Meet the 2020-2021 Band
Andrew “Gonzo” Garonzik is a Rowan University graduate where he earned a degree in Music Education. Originally from Maryland, Andrew also studied at Towson University as a Jazz Performance major. Andrew has worked at H. Ashton Marsh Elementary School and Emma C. Attales Middle School in the Absecon Public School District as one of their music teachers and is currently the Winslow Middle School Band Director in Winslow, NJ.
Andrew is currently the Soprano Cornet player for the multi-national championship winning Atlantic Brass Band (Ensemble-in-Residence at Rowan University). He has performed in venues, festivals and competitions all over the world including Brass in Concert at the Sage Gateshead, Newcastle (U.K.), The Scottish Open, Perth (Scotland), The British Open, Symphony Hall (U.K.), Carnegie Hall (NYC), The Great American Brass Band Festival (KY), the North American Brass Band Summer School (Halifax, NS), The Mann Center for the Performing Arts (PA), The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (Halifax, NS), The U.S. Open Brass Band Championships (IL) The North American Brass Band Championships (IN) with ensembles that include the Atlantic Brass Band, the Leyland Band, the Kings Division Brass Band, the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, the South Jersey Wind Ensemble, and the Rockville Brass Band. Andrew is also a frequent free-lance musician.
Principal Cornet/ Assistant Conductor
Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg
Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg is Professor of Trumpet and Head of Brass at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and a Bach Trumpet Artist. During the 2009-2010 academic year he was in the UK on sabbatical performing with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band as well as The Lindley Band in Yorkshire, England. Upon his return to the USA he resumed his responsibilities at Rowan University, as Principal Trumpet of The Bay-Atlantic Symphony, and as Principal Cornet/Assistant Conductor of The Atlantic Brass Band (ensemble in residence at Rowan University). ABB won The North American Brass Band Championships in 2011 and 2012. At Rowan, Bryan teaches Studio Trumpet and Trumpet Class for the Music Education students, conducts the Trumpet Ensemble and Rowan Brass Band, and performs in The Faculty Brass Quintet. He is also the MD of The Atlantic-Rowan Prep Youth Brass Band (a joint venture with, ABB, Rowan PREP, and The Rowan University Department of Music), and a founding member of the professional trumpet sextet Tromba Mundi. Bryan holds degrees from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Bryan lives in Glassboro, NJ with his wife Sarah (a Midwife and Nurse-Practitioner in Women’s Health). They have two daughters, Hannah and Kathryn.
Follow his blog at: https://rowantrumpetprof.com/about/
Paige Nelson Kerrigan
Paige Kerrigan (formerly Nelson) is an active teacher and performer in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas. She plays solo cornet with the Atlantic Brass Band and performs in the trumpet section with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony. Ms. Nelson is currently a Teaching Artist with Play On Philly in Philadelphia, PA, and she has a private studio of brass students based in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Ms. Nelson received the Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and the Bachelor of Music degree from The University of South Alabama. https://www.paigenelsontrumpet.com/
Mel Ball joined ABB in October 2013 after transferring to Philadelphia from the UK with her husband for work. By day, she is a Management Controller for GE, by night, a self-proclaimed brass band geek.
Prior to their move to the US, both Mel and her husband Carl Ball (ABB's Solo Tenor Horn) played with Co-Operative Funeralcare Band North West for 12 years. Her most enjoyable moment in banding was the winning North West 1st Section performance of Arthur Butterworth's Passacaglia. The performance promoted the band to the championship section for the first time, and was a dedication to the late band manager.
Mel is proud to now be a member of the two-time North American Champion Atlantic Brass and is looking forward to new experiences in North American banding.
Justin was the Principal cornet in the Rowan University Brass Band and past trumpet student of Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg. Full bio forthcoming.
