Tom Hessney formerly of Massachusetts. B.S. from Berklee College in Boston, M.S.from University of Massachusetts Lowell. Retired band director from Masschusetts. Tom has been a member of JJ’s Big Band & Co., Lee County Community Band, Bonita Concert Band, Naples Concert Band, Naples Big Band and Naples Symphony . Director and arranger.
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 Masters 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 commericial 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
Janice Hessney holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Crane School of Music at the State Univeristy of NY at Potsdam and a Masters Degree fromk Simmons College, Boston. She is a retired band director having taught several years in Massachusetts and Florida. Jan is principle horn with the Naples Concert Band and has performed in the Lee County and Bonita Concert bands.. Janice is currently the music director at the Crestwell School in Fort Myers
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 Graove City, OH. Pat has performed on bass trombone with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Brass Band of Columbus, the Columbus Symphony, and Naples Jazz Orchesttra. 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. Bachelors degree in music from St. Cloud State University and graduate work at other Minnesota colleges. Band director for 35 years in Willmar, MN. Has performed with Prarie Winds Concert Band, West Central Symphonic Orchestra, Mill Pond Jazz Band, Lee Community Band and Fort Myers Dixie Band. Berge also plays trumpet,trombone and is a vocalist with our group
Bill Loeb retired as a District Manager from the Wooster Brush Co. He was a Music Education major at Wright State University. He 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.< New image with text >>
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.
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.
Matthew Murrell is a graduate of Florida International University; Performs with McGregor Baptist Church Symphony, JJ's Big Band, and Florida Southwest College Concert Band.
Has conducted the Youth Symphony in Fort Myers.
Presently ,Band Director at PL Dunbar Middle School, Fort Myers
Matthew was voted 2015 Music Educator of the Year for Lee County Public Schools
Susan Oliver began her college studies as a music major after earning orchestra and band honors at the state and regional level in Ohio and Texas. Susan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. Susan most recently has played with the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Lee County Community Band and the the Westerville Community Band.