Sue and John Adney
Sue and John Adney, part-time Florida residents since 2005, have long been involved in choral and instrumental music. In their “northern” home of Reston, Virginia, both Sue and John sang in the Reston Chorale for over 30 years, Sue played oboe and English horn in the Reston Community Orchestra since the group’s founding in the 1980s, and together they have commissioned some 14 choral and orchestral works.
Sue Adney joined the Naples Concert Band in 2009, serving as the NCB’s only oboe and English horn player. Her musical training dates back to her childhood in Virginia and California, when she learned the basics of singing from her mother (an opera singer) and began lessons on double-reed instruments. More recently, Sue studied voice under Sharon Chrisman (of Catholic University, Washington, DC) and Dorothy Kingston and has been a vocal soloist at various venues in northern Virginia. She has been a member of the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs since 2007 and has been principal oboist in the Naples Orchestra and Chorus since 2010. Sue is a graduate of Indiana University and an alumna of the U.S. Secret Service Office of Training.
John Adney, a partner in a tax law firm in Washington, DC, began singing as a teenager in his church choir and his high school’s musical theater. He learned choral singing as a student at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and as a member of the Reston Chorale. After graduating from Yale Law School, John moved to the Washington area, where he began practicing law and (more importantly) met and married Sue. He is also a member of the First Presbyterian Chancel Choir.
Sue and John have been married for 36 years, have raised two sons (one in the Army, one in medical school), and look forward being full-time Florida residents in 2014.
The Barron Collier High School Chorus
Community Outreach is the backbone of Bel Canto, Concert Choir, Women’s Glee and Vocal Ensembles. Students in the BCHS chorus provide superb entertainment for area residents at venues such as retirement communities, restaurants, and churches. Audiences have included benefits and events such as Naples Empty Bowls, Candlelight at Disney and our own High School Commencement Ceremonies. Our School has hosted competitions bringing regional schools together to experience the spirit of community and the sharing of talent.
Located in Naples Florida, Barron Collier High School has an enrollment of just over 1600 students. It has been recognized by the state of Florida as an A+ school. Barron strives to provide a wonderful and engaging learning environment where all students can learn.
Todd Peterson grew up in Naples Florida and is a proud graduate of Collier County Public Schools. He received his BA from Furman University and his Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida. He has been the Choral Director at Barron Collier High School for over a decade. He previously taught choral music at Pine Ridge Middle School in Naples and West Orange High School in Orlando. He worked for Walt Disney Company for five years before going into teaching full-time.
Todd loves touching lives and instilling his passion for music with those he works with. He is married to his beautiful wife Edie and they have three wonderful children.
The Bay Singers – Vocalists
The Bay Singers, comprised of residents of Bonita Bay, began singing in 1998. Their performances include classical, sacred, show tunes and popular songs, sung in beautiful four-part harmony. Founders Dave McJoynt and Pati Patrick (both still singing in the group) 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, and their season-ending performance at Bonita Bay was enjoyed by a capacity audience of 350. 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 that made 12 European tours, and has played with the NCB on several occasions, performing on trombone, baritone, tuba and string bass. A graduate of the University of Michigan, and a member of its School of Music, Theatre & Dance Hall of Fame, his Michigan teachers included William D. Revelli and Maynard Klein. He is a former Director of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and retired in 2002 from a position as Headmaster of Park Tudor School in Indianapolis (IN). When performing choral concerts, the Bay Singers accompanist is Charles ‘Chuck’ Heard, who served for many years as Principal keyboard of the Southwest Florida Symphony (Ft. Myers), and also as Chorus Accompanist and Assistant Chorus Director for the Symphony Chorus. Mr. Heard and Mr. Galbraith are long-time Interlochen colleagues as well.
Lori Beshears moved to Naples, FL from Chicago, IL just over 13 years ago and she has been playing trumpet with the Naples Concert Band ever since. Her musical background developed through a personal interest to perform as a student, having started in grade school and continuing through her participation with the Symphonic Band at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana).
