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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, and plans to be a band teacher and 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.
Keegan Couse, a student at the U. of Maryland, is new to the band this year on clarinet and tenor sax. Keegan is majoring in music education and jazz studies, and plans to be a high school band and jazz ensemble director.
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 teaches at Bethel Christian Academy.
Tim Fary, a student at George Mason U., is new to the band this year on trumpet. Tim is majoring in music education, and has performed at Blues Alley, Eagle Bank Arena, and various nightclubs.
Geoff Gallante, a student at West Potomac HS, has played cornet/trumpet 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 three times and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Orchestra twice, 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 a Merit winner 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 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.
Eli Thayer, a student at Georgetown Day School, is new to the band this year on banjo and guitar. Eli was twice named Outstanding Jazz Player at the UNC Jazz Festival, and received the Judge's Choice award at the Berklee Jazz Festival. He also plays in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and in jazz quartets.