Eric Alexander is a composer/trombonist/organist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a professional musician since 1977. Presently his is the Music Director for Saint Luke’s Catholic Church in Dahlonega, Georgia and Director of Contemporary Music Worship at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Woodstock, Georgia. He has a Bachelor in Music Theory and Composition from Loyola University, New Orleans and Post Graduate Studies at Boston University where he received assistantships in Trombone and Music Theory.
An active composer, he has received grants in composition from the National Institute of Music Theater located in The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC, the National Endowment for the Arts in association with the Continental Harmony Project (A White House Initiative), The American Composers Forum and many others. He has received commissions from the Empire Brass, The King's Brass, The Mount Union College Brass Choir, Shakespeare and Co., and The Columbia Theater Players.
Mr. Alexander's music has been played by The Boston Pops, The Empire Brass, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Monumental Brass Quintet, The Annapolis Choral Society and is featured as the station identification for EWTN. His writing can also be heard on over 250 recordings including his own CD Credo which was released for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1998. His work can be heard on the successful Spiritual to the 'Bone series of CD's, A Bach Festival by The Empire Brass, the King's Brass and countless Salvation Army Band Staff Band Recordings worldwide.
Prof. Stephen Arthur Allen is one of the great international products of the brass band movement. It is generally agreed that his two-term Presidency of the North American Brass Band Association was transformative for the young US and Canadian brass band scene. His founding of the National Award-Winning Princeton Brass Band (since 2004), the Princeton Youth Brass Band (since 2015), the Rider University Brass Band (since 2016) the Rutgers University Brass Band (2011-13) and professional musical directorship of the Lancaster British Brass Band (since 2011) have raised the profile of brass bands greatly in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Steve has also been Guest Conductor and Clinician with the Gramercy Brass Band (NY), Kutztown University (PA), the Griffon Brass Band (Toronto, Canada) and at the North West Brass Band Festival (Seattle, Washington) in addition to conducting a series of concerts with Princeton at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Kentucky, spreading the word about brass bands around the country.
Anointed by Eric Ball OBE and Geoffrey Brand with the award of a brass band scholarship at the Royal Academy in 1978. Steve has gone on to earn a musicology PhD (DPhil) at Oxford University, where he also taught, and a Full Professorship at Rider University where he is creating an International Institute of Brass Band Studies. The first major publication of the institute is on Gustav Holst’s A Moorside Suite for the leading musicological journal The Musical Times. Paul Hindmarsh (British Bandsman) referred to the article as ‘ground-breaking’. His wider brass band music articles in The Brass Herald, Brass Band World have opened up new and exciting horizons for rethinking those rich repertoires.
Stephen Bulla began his musical instruction at age 6, growing up in a musical household where his father played tuba and his mother played piano. He eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied trombone with Phil Wilson and Composition/Arranging with Herb Pomeroy. In 1980 he won an audition for the position of Staff Arranger to "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. For the next thirty years he would provide musical scores for a myriad of White House events, beginning with the Reagan era until 2010.
Working alongside film score legend John Williams on two occasions, he has transcribed music from "Star Wars", "Catch Me If You Can", and "Close Encounters" for performances by the Marine Band with the composer conducting. He has also scored music for the Discovery Channel (“Wings of the Luftwaffe” and “Century of Flight”) and PBS television series “In Performance at The White House”. On those occasions is arrangements were performed by Sarah Vaughan, The Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen, Nell Carter, Shirley Jones, Larry Gatlin, and Jordan Sparks (American Idol).
For fifteen years he conducted the National Capital Band (Washington DC), producing several CDs and touring Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and Scandinavia while directing this ensemble. He presently serves as music director for New England Brass Band and Brass of The Potomac. Both of these fine ensembles are non-profit organizations providing music for community events, arts programs, and educational outreach in local public schools. As a frequent international band contest adjudicator, he has also received the President’s Award in 2015 from the North American Brass Band Association.
Stephen Bulla is a member of ASCAP and has received that organization's Performance Award annually since 1984. His published works can be found in the catalogs of Hal Leonard Music (USA), as well as in The Salvation Army’s choral and band music series (UK). He has recently accepted the position of Music Editor for the American Instrumental Ensemble Series.
