Instrument: Cornet Member Since: 2018 Occupation: Music Education Student and Butcher Mentors & Musical Heroes: Dr. John Korak, Dennis Meyer, Chris Botti Favorite Brass Band Piece: Jupiter Biography: Cameron is currently studying music education under Dr. John Korak at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. He serves as principal trumpet for the SIUE Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Michael Mishra. Cameron also plays principal in the SIUE Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, E-Band, and the Trumpet Studio Ensemble. Outside of SIUE, Cameron has performed with The St. Louis Youth Symphony and Granite City Community Bands.
David Drillinger - Solo Cornet
Instrument: Cornet Member Since: December, 2005 Occupation: Retired high school band director; currently adjunct brass instructor, Lewis & Clark Community College Mentors & Musical Heroes: Harold L. Hillyer, Doc Severinsen, Jim Loomis, Canadian Brass, and too many to list…. Favorite Brass Band Piece: Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke (actually most everything by Mr. Sparke!) Biography: David W. Drillinger has been a performing musician for over 50 years. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts Degrees from Eastern Illinois University. He has continuing education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Mr. Drillinger is an active performer. He is a founding member of the Bi-State Brass Quintet, is a Solo Cornet with the St. Louis Brass Band, and is a member of the MetroEast Brass Quintet. He also performs with, and shares conducting duties of, the Alton Muny Band. He has been soloist with the St. Louis Brass Band, Alton Muny Band, Alton Symphony Orchestra, Lewis & Clark Community College Concert Band and several high schools throughout Illinois. In 2022 he won Third place honors at the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) National Competition in the Senior Division, Lyric Solo competition. Mr. Drillinger provides Taps for the Alton IL VFW Post 1308 Ritual Team on a regular basis. Mr. Drillinger retired after 32 years as a high school band director in Illinois. His bands received Division I ratings at IHSA contests each of the 32 years, as well as awards in marching band and jazz band. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in Illinois. Mr. Drillinger has conducted many festival and summer camp bands. He was honored by his peers in 1999, being selected to conduct the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Band. He currently serves as adjunct brass faculty at Lewis & Clark Community College. Professional memberships include American School Band Directors Association, where he served as the 2004 national convention logistics chair, and is past Illinois State President; International Trumpet Guild; National Band Association (past Illinois State Chair); and he served three terms as Illinois Music Educators Association District VI President. Mr. Drillinger is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the International Who’s Who of Music and Musicians, Who’s Who in America, and the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement, Volume VI.
Dennis Jones - Solo Cornet
Instrument: Cornet Member Since: 2018 Occupation: HS Band Director Mentors & Musical Heroes: Harold Hillyer, Tom Brawner, Darrell Cannedy Favorite Brass Band Piece: Shine Is The Light - Graham Biography: Dennis Jones is in his 28th year as Director of Bands for Rochester Junior and Senior High School, where his duties consist of directing 2 concert bands, pep band, 2 jazz ensembles, pit orchestra, and 5th grade lessons. Prior to his current position, he was band director at Panhandle Schools in Raymond, Illinois for 7 years. Mr. Jones is a 1989 graduate of Eastern Illinois University and has conducted several IMEA District and local honor bands/jazz ensembles. He’s a past recipient of the “Golden Apple Award” presented by Horace Mann Insurance and News Channel 20, and a “Teacher of the Year” recipient for the Rochester Public Schools. Dennis is currently serving as President of District 4 of the ILMEA and sits on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Music Educators Association. Mr. Jones is an active soloist for various events throughout Central Illinois, having performed alongside great musicians/entertainers Vincent DiMartino, Clark Terry, Bobby Shew, Ray Charles, and Bob Hope. He resides in Taylorville, Illinois with his wife Mary, also an educator, and super proud of his kids Mitchell, and twin daughters Mallory and Emily. He loves the challenge performing alongside some incredible musicians with the St. Louis Brass Band.