Cassandra Hesse joined the Atlantic Brass Band in Spring of 2016. She graduated in 2013 from Penn State University where she received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Cassandra holds a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Delaware where she studied with Professor Rob Skoniczin. While at the University of Delaware Cassandra led the Graduate Brass Quintet, served as principal trumpet in all major ensembles, and traveled with the Wind Ensemble to Taiwan to perform at the International Band and Orchestra Conference.
Cassandra is currently a high school band director in the King of Prussia area. She continues to teach private lessons and perform in Chester County.
Principal 2nd Cornet
Michelle started in brass bands at the age of 16, playing solo cornet with the Varsity All-Star Brass Band in Columbus, Ohio. As a student at the Ohio State University, she was a five-year member and squad leader of the highly competitive OSU Marching Band, played cornet with the Ohio Collegiate Brass (OCB), and was a trumpet student of Dr. Richard Burkart before ultimately graduating with degrees in Biology and Fisheries Management. OCB became the Central Ohio Brass Band and Michelle moved to flugelhorn until a career advancement in 2003 brought her to NJ and back to cornet with the Atlantic Brass Band (ABB).
Her banding highlights inlude ABB's 2013 WMC Contest in the Netherlands, their 2011 and 2012 NABBA Championship wins, and their 2004 performance at the Pantheon (Italy), along with her performance at the Whit Friday marches in Yorkshire, UK. Michelle has been fortunate to attend esteemed UK banding events including the British Opens, British Nationals, All-England Masters, Butlins, and the RNCM Festival of Brass.
A fish biologist by occupation, Michelle is a former public aquarium biologist and the founder/owner of New Jersey Aquarium Service. In her spare time, she has dived with great white sharks in Gansbaai, South Africa and with reef sharks in the Bahamas, has done mountain climbing in the Pyrenees in France, and has gone on safari in Kruger National Park.
Brendan is a Music Education and Music Performance (trumpet) student at West Chester University. He has formerly marched with the Cadets and The Jersey Surf drum and bugle corps. Full bio forthcoming.
Principal 3rd Cornet
Bonnie is a former student of Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg and former Principal cornet of the Rowan University Brass Band, currently doing her Masters degree in Trumpet Performance at West Chester University. Bonnie graduated from Rowan University with a BM Music Education/Trumpet Performance and a Bachelor of Arts, holding dean's list distinction all four years. She is an aspiring teacher, musician, and writer who enjoys working with disadvantaged students and has served as a music and brass instructor in multiple capacities as well as a private lesson teacher to students of all ages. Full bio forthcoming.
In June 2014, Malcolm and his wife Pat Stewart, moved from St. Louis, MO to Wilmington, DE to be close to Pat’s daughter and her two grandsons. Malcolm has had a varied career in music, both as a teacher and as a performer on the trumpet/cornet. After starting on the piano at age 7 and the trumpet at age 9, the trumpet became his main instrument. Malcolm has a Master’s in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University and a B.S. in Music Education from Ithaca College. Malcolm has been a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic (5 years) and the St. Louis Symphony (13 years), where he played Assistant Principal Trumpet next to Susan Slaughter. He also has performed with the St. Louis Brass Quintet, playing concerts on tour and in- school concerts with Young Audiences. Malcolm played Principal Trumpet in the Webster University Orchestra and was the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Webster University for 20 years. Malcolm was the founding Director of Music and Conductor of the St. Louis Brass Band, who won 1st place in the Challenge Division at NABBA in Chicago in 2000. Malcolm has very recently signed on as the Trumpet Instructor at The Music School of Delaware.
After many years playing Assistant Principal Solo Cornet next to Bryan Appleby-Wineberg in ABB, Malcolm has opted to make a move to the back row to assist on 3rd cornet.
Jack first joined ABB in 1988 and after a few years absence, returned in 1997. He has served as the President of ABB for 8 of the last 10 years.
