The Bay Singers – Vocalists
The Bay Singers, comprised of residents of Bonita Bay, began singing in 1998. Founders Dave McJoynt and Pati Patrick had a vision that continues to grow each year. Last year’s in-season membership topped 55 for the first time in the group’s history. Their performances include classical, sacred, show tunes and popular songs, sung in beautiful four-part harmony. The Bay Singers are pleased once again to join forces with the Naples Concert Band, and together they send best wishes for Happy Holidays to all!
The Bay Singers are conducted by Bruce Galbraith of Bonita Springs. Bruce was founding Conductor of the United States Collegiate Choir, a touring group of singers that made 12 European tours, and is a retired Headmaster of Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, IN. He has played with the NCB on several occasions, filling in on trombone, baritone, tuba and string bass. He is a former Director of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where his ‘boss’ was Roger Jacobi, recently retired 20+-year member of the Naples Concert Band.
When performing choral concerts, the Bay Singers accompanist is well-known Naples keyboard artist Cindy Dallas, currently in her twentieth season as the Principal Pianist for The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. She also is Director of Music Ministry at St. Ann Catholic Church in downtown Naples.
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 is a member of the Richmond Symphony and founder of the Chrysalis Chamber Players in Florida. She has performed as principal trumpet with the Auckland Philharmonic in New Zealand and with the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland under the baton of Pierre Boulez where she can be heard as principal trumpet on Mahler’s 6th Symphony on the Academy’s recently released CD. She has performed chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Mary has been a member of Symphony in C, Classical Britt Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, Encore Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Baltimore Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Breckenridge Music Festival. In May 2006 she was acting principal trumpet of the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea.
As a soloist, Mary has performed with the Banff Festival Strings with Jens Lindemann, as well as several other concertos with orchestras around the U.S. She recently premiered a piece written for her and trumpeter David Dash by James Stephenson. She recently won 1st Prize at the International Women’s Brass Conference Trumpet Competition.
Mary studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the 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 has appeared as a guest vocalist with the Sarasota Jazz Band, the Sarasota Concert Band, and the Naples Concert Band.
Amy performs for private events, country clubs, and restaurants throughout Collier and Lee counties and has recently joined forces with two other dynamic female vocalists to form a new ministry/comedy trio called Trinity Station. She is also proud to be in her second season as female vocalist with Naples’ own Music Makers Show Band.
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.
Joe Choomack, tuba player, is a Connecticut native and now a resident of Naples, Florida. Joe was director of bands at Rochambeau Middle School in Southbury, CT. for thirty five years. His bands and jazz bands participated in many Connecticut Music Educators Association sponsored festivals and workshops throughout Connecticut. As a life member of the CMEA, (Connecticut Music Educators Association,) he served as chairman for band and jazz band, for numerous state music festivals and also worked on state wide curriculum writing.
As a very busy performer on tuba, string bass, and bass guitar, he has played many musical engagements in Connecticut, New York, New England, and now Florida. He has performed with the New Haven, Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Ridgefield, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestras and The Brass Guild Quintet. He toured Australia, New Zealand, and Bermuda with the Danbury Brass and toured Austria, Hungary, and Yugoslavia with the Danbury Symphony. He has been subbing the musical “Chicago” on Broadway for the past thirteen years and has played in the pit of countless musicals at theaters in Connecticut, New York, Maine, and Cape Cod for as long as he can remember.
Besides his early musical training in Connecticut schools, and later working on bachelors and masters degrees in Music Education, Joe attributes his practical experience as a musician to a four year stint as a musician with the U.S. Air Force. His first assignment was in Washington State with the 724th A.F. Band and later auditioned for the U.S. Air Force Band of Europe based in Wiesbaden, Germany. He spent three years playing and touring Europe, Scandinavia, and North Africa with many excellent musicians in the U.S.A.F.E. Band and gained invaluable musical and life experience.
Joe is enjoying being in Naples and spending time with his family and beautiful grandkids. He is keeping busy playing with various musical groups including the Naples Concert Band, Paradise Brass, Vintage Brass, Gulf Coast Symphony, and the Dixie Strollers. He has also played engagements for The Theater Zone in Naples and for the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins Spring Training games in Ft. Meyers. Not baseball; tuba!!!!!!
