NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 45TH SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2016 – 2017 Season
NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 44TH SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2015 – 2016 Season
NAPLES CONCERT BAND – 43RD SEASON
HARRIS LANZEL – MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR
Repertoire for 2014 – 2015 Season
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)
2016 marks Bill Barnett’s 43rd year as a resident and property owner in the City of Naples. He has served on the boards of many local charities since 1973. To name just a few, he is a past president of the American Can- cer Society, Mental Health Association of Collier County, and holds the esteemed honor of being a Board Mem- ber Emeritus of the Collier County YMCA. He is a charity auctioneer and has raised, and continues to raise, mil- lions of dollars for charities within our community. He is the recipient of the Naples Daily News Citizen of the Year Award, and was named as being chosen as one
of the Top Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life Magazine. In February of 2014 Bill was honored by being chosen as one of Ten Men of Distinction in Collier County by the Education Foundation Champions for
Learning. In May of 2015 he was honored by the Legal Aid Service of Collier County by being presented The Champion Of Justice Award.
Bill started his business career in 1973 by opening a Scotti Mu er franchise, and in 1975 bought the Toyota Agency in Naples. In 1978 he added BMW to the dealership, and sold to Germain in 1983.
He started his political career in 1984 by being elected to Naples City Council where he served until 1992 when he was termed out. He returned to politics in 1996 as Mayor, and served until 2000 being termed out once again. He sat our four years and was elected May- or again in 2004. His term ended in February, 2008, but because of an overwhelming voter referendum in 2006 allowing a Mayor to be able to serve the same term(s) as the Council Members, he ran for one more term as Mayor, and was elected by 85.5% of the vote. He termed out in 2012 and ran for a City Council Seat and received the top number of votes and was elected to serve on Naples City Council for the 2012-2016 term. On March 15th, 2016 Bill was elected to serve a fourth term as Mayor which will run until 2020.
Mayor Bill is married to Chris, has 5 children, Je , Lisa, Kim, Sheryl and the late Stephanie, eight grandchildren, six who live in Naples, and two who live in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Glenn Basham has been a member of the artist faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami since 1992 and the concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic since 1994. He also serves as the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the Frost School of Music.
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 an 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.
A seasoned public speaker, Amy continues to hone her speaking and leadership skills as an active member of the Toast of the Coast Toastmasters club where she serves as VP of Public Relations.
Amy and her husband, Patrick, enjoy being silly at home with their children, 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.
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. The appointment culminated with the commission of “Portraits of Cape Cod”. Portraits is a programmatic 8 movement suite. Each movements was inspired by original paintings of CC. The paintings and composition are reflections of Mr. Donovan’s lifelong connections with the Cape.
Lisa Federico from Cleveland, OH. is a music education and performance graduate from Ohio’s Heidelberg College. She also studied further at Ohio State University, Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Fine Arts School in Willoughby, Ohio. Her instruments of study include voice, piano, and trombone. Lisa is a music teacher for Collier County Public Schools since 1994. She also is an Instructor and Music Director with Kidz Act at The Sugden Community Theater. She was a member of the Naples Philharmonic Chorale and is currently a member of Naples Music Teachers Association, Florida Music Educator’s Association, the Naples Players, and has been a National Anthem soloist for the Miracles Baseball Games in Ft. Myers.
Lisa has appeared in various roles with The Naples Players including: Bloody Mary in “SOUTH PACIFIC,” Mrs. Bedwin in “OLIVER,” Madame de la Grande Bouche in Disney’s “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,” The Madame in “CABARET,” Betsy in “SECRET GARDEN.” Sophia in “DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS,” Sara in “A CHRISTMAS CAROL,” Chorus in “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF,” and Chorus in “ANYTHING GOES.” Other roles include: Jenny Lind in “BARNUM”, and Lily Garland in “ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY” She has two sons; Joseph age 17, a senior at Gulf Coast High School, and Frankie age 11, a 5th grade student at Laurel Oak Elementary
Craig Greusel is finishing his 34th 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 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 takes on yet another great American statesman, tackling the challenge to embody the character of Aaron Burr. Additionally, he continues to write new music and perform at a variety of venues around the Marco/Naples area.
