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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.

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.