NABBA Board Members

Term Ending 1 July 2020

Melanie Ball
North America Cash Analyst for General Electric.
Played brass band competitively for 20 years. Member of Atlantic Brass Band in New Jersey, where I serve as Treasurer and Chair of the Mid Atlantic Brass Band Festival. Was a member of TCTC Group Band (formally Co-Operative Funeralcare North West) for 12 years, before moving to the US with my husband in 2013.

 

Pat Herak – Vice President
Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering Education, The Ohio State University

 

David Jones
Native of South Bend, Indiana.BS in Music Education and American History from Ball State University. MME from Eastern Kentucky University. Served as Graduate Assistant of Bands while at EKU.
Taught band, orchestra and jazz band and social studies for 11 years in public schools in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.Currently serving for 32 years as Senior Education Manager at Mynett Music (A Sweetwater Company) in Fort Wayne.
Active euphonium and trombone performer and adjudicator. Active adjudicator for Indiana State School Music Association. Played trombone in Conglomernotes big band from 1985-2016.Taught at many summer music camps.
Original member and past President of Old Crown Brass Band in Fort Wayne Indiana. Currently playing Baritone in the OCBB. On the NABBA Board of Directors since 2014, Served as NABBA Secretary 2015-2019.Led the successful effort to have NABBA in Fort Wayne.Married to Sally Gillette since 1982. She is a French Hornist and also a member of OCBB. Two sons… Matthew and Andrew, who live in Fort Wayne.

 

Ron Lutterbie – Treasurer
Ron Lutterbie has been a member of the North American Brass Band Association board for six years. He has been active in the Cincinnati music scene for 35 years as both a musician and band manager. An avid French Horn and Tenor Horn player, Ron has been involved in the management of many bands in the Cincinnati area. He founded the Ohio Valley Big Band, the Fillmore Philharmonic Brass, and co-founded the Cincinnati Youth Honors Brass Band. Ron served as the founding Executive Director of Cincinnati’s prestigious Fillmore Wind program and currently serves double duty as president of the Fillmore Philharmonic Brass Band and treasurer of the Fillmore Wind Program Inc. Ron lives in Cincinnati Ohio, has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years and is married with 4 children.

 

Sara North
BME, MMA, MIssissippi River Brass Band when active., NABBA board member for several terms

 

Bill Waterman

 

Term Ending 1 July 2021

Randi Bulla – Secretary
Past NABBA President

 

Anita Cocker Hunt (Past President – non voting)
Music Director for The Salvation Army/Southwest Ohio and Northeast Kentucky/Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University Southeast

 

Jason Collier
Jason has been a lifelong brass band enthusiast, having played in the horn sections of The Salvation Army’s New York Staff Band, National Capital Band, and Pendel Brass. He has also been a member of Atlantic Brass Band and Princeton Brass Band, currently playing with Brass of the Potomac. He has had the privilege of performing and conducting in venues ranging from school cafeterias to some of the world’s most famous concert halls. Any opportunity to make good music with good people is a good opportunity! He currently serves as The Salvation Army’s Divisional Music Director for Maryland and West Virginia and enjoys all of the various opportunities that come with that role.

 

Joel Collier

 

Edward Eccles
Born in the small cotton mill town of Darwen, in the North West of England (NWEng). Edward’s musical journey started age 9, being given a trombone due to having the longest arms! Edward soon joined the Blackburn and Darwen (B&D) Junior Band, a 3-tier organization tracing its history back to 1840 claiming the Grand Shield in 1987!!! By the age of 15 Edward had been appointed principal trombone of the B&D Senior band winning the NW Eng area finals securing their place in the National finals in London and promotion to the Championship Section to face bands such as Brittania, Leyland and Fairies!!! Edward at this time also performed with the Lancashire Youth Brass Band and attended the International Brass Band Summer Schools lead by 2 of the greats Sir Harry Mortimer and Dr Roy Newsome tutored by Ian Bousfield.
Edward joined the British Army aged 19. Appointed principal trombonist of the Life Guards Band which incidentally included learning to ride a horse!!! Other appointments followed with the Royal Engineers and Adjutant General’s Corps bands, however, it was during his time with the Welsh Guards Band in between Guard mounting at Buckingham Palace, London Olympics 2012 and performing for Royal Weddings his musical satisfaction was still gained from performing with amateur Brass Bands. Edward co-founded a new concept drawing the very best brass and percussion players from around the British Army to establish the British Army Brass Band. The front runner to the now 3 established military Brass Bands.
Edward completed his BA (Hons) Degree in Business Management and Law Administration in 2014 prior to selection at the Corps of Army Music Headquarters, Kneller Hall. Key responsibilities included Change management and Process Improvement of military Music.
Edward relocated to Apex, North Carolina in 2017 following a successful 22-year military career with his wife Tracy and daughters Elizabeth and Olivia. In addition to music, Edward is a keen skier, swimmer and football (soccer) fan (Blackburn Rovers). He has just established a community band and is a Registered North Carolina Football Club Youth coach.