Everett Hughes and his wife Marilyn moved to Florida in 1988 with both from the Troy, NY area. He has played various brass instruments, accordion and organ since the age of 9 having attended the Troy Conservatory of Music for many years.
He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War but was stationed in Germany as a Morse Code radio operator. He retired from N.Y. Telephone Company after 32 years with most of those years as an Engineering Manager followed by 7 years as a Technical Consultant responsible for product sales and training in NY and all of New England. For the past 70 years he has provided a music ministry in churches throughout NY, New England, Pa., NJ and Florida. From 1980 to 1987 he served as a part-time lay pastor at the Tomhannock NY United Methodist Church near Bennington, Vt. Ev Hughes has been playing euphonium in the NCB for the past 24 years. Mr. Hughes has served the Band in many positions on the Executive Board and is presently Secretary of the Band.
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.
Cindy Miller is from upstate New York, received her Master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and is widely known as an exceptional eclectic performer.
As well as being a master of musical comedy, she is also recognized as having an extraordinary ability to interpret and present standard jazz material in an exciting and refreshing manner.
Her shows, “I’ve Got The Music In Me”, “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet!” and “Here’s To The Ladies”, is musical comedy at its best. Each show is filled with superb singing, a little stand up comedy, witty parodies and delightful characterizations of famous entertainers.
In the field of jazz, Cindy has performed, or recorded with, flutist Hubert Laws, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, Chuck Mangione, world famous vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Jay Leonhart, numerous appearances with the Gap Mangione Big Band, Benny Goodman Tribute Band, Central New York Jazz Ensemble, and has appeared many times with Michael Lasser, host of PBS radio’s nationally syndicated show “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”.
Her professional engagements have ranged from private gatherings/communities, clubs, festivals, performing arts centers, corporate events, stadium/concert performances and a guest soloist with symphony orchestras.
Recordings include “Love You Madly”, a collection of jazz standards which is noted for its musicality and “I’ve Got The Music In Me”, which highlights her versatility as a presenter of music and comedy at its best.
Cindy’s signature song, “Land That We Love”, which she wrote, has been performed for General Tommy Franks, political commentators/authors Mary Maitlin and James Carville, Bill O’Reilly, the New York State Assembly, Institute for Homeland Security, Vice President Dick Cheney, the 2004 and 2006 International Marine Tattoo and many other patriotic and community events.
Cindy arranges her own material and comes ready with charts and/or tracks for all of her performances.
As a Singer/Comedian/Impressionist:
Bob Vincent, past Entertainment Director at Harrahs Casino and Theatre in Lake Tahoe and Reno. Author: “SHOW-BUSINESS” IS TWO WORDS
During the time my wife and I were at the New York State Fair, my most pleasurable moments were spent in listening to Cindy Miller sing and perform. I mention both facets of her extreme talents because I sincerely felt that we were being entertained by the most talented person we had seen or heard in all our many years in show business. … If it wasn’t for the fact she is so extremely talented, I would not have written to you, but because of my many years working and producing such talents as Judy Garland, Mitzie Gaynor, Red Skelton, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, George Burns, I just couldn’t keep myself from explaining my feelings in the hope that it would give Cindy an accurate picture of where she stands in the total field of showbiz.…
As a Jazz Performer:
Paul Smith – Pianist for Rosemary Clooney, Joni James, Mel Torme and pianist/conductor for Ella Fitzgerald. P.4
“A while back I was given a copy of your “Love You Madly” CD. I was impressed with your musicianship and the lovely sound you make. … If I could find one thing that I would change it’s the fact that there isn’t really enough of you. … No one in the current crop of singers can touch you vocally…I wish you much success and look forward to your next CD with more YOU!
Jim Stone – Big Band Swing, WLNZ, Lansing, Michigan
“Just received your CD … exceptional…. Going to add it to the February play list. … extremely talented with own distinctive style and should be very successful. I would like to feature a complete segment on your career. We are going to start playing it on our radio show immediately!!!”
