FCBB Bios

JARI VILLANUEVA, Principal Musician, (Catonsville, MD)

Jari retired in 2008 after twenty-three years as a bugler and drum major with The United States Air Force Band. During his career as a military bugler he has sounded Taps over 2,000 times at Arlington National Cemetery and other national cemeteries. He is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and Kent State University, with degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance. Internationally recognized as a leading expert on military bugling and bugle calls, Jari has published articles on the history of bugle calls and brass bands of the Civil War and has

been interviewed numerous times for newspapers and radio programs across the country. He was  featured in a History Channel segment on the origin of the bugle call Taps. He was the curator of the Taps Exhibit at Arlington and is the author of Twenty Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions, the history of the bugle call Taps. Jari is recognized as an accomplished music arranger, and he has arranged two volumes of Civil War music for brass quintet. He is an active Civil War reenactor, sounding bugle calls for Co. D, 3rd U. S. Infantry and as Chief Bugler for Vincent’s Brigade, and he has served as over-all Federal Principal Musician for major events such as the 140th Manassas and Antietam

reenactments. Jari also serves as Music Director of the National Civil War Field Music School, having formerly served in that capacity at the Eastern Field Music School and the Don Hubbard Field Music School. From 1997-2010, Jari was a member of the music faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he directed the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Pep Band. He also directed the Wind Ensemble at Johns Hopkins University from 2008-10. Jari is employed by the Maryland Military Department as Director of Veterans Affairs, Maryland National Guard

Honor Guard, where he oversees the conduct of military honors for veterans’ funerals and other ceremonial functions throughout Maryland. In October 2008 he was commissioned a Major (MD) in the Maryland Defense Force where he is Commander and Conductor of the Maryland Defense Force Band, “Maryland’s Musical Ambassadors.” Jari was recently elected President of the Board of Directors of TAPS 150, Inc., an organization founded to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first sounding of the Taps in the summer of 1862.

 

JOE BALDO, B Flat Cornet (Port Republic, MD)

 

 

RICHARD BERGREN, E Flat Bass (Upper Marlboro, MD)

A graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Music, Dick pursued a career as a Naval Flight Officer. While Director of the Naval Air Training Command Choir, he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. He performed as Principal Trumpet with the Guam Symphony Orchestra and as Bugler with the U.S. Army’s Ceremonial Mounted Unit, B Troop in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. A member of Patuxent Martial Music, he performed with them as the 1814 Fort McHenry Guard Band and as an 1850’s era brass band in the movie Washington Square. Dick has been a Confederate re-enactment bugler since 1983, as a member of the 2nd Maryland Infantry, Company A and the 1st North Carolina Cavalry, Company D. In 1986 he recorded the sound track of bugle calls for

the BBC production of The Divided Union. He also appeared on screen in that series and in a National Park Service film on the Battle of the Wilderness. He was Chief Confederate Bugler at the 125th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg. As Bugler and Past Commander of the Private Wallace Bowling Camp 1400, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Dick has performed on the bugle, cornet and baritone horn in numerous historical pageants and ceremonies. Besides his interest in brass instruments, he sings tenor with the Southern Maryland Sound Chorus and with Drum Point Light, a barbershop quartet.

 

JOHN F. BIENIARZ, E Flat Bass (New Hampton, NH; Monterey, CA)

John is a retired Laconia (NH) police officer, Civil War historian and musical instrument collector. He is a graduate of the Butera School of Arts, Boston, Mass., with diplomas in Commercial and Fine Arts. John is a self-taught musician and he operates on passion. He founded the 12th New Hampshire Regiment Serenade Band, New Hampton, NH and also has played Saxhorn with the Centennial Brass Band in Portland, Maine. He has been a Tubist with the Lakes Region Symphony and was a founding member of the Carter Mountain Brass Band. John still frequently travels to New Hampshire with his wife, Rebecca, to perform with the 12th New Hampshire Regiment Serenade Band. He is writing a

book on Civil War regimental bands.