She has enjoyed a successful, long career in Commercial and Private Banking, and now delights in working on a variety of projects, mainly benefitting all areas of Fine & Performing Arts for students and the Naples community.
Amy Rice Blumenthal
Amy Rice Blumenthal received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado and her Master’s from the University of Michigan, both in flute performance. She has been actively involved with flute ensembles, having coordinated chamber music for masterclasses with William Bennett, Trevor Wye, and many others. She has presented concerts and clinics internationally, and has conducted the National High School Flute Choir, the National Flute Association (NFA) Professional Flute Choir, and numerous others.
Amy is the Director/Conductor of the National Flute Choir, which has released ten CDs to date, and currently free-lances in the Charlotte area. Ms. Rice Blumenthal was the founder and president of ALRY Publications, Etc., Inc., a company that publishes and promotes wind and chamber music, for 32 years. She was also an editor for Columbia Pictures Publications. She is Past President of the Flute Industry Council, and was a delegate on the NFA trips to the Soviet Union and China.
Amy has been active with numerous organizations, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council (past chair), the NC State Arts Council, NC Dance Theatre Board (past chair), Scottish Bank (past board member), and Foundation For The Carolinas. She currently serves on the board of the Spoleto USA Festival, is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Visitors for the North Carolina School of the Arts, and serves on the boards of Martha Graham Dance Company of New York City, Appalachian State University, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and Wildacres Retreat.
She is married to Philip Blumenthal and has two sons, Andrew and Ethan.
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. Performers Wendy Willis, director Marjorie Huelsman, Martie Miller, Wendy McDevitt, Sandy Stein, Julie Meshko and Nancy Frost Tate
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. They both graduated with degrees in voice and operatic performance and subsequently moved to New York City where they continued post-graduate work with faculty members of The Juilliard School. 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. They have been residents of Naples since 1995, are the proud parents of their thirteen year old daughter, and in 2008 they purchased a large preschool in Naples, Windmill Creek Academy, where, naturally, the arts are a joyful focus. Duncan and Janine are delighted once again to be performing with the Naples Concert Band!
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.
James Day is 15 year member of the NCB trombone section. He is an engineer by profession (MSEE) but has had a passion for music his whole life. He studied trombone as a teenager and resumed active playing in retirement. He began his performing in the 1950s and 1960s with national championship drum and bugle corps in New Jersey, winning many titles at veteran organization national conventions. Jim became a brass instructor and music arranger of these units after training with noted Stan Kenton trombonist/arranger Bill Russo and courses in the Extension Division of the Julliard School in New York City. Jim later became a music competition judge and was on the judging panels of the first 4 DCI (Drum Corps International) national championships in the 1970s.
Jim put his music interest on hold to raise his family and pursue his career at Bell Labs from which he retired as a vice president. Jim has also been active in community affairs and served twice as mayor of Colts Neck, New Jersey.
After retiring from Bell Labs, Jim resumed active playing in concert bands and orchestras in Florida and New Jersey. Jim formed a successful swing band in his home town of Colts Neck NJ. He and his wife Marilyn decided to become Floridians in 2007 and now reside in Naples. Jim has resumed his music arranging interest and has written several arrangements for concert band and swing band orchestra.
Today’s selection of “Port au Prince” is Jim’s adaptation of one of Nelson Riddle’s instrumental hits of the 1950s. This and his other hit, “Lisbon Antigua” were notable instrumental successes for Nelson Riddle before his highly successful period of collaboration with Frank Sinatra in the 1960s.
It seems everyone living in Naples is from somewhere else, and Lou is no exception! He relocated to Naples fro Fairport, New York in 2010 and has been a member of the Naples Concert Band ever since.
Lou’s past performance experiences include playing Clarinet in the Perinton (NY) Community Concert Band all the way to performing at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with the Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. And, oh yes, there was that period of Polkas in his life when he played with Rich’s Polka Dots (yes, with polka dotted shirts and all). But we digress!
