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Nick Obrigewitch, a student at the U. of Maryland, has played tuba with the band since 2016. He is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Band Award, and was named to the All-Eastern Band and the All-State Orchestra. He also plays in the Tempered Brass Quintet, and teaches low brass. Nick is majoring in performance.
Meya Collings, a student at Churchill HS, is new to the band this year on piano. She also plays in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra. Meya was a Potomac Organ Institute scholarship winner, and was runner-up in the Levine Classical Guitar Competition. She also plays flute.
We are currently auditioning for our clarinet chair!
Darrell Reddix, a graduate student at the U. of Maryland, has played drums with the band since 2016. Darrell was named to three All-County ensembles: Jazz, Orchestra (principal chair), and Concert Band. He is a recipient of the Peggy Friedmann-Gordon Scholarship for performance. Darrell has done performance tours from New Jersey to Georgia, and plans to teach as well as play professionally.
Drew Flores, a graduate of George Mason U., has played piano with the band since 2009. He is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and majored in jazz studies. He currently composes and leads his own jazz group in addition to performing with the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, the Twins Jazz Orchestra, and Joe Brotherton Quintet. Drew has performed for the Vice President, and has been named an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore.
Geoff Gallante, a student at West Potomac HS, has played cornet with the band since 2009 when he was 8 years old. Geoff has performed on NBC's "Tonight Show" and "Today Show", CBS' "Early Show", and on BBC Radio, and was named to the Grammy High School All-Stars Big Band and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, with whom he toured Japan. He has performed at the White House, the Capitol, the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and Iridium Jazz Club in New York. He has been a featured soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Army Blues, and various wind ensembles, and has performed on nationally-televised ball games as well as at a variety of jazz festivals across the country. Geoff has shared a stage with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Arturo Sandoval, Hugh Masekela, and Maynard Ferguson. Locally he played in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, has performed with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Brooks Tegler Big Band, and has sat in with Dixieland Direct, Hal's Bayou Jazz Band, and Dave Robinson's Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. Geoff is a recipient of the Essentially Ellington Outstanding Player Award, and Honorable Mention in the National YoungArts competition. He also plays piano.
Rob Coleman, a recent graduate of the U. of Maryland, has played banjo and guitar with the band since 2016. He has also played in the trad jazz quartet Laissez Foure, and teaches guitar.
Ben Jackson, a graduate student at the U. of Maryland, has played trombone with the band since 2013. Ben is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and was named an Outstanding Senior at George Mason U. He has played with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. Ben also performed in a nationally-broadcast jazz concert in Shanghai Concert Hall in China. Currently serving as a teaching assistant, he is working towards a PhD in ethnomusicology, and has been a presenter at the national conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
David Rea, a student at the U. of Maryland, is new to the band this year on tuba. David was named to All State Band twice, and has placed in solo competitions. He currently plays in brass quintets, and aspires to play professionally and teach music.
Hart Guonjian-Pettit, a student at the U. of Maryland, is new to the band this year on trumpet. Hart is majoring in music education and jazz studies. He was selected for the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra directed by Delfeayo Marsalis. Hart is a student teacher of music in the public school system, and teaches trumpet privately. His performance credits include Walt Disney World, the Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Hart also leads his own jazz quintet and plays in classical ensembles.