Bobby Wright - Solo Cornet
Instrument: Cornet Member Since: 2019 Occupation: Assistant Principal - Collinsville High School. Mentors & Musical Heroes: Ronald Romm, musical heroes: Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson Favorite Brass Band Piece: Vitae Aeternum, Paul Lovatt-Cooper Biography: Bobby Wright graduated from the University of Illinois in 2012 with his bachelor's degree in music education. While at the university Bobby was a drum major of the Marching Illini as well as the principal trumpet of the University of Illinois Wind Symphony. He also received the Albert Austin Harding award just prior to graduating. Upon graduation, Bobby became the director of the Collinsville High School band program, of which he was also a graduate. He received his masters in education administration in 2017 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Bobby is an active adjudicator and performer in the St. Louis area. He performs with the Edwardsville Municipal Band and the Nightmusic brass quartet. He is an assistant principal at Collinsville High School. He resides in Collinsville, Illinois with his wife Rachael and two dogs, Chief and Oskee.
Alex Smith - Repiano Cornet
Instrument: Repiano Cornet Member Since: 2017 Occupation: Accountant Mentors & Musical Heroes: Dr. Jennifer Moder-Bell (McKendree University), Ed Jacobs (SWIC), Dawn Weber Favorite Brass Band Piece: Vitae Aeternum - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Biography: Alex Smith graduated from McKendree University with a BBA in May 2017, where he double-majored in Accounting and Economics & Finance. Alex performed with the various ensembles at the university including the wind ensemble, concert band, brass quintet, marching band, and jazz band. After graduating, Alex continued to stay active performing music, joining the St Louis Brass Band in the same year. In addition, he is also currently active in the Granite City Community Concert Band and Troy Community Band. He currently resides in O'Fallon, IL with his wife Mary and their three cats.
Gary Gardner - 2nd Cornet
Instrument: Cornet Member Since: Spring 2019 Occupation: Retired Band Director Mentors & Musical Heroes: Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Wynton Marsalis Favorite Brass Band Piece: To many to list! Biography: Gary L. Gardner is a 1973 graduate of Pekin Community High School, Pekin, Ill and graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. in 1977. He taught band at Hardin Calhoun Unit 40 schools for 8 years then moved to Carlinville, Ill. where he was director of all bands for 26 years for the Carlinville Unit #1 School District. He received the “Golden Apple “ teacher of the year in 2007. After retiring from full time teaching in 2011, he taught band another 5 ½ years part-time in the Mt. Olive School District. Besides the SLBB, he remains active with the Carlinville and Heritage municipal bands and the 10th Cavalry Civil War Band. While in college, he was able to perform on stage with bands to back up Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Rich Little and Maynard Ferguson. He lives in Carlinville, Ill. with his wife Cheryl and their two dogs, Reeses and Sydney.
Paul Hermanson - 3rd Cornet
Instrument: Cornet Member Since: 2013 Occupation: Partner Marketing Manager, Blayzer Digital Mentors & Musical Heroes: Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, and Dizzy Gillespie. Mentors: Bob Ceccarini, Dr Greg Jones Favorite Piece: Fandango by Joseph Turrin (arranged for Brass Band) Biography: Paul studied privately with Bob Ceccarini (1998-2006). He also studied with Reinhold Friedrich, and Fritz Damrow in Corfu, Greece (2007). Paul is the 2008 Missouri State winner of the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Brass Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, trumpet performance with a jazz studies minor from Truman State University, in the trumpet studio of Dr. Greg Jones (2010). Since 2005, Paul and his family have inspired music students and music educators worldwide through MusicLearningCommunity.com.
Jeanne Pence - Cornet
Instrument: Cornet Member Since: 2022 Occupation: Freelance musician/instructor and stay at home mom Mentors and Musical Heroes: Alison Balsom, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis Favorite Brass Band Piece: Largo from The New World Symphony by Dvorak Biography: Jeanne Pence graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2007 with a Bachelors in Music Education and again in 2011 with a Masters in Trumpet Performance. While at SIUC, she studied with Dr. Robert Allison and had opportunities to travel and perform with SIUC Wind Ensemble in England, Ireland and China. She was principal trumpet in the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, SIU Wind Ensemble and played 2nd trumpet with the faculty quintet. Jeanne currently resides in Troy, Illinois, with her husband, two children and two dogs. She is an active performer with the Troy Community Band, Troy Community Band brass quintet and Downstate Music Company out of Southern Illinois. She is excited to join the St. Louis Brass Band and is looking forward to performing this season.