Janine and Duncan Connell
Janine and Duncan Connell have been performing together for more than twenty-five years after having met at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. There, they both graduated with degrees in voice and operatic performance. They subsequently moved to New York City where they continued post-graduate work with faculty members of The Juilliard School. Additionally, they also studied with renowned voice teacher, Maestro Franco Iglesias.
Among the highlights of their performing experiences was Duncan’s televised appearance as a guest soloist with Placido Domingo and The Mexico City Philharmonic to benefit victims of Hurricane Gilbert. In addition to performing extensively on the operatic stage they have also appeared in hundreds of concerts performing hits from the operatic world, Broadway, and song.
This is Janine’s sixth appearance with the Naples Concert Band, and Duncan’s fifth. They have been residents of Naples since 1995, are the proud parents of their ten year old daughter, and in 2008 purchased a large preschool in Naples, Windmill Creek Academy, where, naturally, the arts are a joyful focus. On October 4th, 2012, Duncan and Janine celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary!
David Dash is the Assistant Principal trumpet of the Naples Philharmonic and a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He gives several annual recitals with the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet and performs frequently in a duo with his fiancee, trumpeter Mary Bowden. They recently premiered “Awakenings” by James Stephenson, written for two trumpets and organ, with Dr. Jim Cochran.
David was previously a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band where he performed as a soloist and toured much of the United States. While in Washington DC, he performed frequently with the Baltimore Symphony. He has also performed with the Atlanta and San Francisco Symphony’s. Festivals include the Orchestra Institute in Attergau, Austria, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
David received his Bachelor’s degree from Rice University, where he studied with Armando Ghitalla. He received his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Robert Sullivan. He has recorded for Albany records, Koch International, and with the Marine Band. While in Manhattan, David performed with a wide variety of groups in NY and NJ. David’s first instrument was the piano, and he still enjoys playing this instrument at home.
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 Music Director at two churches: Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ and United Church of Christ at Lighthouse. 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.
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 7 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.
Wendy Willis, director
Nancy Frost Tate
I Could Write A Book
Richard Rodgers /arr. John Stein
traditional, arr. John Stein
The Dave Elliott, Radio Show 98.9FM
Naples Botanical Gardens
Bleu Provence Restaurant and Wine Bar
The Naples Music Club
the Naples Orchestra and Chorus
Naples Concert Band
Live! At the Promenade (Art League of Bonita Springs)
East Naples United Methodist Church
North Naples United Methodist Church
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Unitarian Universalist Church
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 – Vocalist
Craig Greusel is a 26-year music specialist for Collier County Public Schools as well as the Director of Music at Marco Lutheran Church. He has been singing as a soloist with the Naples Concert Band since 1989. Craig most recently appeared in his own Sinatra show, Blue Eyes and The Blues at the Marco Lutheran Church on April 4 and 5, 2011.
Janelle House – Harpist
“A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” -Leopold Stokowski
Janelle House has crafted her pictures in music since she was seven years old. From classical to Broadway, traditional to sacred, popular to oldies, Janelle’s dynamic range has granted her accolades from the most discerning of audiences. A classical musician trained by classical musicians, Janelle was privileged to spend nearly twenty years studying under Richard Fleisher of the Naples Philharmonic. Her musical prowess has led to frequent command performances for Walt Disney World Resort, accompaniments for Barry Manilow, numerous appearances with orchestras throughout the state of Florida and beyond.
When not dazzling audiences on stage, Janelle makes her talents available for hire to private audiences at weddings, banquets, church services, conventions, and other special events. Attuned to the harp’s soothing sound and healing qualities, Janelle regularly shares her musical gift at Hospice events. She has also donated her time in the Bronx housing projects of New York City. Using a specially designed scale harp, she delighted in donating her world-class talent to an audience normally unable to experience the sound of a live performance.
Most recently, Janelle accompanied the cast of TheatreZone in their production of The Fantasticks.
Dan Lamey – Vocalist
The Rev. Dr. Dan Lamey is the Assistant Pastor at First Congregational Church in Naples. He has been a featured soloist at many local churches and civic events and has performed many musical roles in regional theater in Indiana. The highlight was playing the lead role of Don Quixote in the Man of LaMancha. Dan performed with Theater Zone in “Chess” and this past fall was cast as Sherriff Vallon in a joint production of Theater Zone and Opera Naples. Most recently Dan played the role Father Flynn in the Naples Players acclaimed production of “Doubt”.