He has a B.A. in Music from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and an MDIV from Eastern Seminary (now Palmer Seminary). He has worked as a music performer and instructor, an electrician, a United Methodist Pastor (Fairview Village UMC 1991-2001) and currently as a Telecommuincations Engineer for ARI in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
Jack studied trumpet from John Thyhsen and James Tuozillo and Guitar from Josesph Mayes and Richie Pine. He has played professionally in the Philadelphia area with the Haddon Brass, the Marc Shaw Band, the Jubilate Deo Orchestra, and various freelance groups. He marched in the National Champion Blue Rock Drum and Bugle Corps in the 1970s and now plays with both the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights and the the SJ Vagabonds Alumni Corps. He has also competed in the Whit Friday Marches in Yorskshire in 2009 with the Avonbank Brass Band and 2010 with the Lindley Brass Band.
Jack currently resides in Haddonfield with his lovely wife Ef and their two Chows Moonlight and Kije.
Second Tenor Horn
Bruce joined Atlantic Brass Band in the fall of 2002. He studied French Horn with Daniel Williams and Randy Gardner at the New School of Music, Philadelphia. Early studies on Trombone and French Horn were done with Seymour Platt and M. Robert Snyder.
Bruce plays French Horn with the South Jersey Philharmonic, and has formerly played with the Rowan University Community Orchestra and Rowan University Concert Band.
He is currently employed as an Engineering Technician in Philadelphia. Bruce is committed to improving musicianship despite advancing old age.
Joseph Sino is the 9th/10th grade instrumental director at Memorial High School in Millville, NJ working alongside Mr. Robert DeSantis and Mrs. Erika Biaselli. He is also the assistant director of the Millville High School Marching Band, co-advisor for Millville’s Tri-M Music Honors Society, and assistant director of the Atlantic Youth Brass Band. While in Millville, Mr. Sino has also had the opportunity to be a director of the All-County Honors Band which includes top music students from Vineland, Cumberland Regional, Bridgeton, and Millville.
He graduated from Rowan University in 2014 and studied Euphonium with Tyrone Breuninger and Dr. Amy Bliss. He was the 2015 1st place soloist on Euphonium at the Mid-Atlantic Brass Band Festival. Through college, Joseph also spent 5 years working with the Minutemen Marching band at Washington Township where he was director for 2 years. During his time as director, the band traveled to Memphis, TN and were named the Sweepstakes Grand Champions for having the highest scores in field show and parade performance.
Michael Fahrner is a euphonium player and low brass educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Michael serves as the Adjunct Professor of Euphonium at Rowan University and is on the brass faculty at Settlement Music School and Rowan Community Music School. When he's not teaching, Michael works on staff for SchoolofBrass.com, an online brass education space that hosts masterclasses, conversations, and live streams with brass artists around the world.
Michael received his Bachelor's of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied with Dr. John Bottomley, and earned his master's degree in Euphonium Performance from Georgia State University, where he studied with Eric Bubazc and Dr. William Mann. Michael also was a longtime student of Dr. Adam Frey, renowned international euphonium soloist. Michael is a member of The Philadelphia Wind Symphony and has competed internationally. He actively commissions new works for euphonium and is in demand for clinics as a brass educator.
Michael maintains a private virtual studio of low brass students and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two dogs. He can be found on Instagram @mikeplayseuph. https://www.michaelfahrner.com/
William "Willy" Whalen received his B.M. in Music Education from Temple University. He previously played with Atlantic on euphonium before moving to Maryland for work. Having recently relocated with his wife back to Philadelphia, Willy has rejoined the band on baritone. Full bio forthcoming.