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.
Wendy Renee was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She had her first solo performance at the age of 7 and has been on stage ever since. Throughout her professional career, Wendy Renee has fronted numerous bands and was a worship leader at a prominent church in Minneapolis. She is also a studio session singer, songwriter, actress and model. Wendy Renee has performed in many theatrical productions and had the privilege of performing at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater.
Wendy Renee can now be found performing at country clubs, corporate events, prominent restaurants and bars, festivals and churches throughout Southwest Florida. Whether singing as a solo or with her duo, trio or band, Wendy Renee continues to impress and delight audiences wherever she performs. She is a passionate, versatile & talented singer who can sing any genre of music. Full of energy, enthusiasm and charisma, Wendy Renee puts her heart and soul into every performance. She also stars in her one woman tribute show “AT LAST” featuring music from the great ladies of soul: Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. On Sundays morning you will find Wendy Renee leading worship for the outdoor church, The Springs, at Riverside park, where she serves as the Worship Leader. Currently , Wendy is busy writing and recording her first original music project ?
Following a performance in Carnegie Hall’s legendary Stern Auditorium, he was described as “playing eloquently as if on glass harmonica” (Roberta on the Arts). Joshua Ross is quickly becoming a rising artist in the classical music world.
Joshua performs regularly as a soloist both domestically and abroad. In addition to performances in the United States, he has performed and studied at the 2008 Schlern Music Festival, in Vols am Schlern, Italy. He has played in master classes for renowned pianists David Northington, and Steinway Artists Angela Cheng, Natsuki Fukasawa and Richard Cionco among others.
Joshua has been featured on several concert series which include the Steinway Piano Society Past Winner’s Recital series and the 2013 American Bandmasters Association conference in Tampa, Florida as the featured pianist of the internationally acclaimed University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. He has performed as a guest artist in the Bayshore Capa A La Carte series where he was described as an “an extraordinary classical pianist and a Naples treasure” (Naples Daily News). Joshua has been a guest artist on the Intermezzo Concert Series in Jacksonville FL, a participant in the 2016 American Protege Gala in New York City and in 2017 Joshua made his debut with the Naples Concert Band performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to an audience of over 3000 people at Cambier Park Amphitheater.
Joshua Ross has won several competitions including being named an Honorable Mention winner of the 2013 American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music. Joshua made his Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in February 2014 as a competition winner. Upcoming engagements include recitals in Florida, South Carolina, and an 2018 concert tour as an guest artist with The Drozdoff Society.
Joshua holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. Martha Thomas and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Florida State University, where he studied with Dr. Heidi Louise Williams.
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. Last summer she had the chance to reprise the role of Maria in West Side Story at Sacramento Music Circus and most recently 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.
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. In New Hamburg, he recently helped form a fun pop/rock group, the Stoners, in which he plays keyboard and sings.
Dr. Franklin Summers retired as director of the Voice and Opera Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he had joined the faculty in 1976. During his tenure he served for nine years as Chairman of the Department of Vocal Performance. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, Master of Music Degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Michigan. He taught voice and directed opera programs at Eastern Michigan University, Southeastern Louisiana University and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. Before Dr. Summers began his academic career, he was active as a professional singer in the United States with such companies as The Metropolitan Opera Studio, Turnau Opera, Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera and the Opera Orchestra of New York. In Europe he was principal bass at the Stadttheater in Bern, Switzerland, performed with Austrian National Television in Vienna and recorded for Telefunken-Decca. His extensive operatic background includes hundreds of performances of more than 35 bass roles. Dr. Summer’s book, Operas in One Act: A Production Guide, is widely used by college and university opera programs as well as by professional companies. As a percussionist, he performed professionally for several seasons with the Norfolk, VA Symphony Orchestra.
