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Dave Cole
Director of The Big Band Sound (1991 - Present)
Instruments: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Member Since: 1983
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocations: Professional Musician,  Manager and Co-Conductor of the Southern Dutchess Concert Band, Retired IBM Software Engineer, Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
Alumnus of: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Email address: dave@thebigbandsound.com

Roger D'Aquino
Associate Director of The Big Band Sound
Instruments: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Member Since: 1993
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocations: Financial Director of Clearwater, Member of County Players Board of Governors, Certified Quickbooks Advisor
Alumnus of: Hunter College, Brooklyn College

Nick Sowul
Instruments: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Member Since: 2009 
Hometown: Millbrook, New York
Vocations: Music Teacher at Dover High School, Co-Conductor of the Southern Dutchess Concert Band
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam, University of Michigan

Don Twitchell
Instruments: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Member Since: 1998
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Retired IBM Engineer, Sax player for The Dukes And Dutchess
Alumnus of: Northeastern University

Mark Laman
Instruments: Baritone Saxophone, Flute
Member Since: 1989
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Retired Software Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: SUNY Buffalo, State University College at Buffalo

Mark Chitjian
Instruments: Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet
Member Since: 2004
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, New York
Vocation: CAD/CAM Engineer for Dassault Systemes
Alumnus of: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jim Mulder
Financial Director of The Big Band Sound

Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Member Since: 1983
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocation: Software Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

John Barath
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piano
Member Since: 2004
Hometown: Port Ewen, New York
Vocation: Retired Engineer for IBM, Director of the Woodstock Brass Quintet
Alumnus of: West Virginia University

Adam Collura
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Member Since: 2012
Hometown
: East Fishkill, New York
Vocation: Hardware Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: Lehigh University

Mark D'Amico
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Member Since: 2002
Hometown: Beacon, New York
Vocations: Art Director for Bluetooth Creative Group, President of D'Amico & Associates
Alumnus of: School of Visual Arts, Dutchess Community College

Herb Volberg
Instrument: Trombone
Member Since: 1993
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Retired Assistant School Superintendent and Music Teacher
Alumnus of: SUNY Fredonia, CW Post University, SUNY New Paltz

Alan Engelberg
Instrument: Trombone
Member Since: 2000
Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey
Vocation: Physician for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Employee Health Service
Alumnus of: University of Illinois, University of Pittsburgh, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dave Baxter
Instrument: Trombone
Member Since: 2001
Hometown: Washingtonville, New York
Vocation: Retired IBM Development manager, President of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra
Alumnus of: SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton

Clay Hughes
Instrument: Bass Trombone
Member Since: 1995
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocations: Instrument Repair Technician, Retired Track Inspector for Metro-North Railroad
Alumnus of: St. Michaels College

Ange Rapa
Director Emeritus of The Big Band Sound (1981-1985)
Instrument: Guitar
Member Since: 1975
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocations: Retired IBM Contamination Control Engineer, President Emeritus of The Marist College Center For Lifetime Study
Alumnus of: University of Connecticut

Mark Pozza
Instrument: Drums
Member Since: 1985
Hometown: Rhinebeck, New York
Vocation: Auto Mechanic for the New York State Police

Dan Kalbfus      
Instrument: Piano                                                        
Member Since: 2010
Hometown: Fishkill, New York
Vocations: Private Piano Teacher and Accompianist, Pianist for Anachronism and The Chain Gang
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam

Jim Meade
Instrument: Bass                                                   
Member Since: 2011
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocation: Retired Software Engineer for IBM

Leslie Bellini
Vocalist
Member Since: 1991
Hometown: Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Scott Wenzel
Vocalist, Master of Ceremonies, Saxophone, Clarinet
Member Since: 2001
Hometown: Rye, New York
Vocations: Grammy-nominated Producer for Mosaic Records, Producer for Capitol Records, DJ on WJAZ ('84-'90)
Alumnus of: Towson State University

Trish Agar
Vocalist
Member Since: 2002
Hometown: Saugerties, New York
Vocations: President of Kairos: A Consort of Singers, Member of the Kartuli Ensemble

 

OTHER ARTISTS WHO APPEAR WITH THE BIG BAND SOUND

Doug Abramson
Instrument: Bass
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocations: Financial Analyst for IBM, Bass player for The Chain Gang
Alumnus of: SUNY Binghamton