 

Tony Granados – President
Tony Granados is the Artistic Director for the Triangle Brass Band based in Cary, NC, a position he has held since 2008. Tony was Director of the Triangle Youth Brass Band from 2001-2013, and got his start brass banding in the Lexington Brass Band in Kentucky. Currently working as a freelance tuba player in central NC, performing with the NC Opera, Boylan Brass, teaching a private studio and working with high school marching bands.

 

Glenn Greet
Hailing from North Yorkshire, England, it wasn’t long before Glenn picked up his first instrument. Glenn studied music education and conducting at the popular Colchester Institute School of Music under the leadership of former London Symphony Orchestra trumpeter George Reynolds.
Glenn is the first Musical Director of the Nebraska Brass Band and comes with a wealth of experience as a conductor, teacher, and tenor horn player. Before moving to the USA, he played solo horn with the Essex Police Band and has performed at Buckingham Palace, The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Westminster Abbey, the BBC’s Broadcasting House, Abbey Road, and many venues across North America.
A former British Police Officer himself and now a Human Resource Director, Glenn & his family live in La Vista, NE where they enjoy RV’ing and exploring the great Nebraskan outdoors.

 

Jon Heaver
Jon Heaver is the Director of Music & Gospel Arts for The Salvation Army’s Kansas & Western Missouri Division, and is based in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Jon received his formal training through involvement in Salvation Army brass bands from a young age through to the collegiate level. Jon received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from the University of Kansas in 2016 where he studied with Professor Scott Watson (founding member of Fountain City Brass Band). Jon served as a member of the Fountain City Brass Band on B-flat and E-flat bass from 2011 to 2019, competing in numerous NABBA Championships, U.S. Open Championships, two Brass is Concert Championships, and one Scottish Open Championships. Jon is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Free State Brass Band, based in Lawrence, Kansas. Jon created the band in 2014 and conducted the band at their debut NABBA Championships in 2018. Jon has served on the NABBA Board of Directors since 2017.

 

Sean Kissane
Sean Kissane is a euphonium player and arts administrator from Indianapolis, Indiana. A graduate of Butler University, Sean is a member of the Indianapolis Brass Choir and the Crossroads Brass Band. He currently serves as Marketing and Communications Manager for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Development Director for the International Tuba-Euphonium Association.

 

James Long
James Long, a new voice among the next generation of tuba and euphonium performers, is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts student at the University of Michigan. James also holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University. James has been active as a soloist throughout the United States having performed with the Oakland University Brass Band, CCM Brass Choir, Dublin Silver Band, the Dublin Cornet Band, and University of Michigan Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble. James also garners accolades wherever his career leads him, winning the Oakland University Concerto Competition, the CCM Brass Choir Concerto Competition, and the North American Brass Band Association’s Low Brass Technical Solo Competition. James also has a passion for educating the next generation of brass players and music lovers. He’s taught, as a brass instructor, throughout numerous band programs in Michigan and Ohio in addition to being the Director of the Youth Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble at the University of Michigan and the Director of the New Wave Brass Project at the Ann Arbor Community Music School. His primary teachers include Dr. Kenneth Kroesche, Dr. Robert Benton, Timothy Northcut, and Fritz Kaenzig.