Dan Leonard - 3rd Cornet
Instrument: Cornet Biography: Dan Leonard has enjoyed playing music all of his life. He started playing at the age of 12 and has been playing ever since. His principal instrument is the trumpet. Although on special occasions has played French Horn. Dan has participated in many types of music ensembles in many different cities throughout the years. Music always gave him a way to integrate into a new community. Dan has played in Jazz Bands, Concert Bands, Marching Bands at the High School and Collegiate levels. In college Dan joined Phi Mu Alpha SINFONIA. Here in St. Louis, he helped start a Brass Group at Arlington United Methodist Church back in the 1990s as well as playing in Meramec Community Band, Washington University Jazz Band, Town and Country Symphony, and the Alton Municipal Band.
Jennifer Korak – Flugelhorn
Instrument: Flugelhorn Member Since: 1999 Occupation: Band director at Whiteside Middle School in Belleville, Prior to this I was band director at Vines High school in Plano, Texas. Mentors & Musical Heroes: Favorite Brass Band Piece: Chivalry by Martin Ellerby Biography: Jennifer has a bachelors degree in music education from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas and a Masters degree in music education from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. She has played with the Arlington Wind Symphony, the Texas Wind Symphony, The Dallas Wind Symphony, and the University City Orchestra. Jennifer currently lives in Edwardsville, Illinois with her husband John, and children Brendan and Abby.
Al Stith - Solo Tenor Horn
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Matt Alton - 1st Tenor Horn
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Larry Ashlock - 2nd Tenor Horn
Instrument: Tenor Horn Member Since: 2019 Occupation: Disability Insurance Specialist with Health Care Service Corporation Mentors & Musical Heroes: Arnold Jacobs, Dr James Froseth, Tim Meyers Favorite Brass Band Piece: Harrison’s Dream by Peter Graham Biography: Larry earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is the former Elementary Band Director for St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, Illinois. Larry is also a former marching member of Black Knights, Boston Crusaders, and Cavaliers drum and bugle corps. He composed an original march for band which was premiered by the University of Missouri Saint Louis Concert Band in 2007. He currently lives in Alton, Illinois with his two cats, Henry and Dr. Zaius.
Brent Becker - 1st Baritone
Instrument: Baritone Member Since: 2019 Occupation: Concept Illustrator and Design Consultant for Stanbury Uniforms Mentors & Musical Heroes: Leonard Bernstein, Eric Whitacre, John Mackey, W. Francis McBeth, and Frederick Fennell Favorite Brass Band Piece: "On The Shoulders of Giants" by Peter Graham Biography: Brent W. Becker joins the band with decades of performance experience from several academic and community music organizations. A member of Phi Mu Alpha SINFONIA, and an alumnus of Bradley University (Peoria, IL) and Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL), Brent has enjoyed the honor of performing with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (Rosemont, IL), the Peoria Symphony Orchestra (Peoria, IL), and Sterling Municipal Band (Sterling, IL). He is currently a euphonium with the St. Charles Municipal Band (St. Charles, MO) and St. Charles Community College Concert Band (Cottleville, MO). Outside of musical pursuits, Brent is an award-winning multi-disciplinary visual artist, designer, and arts educator. Recently, he has exhibited artwork through Art Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Artist's Guild. Brent’s drawing and mixed-media work was selected for the 36th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition. He currently instructs Printmaking at St. Charles Community College and is the Design Consultant for Stanbury Uniforms. In his role with Stanbury, Brent has the unique opportunity to lend his visual expertise to renown performing ensembles, including university marching bands and several notable drum corps.