 

GARMAN L. BOWERS JR., Percussion (Fairplay, MD)

Garman received a Music Education Degree from Shepherd College, WV and has a Master’s Equivalence in Music Education. A drummer since 1964, he was the Timpanist for the Maryland Theater Orchestra from 1970-1980. He is the Principal Percussionist for the Williamsport Community Band, Washington Co., MD. Nominated and accepted in the Seventh Edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002, he recently retired as Music Department Head and Instrumental Music Educator at Springfield Middle School in Williamsport, MD.

 

GARMAN L. BOWERS III, Percussion, Utility (Fairplay, MD)

 

 

REBECCA “Jr.” CALDWELL, E Flat Alto (Fairfax, VA)

Rebecca is a general music and chorus teacher in the Fairfax County (VA) public school system. She graduated from the University of Delaware as a Music Education major and a Church Music minor in January 2005. Her church music internship was completed at Newark United Methodist Church where she assisted with the youth and adult ringing and singing choirs. Rebecca performed as a member of nearly every university ensemble from the marching band, to chamber groups, to orchestras. After being bitten by the ‘early music bug’ her first year at UD, she played in many early music ensembles there and became a founding member of Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band. Virginia Bronze, a handbell ensemble, and the Fairfax UMC adult choir are two of her other musical hobbies.

 

G. BRIAN CARDELL, E Flat Bass, B Flat Baritone (Baltimore, MD)

 

 

LEE CARON, Percussion (Arlington, VA)

Lee Caron is known as a rudimental snare drum specialist. A former percussion section member of The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, 3rd US Infantry (Escort to the President), Washington D.C., he is a free lance percussionist. Lee is an avid educator of the New England style of rudimental drumming, including private teaching, drum line instruction, and presenting master classes/clinics at schools and summer programs. He has taken first place in many rudimental snare drum competitions in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Lee studied at The Hartt School with Benjamin Toth and at The Boston Conservatory with Patrick Hollenbeck and Nancy Zeltsman. He can also be seen performing with the award winning Connecticut Patriots Fife and Drum Corps. Lee is endorsed by Cooperman drums and Silver Fox sticks.

 

PAUL DELUCA, B Flat Cornet, E Flat Cornet (Belcamp, MD)

Paul grew up in the Buffalo, NY region, studying with Geoff Richter (Graduate of Eastman School of Music, Director of Bands at Williamsville North HS) and Charles Gleaves (Buffalo Philharmonic). He is a 1982 graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering, performing with the SU Wind Ensemble, Concert and Marching Bands during that time. Paul has freelanced in the Baltimore area since 1985, holding regular positions with many local community groups including the Baltimore Symphonic Band, the Hopkins Symphony, the Bel Air Community Band, the Maryland Early Brass Consort, and the Greenspring Valley Orchestra. Always interested in authentic music

performances, he has recently ventured into the Civil War era, playing with the Federal City Brass Band since 2004, and the Newberry Victorian Cornet Band since 2003.

 

THEODORE E. DIETZ, Percussion (Pasadena, MD)

Ted is a U.S. Air Force Vietnam Veteran and former member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He has performed with many fife and drum corps, bagpipe bands, and as a percussionist and mallet player with orchestras and ensembles in various venues including the Kennedy Center. He has performed under the direction of Leon Fleischer, Saul Lillienstein and Ronald Gretz, and studied with Edna Backlor. He also performs with the Annapolis Opera Company as a tenor in the opera chorus. Ted has served as Principal Musician for Union forces at the Battle of South Mountain reenactment and Landis Valley living history encampments, and as solo drummer at Mifflin Guard drill competitions. He was formerly Principal Musician for Co. B of the 28th Massachusetts, the Irish Volunteers.

 

JACKSON DIXON, B Flat Cornet (Elkton, VA)

 

 

REBECCA L. DOUCETTE, E Flat Cornet (New Hampton, NH; Monterey, CA)

Rebecca holds a B. A. with Honors in Music from Williams College and attended Mannes College of Music, New York City. She studies trumpet with Charlie Lewis of the Empire Brass and Dr. Robert Birch, former U.S. Navy Band cornet soloist, Washington, DC. In 2004, after serving as first trumpet with the 39th Army National Guard Band, Manchester, NH, she transferred to the 257th Army Band, “Band of the Nation’s Capital,” Washington, DC as Principal Trumpet and Readiness NCO. In April 2006 she transferred to the National Guard Bureau, Arlington, VA as a Public Affairs

Videographer, graduating as Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, MD in August, 2006. Rebecca has taught trumpet and coached brass ensembles at the Concord Community Music School and St. Paul’s School, both in Concord, NH. She has performed with the Centennial Brass Band, Portland, Maine and Boston’s Commonwealth Brass, and is a former member of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and former Principal Trumpet of the New Hampshire Philharmonic. Rebecca still travels up to NH to perform as principal musician/E-flat cornet with the 12th New Hampshire Regiment Serenade Band.

