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Personnel News - September 2013

The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) announced some personnel changes at the beginning of the 2013 – 2014 season.

The band says farewell to Ruth Choi, whose officer parents were appointed to the staff of Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta. Also leaving the band are Esther Kim and Sam Kim, who will both be attending the University of Virginia. Josh Sears also has an educational commitment that will keep him from participating for at least the first half of the season.

Jim and Susan Shiels were appointed to the Suffolk Corps in southeastern Virginia and have resumed full-time service as officers with the rank of Captain. Despite the long distance, Jim will continue to play in the band, but Susan will be stepping away.

Joining the band are Majors Tim and Donna Carter, Tim on first horn and Donna on second cornet. The Carters were appointed as area commanders in Central Virginia (Richmond) over the summer. Also joining the band from the Richmond area is Sara Elliott, who has moved from Oklahoma to take the position as music director for the Central Virginia Area Command. Sara will be handling the flügelhorn duties.

The Fredericksburg Corps has also hired a new director for its music programs. Kate Wohlman comes over from England to fill this spot and joins the NCB on Bb bass. The bass section is also bolstered by Lieutenant Trey Jones, corps officer at Alexandria Citadel, who has played with the band as a substitute several times in the past couple of years but has now committed to a full season. Also joining the band from Alexandria Citadel is Troy Stupart. Both Trey and Troy will be on Eb bass.

In addition to new players, there have been changes in the cornet and horn sections. Danielle Ashton moves from first cornet to solo horn. John McKee, who joined the band in the middle of last season, moves from solo cornet to first cornet to fill Danielle’s spot, and Rebekah Schramm moves from second to first cornet.

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The National Capital Band is pleased to welcome Jason Collier into the trombone section. Jason has been hired by the Divisional Music Department as the Regional Music and Arts Director for the Valley. He will be responsible for coordinating and supporting Salvation Army music programs in places such as Harrisonburg, Winchester and Charlottesville, Virginia. Jason’s twin brother, Joel, also joined the band this season as principal euphonium.

Unfortunately, the band has to say farewell a member of the horn section. Andy Bulla is an active-duty member of the US Air Force and will be deployed to north Africa on 1 October 2011. During the time that he has been stationed in the Washington area he has been a consistent musical and spiritual benefit to that band’s ministry. The band solicits your prayers for his safety as he fulfills his military duty.

Personnel News - September 2011

The National Capital Band (Bandmaster Dr. Steve Kellner) begins the 2011 – 2012 season by welcoming a number of new members. In a new initiative for this season, intended to clarify and formalize to some degree the requirements for membership in the band, each member and potential member received an invitation email from the band’s executive officer, Major James Allison, in August.

Band Sergeant Dave Downing, one of the longest-serving members in the history of the National Capital Band, has had to step away from participation as a player because of a condition caused by medical treatment. However, he will still be a member of the band in a support role and will continue in his role as Band Sergeant.

In the cornet section, the band welcomes Bill Bamford on solo cornet. Bill has recently joined the finance department at Divisional Headquarters, and attended the Band Retreat after having started his new job only the day before! Also, Ian Chaava has moved from euphonium to solo cornet after having demonstrated his talents on that instrument at the NCV Music Conservatory during the summer. The band is fortunate to have such a versatile player in the ensemble.

Captain Cathie Burleigh, corps officer in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has joined the band on first cornet. Rachel Wiley, whose parents were appointed to Divisional Headquarters in the latest round of officer moves, has been invited as a provisional member in the second cornet section.

The addition of two members in the solo cornet section allows Chris Dennard to move to flügelhorn. Chris has previously occupied this chair in the band, most notably during the 2007 tour of Switzerland and France.

In the baritone section, Anthony Randolph, who is from Richmond, Virginia, has been invited as a provisional member.

The principal euphonium chair is now occupied by Joel Collier. Hailing from Philadelphia, Joel has begun work on a Master of Euphonium Performance degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Captain Amy Reardon remains in the euphonium section and, as mentioned above, Ian Chaava has moved to solo cornet.

In the bass section, the band is glad to welcome back John Reeves, who was on a leave of absence last season while he was serving in Iraq. He returns to his seat on B-flat tuba. Also joining the band on B-flat tuba is Jim Shiels, who has recently moved from St. Louis to Richmond, where he has already been commissioned as bandmaster of the Richmond Citadel Band. On E-flat bass, Captain Tim Delaney, appointed as Divisional Youth Secretary in June, has joined the ensemble.

Bandmaster James B. Anderson

Bandmaster James B. Anderson

Bandmaster James B. Anderson

We are saddened to report that Bandmaster James B. Anderson passed away on the afternoon of Thursday, 28 October 2010 in Dallas, Texas. In a message to the band, Bandmaster Steve Kellner wrote:

Although we all knew this day would come and we rejoice that Jim is no longer suffering, it is sad to see such a warrior for God struck down in his prime, especially so close to the death of another such warrior, Major Dan Delaney. But Jim’s example over the last couple of years is something that will continue to influence all of us profoundly for the rest of our lives. Certainly no man was ever more ready and willing to go if it was the Lord’s will. We would do well to reflect on our own readiness and willingness, both to face death and to live out our faith boldly, as we mourn Jim’s death and celebrate his entry into heaven.