Hadley Haux - Euphonium
Instrument: Euphonium Member Since: 2005 Occupation: Director of Bands at Ritenour High School since 1993, overseeing all areas of the band program. Mentors & Musical Heroes: Too many to name. Favorite Brass Band Piece: No favorite - I love all the brass band repertoire, from the standard lit., to marches, light classics, and pops. Biography: A native of Sturgeon, Missouri, Hadley received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to performing with the St. Louis Brass Band, Hadley directs and plays with the North County Big Band, performs with the Northwinds Concert Band, the Wurst Bavarian Band, and various freelance opportunities. His professional affiliations include MBA, MMEA, NAfME, and Phi Mu Alpha. Hadley is a longtime resident of Ferguson, Mo. where he resides with his wife Mary. They have three grown children.
Matt Frederickson - 2nd Euphonium
Instrument: Euphonium Member Since: 1998-2008, then again in 2018-present Occupation: School Superintendent Mentors & Musical Heroes: Bill Hartman, Dale Lonis, Tom O'Neal, Francis McBeth, Kenneth Bloomquist, Denny Layendecker Favorite Brass Band Piece: A Moorside Suite, Gustav Holst Biography: Matt Frederickson hails from Springfield, Missouri and is a lifetime musician, teacher, and student. Dr. Frederickson has studied trombone and euphonium with Roger Oyster, Nathaniel Brickens, and Bill Hartman, and has won many regional instrumental solo competitions including the 1996 MTNA Missouri brass artist contest, was the Winner of Wellock and Farrar Performance Competitions, the Concerto Competition Winner and a Regents Scholar at Missouri State University, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri State University. Dr. Frederickson serves as principal trombone with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra for more than fifteen years and has toured with the bands of the United States Air Force spanning five continents. He has performed on television and radio and recorded with professional symphonies and bands, such as the St. Louis Symphony, Missouri Jazz Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Missouri Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Pops, Springfield Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, Springfield Regional Opera, Ft. Smith Symphony, Dorsey Big Band, and the St. Louis Brass Band. In 2006, he performed with the United States Air Force Academy Band’s Galaxy Brass and the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid America’s Shades of Blue jazz ensemble on trombone and on euphonium with the concert band. In 2008, he was featured as a guest soloist for the Missouri Music Educators Convention. He performed the DeMeij T-Bone Concerto accompanied by Symphonic Band, and later in 2018 and 2019 with other invited bands. As a professional educator, Dr. Frederickson has served as Associate Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Studies in the Gasconade County Schools (MO), Head Director of Bands at Union High School (MO), and Director of Athletic Bands/Visiting Professor of Low Brass at Ouachita Baptist University and Director of Curriculum and Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Rockwood School District, Head of School for Grand Center Arts Academy, as well as an Adjunct Professor for several Universities in the St. Louis area including several years as Director of Bands for Missouri Baptist University. Currently, he serves as the Superintendent for the Bowling Green school district. His former students have won numerous state and regional contests including winning scholarships at Berklee School of Music, the University of North Texas, The Peabody Conservatory and such prestigious ensembles as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy while recognizing him on multiple occasions with Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Frederickson continues to serve as a guest clinician and adjudicator for various solo/chamber music and marching, concert and jazz band festivals. He continues to serve as an adjudicator for the MSHSAA state and district festivals, and has been asked to conduct the St. Louis All-Suburban Middle School Honor Band and St. Louis Metro 8 District Honor Band. A published author, Dr. Frederickson has written articles on trombone pedagogy and performance practice, standards in the classroom, and the connection between student academic achievement and instrumental music instruction, and has been published in the Music Educators Journal and the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. Dr. Frederickson belongs to Phi Beta Mu International School Bandmaster Fraternity, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, the International Trombone Association, and is an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and has served on the boards of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Louis Low Brass Collective and the editorial board of the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. In 2022, he was named Alumni of the Year by the Music department at Missouri State University. As a military bandsman, Sergeant First Class Frederickson has served his country most recently entertaining troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and Djibouti, Africa. His military honors include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with four devices, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass and mobility device, and is a Graduate of the Army Warrior Leadership and Advanced Leadership and Senior Leadership Courses, and the non-commissioned officer course. State military honors include the Missouri Commendation Ribbon, Missouri State Emergency Duty Service and was nominated for the Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award with Official Certificate validated by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is retired after 25 years of service combined Air Force and National Guard.