In addition to the Naples Concert Band, you may have seen Lou perform with the Music Makers Big Show Band and, on occasion, with the Gulf Coast Big Band and the Naples Community Orchestra and Chorus.
Many thanks are extended to the extraordinary musicians of the Naples Concert Band and their Director, Harris Lanzel, for programming these two classics of Saxophone literature: Harlem Nocturne and Saxophobia. Enjoy!
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.
Dickie Fleisher, principal harp with the Naples Philharmonic, began studying the harp at the age of 10. His first teacher was his grandmother, Nettie Druzinsky, who was the accompanist for fan dancer Sally Rand.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Fleisher joined the Naples Philharmonic and the Miami City Ballet orchestra. Fleisher was the principal harpist with the Nagoya (Japan) Symphony and the Orchestra of the Mineria (Mexico). He is the son of pianist Leon Fleisher and nephew of Edward Druzinsky, former principal harpist with the Chicago Symphony. Fleisher’s two sisters are harpists in Miami and Washington and his wife, Kayo Ishimaru, is the harpist with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony. Fleisher’s latest recording is entitled The Enchanted Oboe with Andrew Snedeker, oboe, and James Cochran, keyboard.
In his spare time he enjoys playing with his three German Shepherds, Rodan, Gedora and Momo, and tries to corner the world market on harps. Fleisher has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1983.
GEOFF GALLANTE, 14-year-old cornet, trumpet & flugelhorn soloist extraordinaire
One of the most celebrated young musicians in the world today, Geoff found his older brother’s trumpet at age four and has since performed on prominent stages and alongside distinguished artists all across the country– as acclaimed soloist with concert band, brass band and pops orchestra, as featured jazz performer and national anthem performer and as church soloist.
Geoff has performed in 34 states nationwide– including five different ensembles of the U.S. Military! By the age of six he had already garnered guest soloist engagements with the likes of the the Louisville Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra and Philadelphia Brass Quintet. As anthem performer Geoff has appeared in 16 pro-sports venues across the country–7 Major League Baseball stadiums, 8 NBA arenas and 1 NHL arena! He’s the youngest instrumentalist, at six years old, to ever perform at the White House or at the prestigious Kennedy Center in D.C. Geoff’s network TV appearances include THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno, NBC’S TODAY show and the CBS EARLY SHOW.
In addition to solo engagements with professional pops orchestras in KY, MA, IL, IN & NJ, Geoff has soloed with some of America’s very finest symphonic bands, most notably, U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band, Ridgewood (NJ) Concert Band, Allentown (PA) Band, Wheaton (IL) Municipal Band, Compton Heights (St. Louis) Concert Band, Ames (IA) Municipal Band, Plano (TX) Community Band, Naples (Fla.) Concert Band, Fond Du Lac (WI) Symphonic Band, Northwinds Symphonic Band (GA) and Metropolitan (Boston) Wind Symphony. In 2012, Geoff was accorded the honor, at age 11, as guest soloist at the annual convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Poughkeepsie, NY. In July 2014, Geoff had the distinction of performing as guest soloist at the Texas Bandmasters Convention, the largest of its kind in the world!
In the jazz realm, Geoff is comfortable playing all styles, from traditional New Orleans style to small group straight-ahead jazz to classic big band and swing. As a ‘traditional’ jazz player he’s a member of the D.C. based award-winning CAPITOL FOCUS JAZZ BAND and as a big band trumpeter he plays in the BLUES ALLEY YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA. The former is geared to college age musicians, the latter is for high-school musicians. Geoff’s marvelous talent obviously has trumped the age requirements of those two groups—both groups made exceptions for Geoff and welcomed him in at just 9 yrs old.
