Meet the Band

Soprano Cornet

Andrew Garonzik

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 and 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/

Solo Cornet

Sa'eed Abuwi

Bio forthcoming

Solo Cornet

Sue Peo

Bio forthcoming.

Solo Cornet

Melanie Ball

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.

Repiano Cornet

Cassandra Hesse

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 Second Cornet

Michelle Lowry

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. 

Second Cornet

Justin Fraser

Justin was the Principal cornet in the Rowan University Brass Band and past trumpet student of Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg. Full bio forthcoming.

Principal 3rd Cornet

Andrew Rueblinger

Bio forthcoming.

3rd Cornet

Malcolm McDuffee

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.  

3rd Cornet

Bonnie Callahan

Bio forthcoming

Flugelhorn

Jack Deal

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.

Solo Tenor Horn

Carl Ball

Carl Ball joined Atlantic Brass Band in 2013 following a move from the UK.  Having played the Tenor Horn since the age of 7, the first question when asked to move to Philadelphia for work was, "Is there a Brass Band?"

 

Previously, Carl played for 13 years in the Co-operative Funeralcare Band in the North West of England.  

 

In his work life, Carl is the Controls Department Manager for the Power Electronics Unit of GE in Philadelphia.

First Tenor Horn

Steve Bockius

Stephen joined Atlantic Brass Band in April of 2015. He studied business management and music at Drexel University, where he was principal horn and performed at the Kimmel Center in 2012 under the direction of Dr. Mike Moss. Predominantly a French horn player, Stephen studied under the guidance of Angela Cordell Bilger and Katy Ambrose. Stephen currently works at Drexel’s television station, where he has been able to utilize his composition skills for jingles. He enjoys freelancing as a French horn player and frequently performs and records with local indie band, Bacio. Outside of music, Stephen has embraced a varietal career and several hobbies including being a licensed ham, IT, and bartending.


Stephen lives in West Deptford with his wife and musician counterpart, Janice.

Second Tenor Horn

Bruce Laughlin

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.

Principal Euphonium

Amy Schumaker Bliss (returning late fall 2019)

Amy Schumaker Bliss attended Capital University’s Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio. She earned bachelor's degrees in euphonium performance (with Dr. Thomas Zugger) and music education (with James Swearingen). She earned her master's degree at the Royal Northern College of Music where she earned Honors with Distinction in Performance while studying with Steven Mead and David Thornton. While in the UK, she played solo euphonium with Besses o'th' Barn brass band and had performance and rehearsal opportunities with other brass bands, wind ensembles, and orchestras in the area. Amy recently graduated from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts as the school's first doctoral euphonium student.

 

Amy's projects include playing solo euphonium for the Atlantic Brass Band and Liberty Wind Symphony (a professional wind ensemble in eastern Pennsylvania) and collaborating with area musicians on various projects.

 

Amy teaches euphonium at Rowan University. She also teaches tuba, euphonium, and baritone in the Rowan Prep program and works with the Atlantic Youth Brass Band as euphonium/baritone instructor and occasional conductor. Amy is also Senior Adjunct Professor of Music at Burlington County College where she teaches general music history. 

Principal Euphonium

Joe Sino

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.

Second Euphonium

Justin Feliciano

Bio forthcoming.

 

Principal Baritone

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Second Baritone

John Cajio

John has been a member of the Atlantic Brass Band since 2009. He possesses a B.M. in Music Management from the William Paterson University of New Jersey. He has held a number of jobs over the years in a variety of fields including customer service, debt collections, and even as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. However, he found his true calling in teaching, and he has taught music in New Jersey public schools since 2007, including in the Bridgeton Public Schools, Medford Township Public Schools, Edgewater Park School District, and the Moorestown Township Public Schools. He is currently teaching band and music technology in the City of Burlington Public Schools, where he also serves as the Assistant Band Director for the award-winning Burlington City High School Blue Devils Marching Band.

Principal Trombone

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Second Trombone

Michael Armstrong

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.

 

Bass Trombone

Ernie Lightfoot

Ernie Lightfoot is originally from a small town in Texas.  He continued studying music at North Texas State University.  He moved to Chicago to study with Edward Kleinhammer. He graduated from DePaul University while studying with Charles Vernon.  He then moved to the east coast to study with Joseph Alessi and Blair Bollinger.  Currently Ernie freelances on bass trombone in the Philadelphia area and has performed with Bernadette Peters, Natalie Cole, and Marvin Hamlisch.  He can also be heard with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Lancaster Symphony and the Lancaster Brass Band.  He has been a member of the Atlantic Brass Band since 2004.  In a 2009 article for The Bridge, Douglas Yeo, bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony, flattered Ernie by writing, "I must say the band's bass trombonist gets my nod as one of the most impressive players of the evening.  His sound was a model of what a brass band bass trombone should sound like and his fine technique was a pleasure to enjoy."

Principal Eb Bass

Zac Hochschild

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.

Eb Bass

Alf Hadinger

Bio forthcoming

Principal Bb Bass

Jeff Vanaman

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 hasa 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.

Bb Bass

Tyler Wiernusz

Tyler is the Instrumental Music Teacher at Clearview Regional High School and Brass Technician at Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps.  He studied at the University of Delaware and Michigan State University.

 

Full bio forthcoming.

Bb Bass

John McClernan

Bio forthcoming

Percussion

Randall Dearlove

Bio forthcoming.

Percussion

Dan Fineberg

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Percussion

Johnny Vines

Bio forthcoming.

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