Bill Ash
Instruments: Trumpet, Trombone
Hometown: Allendale, New Jersey
Vocation: Professional Musician
Alumnus of: Princeton University

Colin Baxter
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Washingtonville, New York
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam

Jim Briggs
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Hometown: Montgomery, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Washingtonville High School
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam

David Busch
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Hometown: Washingtonville, New York
Vocation: History Teacher at Washingtonville High School
Alumnus of: Brooklyn College, Adelphi University

Laurie Catanzaro
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher, Private Piano and Flute Instructor
Alumnus of: University of Michigan, SUNY Potsdam

Dan Chester
Instrument: Trombone
Hometown: Warwick, New York

Leigh Anne Clevenger
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Hometown: Lagrangeville, New York
Vocation: Computer Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: UCLA, MIT

Marie Cole
Instrument: Clarinet
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocations: Materials Engineer for IBM, Webmaster for the Westchester Wildcats
Alumnus of: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Debbie Contini                                                                        Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Haldane High School

Don Cooksey
Instrument: Bass
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York

Joe Daily
Master of Ceremonies
Hometown: Walden, New York
Vocation: Host of Joe Daily In The Morning on 92.1 LiteFm

Paul Davis
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet
Hometown: Washingtonville, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher in Washingtonville Central Schools

Jeff DiMaio
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Red Hook, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher in Highland Central Schools

Ken Dorn
Instrument: Trombone
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York

Steve Fabrizio
Vocalist
Hometown: Millbrook, New York

Joan Freeman
Instrument: Alto Saxophone
Hometown: Wiccopee, New York
Vocation: Engineering Drafter
Alumnus of: University of Delaware

Gina Gaspary
Instrument: Trombone
Vocation: Music Teacher at Union Vale Middle School
Alumnus of: SUNY Fredonia

Thomas Gorman
Instrument: Trombone
Hometown: Cragsmoor, New York                                          Vocations: IT Instructor for US Military Academy, Director and Sackbut Player for Hudson Valley Baroque, USAF (Retired) 
Alumnus of: Manhattan School of Music

Curt Grosskopf
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Hyde Park, New York
Vocation: Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: University of Wisconsin

Rob Helsel
Instrument: Guitar
Hometown: Newburgh, New York
Vocation: System Administrator for West Point

Stacy Kalbfus
Instruments: Trombone, Bass
Hometown: Fishkill, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Poughkeepsie Elementary Schools
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam

Dave Kerzner
Instrument: Guitar
Hometown: Walden, New York
Vocation: Music Professor at William Patterson University

Steve Kessler
Staff Arranger for The Big Band Sound
Instruments: Piano, Trombone
Hometown: Cornwall, New York
Vocations: Music Teacher at Cornwall Central Middle School, Composer/Arranger at Walrus Music
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Binghamton

Lenny Klopchin
Instrument: Trombone
Vocation: Music Teacher at Washingtonville Central Schools
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam

Mark Koschik
Instrument: Bass
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Piano Repairman

John Lawrence
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Westtown, New York
Vocation: Retired Music Teacher, Horn player for Brass Quintessence
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam, SUNY New Paltz

Myra Lutomski
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Woodstock, New York

Elaine Miller
Instrument: Piano/Vibraphone
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York

Sam Newsome
Instrument: Trombone
Hometown: Kingston, New York
Alumnus of: SUNY Fredonia

Pete Nobile
Instrument: Bass
Hometown: New Paltz, New York
Vocation: English Teacher at Highland Falls Schools
Alumnus of: William Paterson College, SUNY New Paltz

Jim Paradies
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Clintondale, New York
Vocation: Software Engineer for Jabil
Alumnus of: SUNY Purchase

Steve Pietrowski
Instrument: Drums
Hometown: Beacon, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Beacon High School, Co-Conductor of the Southern Dutchess Concert Band

Thom Piliouras
Instrument: Piano
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Retired Music Teacher
Alumnus of: Columbia University

Dave Pratt
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher

Mike Roe
Instrument: Trombone
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Director of Admissions, Dutchess Community College
Alumnus of: SUNY Oswego, St. Lawrence University

Jack Shackleton
Instrument: Trombone
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Retired Music Teacher
Alumnus of: Ithaca College

Steve Siktberg
Instrument: Guitar
Hometown: Hyde Park, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Millbrook School
Alumnus of: Mannes College of Music