Jennifer A. Moder-Bell - Solo Trombone
Instrument: Trombone Member Since: 2013 Occupation: McKendree University – Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands Mentors & Musical Heroes: Dr. Joseph Parisi (UMKC), Dr. Stephen Parsons (ISU) Favorite Brass Band Piece: Fire in the Blood and Within Blue Empires – Paul Lovatt-Cooper. Biography: JENNIFER A. MODER-BELL is the Coordinator of Music Education and Director of Bands at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. Moder-Bell earned her Bachelor of Music Education with Honors from the University of Illinois in 2001. Dr. Moder-Bell then served as Director of Bands at Concordia Lutheran School in Peoria, IL from 2002 – 2008. Moder-Bell received a Master of Music Education from Illinois State University in 2010 and an Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and Curriculum and Instruction in 2013 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her primary instructors have included Dr. Stephen Parsons and Dr. Joseph Parisi. She is currently the President on the board of directors and trombonist for the St. Louis Brass Band. Dr. Moder-Bell hosts a junior high concert band camp in the summers at McKendree University and serves on the staff of the Illinois Ambassadors of Music. Dr. Moder-Bell is active as a guest clinician and conductor. At McKendree, she won the 2020 William Norman Grandy Faculty Award, the award given to the top faculty member each year based on personal commitment to students, to the ideals promoted by McKendree, and to participation in the community the college serves. Dr. Moder-Bell’s research interests include music as lifelong learning, factors influencing instrument selection, and gender bias in music. In her free time, Jen enjoys exercising, attending St. Louis Blues hockey games, and hiking in Colorado. She resides in Lebanon, Illinois with her husband John and dog Wiggles. She is dedicating this season to her father, David V. Moder, who passed away in July.
Jim Schneeberg - 2nd Trombone
Instrument: Trombone Member Since: 2005 Occupation: Music Publishing Associate Mentors & Musical Heroes: Gustav Holst, Christian Lindbergh Favorite Brass Band Piece: Fire in the Blood by Lovatt-Cooper Biography: Jim earned a degree from Webster University and is active with the Genesis Jazz Project. He lives in Imperial, MO with wife Jamie, two dogs, and a cat.
Paul Ahlemeyer - Bass Trombone
Instrument: Bass Trombone Member Since: September 2015 Occupation: High School Band Teacher Mentors & Musical Heroes: Scott Anderson, Charles Vernon, and Blair Bollinger Favorite Brass Band Piece: Philip Sparke Biography: Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. Paul Ahlemeyer started playing trombone when he was 11 years old. The original plan was percussion, but he was destined for trombone. In high school Paul took the next step and took on the bass trombone. He began the bass trombone journey with lessons from Jay Pralle and careful guidance from Cody Collins. Paul went on to study music education at the University of Nebraska. While at Nebraska he was fortunate to work with Scott Anderson. After earning his bachelor’s degree Paul moved to the St. Louis area. He was quickly integrated into the St. Louis music scene. Paul currently performs with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Matt McCallie Orchestra, Harmony Brass Quartet, Missouri Baptist Concert Band, Washington University Wind Ensemble, Manchester Community Band, and at the Church of the Shepherd. He has performed several freelance gigs for companies, schools, and churches. Outside of performing Paul is the Head Band Director at Fort Zumwalt South High School. Paul also maintains a highly successful private studio of low brass musicians. He is the director of the Slide 7 Trombone Choir, a trombone choir of top notch high school trombone players. Last, but not least, Paul is a proud board member of the St Louis Low Brass Collective.