James Little – Vocalist
James Little has been performing since childhood and continues to love performing to this very day. Over the last 15 plus years, he has performed extensively with the Naples Players where some favorite roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Bobby Child in Crazy for You, George Nowack in She Loves Me, Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oscar Lindquist in Sweet Charity and Billy Crocker in Anything Goes. In addition to performing in plays and musicals, James has also worked as a singer/dancer on cruise ships, in theme parks and at national resorts.
Zofia Maria Majewski – Vocalist
Twelve year old, Zofia Maria Majewski has been interested in singing from a very early age and has a lovely sweet voice. Zofia has sung in the Children’s choir at St. Linus in Natick, MA, St. Peters Catholic Church choir, St. Williams Catholic Church choir and the Philharmonic children’s chorus all in Naples.
She is now studying with Michele Byrd the signing skills instructor for the Naples Philharmonic Center’s Youth Chorale group.
Her recent achievements include:
2nd place voice winner with the Naples Music Club 2012
Philharmonic Center Youth Chorale member 2011-2013
Soloist with Naples Harp Ensemble 1011-2013
Soloist for Naples Concert Band 2011 and 2012
Youngest soloist at Evening on Fifth
Soloist – Festival of the Arts, Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Soloist performance for Paul Todd, Opera Naples 2011
St. Williams Choir member 2008 – present
Performed in Kidz Act, Wonderland and Annie
Zofia is looking forward to a career in Opera and Oratory.
Robert Newell, known internationally both as composer and conductor, received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois. While at Tanglewood on various occasions, he studied with Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, with conductors Eric Leinsdorf and Charles Munch. Robert was twice a Fulbright grantee-first to Paris, where he studied two years under Olivier Messiaen, then again as conductor and lecturer in South America during the 1980′s and 90′s. His prize-winning work, Ryo-nen, was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra in 1986.
In the Years that followed Dr. Newell toured major cities of South America to conduct orchestras and lecture on 20th century music-again under the auspices of Fulbright and of Arts America (USIA). Recent honors include a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, grants from Ohio University and from “Arts International” for promotion of his orchestral works, along with the Ohioana Library Association’s coveted “Music Citation.” Still more recently Rob was named winner of the International FAI Anthem competition. For such historical, musical contributions he was acclaimed by the Ohio Senate as “a remarkable and unique” individual.
His works have been published by American Composers Editions, Boston Music Co., Hinshaw Publishers, and Media Press. Recordings of his music may be heard on Capstone and Advance labels. When not busily engaged in music ministries at North Naples United Methodist Church, Dr. Newell is available for guest appearances as lecturer, conductor, and clinician.
Tony Pulera – Tenor
Tony has a diverse vocal performance background with venues in Las Vegas; New York; Chicago; Monterey, Ca; and a worldwide USO show tour as the opening act for Steve Martin and Jay Leno. Tony is currently the professional church soloist at The Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs. He is a member of the Music Makers Show Band and the Naples Jazz Orchestra. Cantataman@embarqmail.com
Gale Waterland Scott – Conductor Laureate
Gale Waterland Scott is no stranger to the Naples Concert Band. She served as Conductor/Music Director for 20 years of the 40-year history of the band, serving in that capacity from 1982 through its 30th anniversary in 2002.
Gale graduated from Western Washington State University with a Masters of Music in Performance & Conducting and began a career as a band director in the Seattle area for several years. Her career path later led to work in the legal and financial industries, but she continued her music as a life-long avocation.
Under her leadership, the NCB experienced considerable growth in the size and quality of the band, increased audiences to nearly 3,000 in peak season, and national recognition. The ultimate accomplishment during this time was working in partnership with the City in the design and construction of the band shell in Cambier Park and the later renovations to which the band contributed over $500,000. Each brick in the front of the stage (part of the fundraising efforts) was laid by members of the band.
Gale is now proud to hold the title of Conductor Laureate and enjoys occasional opportunities to return to the podium with this fine organization.
Dr. Franklin Summers recently 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 also 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 in vocal performance from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Michigan. He taught applied voice, opera history and literature and was responsible for the production and stage direction of opera at the University of Miami. He also 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.
