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Nick Obrigewitch, a graduate 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 the Worchester Brass Quintet, and teaches music at an elementary school. Nick has a Bachelor’s degree in music education and a Master’s in tuba performance, and plans to be an orchestral tubist.
Meya Collings, a student at Churchill HS, has played piano with the band since 2017. 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 and guitar, and sings.
Keegan Couse, a student at the U. of Maryland, has played clarinet, tenor and soprano sax with the band since 2018. Keegan is majoring in music education and jazz studies, and plans to be a high school band and jazz ensemble director.
Luke Durham, a student at Forest Oak Middle School, is new to the band this year on drums. Luke was awarded a Jazz Soloist Award at the Montgomery County Public Schools Jazz Festival. He also plays in the Jazz Academy Orchestra, the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Youth Orchestra, and the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, as well as performing with the Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble.
We are currently auditioning for the trumpet chair!
Marcel Penzes, a student at Winston Churchill High School, is new to the band this year on trombone. Marcel won a Best Soloist award at the Montgomery County Public Schools Jazz Festival, and also received a jazz trombone scholarship award. He also plays in the Jazz Academy Orchestra and the Metro Jazz Collective, and aspires to be a professional jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. Marcel has been accepted to Indiana U.
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 the Don Junker Big Band, 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, the American Festival Pops Orchestra, and Dave Robinson's Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. 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. Ben also works as a music archivist.
David Rea, a student at the U. of Maryland, has played tuba with the band since 2017. David was named to All State Band twice, and has placed in solo competitions. He currently plays in brass quintets and the Prince George Philharmonic, and aspires to play professionally and teach music.