Michael Armstrong is a Graduate of The College of New Jersey where he earned his Bachelors of Music in Music Education. While at TCNJ, Mike studied trombone under Donald Harwood and conducting under Dr. William Sylvester; as well as performed with the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble. After Graduation, he was hired by the Deptford Township School District where he is currently the high school band director. Mike’s teaching duties include Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, AP Theory, Music Theory I, Instrumental Lessons, Marching Band, Honors Music auditions, and the Pit conductor for the All School Musical. During his tenure at the high school, the ensembles under his guidance have experienced a wealth of success; including a National marching band championship, an Atlantic Coast marching band championship, several NJ State and South Jersey marching band championships, an SJBODA Concert Band Festival 1 st place for the Wind Ensemble, and 3 invitations to the NJ State Honors Band Gala for the Wind Ensemble
Mike Armstrong joined the Atlantic Brass Band as assistant principal trombone in the fall of 2003 before switching over to the 2 nd chair later that year. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe as both a performer and a chaperone with the TCNJ Wind Ensemble, the All-American Youth in Concert tour, and the Atlantic Brass Band. Mike is also a freelance conductor having conducted at the Broadway Theater in Pitman, NJ; as well as guest conducted the Olympic Conference Honors Band, the Cape/Atlantic Honors Band, and the Atlantic Brass Band. In his spare time, Mike Armstrong is an avid runner, loves amusement parks, and is a movie buff. He currently resides in Sewell, NJ with his wife Lisa.
Principal Eb Bass
Zac joined the band in holiday season 2013. He attended Rowan University from 2010-2014 for music, then Rowan College at Burlington County for Accounting. Zac has played tuba since 2003 and has studied with Brian Brown. He enjoys long sandy walks on the beach, especially when it burns his feet.
Second Eb Bass
Alf has a Bachelor of Music Education from Ithaca College, and a Master of Arts in School Administration from Rowan University. Outside of collegiate ensembles, he has performed with the Utica Symphony Orchestra, Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Doylestown Symphonic Winds.
Alf is presently employed as Supervisor of Fine, Practical, and Performing Arts at a K-12 school district in central New Jersey. Prior to that, he spent nine years as a band director at Monroe Township High School. Ensembles under his leadership have performed across the country, including the Pearl Harbor Day Parade in Hawaii in 2016 (75th anniversary). His students have featured in numerous Region, State, and All-Eastern ensembles, and the United States Army All-American Marching Band.
Principal Bb Bass
Jeff has the distinction of being the only charter member of the Atlantic Brass Band still remaining in the band, having served as president when it was known as the Wheaton Brass Band. When the Wheaton Glassworks ceased funding the group, Jeff proposed the name change to Atlantic Brass Band. He also served as personnel director and librarian for several years each. Jeff studied music at Glassboro State Teachers College (now Rowan University), before enlisting in the US Navy, serving three years as a communications electrician in Vietnam. Upon his return, he majored in Biology and taught in the Glassboro public schools for thirty-four years.
Jeff has participated in all of the Atlantic Brass Band's competitions, and has also played with the Tri-County Band, the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, the Cherry Hill Wind Symphony, and the Delaware County Orchestra. Besides his involvement with music, Jeff has a career in glass-blowing with a private studio in Clayton, NJ, where he lives with his wife. Jeff is also the father of Ryan Vanaman, a former front row cornet player with Atlantic who is now a US Marine awaiting placement in a Marine Band.
Percussionist and educator Gage Kroljic is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with dual bachelor degrees in music education and percussion performance. His primary percussion study was guided by Dan C Armstrong and Gifford Howarth. Gage’s performing experiences while at Penn State included the Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Mallet Ensemble. He also played in the pit orchestra for the School of Theatre’s musical productions.
Gage has been the recipient of many notable honors in and out of academia. He was selected to perform in the Penn State School of Music's showcase "Mosaic" as a soloist and member of small chamber ensembles on multiple occasions. In the Spring of 2019, he performed the Gene Koshinski's "Concerto for Marimba and Choir (with percussion)" with the Penn State Concert Choir.
Outside the School of Music, Gage has also performed with the Atlantic Brass Band, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Nittany Valley Symphony, Mad Beatz Philly Drumline and various drum and bugle corps. He has served as a percussion technician for the Pennsauken High School Marching Band, and teaches private music instruction. See Gage's website here: