United States. He was also a member of The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets; the official fanfare trumpets for the President. Bob is an active freelance musician, clinician and private brass instructor. As a recording artist Bob has been heard on National Geographic documentaries as well as PBS and commercial television. Bob and his family live in Naples, Florida. His passion for teaching is fulfilled by his studio of students ranging from beginners, middle and high school students to university level & professional musicians.

Douglas RenfroeDouglas Renfroe is an internationally acclaimed bass baritone who made his Lincoln Center debut in Schumann’s Paradise and Peri and his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana. He has specialized in oratorio and has performed with various orchestras throughout the world in compositions such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’ Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation and his Lord Nelson Mass. Conductors with whom he has sung include Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Nadler and Loren Maezel.Quoting critics in Austria: “Douglas Renfroe’s virile bass, remarkably lyrical in the upper register, was equally rich in the dark deeps of the low sustained tones.” Regarding his theatre works, as Tevye, it has been written: “Mr. Renfroe owns the role of Tevye. His rich vocal line is only matched by the warmth he displays as the father. He acts as if he talks to God on a regular basis.”
Dr. Renfroe has appeared with the Washington Opera with Placido Domingo, the Boston Opera directed by Sarah Caldwell, the Sarasota Opera and as a concert recitalist under Columbia Artist Management specializing in German Lieder. He was the Director and Bass Soloist with the U. S. Navy Sea Chanters in Washington, D. C., and, in 2003, he made his Edinburgh Music Festival debut. He has been featured as soloist in several recordings with various symphonies throughout the world in addition to a solo recording of German Lieder. In 2006, he performed the Verdi Requiem and portrayed Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in Bulgaria and Israel. In 2007, he sang the Bulgarian premiere of Elijah at the Varna International Music Festival, prior to returning to Scotland for his fifth concert tour. In 2017, he presented his twelfth European concert tour.
As a conductor, he created two Equity Theatre companies, the Concord Symphony Orchestra and was Artistic Director of the Lakes Region Symphony. While with the U. S. Navy Band, he was responsible for the Summer Pops programs. He has appeared as guest conductor at the Varna International Music Festival in Bulgaria in addition to his performing as a vocal soloist, as a soloist at the New Hampshire Music Festival and has served as adjudicator for various orchestral and chamber festivals. In 2010, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Voices of Naples, an auditioned choral ensemble in Naples, Florida, who traveled in May 2017 to Rome, Florence and Venice. Included in this tour was a special concert at the Vatican.
Presently residing in Ft. Myers, Florida, he was Adjunct Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Edison College. He is in demand as a soloist throughout the United States and Canada, and is listed in the 1980 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America and the 2004 edition of Who’s Who in America for his outstanding achievements in the performing arts. In 2004, he received an Honorary Doctorate from University of California.

MARK SANDERS: Originally from Marion, IL, Mark spent 15 years in NYC and now calls Fort Myers home. He has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world and is a favorite with the Gulf Coast Symphony, performing at the Barbara B. Mann in Fort Myers. Mark was seen as Perchik on the Broadway National Tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” starring Theodore Bikel and created the role of Rev. Dimmesdale in “The Scarlet Letter” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He recently portrayed Colonel Ricci in the critically acclaimed production of Sondheim’s “Passion” at Zoetic Stage in Miami. His portrayal of Michael in the smash hit “Murder Ballad” at Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables helped earn a 2015 Carbonell Award for Best Ensemble of a Musical. Regionally, he has performed at such prestigious theatres as Lincoln Center, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Sacramento Music Circus. Mark has sung the National Anthem for former President George H.W. Bush, Vice-President Joe Biden, the Minnesota Twins, and the Fort Myers Miracle. Other stage credits include: “Ragtime”, “The Secret Garden”, “Music Man” with Jeff Goldblum, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story”, “Blood Brothers” with Andrea McArdle, Yeston/Kopit’s “Phantom”, “Miss Saigon”, and “Jekyll & Hyde”. His voice can be heard on recordings of “The Scarlet Letter”, “Great Expectations”, and “The John Street Seven”. Mark’s debut solo album, “This Moment”, can be found on iTunes and CDBaby.com. For more information, visit www.MarkSandersNYC.com.

A NYC native now living in Naples, Fl, Carolann has toured as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. Some favorite credits include singing back-up to Linda Eder at the Palace Theatre on Broadway, Encore’s No, No Nanette at New York City Center, Les Miserables at Flat Rock Playhouse, Mack and Mabel and The Boy From Oz at TheatreZone, Beauty and the Beast at Artpark, A Little Night Music at South Coast Repertory, Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Cape Playhouse, and Urinetown at the Geva Theatre. Recently she had the chance to reprise the role of Maria in West Side Story at Sacramento Music Circus and got to find her inner diva playing Lady of the Lake in Spamalot at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Carolann has been a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly, as well as the Gulfcoast Symphony Orchestra and the SWFL Symphony Orchestra. This season she performs with the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra in a duet concert paying tribute to Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli. Love always to G and C…my favorites!

Lives in New Hamburg ON, Canada (an hour west of Toronto). Winters in Seven Lakes Golf & Tennis Community, Fort Myers FL
Taught High School instrumental music in Winnipeg MB for 34 years. Ross and his wife, Connie, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Ross currently is the director of the Seven Lakes Chorus. He also plays in Brass Music Elements here in Florida, as well as the Stratford Concert Band in Canada.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

NAPLES CONCERT BAND
OUR 47TH SEASON
CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS/PUBLICITY INFORMATION
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR

 

THE 2018 – 2019 SEASON – THE TRADITION CONTINUES

A Naples tradition.  For 47 years the Naples Concert Band has entertained Southwest Florida residents with memorable Sunday Concerts in the Park.  With more than 18 great feature soloists and inventive programing the 2018 –  2019 concert season promises to impress with music that everyone will enjoy.  Each of our eight concerts offer our large audiences an exciting mix of new music and memorable old favorites.  If you have never attended a NCB concert, be prepared for a great musical experience.  Bring the family and friends.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 Concert
(Sponsor – Naples Art Association)

The Naples Concert Band opens its 47th season on Sunday, October 14, with a Concert in the Park that spans the music world from wondrous to scary and from present day motion pictures to standard classical literature. John Williams, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, J.S. Bach Modest Mussorgsky, Frederic Chopin and Karl King are a few of the musical giants that will be featured.

Fan favorite Craig Greusel will be our vocal soloist for the afternoon. Craig will be singing “Selections from The Wizard of Oz” and “I Got Plenty of Nuttin’.”

Charles Carter’s “Overture for Winds”, Tom Wallace’s “House of Horrors, “Selections from Kiss Me Kate”, “Pixar Movie Magic” and a generous dose of popular Marches will round out the program.

Music Director/Conductor Harris Lanzel will lead the 80+ member band starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday October 14, 2018 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 Concert
(Sponsor – Miromar Outlets)

The Naples Concert Band under the direction of Harris Lanzel will observe Veterans Day with a celebration of our country’s heritage. Our United States service men and women will be honored with a very emotional and memorable patriotic concert.

The band plans to “pull out all the stops” with a huge variety of patriotic music and soloists. Carolann Sanita will sing “Thank You, Soldiers”. Doug Renfroe will sing “An Honor to Serve”, and Carolann and Doug will combine with a special rendition of “God Bless America”.

Naples own Flute Cocktail will put their patriotic touch on the concert with a specially written arrangement of “America the Beautiful” by John Stein. Long time U.S. Army Band Euphonium soloist, Bob Powers, will be featured performing “An American Portrait” by Lewis Buckley.

During the “Armed Forces Salute” our military branches will present their colors and be recognized for their service.

This special Veterans Day presentation will start a 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 Concert
(Sponsor – Christmas in July Foundation of Collier County)

Let’s all get in a Holiday Mood! The Naples Concert Band will provide the perfect music for this year’s Holiday Celebration!