Paul Votapek has been a member of the Naples (FL) Philharmonic since 1988 and was chosen by Music Director Christopher Seaman to be its Principal Clarinetist in 1996. He has appeared as soloist with the Naples Philharmonic on five occasions. At the request of Music Director Keith Lockhart, he spent the 1998-1999 season as Acting Principal Clarinetist of the Utah Symphony. As a chamber musician he has performed at the Pine Mountain, Kairos and Marrowstone Music Festivals. Paul has released a CD of the Concert and Contest Collection for Clarinet with his father, Ralph Votapek. In 2012, he performed at the International Clarinet Association convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has been an adjunct faculty member of Florida Gulf Coast University since 2007.
Paul received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University where he studied with Clark Brody and Robert Marcellus. He has completed doctoral classes and recitals at Florida State University where he studied with Frank Kowalsky.
Jazz Trombonist Harry Watters travels nationally and internationally as a Jupiter Artist. His numerous Summit Records releases include the popular Love Songs and the three critically acclaimed Brothers discs with trumpeter Ken Watters.
After graduation from the University of North Texas, Harry spent four years touring and recording with the renowned Dukes of Dixieland. While working at night on Bourbon Street, a sleep-deprived Watters attended the University of New Orleans by day, serving as the graduate assistant to Professor Ellis Marsalis.
Watters has performed with Doc Serverinsen, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Erich Kunzel, Kevin Mahogany, Wycliffe Gordon, Lou Rawls, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whiggam, James Moody, Peter Erskine, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock and the Boston Brass. In addition, Harry has appeared as a featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Tulsa Pops, the West Virginia Symphony, the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band, the Janacek Philharmonic, the Moldovan Festival Orchestra and the U.S. Army Orchestra.
Harry is constantly in demand as a Jupiter Artist and Clinician. He has presented his “Power Practicing” seminar at the American Band College, the Jazz Education Network National Conference, the Association of Concert Bands’ National Convention, the University of North Texas, New Mexico State University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Tennessee, East Carolina State University, Texas Christian University, Baker University, the University of Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of New Orleans, Louisiana State University, the University of Montana, Utah State University, Kent State University and in high schools throughout the United States.
Harry is married to violist and keyboardist Holly Watters of the U.S. Army Strings. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia with their three children Harry V, Katherine the 1st & Lady Caroline.
The Naples Concert Band’s 45th season features more than 20 great soloists and an exciting mix of new music and memorable old favorites. The NCB offers our large audiences this area’s “best musical bang for their buck”! Each of our eight concerts promises to have music that everyone will enjoy. The final concert of the season will be a Community Band Spectacular. Both the Naples and Bonita Spring Concert Bands will combine for a finale that features over 150 musicians. If you have never attended a NCB concert, be prepared to have a great musical experience. Bring the family and friends.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 Concert
(Sponsor – Naples Art Association)
The Naples Concert Band kicks off its 46th season on Sunday, October 15, with a Concert in the Park that will feature impressive soloists, classic band literature, movie themes, Broadway show tunes, and of course traditional marches.
Paul Votapek, principal clarinetist with the Naples Philharmonic will perform Artie Shaw’s “Concerto for Clarinet”. Also, vocalists Lisa Federico, Jenny Bintliff and Craig Greusel will make the songs from Lionel Bart’s Musical “Oliver” come to life.
Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture”, “The Theme from Lawrence of Arabia”, Jeremy Martin’s “Cycle of the Werewolf” and the music from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will round out the program.
Music Director/Conductor Harris Lanzel will lead the 80+ member band starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Concert
(Sponsor – Miromar Outlets)
The Naples Concert Band under the direction of Harris Lanzel will celebrate our great country’s heritage and honor our United States service men and women with a very emotional and memorable patriotic concert.
Showman Craig Greusel will be featured throughout the concert singing “America, My Homeland” and George M. Cohan’s “Star Spangled Salute”.
Franklin Summers will narrate “I Am the American Flag” and “Ashokan Farewell”. The band will pull out all the stops with a huge variety of patriotic music. During the “Armed Forces Salute” our military branches will present their colors and be recognized for their service.
This special patriotic concert starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 Concert
(Sponsor – Alan Novick, Attorney)
Let’s all get in a Holiday Mood! The Naples Concert Band will provide the perfect music for this year’s Holiday Celebration!