David T. Fedderly, co-author of Brass Instruments: Purchasing, Maintaining, Troubleshooting and More (Meredith Music Publications) retired after 31 years as Principal Tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has taught at many Universities including Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, The Juilliard School, and DePaul University. He is active as a clinician throughout the United States and in Canada. He also works in conjunction with Dr. Craig VanderKolk, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and David Shulman, Board Certified Physical Therapist diagnosing, rehabilitating and re-training injured brass players. Musician’s Lip Service is located in Baltimore, Maryland
He founded Baltimore Brass Co. in 1992, located in Catonsville, Maryland. Sales of new and used instruments and a full repair department distinguish it as a destination for many musicians world-wide.
Mr. Fedderly earned a Music Education degree from Northwestern University. He is the 2016 recipient of the International Tuba Euphonium Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
William Himes was born and raised in Michigan where he graduated from Port Huron High School and earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. There he studied composition with Leslie Bassett and George Balch Wilson. He taught instrumental music for five years in the public schools of Flint, Michigan, where he was also an adjunct lecturer in low brass at the University of Michigan-Flint.
From 1977 to 2015 Mr. Himes was head of The Salvation Army's Music and Gospel Arts Department for USA Central Territory in Chicago, Illinois. In this capacity he conducted the Chicago Staff Band, a 36-piece brass and percussion ensemble, throughout the US and Canada as well as concert tours of Australia, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Well known for his compositions and arrangements, Mr. Himes has more than 180 instrumental and choral publications to his credit. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and his music is frequently featured on international broadcasts and recordings.
Mr. Himes continues to be in demand as conductor, composer, lecturer, and clinician and has appeared throughout the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Haiti, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Allan Ramsay is regarded as one of Scotland's most successful conductors.
His formative musical tuition began at the age of 7, in the Salvation Army at Govan Citadel where he learned to play the cornet. Allan studied trumpet and piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow and later went on to become the Principal Cornet of the CWS (Glasgow) Band whom in 1990 became the first, and to date the only Scottish Band to win the coveted National Championship title in the Royal Albert Hall.
That year also saw Allan win his first Scottish solo championship.
Following a period of eight years as Bandmaster of the Govan Citadel Band, Allan was appointed as Musical Director to the Kirkintilloch Band in 1995 and for the next seven years, led the band through the most successful period in its history in terms of contest successes, culminating in winning the Grand Shield title in 2001.
Further contest successes followed with other bands in the UK including Unison Kinneil Band, Newtongrange Silver Band, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and for the last 5 years, has held the position of Professional Conductor to the Co-op Funeralcare, until his recent move from Scotland, to the US.
Allan has regularly featured as guest conductor with top bands such as the YBS Band and Brighouse and Rastrick, and he has also adjudicated at many contests in the UK, including the Scottish Championships, British Open Grand Shield and also the National Finals.
Eric Schweikert is Principal Timpanist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Director of Percussion Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne and serves as a Lecturer of Timpani at the University of Michigan. Eric joined the Philharmonic in 1989 and has been teaching at IPFW since January 2008. Summers are spent at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where Eric has been on the faculty since 1992. At Eastern he has served as Principal Percussionist from 1993-2011 and since 2012 as Principal Timpanist. During the 2011- 2012 season Eric served as Acting Principal Timpanist of the Detroit Symphony under maestro Leonard Slatkin.
Eric has toured the U.S., Europe and South America with the Chicago Symphony, performed and recorded with the Cincinnati and Detroit Symphonies, and toured Scandinavia with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Seattle, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Saint Louis, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Alabama, Columbus, Tampa, South Bend and Virginia Symphonies, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Previous positions include: Principal Timpanist of the Victoria Symphony, British Columbia, Canada, the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.