 

MARK A. ELROD, E Flat Bass (Germantown, MD)

Mark is an internationally known musicologist, historian and collector of antique brass instruments. He retired from the U. S. Army in 1998 with over twenty-eight years of combined service with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, including service as a combat artilleryman and helicopter door gunner in Vietnam, as a musician (bugler) with the Army’s principal ceremonial unit, the 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry (“The Old Guard”) at Fort Myer, VA, and as a musician with the prestigious United States Marine Band (“The President’s Own”). He holds a B. S. degree in Industrial Arts from Salem College in Salem, WV. Mark is the author of A Pictorial History of Civil War Era Musical Instruments and Military Bands, the definitive reference work on American Civil War era band instruments, bands and music. While attending the Catholic University School of Music, he co-founded the Heritage Americana Band, a performance ensemble dedicated to the performance of Civil War era wind band music on original period instruments. Although officially retired from the military, Mark never seems to tire of putting on his old uniform as evidenced by his part time on call contract job as a uniformed bugler at funerals for American service veterans with the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard.

 

JEB HAGUE, B Flat Cornet, E Flat Cornet (Lansdale, PA)

Jeb is a 2005 graduate in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, he played in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble, the Penn State Blue Band, and various chamber ensembles. Outside of college, Jeb has been a reenactor for over 18 years, playing fife, drum, and bugle. He has performed with the Camp Chase Fifes and Drums, the Maryland Line Field Music, the Regimental Fifes and Drums of Fort Delaware, and the 28th Pennsylvania Regimental Brass Band. He can also be seen playing fife, drum and Bb cornet in the movie Gods and Generals. Jeb is a fife instructor at the Don Hubbard Field Music School and a member of the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, the “California Regiment.”

 

DOUGLAS HEDWIG, B Flat Cornet (Patterson, NY)

Douglas Hedwig is presently Professor of Trumpet and Director of Brass Instrument Studies at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York. He previously served on the Music History Faculty of The Juilliard School. For 27 years he served as Trumpeter with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. As a member of the Metropolitan Brass Quartet he recorded three albums, and toured internationally to critical acclaim: “A model of infectious spirit, and dashing virtuosity” – Musical America. In 1986 he became the first trumpeter to be awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts

Degree in the history of the Juilliard School, and has been the recipient of awards and honors from the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Foundation, New York City Fire Department, City Council of New York, and The National Endowment for the Arts. He has recorded over 40 internationally distributed albums – early music, chamber music, band, and orchestral idioms – and has performed recital /lectures for The International Trumpet Guild Conference, The New York Brass Conference, Historical Brass Society, Bad Saeckingen Trumpet Museum, and Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe, Germany. He was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Orvieto Musica, a chamber music festival in central Italy.

 

DON JOHNSON, E Flat Cornet (Raywick, KY)

Don Johnson has played with and toured in Europe with the Advocate Brass Band of Danville, Kentucky. He has played solo Eb cornet with Saxton’s Cornet Band of Lexington, KY, including performing at the 2000 Presidential Inauguration and touring with them in Taiwan. Don also plays solo Bb cornet with the Derby City Brass Band of Louisville, KY, who have performed with nationally renowned guest soloists such as Phil Smith from the New York Philharmonic. Don was the winner of the National Trumpet Competition Pro Am Division in 2004 and 2005 and was awarded a presentation

gold-plated trumpet from Schilke Music Products.

