Tom Hessney is formerly of Massachusetts. Tom holds a BS in Music from Berklee College, Boston and an MS in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Before retiring Tom was Director of Music at Blackstone-Millville Regional School District. As one of the most respected band directors in Massachusetts, Tom was inducted into the Paul Smith Hall of Fame. Tom has performed with the Bonita Concert Band and The Naples Big Band. He presently plays with the Naples Concert Band. Tom is the Director and arranger for Brass Music Elements.
Ross Shaver is a snowbird from Ontario, Canada. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, he was a school band director for 34 years. Ross has performed with the Lee County Community Band, Naples Concert Band and the Kitchener Musical Society Band. Ross is the director of the Seven Lakes Chorus and plays with big bands in the area. He is also a vocalist,and master of ceremonies for Brass Music Elements.
Ken Carper has a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. Ken is an instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University teaching a course in World Music and is the President of the New Horizons International Music Association. He also performs with the Naples Concert Band and is the conductor of the the New Horizons Concert Band.
Kathy Kvet holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace University and a Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory, University of Cincinnati. She taught choral and instrumetal music in Ohio, Michigan and New Orleans. In addition to her teaching, Kathy has played principal trumpet with the Cleveland Women's Orchestra, Middletown Symphony, Midland Symphony and as an extra trumpet with the New Orleans Symphony. Currently, Kathy plays with the Naples Concert Band and the Santa Fe (NM) Concert Band in the summer.
Richard Miller holds a BS in music from the University of Wisconsin and a MA in music from Case Western Reserve University. He is an active musician in Southwest Florida as a member of the Naples Concert Band, Gulf Coast Big Band and Music Makers Show Band. In Minnesota, Richard performs with the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, the Lake Wonbegon Brass Band and the Mississippi River Brass Band .
Mary Zitnik holds a BM in voice performance from DePaul University. Prior to relocating to Florida Mary was a member of the prestigious Chicago Symphony Chorus that was featured on several Grammy winning recordings. She has served as a cantor and choir member in many churches and has recorded several commercial jingles as well as the CD Totally Catholic, an album of orginal Catholic Christian music. Mary's performance background includes classical, contemporary, pop, and rock.
As in instrumetalist Mary is a member of the Southwest Florida Concert Band and the Brass Monkeys.
Lynn Asper is a native of South Bend, Indiana. Lynn holds a BS in Music Education from Ball State University and a Master of Music Education from Michigan State University. He has taught trumpet at the high school and collegiate level for over 40 years. Lynn was a member of the music faculty at Grand Rapids Community College and served as conductor of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. Lynn is principal trumpet with the Bonita Springs Concert Band and is the owner of Asper Trumpet Products. He is the author of the book "A Physical Approach to Playing the Trumpet."
David Michalewsky retired to Florida after teaching music in New Jersey for 40 years. Dave graduated from Glassboro Sate College with a BA in Music Education and from Trenton State College with an MA in Music with a concentration in Instrumental Conducting. While in NJ Dave performed with several bands and quintets. He played principal trumpet with the Hunterdon Symphony and was featured soloist when the symphony toured Austria and the Czech Republic for the Mozart 250th birthday celebration.
Steve Finkelstein is Canadian and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. Steve went into the family furniture upholstering business and eventually worked with hotels and restaurants in refurbishing their properties. Steve was a performer with the Wedding / Corporate Cover Band for over 35 years. In 2012 he and his wife moved to Niagara Falls. Steve plays with the Jimmy Stahl Big Band as well as Brass Music Elements.
Janice Hessney holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Crane School of Music at the State University of NY at Potsdam and a Masters Degree from Simmons College, Boston. Jan spent most of her career as a band director in the Blackstone-Millville and Foxborough, Massachusetts public schools. Her bands were highly regarded and performed with Stars at Symphony at Symphony Hall in Boston. Jan is now retired and presently serves as private French horn instructor and clincian in area schools.
David Drewek is a retired GM engineer and a snowbird from Harrison Township, Michigan. Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master's Degree in Engineering Mechanics from Wayne State University. Dave plays with the Naples Concert Band, the New Horizons Band of Bonita Springs, and the Community Band of Macomb County, Michigan.
Curt Kumpf is from Minot North Dakota. He has performed with the Purdue University Symphonic Band, the Minot Symphony, the Minot Symphonic Brass Band, the Renaissance Brass Quintet, the Jazz Band of Minot and numerous backup bands. He has performed with the Lee County Community Band,and is an active member in the Bonita Springs Concert Band, Naples Concert Band, and the Lehigh Concert Band.
Before becoming a lawyer, Michael Ciccarone began his college studies as a music major. While attending Duke University he performed as the principal trombonist with the university orchestra, wind ensemble, and jazz band. He is the former first trombonist with the Gulf Coast Symphony and presently performs with the Bonita Springs Concert Band and the German Hafflenkappel Band.
Pat Lewis is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Music Education and a M.A. in brass pedagogy. Pat taught beginning and middle school band in Grove City, OH. Pat has performed on bass trombone with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Brass Band of Columbus, the Columbus Symphony, and Naples Jazz Orchestra. He also plays in the Naples Concert Band and Columbus Broadway Series pit. He is an instructor at The Village School in Naples.
John Monachan served as a musician and conductor in the Canadian Forces Music Branch for 38 years. He presently divides his time between Trenton, Ontario in the summer and the Fort Myers area in the winter. John performs with the German Haffenkappel Band, the Sanibel Big Arts Band, Bonita Springs Concert Band and the Lee County Band. He is the conductor of the Southwest Florida Concert Band
Berge Johnson resides in North Fort Myers. He holds a Bachelors degree in music from St. Cloud State University and has done graduate work at other Minnesota colleges. Band director for 35 years in Willmar, MN. Has performed with Prairie Winds Concert Band, West Central Symphonic Orchestra, Mill Pond Jazz Band, Lee Community Band and Fort Myers Dixie Band. Berge also plays trumpet and trombone.
Bill Loeb retired as a District Manager from the Wooster Brush Co. He was a Music Education major at Wright State University and was a founding member of the Centerville Ohio Community Band and the Strongsville Ohio Community Band. He was also a member of community bands in the Chicago area. Bill now lives in Fort Myers and performs with local music groups including the Bonita Springs Concert Band and the Southwest Florida Concert Band.
Bill Moulton, originally from Vermont, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. Bill dedicated his career to teaching vocal and instrumental music in Vermont and Massachusetts schools as well as Lyndonville College in Lyndonville, VT. Bill is an active musician and performs with several groups in southwest Florida.
Greg Smith grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and spent several years as a Regional Sales Manager for a DuPont company. Although his professional major is in computer graphic systems, Greg has been playing drums since he was 10. He spent most of his adult life in Chicago until moving to Florida. As well as performing, Greg has written music for percussion groups and worked as a lead snare. Greg has played with numerous rock, jazz and show bands throughout the midwest and eastern United States.
Matthew Murrell is a graduate of Florida International University. He performs with McGregor Baptist Church Symphony, JJ's Big Band, and Florida Southwest College Concert Band. Matthew has also conducted the Youth Symphony in Fort Myers.
Presently Matthew is Band Director at PL Dunbar Middle School, Fort Myers.
In 2015 Matthew was named Music Educator of the Year for Lee County Public Schools.
Karen King Shafer received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University and holds graduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and Perkins School of Theology. For several years Karen has taught music at all levels from preschool to university. Her wide performing background includes opera, recital, music theater and music of the church. Karen is Director of Traditional Worship and Music at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church in Fort Myers.