2016 – 2017 Guest Performers

Bill Barnett

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 Cancer Society, Mental Health Association of Collier County, and holds the esteemed honor of being a Board Member Emeritus of the Collier County YMCA.  He is a charity auctioneer and has raised, and continues to raise, millions 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 Muffler 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 Mayor 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, Jeff, Lisa, Kim, Sheryl and the late Stephanie, eight grandchildren, six who live in Naples, and two who live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Glenn Basham

NCBGlennBasham2015Glenn 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 – Vocalist

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.

Mary Bowden

Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Yamaha Performing Artist and Gold Medal Global Music Award Winner released her debut album, “Radiance”, on Summit Records featuring new American works in 2015. She is the First Prize winner of the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition. She has performed as a soloist with many ensembles and orchestras, including the Croatian Army Wind Band and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston. Bowden is a founding member of both Seraph Brass and the Chrysalis Chamber Players. She is a frequent guest artist at the Marlboro Music Festival. Bowden is currently Principal Trumpet of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. She has served as Principal Trumpet of Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea, and with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland. Bowden is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. She studied at The Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music. www.marybowden.com

Amy Bright – Vocalist

Musically, 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! 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 for the Florida Everblades.

Before making the move to Florida, Amy performed in Nashville, TN as one of the original vocalists in Radio Daze, a 23-piece big band specializing in the classic 1940s Swing Era sound, fronted a 17-piece jazz orchestra and sang with a traveling seven piece top-40 dance band. Since moving to Florida, she had appeared with the Sarasota Jazz and Concert Bands, Music Makers Show Band, Gulf Coast Big Band, and is a regular guest performer with the Bonita Springs and Naples Concert Bands.

Amy performs for private events, country clubs, and restaurants throughout Collier and Lee counties. Amy and her two children enjoy being silly at home, hanging out with friends, cooking, going to church, playing in the pool or gulf, reading, movies, and fun day trips whenever possible. Please visit Amy at www.canaryforhire.com.

Lois Carme – Vocalist

Lois Carme  is Lead Vocalist with The Stu Shelton Trio, Naples, Fl. with performances at The Wineloft at Mercato and Stonebridge Country Club and many other venues in Naples and surrounding areas. Lois is Lead Vocalist and Co-director of One Class Act Duo, Naples and surrounding areas.

Lois is Lead Vocalist for the twenty-three piece New England Society Swing Orchestra in Boston and Nantucket and was Lead Vocalist with Lois and Ken Musical Stylings, and the four-piece group, Synergy, in Boston.  Lois has also produced four vocal CDs

Lois is Curriculum Coordinator and Teacher of Dance, Voice and Music Theory with Gulf Coast Opera Company.  She is also Music Liason and Teacher of Dance, Chorale and Music Theory with Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, “Music Works” Program.  She is Music Teacher at Harlem Heights Charter School in South Fort Myers. She is a member of The Naples Harp Ensemble and studies with Richard Fleisher, Principal Harpist with The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lois was the Owner and Director of the Lois Carme Studios of Dance and Voice in Weston, MA.  She founded the Massachusetts Pilot Program, “Sounds of Silence, Inc.”, offering specialized dance instruction for multi-handicapped and deaf population.

She also holds a Juris Doctor Degree in Law and consults with several law firms.

John Davis – Pianist

John comes to the Naples Concert Band as a guest soloist. An accomplished pianist, John studied piano performance with Ann Rutledge and vocal performance with Barbara Manford at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, graduating with a B.A and M.A. and continues his education by taking Master Classes with Maestro Hector Olivera. John also performs on his harp with his children in the Naples based “For the Love of Harps” Ensemble.

John’s music experience encompasses 20 years in directing all areas of Music Ministry and he is currently the keyboardist at Marco Lutheran Church. His work has included directing adult and youth choirs, handbells, instrumental ensembles, and working with soloists.

John is also a twenty year veteran music teacher here in Collier County and currently teaches at Pelican Marsh Elementary. He is the 2012 Collier County Elementary Teacher of the year.

Mike Donovan

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 has composed in many forms including; a Symphony, Overtures, Marches, and Theatre.  “Portraits of Cape Cod” evokes a time, a place, a memory, a tradition, or a spirit that is unique to Cape Cod.  The musical portraits are impressionistic rather than literal, and their subject matter is personal, reflecting the composers lifelong connection to the Cape.

Craig Greusel – Vocalist

Craig Greusel is finishing his 33rd 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 Thomas Jefferson in “A Meeting of the Presidents.” This season he takes on yet another great American president, tackling the challenge to embody the character of Abraham Lincoln.  Additionally, he continues to write new music and perform at a variety of venues around the Marco/Naples area.

 

Jerry Huckle

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Jerry Huckle began singing at age five on the radio with family. He began playing trombone at age thirteen. He sang in church choirs and special music groups and played in school bands, winning competition awards.

Jerry graduated the Navy School of Music and sang & played in Navy bands during a four-year tour of duty. He has sung and played in The Townsmen Orchestra, Gulf Coast Big Band and the Music Makers Big Band while directing church music choirs and orchestras over three decades. He has been a member of the Naples Concert Band since 2013.

Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance

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The exuberant dancers of Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy have been enthralling and delighting SWFL audiences with their compelling, dynamic performances for over 13 years! Under the direction of owners/directors Jaime A. Knaub, and Kimberly Kelly Knaub, the multi-award winning and decidedly unique academy has grown and flourished, offering classes for children and adults in all levels of Irish Step Dance- soft and hard shoes (and a wee bit of Scottish Highland as well!) In addition to winning multiple National competitive titles, and awards for excellence in the Performing Arts, Kellyn Celtic Arts is well known for its extensive community outreach.  They are proud to share their heritage and the “spirit of the Celts” with one and all!  “Come for the fun of it, stay for the love of it!”®

Dan Lamey – Vocalist

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The Rev. Dr. Dan Lamey is the Founding Pastor of Jubilee Fellowship in North Naples.

Dan has performed many roles in regional theater in Indiana and in Naples. The highlight was playing the lead role of Don Quixote in “Man of LaMancha”. He also played a lead role in the soul stirring drama “Doubt” as Father Flynn at Sugden Theater. Additionally, Dan also has performed in a number of Theater Zone’s productions including their most recent presentation of “Chess” . He was cast as Sheriff Vallon in “Showboat, a sinister lawyer Zinnowitz in “Grand Hotel” and as Toby in “110 in the Shade”. Dan and his wife Lee have raised a yours mine and ours group of 6 daughters and now enjoy their 5 grandchildren as well, 3 boys and 2 girls!

Richard Miller

Dick Miller holds a BS Degree in Music Education from The University of Wisconsin and a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Case Western Reserve University. He has done doctoral work in music at The University of Minnesota. In 1997 he retired from public school teaching in Minnesota where he was a band director for 28 years. In addition to his school band directing he conducted the pit orchestras for several community theater productions including West Side Story, Oliver and The King and I.
Dick is now a free lance trumpet player both in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida. For 32 years he performed with the North Metropolitan Brass Quintet, the “house band” for Epiphany Church, the largest Catholic congregation in Minnesota. Currently and for the past 25 years, he is the principal flugelhorn with the internationally traveled Lake Wobegon Brass Band. Among the highlights of his experiences with this band was being presented to The Queen Mother, Elizabeth, and Charles, Prince of Wales, while performing on the grounds of Sandringham Palace in 2001 and performing on the 35th Anniversary Show of Garrison Keillor’s The Prairie Home Companion in 2009 which was broadcast throughout the world. In Minnesota, Dick has performed with The St Paul Chamber Orchestra, in the pit orchestra for numerous musical productions, including Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, Gypsy and Hello Dolly, and currently with the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble. Dick also manages The Mississippi River Brass Band, an “All-Star” band of brass and percussion musicians created for the express purpose of traveling and performing in Europe. After an extremely successful tour in 2013 they will travel across the pond in the summer of 2017 for performances in Poland, The Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.
Dick now lives 8 months a year in Naples with his wife Ruth Ann. In Florida he has performed with The Naples Concert Band, The Gulf Coast Big  Band, The Naples Big Band, Brass Music Elements, The Southwest Florida Big Band and The Naples Band Trumpet Ensemble.

The Paradise Brass Quintet

NCB-Paradise-Brass-QuintetThe 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.

Members of the PBQ include:

Harris Lanzel, Trumpet
James Castaldi, Trumpet
Art Zens, Trumpet
Dwight Richardson, French Horn
Curt Kumpf, Trombone
Todd Handley, Tuba

Bob Powers

Bob PowersBob 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

Wendy ReneeWendy Renee Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Wendy Renee has been singing all of her life. 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 and prominent restaurants and bars 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. This year she began performing her one woman tribute show “AT LAST;” which is a show featuring music from the great ladies of soul: Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. And 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.

Joshua Ross

 

rossjComing off his recent performance in Carnegie Hall’s legendary Stern Auditorium in June 2016, Joshua Ross is quickly becoming a respected artist in the classical music world. He holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. Martha Thomas. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Florida State University, where he studied with Dr. Heidi Louise Williams, and formerly studied with Dr. James Nalley.

In addition to performances in the United States, he has performed and studied at the 2008 Schlern Music Festival, in Vols am Schlern, Italy. Joshua has played in master classes for renowned pianists Angela Cheng, Natsuki Fukasawa, David Northington, and Richard Cionco among others. He has also performed for the Steinway Piano Society of Bonita Springs in their Past Winners Recital Series as well as the 2013 American Bandmasters Association conference in Tampa, Fl as the featured pianist of the internationally acclaimed University of Georgia Wind Ensemble.

As a 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. He has also performed a solo concert at the acoustically acclaimed Bower Chapel as an guest artist for Bayshore CAPA. Joshua has also been a guest artist on the Intermezzo Concert Series in Jacksonville FL, as well as a participant in the 2016 American Protege Gala.

Upcoming engagements include performances with the Naples Concert Band, Jacksonville’s Intermezzo Concert Series, and the Port Charlotte Concert Series. Originally from Naples, Florida, Joshua is a devoted alumni of the FSU Marching Chiefs, in which he played the saxophone and has enjoyed many high-profile engagements including the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, and the 2011 Florida Governors Inauguration.

Mark Sanders

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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.

 

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith, a graduate of the Julliard School, has been both an active soloist and orchestral musician across the globe.  Alexis is a member of Seraph Brass, a brass quintet drawing from a roster of top female brass performers from the U.S. Most recently, Alexis has performed alto trombone at the 2015 International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain and as part of a month-long series of concerts on a Viking ship with the Icelandic rock band, Sigur Ros. In 2012, Alexis won First Prize at the Southeast Trombone Symposium and was hosted by the Chinese government to tour China as part of the Manhattan Symphonie. In addition, Alexis has served on the faculty of the Julliard Pre-College Division and the Harmony Music Program.

Alexis has received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Julliard School.

Franklin Summers

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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.