As a contemporary, straight-ahead jazz performer, Geoff has shared the stage with such jazz icons as Maynard Ferguson, Dick Hyman and Bucky Pizzarelli, as well as a host of other distinguished jazz musicians including Earl Klugh*, Kevin Mahogany*, Cyrus Chestnut, Harry Allen, James Carter, Warren Vache, Allen Vache, Chris Botti*, Christian McBride*, Etienne Charles, Claudio Roditi, John Clayton*, James Morrison, Larry Fuller, Ken Peplowski and Joe LaBarbera (*Grammy Award winners). Geoff’s performed in such prominent jazz venues as ANDY’S (chicago), BLUES ALLEY (D.C.), METROPOLITAN ROOM (NYC) and IRIDIUM (NYC), SCULLERS (Boston), SHANGHAI JAZZ (NJ) and Herb Alpert’s club Vibrato in L.A. Geoff will tell you that his coolest gig to date was a feature performer on the 2012 edition of ‘Jazz Fest at Sea’ cruise event!
During last year’s concert season alone, Geoff’s talent took him to perform as featured jazz artist in NM, DE, CA, FL, NJ, MI, IN and NYC; as concert band soloist in MI, FL, TX and NY and as brass band soloist in TN. Geoff just started his first year of high school in his hometown of Alexandria, VA.
In May of 2013, Mr. Hardy retired from public school teaching after 40 years as a music educator. Hardy holds a Bachelors Degree from West Chester University and a Masters Degree from Mansfield University. During the majority of Gordon’s career he served as a high school band director and Performing Arts Coordinator in upstate New York. In addition to nurturing new Concert Band programs, Mr. Hardy was actively involved in Jazz Band, Marching Band and Music Theater.
Directing productions of Les Miserables’, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz among others have created some of the most memorable moments of his career. Mr. Hardy has also had Jazz, Concert and Marching bands perform at Walt Disney World.
In addition to being a member of the Naples Concert Band, Mr. “H” is also Vice President of the Bonita Springs Concert Band.
Gordon resides in Ft. Myers with his wife Marcia (also a member of the band) where they enjoy kayaking, cruising and ballroom dancing.
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. Janelle has appeared on stages across the state accompanying singers such as Johnny Mathis, Natalie Merchant and Kansas, and most recently joined Florida Repertoire Theatre in their production of The Fantasticks.
Kathleen Marion Kirstein was born in Dunedin, Florida October 17, 1996. She moved to Marco Island in 2001. She began learning flute in 2009 after 5 years of violin. She became a member of the Naples Concert Band during the 2012-2013 band season. She currently is a junior at Marco Island Academy. She enjoys playing soccer, kayaking, and playing guitar.
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.
Julie Meschko plays both flute and piccolo for the Naples Concert Band and has been a member for almost 20 years. She also plays with the First Baptist Church orchestra, and performs and records with the National Flute Choir. She has also performed with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Opera Naples, Port Charlotte Symphony, Arvada Symphony, and the ALRY Flute Choir. In addition to freelancing with various trios around SW Florida she works full-time with Collier County Public Schools in the Testing & Data Assessment Department. She is also the Assistant Director for the Wildacres Flute Retreat, an annual Flute Master Class that offers study opportunities with world-renowned teachers on solo flute literature, orchestral excerpts, technique classes, flute repair, and traverso playing . Julie holds a degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado and has continued education in Computer Science and Accounting. She is married and has one daughter.
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!!!”
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.
Clarence (Bud) Pike
When I was nine years old, my father brought home a clarinet for me and a trumpet for my older brother, who was eleven. This was the beginning of my love of music. I played through elementary, middle, and high school.
Upon graduation from high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where I received comprehensive training in electronic technology.
After serving four years in the military, I was offered a position in the Field Engineering division of IBM Corporation. I made a decision then, that this would be the best career choice for me. This proved to be a good decision as I remained with IBM until retirement, moving through positions as Field Engineer, Instructor, Author, and various management positions.