In 1997, Dr. Summer’s book, Operas in One Act: A Production Guide, was published. It is currently available and is widely used by college and university opera programs as well as by professional companies.
James Swearingen’s talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is currently Professor of Music, Division Head of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a staff arranger for the famed Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment took him to the community of Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.
School directors, student musicians and audiences worldwide have enthusiastically received Mr. Swearingen’s numerous contributions for band. With over 550 published works, he has written band compositions and arrangements that reflect a variety of musical forms and styles. Many of his pieces, including 100 commissioned works, have been chosen for contest and festival lists. He is a recipient of several ASCAP awards for published compositions and in 1992 was selected as an Accomplished Graduate of the Fine and Performing Arts from Bowling Green State University. In March of 2000, he was invited to join The American Bandmasters Association, considered to be the most prestigious bandmaster organization in the world. Mr. Swearingen received the 2002 Community Music Educator Award given annually by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In that same year, he became conductor of the Grove City Community Winds. This highly talented ensemble consists of many fine musicians from the central Ohio area. On June 20, 2009, The American School Band Directors Association, Inc., presented Mr. Swearingen with the A. Austin Harding Award. This prestigious award is presented annually by the organization and is reflective of valuable and dedicated service to the school bands of America. His most recent award is the Hall of Fame Award presented by the Ohio Chapter (Mu) of Phi Beta Mu at the 2011 OMEA Professional Development Conference. It should be noted that he is also a member of numerous professional and honorary organizations including OMEA, MENC, ASBDA, Phi Beta Mu and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Many of Mr. Swearingen’s most popular band compositions have been recorded by the prestigious Washington Winds and are available on Walking Frog Records compact discs; His recordings include In All Its Glory, Exaltation, Celebration For Winds And Percussion.
Peter Thomas – Narrator
Peter Thomas is a World War II veteran. He served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Last year Peter was awarded the Legion of Honor from the French Government for his service in World War II. He is a well-known freelance narrator of television programs including “Forensic Files,” many PBS documentaries and commercials.
Robert Thurston – Euphonium Soloist
Robert Thurston, long time resident of Naples, Florida, originally from Charleston, W. Va., performs with the Naples Concert Band. The band celebrated it’s 40th year during the 2011-12 season, and Bob, is the only one of the originating 10 charter members, still with the group. Bob has served in each office of the band, being the first band president, and held that office for three years. During most of the band’s history, he has served as the principal Euphoniumist and section leader. Bob attended school in Charleston, W.Va, and began his music career
by studying the violin with Richmond Houston, principal violist, with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 14, he joined that group, conducted by Antonio Moderelli, as the youngest second violinist. . He was a member of the W. Va. All-State High School Band, and served as first chair Baritone, in that group. He graduated from Morris Harvey College, which is now the University of Charleston.
He served in the U.S. Army, and performed in the 425th 2nd Army Band. Bob works professionally as a Certified Public Accountant.
Bob has appeared as a soloist on the euphonium with many fine bands in the eastern United States, and has played under many of today’s fine conductors. Bob, recently served as principal euphonium for the National Community Band, which met in New Orleans, during July, 2012. This fine band, is composed of 110 of the best community band musicians from all over the United States, and is conducted by Col. John Bourgeois, former conductor of the United States Marine Corp. Band, (The President’s Own), in Washington, D.C. The National Community Band, is a project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. Bob is currently a member of the Naples Concert Band, The Bonita Springs Concert Band, The Sarasota Concert Band, and the Windjammers Unlm’t Circus Band.
Malinda Zenor has enjoyed a career as a performer, composer and teacher. A native of Indiana, she began study of piano at age 5, and later became proficient on Clarinet, trombone, baritone and French horn. Her early musical education was greatly influenced by her father, J. Howard (Windy) Lynn, a professional Vaudeville
Trombonist. Malinda received both Bachelor of Music (Education) and Master of Music (Composition) degrees from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. While at DePauw she studied with renowned composer Dr. Donald H. White.
She formerly played trombone in the North Port Concert Band and clarinet in the Charlotte Co. Concert band. Malinda is now a full-time member of the French Horn section of the Naples Concert Band. She also plays piano occasionally with various musical groups in the area.