 

BRIAN G. KANNER, B Flat Cornet, E Flat Cornet (Pound Ridge, NY)

Brian is a lawyer living in Pound Ridge, NY. An avid military historian, he started reading about the Civil War in grade school, and began collecting Civil War memorabilia in high school. Brian studied trumpet and baroque performance in high school with Dr. Edward Carney (Ph.D., Julliard), and performed in the New York All-State Wind ensemble under the late Dr. Frederick Fennell. Brian attended the University of Buffalo, where he played trumpet in the University symphonic orchestra, and studied with Charles Gleaves of the Buffalo Philharmonic. He earned his law degree at Boston

University. Brian is a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Civil War Brass Music, the parent organization of FCBB/26th NC Regimental Band. In addition, he is principal trumpet with the 89th Army Band, NY Guard, and plays with the Yonkers Military Band, the Westchester Military Band and the Pleasantville Fire Department Band. Brian also enjoys performing music from the Baroque era. Brian has studied natural (no valves) trumpet with Barry Bauguess, Thom Freas, and David Kjar, and performs on the natural trumpet at Oberlin College’s Baroque Performance Institute. He is also a member of the Louisville-based Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, winners of the 2007 National Trumpet Competition Historic Ensemble Division, and has performed concerts and master classes with them.

 

ERIC PFEIFFER, E Flat Alto (Port Republic, MD)

Eric was born and raised in the Washington, DC area, and was first introduced to military band music by his father, a 20 year veteran of The U. S. Marine Band (“The President’s Own”), who performed under John Philip Sousa in his last public appearance conducting that band. Eric began his own musical studies in elementary school, starting on trumpet and later switching to French horn. He performed in various regional and state honor bands and festivals in Virginia throughout high school and studied French horn with Thomas Murray. One of his favorite musical memories is of performing and recording Sousa’s music under the direction of Dr. Frank Simon, assistant leader of the Sousa Band. Since 1994, Eric has been a trumpet player in the Calvert Dance Band, and also served as its president for 8 years. He plays French horn in the Calvert Brass Consortium, and plays both trumpet and French horn for services and special occasions at his church. Eric retired in 2006 after more than 33 years with the US Postal Service. He retired in 1995 from the U. S. Naval Reserve, serving over 26 years including two years of active duty during the Vietnam era. Eric lives with his wife and daughter in an improved 1953 log cabin on the Chesapeake Bay which was formerly a childhood summer home.

 

JEFFREY V. ROGERS, E Flat Alto, B Flat Tenor, B Flat Baritone (Pasadena, MD)

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance, French Horn, from The Catholic University of America. He is a former student of Donald Crowe, James Gollmer, Peter Landgren, Robert Pierce, and Edwin C. Thayer. He has performed at DAR Constitution Hall, the Kennedy Center, and under the direction of Robert Jager, Robert Gerle, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Mstislav Rostropovich. While attending CUA, Jeff performed as a soloist with the orchestra, was an E Flat Alto hornist with the Heritage Americana Band (the Civil War era brass band co-founded by Mark Elrod), and also

performed with the orchestra for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. He attended Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and has participated in several International Horn Society workshops in addition to performing with various musical ensembles in and around the Washington, DC area.

 

WILLIAM ROSE, SR., B Flat Tenor (Port Republic, MD)

Bill Rose has been involved in instrumental music since the fifth grade, and has played trombone, trumpet, euphonium, and E flat tuba. He studied privately with Bill Moyer and Jim Hooper of the US Navy Band. Bill was a member of the Southern Maryland Concert Band, Southern Maryland Swing Band, and is currently a member of the Calvert Dance Band, (playing Big Band music from the 30’s-50’s), the Calvert Brass Consortium, and also plays in his church band. Bill has played at Constitution Hall and Washington Cathedral, and has performed for two governors, several senators, congressmen, and local dignitaries. One of about 300 Maryland state certified machinists, Bill attended Catonsville

Community College and campuses in the Maryland state university system as well as 4 years of specialized design and development coursework, and holds the equivalent of an AA in machining and tooling technology. He achieved his state certification after completing 8,000 hours of training including operational, maintenance and repair knowledge of over 100 types of manufacturing equipment. He lives in Calvert County, MD with his wife of 35 years, Pamela. Bill is proud to bring honor and remembrance to those that fought on both sides in the American Civil War by his participation in the Federal City Brass Band/26th NC Regimental Band.