Our Christmas vocal quartet will be featured throughout the show. They will be singing “The Christmas Song”, “Rejoice” and Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival”.

“A Chanukah Celebration’, Leroy Andersons “Sleigh Ride”, Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys” and “Overture to Miracle on 34th Street” are a few of the other selections that will enhance this year’s Holiday Celebration.

Harris Lanzel conducts the band at 2 p.m. on Sunday December2, 2018 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 Concert
(Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc.)

The first concert of the New Year features Alto Saxophonist Craig Christman and “a sister act” of Jenny Bintliff, vocalist and Julile Meschko, flutist.

Craig will amaze you with his Sax. skills by playing music from John Williams’ score to “Catch Me If You Can” and “A Tribute to Dave Brubeck”. Jenny and Julie will team up on James Horner’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Anyone Can Whistle”.

Rossano Galante’s “Resplendent Glory”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park” are some of the other impressive arrangements that are programed to showcase the 80 plus member concert band.

The Naples Concert Band, under the direction of Harris Lanzel, will begin the concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Concert
(Sponsor – Habitat For Humanity of Collier County – Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

Professional Concert Pianist, Jodie DeSalvo, and Vocalist Janine Klaassen are featured soloists for our February concert.

Jodie will play the challenging third movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18.  Janine will sing Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” and Bob Merrill’s “Mambo Italiano”.

A special presentation of Michael Donovan’s new composition “Whistle Stop Junction” will also be featured.

“Orpheus” by Jacques Offenbach, Jerry Bilik’s “American Variations” and “Selections from Wicked” provide the 80 member band with plenty of room to flex its musical muscles.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Naples own concert band under the direction of Harris Lanzel.  This concert will begin at 2 p.m. on February 10, 2019 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.

Sunday March 3, 2019 Concert
(Sponsor – Miromar Outlets)

Glenn Basham, principal violinist with the Naples Philharmonic, popular vocalist Amy Bright and trumpeter Jim Castaldi will highlight NCB’s March concert offering.

Glenn will perform a virtuoso violin solo entitled “Klezmer Fantasy”.  He will also be featured on both the Harmonica and Violin in “Memories of Henry Mancini”.

Amy will sing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star Dust” and combine with Jim to do the Harry James version of “I’ve Heard That Song Before”.

Robert W. Smith’s massive “Brazil” Ceremony, Song and Samba”, “Highlights from Moulin Rouge” and Karl King’s “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” round out this entertaining program.

Come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of music.  The concert will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 2019 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.  Harris Lanzel will conduct the Band.

Saturday, March 22 Concert
(Sponsor – The Naples Zoo, sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

The NCB will present a special Saturday afternoon concert on March 23 at Cambier Park.

Rob Platter, percussionist extraordinaire, will be featured at the drum set for “Concerto for Drum Set and Band” and Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”.

Local favorites Jenny Bintliff and Craig Greusel will be singing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific Symphonic Scenario”.

The “Finale from Kalinikov’s Symphony No. 1”, Robert Jager’s “Sinfonia Nobilissima”,  and music from “How to Train our Dragon” add more fire power to the concert line up.

Join the band on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Cambier Park Band Shell for a great afternoon of music.  Harris Lanzel will conduct the Band.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 Concert
(Sponsored by Vi at Bentley Living)

Broadway star, Mark Sanders will be featured in The Naples Concert Band’s final concert of the season. Mark will be performing two impressive medleys; “The Sounds of Hollywood” and “Crooners Serenade”.

Music of a lighter nature will compliment Mark’s performance. Brant Karrick’s “Memor Vita”, Jack Bullock’s “Big Band Spectacular” and Michael Brown’s “Opening Night on Broadway” are a few of those selections.

Join the band for their end of season celebration on Sunday, April14, 201- at the Cambier Park Band Shell. Harris Lanzel will conduct the Band.