Throughout my career with IBM, I remained active in music as an avocation. I moved with my family more than 14 times during this period, east coast to west coast and spots in between. This kaleidoscope of venues resulted in well rounded musical experiences. I played with big bands, small bands, jazz bands, even a polka band in Minnesota and a mariachi band in Kansas. While teaching at the IBM Education Center in Rochester, Minnesota, I played with the Rochester Concert Band under Harold Cooke. I played in pit bands for Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man, Holiday on Ice and backed up the Chordettes.
I have had no formal music education. Whatever musical knowledge I possess has been acquired as Lincoln learned law; he read for it.
Arriving from his hometown on Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Greg Porter is an alumnus of Florida Gulf Coast University. Greg is currently working towards becoming a United States Marine Corps Musician through the Delayed Entry Program. He has made a successful first-and-only audition for admission into the music program for the Marines. After that audition and awaiting his departure for basic training next month, he is sitting among our members of the trombone section in the Naples Concert Band. We are ecstatic to have him as an asset to our ensemble.
As a native Southwest Floridian, he began his musical career staying heavily involved as a band student of an arts-oriented magnet school program and volunteering at local music camps each summer. Upon graduating from Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts in 2009, he attended FGCU studying trombone and musical teaching at the Bower School of Music. While there, he was an integral member of the FGCU Wind Orchestra along with several other ensembles involved at the university. He received his degree as a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in December 2013.
Greg wishes to pursue his musical passion through his career in the Marines. He is also considering graduate school for teaching instrumental music and eventually become a school band director along his path in the future. His past, current, and continuing work with the professionals in our Southwest Florida community has helped foster his musical experience and has driven his love for music even further. Today, he will be conducting Toccata for Band by Frank Erickson while his fellow bandmates perform.
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
The Moorings Ringers
Moorings Ringers, organized in 1982, are active in the music ministry of
Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples where their ringing brings joy to worship,
community events, and handbell gatherings near and far. Conductor Richard Crofts
is Minister of Music and founder of Hyacinth Series, the church’s annual concert
season. Moorings Ringers have participated internationally in massed ringing
events held in Edmonton, Albuquerque, Tokyo, South Korea (Buson), Birmingham
(UK), Toronto, Brisbane (Australia), Orlando, and Liverpool.
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.
From 1976 to 1998 and again in 2004, Gary was the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, where he conducted the nationally recognized Marching Illini, Basketball Band, Symphonic Band II, and in addition to teaching marching band procedures and band arranging in the School of Music.
Previously he served as Assistant Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, Director of Bands at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and Director of Bands at Northside High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1988 Gary was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and will serve as its president in 2018. In addition, he is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi music honorary fraternities and participates in the College Band Director’s National Association, National Band Association, and the Illinois Music Educators Association.
Recent awards include the University of Illinois Alumni Association “Outstanding Educator”, the Mary Hoffman “Outstanding Music Educator”, the “Spirit of the Illini” from the University of Illinois Athletic Association and the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal and the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award in the School of Music at Ball State University.
Gary has served as a consultant, guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States, Singapore, China, Australia, Japan, Canada, Ireland and France. In 2005, he assisted with the production of the Orange Bowl Halftime. In 2007, Gary served as co-director of the Oklahoma Centennial All State Marching Band, which was be featured during the 2007 Rose Bowl Parade opening ceremonies. In 2015 Smith designed and produced the Singapore Youth Honor Marching Band for the finale performance for Singapore’s 50th Anniversary of independence youth celebration. Presently he serves as the producer of the annual DISNEY THANKSGIVING PARADE OF BANDS held at Disneyworld in Orlando, FL and is the coordinator of the pre-game, halftime and parade festivities for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. He also serves as the conductor for the Bonita Springs Concert Band.
Smith is the former owner of the Smith Walbridge Clinics for drum majors, flags, rifles, marching percussion, marching band student leaders and directors and continues to serve as a clinician. Since 1949, these clinics have attracted thousands of high school and college students from across the United States and several foreign countries.
Several of his articles have been published in The Instrumentalist, The School Musician and the Band Director’s Guide. This guide, “The System”: MARCHING BAND METHODS, is used as a textbook in several University marching band courses and marching band clinics.