A vocal quartet of Amy Bright, Jenny Bintliff, Craig Greusel and Ross Shaver will be featured throughout the show. They will be singing “A Christmas Celebration”, “Christmas on Broadway” and Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival”.
“A Hanukkah Festival”, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, “Caribbean Christmas” and “Christmas At the Movies” 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 December 3, 2017 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.
Sunday, January 14, 2018 Concert
(Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc.)
The first concert of the New Year features two world class professionals: Harry Watters, Trombonist extraordinaire and songstress and impersonator Cindy Miller.
Harry will amaze you with his extraordinary trombone skills by playing special arrangements of Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” and Ray Noble’s “Cherokee” among others.
Cindy will be featured singing Natalie Cole’s “Orange Colored Sky” and Nat King Cole’s “Tangerine”.
Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers Overture”, Sammy Nestico’s “A Tribute to Stephen Foster” and Randall Standridge’s “Iron and Ice: A Viking Adventure” are some of the other impressive arrangements that are programed to showcase the 80 member concert band.
The Naples Concert Band, under the direction of Harris Lanzel, will begin the concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Concert
(Sponsor – Habitat For Humanity of Collier County – Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)
Glenn Basham, principal violinist with the Naples Philharmonic and Broadway star, Mark Sanders will highlight NCB’s February concert offerings.
Glenn will do a virtuoso solo entitled “Violin Manouche” along with the Charlie Daniels novelty “The Devil went Down to Georgia”.
Mark will perform a “Barry Manilow Medley” arranged by Robert Lowden and Warren Barker.
“La Forza Del Destino Overture” by Verdi, “Star Wars Saga” and Sammy Nestico’s arr. of “Malaguena” 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 11, 2018 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.
Sunday March 4, 2018 Concert
(Sponsor – Miromar Outlets)
Professional vocalists, Carolann Sanita and Douglas Renfroe, and concert pianist Joshua Ross are the featured soloists for our March concert.
Carolann and Douglas will present “Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration”.
Joshua will play the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2, Op. 18.
A special presentation of Michael Donovan’s “Portrait of Cape Cod” with the composer conducting will also be featured.
Von Suppe’s “Light Cavalry Overture”, a saxophone quintet playing a Glenn Miller themed piece entitled “Five Mellow Winds”, and Warren Barkers “Medley from Miss Saigon” round out this entertaining program.
Come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of music. The concert will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Cambier Park Band Shell. Harris Lanzel will conduct the Band.
Saturday, April 2 Concert
(Sponsor – The Naples Zoo, sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)
The NCB will present a special Saturday afternoon concert on March 24 at Cambier Park.
Vocalist Wendy Renee will be showcased with “Georgia on My Mind” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.
Virtuoso flute soloist, Julie Meschko, will impress you with her skills playing the Gossec “Tambourin” and a piccolo feature “Pennywhistle Jig”.
Clifton Williams “Symphonic Dance No. 3 (Fiesta)”, the Ted Ricketts arr. of “Satchmo”, “Jamaican Rumba” and Warren Barker’s “Mancini Spectacular” add more fire power to the concert line up.
Join the band on Saturday, April 2, 2018 at the Cambier Park Band Shell for a great afternoon of music. Harris Lanzel will conduct the Band.
Sunday, April 15 and Sunday April 22, 2018 Concert
(Sponsored by Vi at Bentley Village)
In April, the Naples Concert Band and the Bonita Springs Concert Band will present not one, but two Community Band Spectacular Concerts! On Sunday, April 15, they will perform at Cambier Park and on Sunday, April 22, they will perform at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.
Each band will present a varied program for their portion of the concerts.
NCB’s program will feature vocalist Amy Bright. Amy will present “The Best of Carol King”. This finale for the 2017 – 2018 Concert Series will include “Iberian Escapades” by Robert Sheldon, Rossano Galante’s “Rise of the Silver City” and Warren Barkers arrangement of “Tin Pan Alley”.
Harris Lanzel conducts the Naples Concert Band and Gary E. Smith conducts the Bonita Springs Concert Band.
Both concerts will start at 2 p.m.