Bandmaster Anderson will be buried by the family in a private ceremony on Friday, 29 October, and a memorial service with Major James Allison officiating, will be held in Dallas on Sunday, 31 October.

Please pray for Christina, Esther, Lois and Tim, and those who will minister to them in the coming days.

Personnel News - September 2010

The National Capital Band begins the 2010 – 2011 season with several personnel changes and additions, including a new bandmaster and seven new players.

The most significant change is in the leadership of the band, because of the retirement of Bandmaster James Anderson at the end of last season. Dr. Steve Kellner has been appointed bandmaster, moving from the principal euphonium seat. As a result, Captain Amy Reardon moves into the principal euphonium chair and Ian Chaava moves from first baritone to euphonium.

The band also said farewell to band chaplain and principal tuba Captain Mike Harris at the end of last season as he and his wife were appointed to command the corps at Hickory, North Carolina. Moving into both of these roles is Captain Rob Reardon. Joining the band on E♭ bass is Tamar Murray, who is a student at Montgomery Blair High School, where she is a member of the marching band.

On the low end of the tuba section, John Reeves went on leave of absence for military service during last season and will be unavailable for about 18 months. Filling in for John is Scott Bedio, who was a member of the NCB in the early 1990’s. Scott has been active as an instructor with the Divisional Youth Band and is a member of the Fairfax Corps Band.

Kathleen Jensen and her family recently moved to the Washington area from Atlanta. She joins the National Capital Band as principal horn, with band sergeant Dave Downing moving to first horn (at his own request).

The trombone section, already one of the band’s strengths, has been fortified with the addition of Josh Sears. Josh was a member of the Divisional Youth Band for several years before leaving for studies at Louisiana State University. He has returned to the Washington area after two years at LSU and joins the NCB on first trombone. In addition to his brass band experience, Josh has spent the past few summers as a member of the world class Crossmen drum and bugle corps, based in San Antonio, Texas. The Crossmen are perennial contenders for the Drum Corps International championship, having qualified for the finals 22 times in the past 36 years.

The cornet section also welcomes additional members, on both the front and back row. Last season, the band operated with only three solo cornets for most of the year. Joining the front row this year is Demarr Woods. A graduate of the University of Maryland music program and now a music teacher in Baltimore, Demarr has been a staff member at the NCV Summer Music Conservatory and has played with the NCB on several engagements on a temporary basis in the past few seasons.

On the back row, Ruth Choi comes in on second cornet. Ruth, who is 14, is the youngest current member of the band. She joins her sister, Ellim Choi, and her cousins Esther and Sam Kim, who joined the group in previous seasons.

Finally, Emmanuel Gonzalez joins the percussion section. Emmanuel, who is originally from Venezuela, is an accomplished kit drummer. He is employed at the Arlington Citadel Corps.

Bandmaster Appointed

Major James Allison, Executive Officer, has announced that Dr. Steve Kellner has been appointed as Bandmaster of the National Capital Band.

Kellner’s assumption of the baton, following Bandmaster James Anderson, who announced his retirement at the annual Band Dinner in May, coincides with his employment as an Assistant Divisional Music Director at the Salvation Army’s divisional headquarters in Washington, D.C.

He brings a high level of musicianship and knowledge to the podium, having spent 25 years as a member of military bands, including 11 years as the principal euphonium with the United States Marine Band, known as the “President’s Own”. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Catholic University in Washington and is an instructor at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

The band looks forward to entering a new era under the leadership of Bandmaster Kellner.

Welcome to New Members

At the beginning of the 2009 – 2010 season, the National Capital Band (Bandmaster James B. Anderson) added several new and returning members to the roster.

With both euphonium players moving from the Washington area over the summer, the band is delighted to welcome back Steve Kellner as principal euphonium. Steve, formerly the principal euphonium of the United States Marine Band and now teaching at the Peabody Institute and University of Maryland, was a member of the band at various times during the 1970s and 1980s. He is joined in the section by Captain Amy Reardon, who played in the baritone section briefly at the beginning of the previous season. Amy serves at the Salvation Army National Headquarters with her husband, Rob, who is member of the NCB tuba section.

In the horn section, Antonio Hodges has joined on solo horn. Antonio, who lives in the Tidewater area of Virginia, is traveling a greater distance for rehearsals than any other member of the band. His commitment is greatly appreciated. Also added to the horn section is Major Linda Penhale, who came to Washington in June as the assistant divisional youth secretary, and Esther Kim, a young person who is a part of the Army’s strong Korean ministry in Northern Virginia and displayed her considerable musical talent at the NCV Music Conservatory at Camp Happyland during the summer.

Learning about the National Capital Band through a listing of recordings on the World of Brass web site, Frank Maki contacted Bandmaster Anderson and has been invited to join the cornet section. An experienced trumpet player, Frank has shown himself to be a strong presence on first cornet, despite having not played cornet previously. Paul Deafenbaugh, who joined the band midway through last season, moves from cornet to flügelhorn for this season.

In addition to the new members mentioned above, NCB bass trombone Matt Sims has been named the Deputy Bandmaster, replacing Major Dan Proctor, who was appointed area commander in Oklahoma City over the summer. Matt, hailing from Bristol, England, is the music director for the Richmond Area Command, where he has built a very strong music program in a relatively short period of time.

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