 

Gavin Pritchard
A professional percussionist and educator, Gavin Pritchard regularly performs with the Orlando Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, at Walt Disney World in the orchestras, the Brass Band of Central Florida as well as many others. As an educator he has held/holds teaching positions at Salford University in the UK, Stetson University in Florida, as well as many local schools grades 6-12.
Gavin was born in Yorkshire into a very musical environment. At the time, his father Gareth, was Principal Cornet with the Brodsworth Colliery Band and then GUS/Rigid Containers Band. As a toddler, Gavin would regularly attend rehearsals with his father often sitting under his seat listening to the band. He even learned how to follow (the percussion line at least) a score before he could read and write. It was also not unusual to find Gavin in the kitchen with pots, pans and wooden spoons playing his own “drum kit”!
At the end of 1990, the whole family moved to Norway and Gavin immediately became involved with music on a more serious level. His first band was Tomrefjord Skulekorps from the small village of Tomrefjord (2,000 inhabitants) in the North West of Norway. His father was the conductor at the time and when he was given a list of players, he noticed that there was a vacancy on percussion. Bearing in mind events with Gavin up to that point and also initially seeing it as a way to meet new friends, he suggested that Gavin take the vacant spot in the percussion group. Thus began his career as a Percussionist.
Gavin’s progress as a percussionist was quite startling and during his very successful time in Norway, he played with: Tomrefjord Skulekorps, Molde Brass Band, Molde Symphony Orchestra, Haukaas Musikklag, Radoy Brass, Sandefjord Brass Symposium, Vestfold Symphony Orchestra, Nanset Wind Band and as an invited guest player with the Royal Norwegian Navy Band.
In 1998, the family moved back to the UK where Gavin studied at the RNCM in Manchester. After graduating, Gavin has worked as a peripatetic teacher and also as a freelance percussionist. He started in brass bands in the UK with Leyland before moving on to YBS where he played with them for over 7 years. After his time with YBS, Gavin played with many of the top brass bands in the UK.
Away from bands, Gavin also regularly worked with the major Orchestras in the UK, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At the beginning of 2012 he also recorded all the percussion tracks for the music used at the Olympic Games in London.
Since moving to Florida in 2015, Gavin has established himself as a professional freelance percussionist as well as an educator, working with many of the top ensembles as well as at numerous institutions throughout the state.

 

Alex Schnautz
Alex has been a NABBA member since 2008, currently playing solo horn with River Brass. In 2019, Alex spearheaded the formation River Brass Youth Band. Alex is an engineer with Three I Design, and on the weekends, he is the music director for Saint Wendel Catholic Church.

 

John Smith
John received his BS in Music Performance from Ball State in 1969, his MMus from The University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) in 1974. Through out his career he has performed with many regional orchestras in Indiana as well as The Dayton Opera, Muncie Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, and The Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 1993, thinking that he had retired from performing, he dropped out of the music scene. In 2007, Eric Schweikert (Timpanist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic) invited him to play with a group he had just formed called the Old Crown Brass Band. John has been with that group since then and has realized that a musician really never retires.

 

Mark Taylor
Mark A. Taylor has been a member of NABBA since 2003, when he attended his first Championships as a percussionist with the then newly-formed Chicago Brass Band. In 2009-2011, as part of his doctoral studies in conducting at University of North Texas, Mark served as graduate assistant to Dr. Brian Bowman, euphonium professor and director of the UNT Brass Band. He also completed research for his dissertation, “British-Style Brass Bands in U.S. Colleges and Universities.” In 2012, Mark was named Music Director of Milwaukee Festival Brass, which has appeared annually at the Championships since 2014.

 

Lindsay Walker
Lindsay Walker is a stay at home mother, a biomedical engineer who studied brain development in children, and an aspiring pre-school music teacher. She has played the trombone for 27 years in a variety of musical ensembles, including the Rockville Brass Band, and the Mid Michigan Brass Band.

 

Christopher Ward
Director of Music & Gospel Arts in Eastern Michigan for The Salvation Army
Music Director- Five Lake Silver Band
Music Director- Eastern Michigan Divisional Band & Chorus
New York Staff Band- 1995-2018
Eb Soprano Cornet Soloist- 2008-2018
Brass Band of Battle Creek- 2018- present