Eric is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, attended The Juilliard School as a Masters candidate, and was a Tanglewood Fellow in 1990. He has studied with Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner of the Cleveland Orchestra, Rohland Kohloff of the New York Philharmonic and James Ross of the Chicago Symphony. Solo performances include Russell Peck's "the Glory and the Grandeur", Peck's timpani concerto "Harmonic Rhythm", the Concerto for Solo Percussion and Small Orchestra by Darius Milhaud, the Phillip Glass Concerto for Two Timpanists, and the concerto for timpani and orchestra/wind ensemble “Raise the Roof” by Michael Daugherty. Eric is co-founder and past president of the Old Crown Brass Band in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Sally S. Wagner, author of The Pursuit of Excellence: A Band Director’s Guide to Success and co-author, with David Fedderly, of Brass Instruments: Purchasing, Maintaining, Trouble- shooting and More (Meredith Music Pub.) retired after 40 years of public school teaching, the last 34 years as Director of Bands at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, where she conducted four concert bands, Jazz Band, and oversaw the Dixieland Combo, Clarinet Choir, and varying chamber ensembles. During her 34 years at the school, her bands earned a reputation for superior musicianship and performance standards, and were recognized as outstanding by respected adjudicators at local, national and international music festivals. Before coming to Eleanor Roosevelt, she taught junior high band, strings and choir and general music, high school band and choir, elementary general music, and beginning brass and percussion.
The recipient of over two dozen awards and recognitions for teaching, her retirement was noted by Senator Cardin and President Obama and she is listed in The Congressional Record of April 29, 2015 for her many accomplishments as a teacher.
Ms. Wagner earned music education degrees from Michigan State University and The University of Delaware. She is a member of Music Educators National Conference, Women Band Directors International, National Association for Music Education, National Band Association and Maryland Band Directors Association. She is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor and is currently the Educational Representative for Baltimore Brass Co. in Catonsville, MD.
Ronald Waiksnoris has spent a lifetime in the worldwide brass band scene. His outstanding achievements over a 24-year period as musical director of the New York Staff Band now stand as the longest and most impressive in the long history of that excellent ensemble. Whether on tour, on the concert stage, or on a superb series of recordings, the Waiksnoris NYSB has made its mark on the international level. Leading brass authorities consider him among the finest leaders of the day, with Nicholas Childs of Black Dyke declaring him “a bandmaster of immense stature.” He capped off his final years with the NYSB by giving critically acclaimed concerts by the NYSB and Black Dyke in the Royal Northern College of Music, and New York City.
Prior to his tenure as conductor of the NYSB, Waiksnoris had already achieved international acclaim as a cornet soloist, symbolically capped by his heralded performances in such venues as London’s Royal Albert Hall, which few cornetists can claim. He has been an effective teacher and guide to thousands of rising brass players for the past 40 years, and continues to share his expertise as a player, whether with beginners or with the most advanced players.
His impact in the brass band community goes well beyond the subculture of Salvation Army music. As an adjudicator and clinician, he has been involved in such contests as the Norwegian Brass Band Championships, the annual contests of the North American Brass Band Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival. In addition to his current role as music director of Imperial Brass, Waiksnoris continues to feature as a guest conductor with a wide range of brass bands, including in recent years with such well-known groups as the Brass Band of Columbus and the Lexington Brass Band.
Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson moved to the United States with his wife, Audrey, and daughters, Debbie and Katie, in 1996. Prior to his move Keith enjoyed long and successful periods as music director of leading championship bands in England, the GUS Band and William Davis Band. He was also in demand to travel, around Europe as well as in Britain, as a guest conductor and adjudicator. Among these appearances he was principal guest conductor of Newtongrange Silver Band (Scotland) and Brass Band Fribourg (Switzerland). Since moving to USA he was pleased to be principal guest conductor for a while of St Louis Brass Band.
After his move to USA Keith initially lived in northern Ohio and very soon attracted the attention of brass players and percussionists in the area. As a result, Brass Band of The Western reserve came into existence in 1997 and is proudly celebrating its 20th anniversary. In addition to the many concerts where BBWR appears by invitation of the local organizers, the band presents a Concert Series of 5 concerts annually at Medina Performing Arts Center
Keith is able to accept invitations for guest appearances and in 2017 these included being guest conductor at the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival, held at Rowan University, NJ, and adjudicating at the North American Brass Band Championships. In March 2008, Keith was presented the God and Country Music Award by The Salvation Army and Brass Band of Columbus for “his outstanding contributions to brass banding in USA, Britain and Europe”.
Keith tried his hand at brass band orchestration while still in high school and this aspect of banding has continued to hold his attention. He has more than 100 published arrangements with publishers in Britain, Switzerland and USA. Some of his arrangements have been used as test pieces at major championships. In order to make his arrangements available more rapidly he has formed his own publishing company, Alum Creek Music.