Cooper Minnis - Eb Tuba
Instrument: E-flat Tuba Member Since: 2019 Occupation: Mentors & Musical Heroes: Professor Mark Camphouse of George Mason University, and Professor Andrew Hitz- former tuba instructor at George Mason University, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky. Favorite Brass Band Piece: Vitae Aeternum Biography: Cooper Minnis was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. He began playing brass instruments at the age of ten and began composing and arranging music at the age of twelve. As a freshman in high school Cooper won a competition for writing the first original fight song entitled “Greyhound Pride” for Clayton High School in honor of its centennial anniversary. Three years later he was selected as principal tuba for the 2010-2011 season of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2011 Cooper matriculated to George Mason University where he studied composition with Mark Camphouse and tuba performance with Andrew Hitz. Here, Cooper wrote and premiered many different works for a variety of ensembles including symphonic band, symphony orchestra, woodwind quartet, brass quartet, string quartet, and voice. Cooper graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2014, Cooper won first place in the Webster University Young Composer's Competition for his woodwind quartet “Giggles,” and in 2015 received honorable mention in the Claude T. Smith Band Composition Contest for his work, “The Darkest Hour.” Cooper also received a full scholarship to participate in the 2015 NYU/ASCAP Summer Film Scoring Workshop. Recent accomplishments include completing three books entitled “The Art of Melody” which contain thirteen 19th and 20th century art song transcriptions for tuba, euphonium, trumpet, and piano accompaniment. In 2017 these books were selected for the Missouri State High School Activities Association's (MSHSAA) Prescribed Music List. These books along with several of his other compositions and arrangements are self-published. Cooper maintains his love for low brass by teaching private lessons regularly.
Chris Smith - BBb Tuba
Instrument: Bb Tuba Biography: Christopher Smith graduated McKendree University in 2017 with a Bachelors in Music Education. While a student, Christopher joined the St. Louis Academy Brass, occasionally subbing for the brass band and eventually securing his chair. Christopher enjoys performing in various ensembles in the metro area and is currently pursuing a degree in cybersecurity. He is happily married to his wife, Megan, who is a professional soprano singer. In their free time, they enjoy playing board games with their friends and taking care of their two cats.
Kelley J. Kesterson - BBb Tuba
Instrument: BBb Tuba Member Since: 2010 Occupation: Supervisor of Clinical Experience-Missouri St. University, Band Director-Christ Prince of Peace School, Studio Low Brass Instructor-Chaminade College Prep HS Mentors & Musical Heroes: Dr. Lavern Wagner, G. David Peters, Harvey Phillips, Gene Pokorny, Frederick Fennell, Col. Arnald Gabriel Favorite Brass Band Piece: Gaelforce – Peter Graham Biography: Born and raised in central Illinois, Kelley earned degrees B.S. Music Ed. from Quincy College and M.S. Music Ed from University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. He has been named to “Who’s Who in American Universities”, “Who’s Who in Education”, & Principals Award for Education. Kelley has presented at numerous state conventions and guest conducted in Hong Kong, China as well as numerous festivals in the midwest. He holds affiliations with ILMEA, MMEA, NEA, IRTA, ASBDA, & NAfME. He also performs with the Bi-State Brass Quintet and lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife, Sheila.
Alex Kirby - Tuba
Instrument: Tuba Member Since: 2022 Occupation: Director of Bands at Greenville University Mentors and Musical Heros: Angelo Manzo, Jackie Lordo, and Skip Vandelicht Favorite Brass Band Piece: War by the Hypnotic Brass Band Bio (written in paragraph form so it can be copied and pasted): Alex is currently the Director of Bands at Greenville University. Here he oversees all instrumental ensembles as well as instrumental applied lessons. Before coming to GU, Alex spent his teaching career in Missouri, teaching at Grain Valley and Fayette High School. Alex holds his bachelors’ and master’s degrees in music education and will complete his doctorate in music education in 2023. Alex is married to his wife Elizabeth, and they have one human child (Sutton) and four furry kids.