Gary received his B.A. degree from Butler University and his M.A. degree from Ball State University.
Leah Summers holds degrees from the University of Miami and The Juilliard School in NYC. She has appeared in leading roles at New York City Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Dallas Opera, New Jersey Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Naples, Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh Opera and as concert soloist with the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Musica Sacra in Salzburg/Austria, the Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra, the New Julliard Ensemble, the New York Festival of Song among many others. She has recorded Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Dallas Symphony (Delos) and solo songs by Stephan Volpe (Bridge Records). She is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to Austria, and was awarded a Herbert-von-Karajan grant from the Vienna Staatsoper.
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.
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.
Hannah Wiley is a native Floridian, having been born in Naples, Florida. She was homeschooled grades K-10 during which time she began music lessons. At the age of 4, she began taking piano lessons from her family’s church pianist, Darla Boutchia, and at the age of 10 she began to be instructed on the flute by Wendy Willis. Since then she has won and placed in several fine arts competitions in the categories of wind instrument, voice, piano, and speech. She is currently a junior at Gospel Baptist Christian School and is hoping to attend Bob Jones University in South Carolina in the fall of 2015, majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy, with a minor in Music.
Nancy Carpenter Wiley was born and raised in Southern, West Virginia. Her parents had made sure they were instilled with a love of God, country … and music. The fourth child of six, Nancy’s natural singing ability was discovered in Third Grade and she was asked to sing for the Junior High Music Teacher.
She enjoyed singing with her siblings from Reader’s Digest Family song book and listening to her mother’s recordings of Andy Williams, Robert Goulet, Perry Como and others. In her teen years she loved singing along with singing sensation, Karen Carpenter (no relation). Incidentally, it was Karen’s lower range that encouraged Nancy as a low alto.
Around this time, the Carpenter family began attending church, which is where Nancy learned to overcome her shyness. At first, the thought of singing in front of large groups of people petrified her, but through encouragement and experience, that fear was eventually brought under control. She sang with the choir, then trios and duets, and finally solos. It was as a student of Boomer Christian Academy that she had the opportunity to compete and win state and national singing competitions.
Today, Nancy is an accomplished seamstress who makes her home in Bonita Springs, Florida with her husband of 34 years, Robert Wiley. Robert has been a Collier county employee for 26 years. They have both instilled the love of music to their three talented children. The oldest, Crawford Wiley, is an organist and enjoys choral singing and plays piano and violin as well. He has often performed with the Naples Philharmonic in their Festival of Great Organ music and is currently earning his Masters in Sacred Music at Notre Dame. Their second son, Konrad, is studying computer science, but also enjoys singing with his college choir. The youngest, Hannah, is into sports and physical fitness, has a lovely voice and plays piano and flute. She is a high school member of the Naples Concert Band and may be seen in the flute section. The entire family has provided special music at their home church, Gospel Baptist Church, in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Scott Windham has lived in SW Florida for 24 years. He and his wife Sandy have two daughters, Jillian Young (29) and Aubrey Windham (17) and two granddaughters, Lily (4) and Reese (2 months). He is a landscape architect and owns his own landscape architecture firm, Windham Studio. He sang tenor in his high school vocal ensemble, participated in musical theater and has sang in his church praise band for the past 12 years.
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.
Michael Zion, principal trombone with the Naples Philharmonic, received a B.M. Education degree from Indiana University and a M.M. degree in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet, which received first prize at the Summit Brass International Music Competition and second prize at the Narbonne, France International Brass Quintet Competition.
Zion performed as principal trombone with the Cincinnati Pops orchestra on a tour of Japan and Taiwan. He has also performed with many other orchestras and ensembles including the Summit Brass Ensemble, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Esplanade Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New Hampshire Symphony.
Zion is the trombone instructor at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. When not performing he enjoys kayaking throughout the Ten Thousand Islands. He has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1990.