 

KYLE RUSSELL, B Flat Tenor, E Flat Alto (Leonardtown, MD)

 

 

DANA SCHOPPERT, B Flat Baritone, E Flat Bass (Falling Waters, WV)

 

 

JIM SMITH, Percussion (Pittsburgh, PA)

As founder, instructor and director of notable fife and drum corps in up-state New York (C.A. Palmer), Indiana (Tippecanoe Ancients), Yokosuka (Ancient Mariners of Japan) and Pennsylvania (Commonwealth Ancients), Jim Smith brings a lifetime of sheepskin fiddling to The Federal City Brass Band. In high school, Jim was encouraged by Dr. Frederick Fennell to study with William Street and John Beck at the Eastman School, played in the NYS All-State Band and Eastman – Rochester Youth Symphony, and competed in the 1961 VFW National Junior Rudimental Individuals at Miami, Florida. At Purdue University he was freshman drum captain of the marching band and featured rudimental

soloist with the Symphonic Band, and for three years taught an average of 30 students at a music store plus drum-lines at two local schools, while playing with union pick-up bands on weekends. On active duty in the Navy, Jim served as Bandmaster of the OCS Regimental Band at Newport before reporting for engineering duty on the USS Rowan in Vietnam. In the last 40 years he has played with community bands, symphony orchestras, bagpipe bands and fife and drum corps from California to Connecticut, and served as a rudimental clinician. Jim is passionate about the sound of un-muffled skin heads with loose gut snares, and restores/conserves antique drums for museums and private collectors, when not on engineering assignments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

JEFF STOCKHAM, E Flat Cornet (Syracuse, NY)

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance, French Horn, from Syracuse University and a Master of Music, Performance, French Horn, and the Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music. He is currently Instructor of Jazz Trumpet at Hamilton College and Colgate University, and was formerly Assistant Professor of French Horn at the State University of NY at Geneseo. In demand as a freelance and studio musician on trumpet, French horn, and valve trombone in the upstate New York area, Jeff has backed up numerous national acts. He has toured Europe, Israel, and the United States as trumpeter and French hornist with T. S. Monk’s “Monk on Monk” big band, with which he has performed alongside many jazz luminaries. He has toured Europe and Africa with noted Chicago blues artist Jimmy Johnson, and has been a member of the orchestra for the national tour of “Les Miserables”. In addition to his freelance work he is currently solo trumpet with the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and leads his own jazz sextet, the Jazz Police. He is also one of the few musicians worldwide to perform as a jazz soloist on the French horn. Jeff is the leader and solo Eb cornetist of the Excelsior Cornet Band, New York State’s authentic Civil War brass band, which he founded in 2001.

 

HEATHER FAUST (Mrs. Jari Villanueva), Vocalist (Catonsville, MD)

Heather received her B.A. summa cum laude in flute and vocal performance and theatre arts from California State University, Hayward in 1993. She has worked on and off as a performer, teacher, and music director ever since, while acquiring top-notch administrative skills from a wealth of experience in non-musical jobs in the non-profit and education arenas. Heather has a life-long love of Civil War brass band music. She volunteered as Band Manager for the FCBB from its founding in 2002 until June of 2010, and also helped create the National Association for Civil War Brass Music, Inc. and led the organization as its volunteer Executive Director from 2007 until June of 2010. Heather sang for two

seasons with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of Tom Hall and four seasons with the Master Chorale of Washington conducted by Donald McCullough. A progressive civilian Civil War reenactor since 1987, Heather is a member of the 3rd US Regular Infantry Reenactors, was Civilian Coordinator of that unit for six years, and is currently Secretary of its Board of Directors, having previously served two years as Member at Large. She is also a member of the Atlantic Guard Soldiers Aid Society civilian organization. She enjoys learning and practicing 19th-century sewing and needlecraft techniques and is proud to be responsible for creating the reproduction

uniforms worn by the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band. Heather also has an interest in 19th century recipes and cooking, and has been in charge of camp cooking for the band and for the 3rd US at various reenactment events. She ran the kitchen at the Don Hubbard Field Music School in 2006 and at the National Civil War Field Music School in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Heather is currently the Office Manager for Sunlight Natural Health in Baltimore, and she serves as flute/piccolo section leader with the Maryland Defense Force Band, where she holds the rank of Staff Sgt. (MD).