Melinda Aaron Spooner
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Poughkeepsie's Clinton Elementary School
Alumnus of: Mansfield University

Steve Turowski
Instrument: Drums
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York

John Tutino
Instruments: Saxophone, Clarinet
Hometown: Pleasant Valley, New York
Vocation: Contractor at the New York City Department Of Education

Walt Von Dehsen
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Retired Program Manager for IBM
Alumnus of: Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Syracuse University

Jeff Wurster
Instrument: Bass
Hometown: Newburgh, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Washingtonville High School

Vicki Youlio
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Music Teacher at Kingston City Schools
Alumnus of: Penn State University

Bruce Zuckrow
Instrument: Trumpet
Hometown: Washingtonville, New York
Vocation: Network Programmer for Washingtonville Central Schools
Alumnus of: C. W. Post

 

ALUMNI OF THE BIG BAND SOUND

Bill Ashby
Instrument: Piano
Member: 1998-1999
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Software Engineer
Alumnus of: Indiana University, University of Maryland

Gary Banks
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Member: 1986-2011
Hometown: Beacon, New York
Vocations: Electrical Engineer
Alumnus of: Lehigh University, Syracuse University

Kathy Barkey
Instrument: Trombone
Member: 1993-1997
Hometown: Kingston, New York
Vocation: Retired Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: Cornell University

Fred Belec
Instruments: Piano, Trumpet
Member: 1995-2000
Hometown: Londonderry, Vermont
Vocation: Retired Music Teacher
Alumnus of: SUNY Potsdam

Eric Clark
Instrument: Drums
Member: 2001-2003
Hometown: Pleasant Valley, New York

Otis Greene
Instrument: Tenor Saxophone
Member: 1991-2009
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, New York
Vocation: Retired Computer Analyst for Pepsi
Alumnus of: Marist College

Andy Harp
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Member: 1999-2004
Hometown: Shell Beach, California
Vocation: Professional Musician, Director of Music For Festive Occasions, Retired KCBX DJ
Alumnus of: Berklee School of Music

George Hanson
Instruments: Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Member: 1988-2009
Hometown: Wiccopee, New York
Vocation: Retired Educator
Alumnus of: Columbia University

Steve Hubbert
Instrument: Trombone
Member: 1993-2001
Hometown: Rhinebeck, New York
Vocation: Retired IBM Systems Analyst
Alumnus of: Dutchess Community College

Stu Krams
Instrument: Bass
Member: 1994-2000
Hometown: Sarasota, Florida
Vocations: Realtor, Retired Music Teacher
Alumnus of: University of Miami

Tom Lombardi
Instrument: Guitar
Member: 1989-1993
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York
Vocation: Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: Rutgers University

Geoff Miller
Instrument: Trombone
Member: 1992-1999
Hometown: Highland, New York
Vocation: Software Engineer for IBM
Alumnus of: Muhlenberg College

Ted Roberts
Instrument: Bass
Member: 1987-1992
Hometown: Kingston, New York
Vocation: Science Teacher at Kingston High School

Tom Scanlan
Director Emeritus of The Big Band Sound (1986-1990)
Instruments: Alto Saxophone
Member: 1984-1993
Hometown: Villa Park, Illinois
Vocations: Software Support Manager, IBM Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Alumnus of: University of Illinois

Erik Tkal
Instrument: Trombone
Member: 1986-1992
Hometown: Leominster, Massachusetts

 

IN MEMORIUM

Mike Amarello
Vocalist
Member: 1987-2003

Tom Cavallaro
Instrument: Trumpet
Member: 1995-1998

Yvan Cormier
Founder of The Big Band Sound
Director Emeritus of The Big Band Sound (1975-1980)

Instrument: Trumpet
Member: 1975-1980

Cy Dodge
Instrument: Trombone
Member: 1988-1993

Bob Gaddy
Instrument: Drums
Member: 1983-1985

Al Gioielli
Instrument: Piano
Member: 1975-1995

Charlie Henry
Instrument: Trombone
Member: 1975-1994

Jim LaDue
Instruments: Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Member: 1980-1997
 

Malvina Mattiello Luber
Vocalist
Member: 1982-1985

Dick Menaul
Instrument: Trumpet
Member: 1989-1995

Fred Novak
Instrument: Trumpet
Member: 1998-2002

Don Pessia
Instrument: Trombone
Member: 1996-2000