Board of Directors

Term 2012-2015

Lewis Buckley
Barb Hunter

Term 2013-2016

Craig Hamilton
Ted Messerschmidt
Chris Wilhjelm

Term 2014-2017

Jerry Brubaker
Patrick Hennessey
Susan Sands


Jerry Brubaker Jerry Brubaker

Estes Park, CO
2014 - 2017


 

 Jerry is an exclusive composer and arranger for Alfred Publishing Co. and has published over 300 works for band, symphony orchestra, and chorus. A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Jerry has a Bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from The Catholic University of America. Mr. Brubaker served for 30 years in the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, as a french horn soloist and composer/arranger. He became the Band’s Chief Arranger and held that position until his retirement from the Navy in 1998. Jerry is a member of the City of Fairfax (Virginia) Band and has been an ACB member since 2002. He is very sensitive to the musical needs of community bands. One of his most recent works, “The American Road” received its official premiere as the commissioned work for the 2010 convention in Plano, TX. Everyone including the composer enjoyed the ride!


Lewis Buckley
Lewis Buckley

Salem, CT
2012 - 2015

 

Lewis J. Buckley was born in Columbus, Ohio, but considers himself a native of Florida, the state in which he grew up. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master's degree from Connecticut College. While at Eastman, he earned the Performer's Certificate for outstanding performance on the trumpet, and he studied conducting and composition. He enlisted into the U. S. Coast Guard Band in 1969, where he served as Principal Trumpet and Trumpet Soloist for six years. Then, in 1975, he became the Coast Guard Band's fifth Director at age 27, a post he held for over 29 years, becoming the longest-tenured conductor of a senior military band in American history. Under his baton, the Coast Guard Band became a famed, national touring organization; released some 20 recordings; aired more taped and live concert broadcasts on National Public Radio than any other concert band, military or civilian, in the United States; and earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished wind bands in the world. Upon his 2004 retirement, Buckley was named Conductor Laureate of the U. S. Coast Guard Band. From 2004 through 2011, Buckley served as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Manchester (CT) Symphony Orchestra. For fifteen years, he conducted the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in its annual Symphony on Ice/Toys for Tots program, and he has also conducted the Eastern Connecticut Symphony during its summer series. In 2007, he was named Music Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a superb community wind band in the Boston area. This remarkable group has an active commissioning program which has added over two dozen works to the wind repertoire by composers including Johan de Meij, Peter Schickele, James Curnow, Michael Gandolfi (by consortium) Chen Yi, and, in 2010, Buckley himself. As a conductor, Buckley brings to the podium more than 35 years' professional experience in an unusually wide range of music-making. He is equally at home conducting, writing, or performing, with bands, orchestras, and choruses, in all styles of music from classical to commercial to jazz. The guest artists whom he has conducted reflect his range of experience; they include Walter Cronkite, opera giant Placido Domingo, Lorrie Morgan and Lone Star of country fame, the Motown sound of Martha Reeves, and many others. He continues to compose, arrange, and publish prolifically, bringing to his work the knowledge earned in 40 years on the podium, and his music is widely performed. He also remains an active trumpet soloist, frequently combining solo appearances with conducting, often in premiere performances of his own commissioned works.


Craig Hamilton Craig Hamilton

Arkadelphia, AR
2013-2016

 

 Dr. Craig Hamilton is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Hot Springs Concert Band (HSCB), a position he’s held since 1999. Under his leadership the band has become the largest and most productive full-time community band in Arkansas. Its eighty band members come from seventeen communities in central Arkansas to perform up to fifteen concerts per year. Craig was the “host conductor” of the 2003 and 2004 “Community Band of the Ozarks” and 2004 ACB convention in Hot Springs. In 2010 the band nominated him for the ACB’s “Conductor of the Year” award. With over two million visitors a year to the area, the HSCB recently received the “Tourist Attraction of the Year” from the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. Dr. Hamilton earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education (with honors) from the University of Southern Mississippi, his Master’s in Trumpet Performance from Arkansas State University, and his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He is the Lena Goodwin Trimble Distinguished Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Studies at Ouachita Baptist University where he’s taught since 1983. Craig is an active clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, marching band drill designer, and contributing author to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. Dr. Hamilton has served as State Chair of both the CBDNA and NBA. He is a twelve-year member of ACB, and a contributing author to the ACB Journal.


Patrick Hennessey
Patrick Hennessey
Melbourne, Florida
2014-2017

 

Patrick Hennessey possesses a wide breadth of experience as a professional musician, educator, and ensemble director / conductor. A native of New Orleans with extended residencies in Southern California and Hawai’i, Patrick’s performance credits include numerous touring Broadway shows, professional symphony orchestras, and many renowned entertainers. In addition, he held the position of principal trombone in the Royal Hawaiian Band, retiring after twenty-six years of distinguished service. An experienced and versatile educator, Patrick directed the jazz ensemble at the University of Hawai’i for twenty-five years and held adjunct faculty positions at both Brigham Young University – Hawai’i and Chaminade University of Honolulu. Most recently Patrick served as the Director of Bands at Hawai’i Pacific University, concluding his tenure by leading the wind symphony in concert in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Patrick earned his Ph.D. in musicology and has presented his research both nationally and internationally. He has published in the Journal of Band Research, the New Grove Dictionary of Music, the Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung un Förderung der Blasmusik Mitteilungsblatt, and Alta Musica. Upcoming projects include a book on the music of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, with particular emphasis on the participation of John Philip Sousa and his band, and nineteenth-century brass bands in New Orleans.
Patrick, who now resides in Melbourne, FL, maintains an active career as a professional musician and college educator. However, he continues to perform with numerous community organizations, including the Florida Wind Band, Central Florida Winds, Space Coast Symphony Winds, and the Melbourne Municipal Band, where he currently serves as V.P. of the organization’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the marketing committee.


Barb Hunter
Barb Hunter

Long Sault, Ontario, Canada
2012-2015

 

Barb Hunter grew up in a musical family. She played piano at age 4, studying with her concert pianist/church organist mother. At age 8 she played flute, followed by cornet at age 9 and church organ at age 10. In high school, Barb studied trumpet in Chicago with Rudy Nashan, then Renold Schilke. She was a church organist and choir director, played 3rd / Ass’t. 1st trumpet in the South Bend Symphony, Prin.Trpt. in the Elkhart Symphony, 1st cornet in the Twin Cities Concert Band, and was in a 5-woman dance combo . At age 16, in 1961, during her Jr. year at South Bend Central H.S., Barb won the Indiana state-wide Young Artists competition to be soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, Izler Solomon, conductor, and she won the competition to be soloist with the South Bend Symphony, Edwin Hames, conductor. Barb attended Indiana University, Bloomington, IN on scholarship, studying trumpet with Herb Mueller and William Adam. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education w/ Honors degree (’65) and M.Mus (Trpt/Music Ed ) in 1967. As a graduate assistant, taught band classes at I.U.’s University School. In September, 1967, Barb joined the Phoenix (AZ) Symphony playing 3rd / Ass’t 1st Trumpet, was Prin.Trpt. of the Sun Valley Orchestra (Mesa, AZ) and taught Jr. high band in Phoenix. In 1971, Barb moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada to be the band director at Montreal West High School, now Royal West Academy. During her 29 years there, her concert bands toured Canada and the US, and consistently won Gold medals in festival competitions. Barb taught trumpet at McGill and Concordia Universities, was solo trpt. in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Association Concert Band and played extra and subbed in the trumpet section of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra,Charles Dutoit., conductor. She was 1st Trpt. in the Encore Brass Quintet, in a Dixieband and a Bavarian band, and directed the 306 (Maple Leaf) Wing Concert Band. After retiring from Royal West Academy, June 2000, Barb moved to Long Sault, ON, and in Sept., 2001, founded Seaway Winds Concert Band, which she directs in Cornwall, ON.. She plays cornet with the Maple Leaf Brass Band in Ottawa and, in the summer, Eb soprano saxhorn in the Upper Canada Village Brass Band in Morrisburg. While wintering in Mesa, AZ , Barb plays 1st trumpet with Arizona Winds, the Viewpoint Concert Band, Scottsdale Theater Company, Pro Arte and San Tan Orchestras. Barb is on the Advisory Board for the Canadian Band Association (Ontario Chapter) . She has written articles for the ACB Journal and is endeavouring to be the “international voice of concert bands” as a member of the ACB Board.


Ted Messerchmidt  Ted Messerschmidt

Poughkeepsie, NY
2013-2016


Edward “Ted” Messerschmidt holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double concentration in German Literature and Music from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Music in Composition from George Mason University. Currently, he is working on a Doctor of Musical Arts in Education at Boston University. He is the Director of Music at the Oakwood Friends School, and he also serves as an adjunct lecturer at Marist College. During his time at Marist College, he has taught a variety of music history classes and has also served as the Orchestra Director and the Associate Director of Bands. In addition, he was named the Marist College Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year in 2010. Also in 2010, Ted began teaching composition lessons at Dutchess Community College. Aside from his teaching experience, he has performed professionally with groups including The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and March Militaire, a group currently known as The Capitol Band. In the summer of 2011, he participated in the Juilliard Conducting Workshop for Music Educators. In addition, his original compositions, which are published by Cimarron Music Press, have been performed in the United States and abroad by renowned professional musicians. In 2004 he worked as an intern at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings helping to launch the new Folkways and Global Sound websites. Aside from his membership in the Association of Concert Bands, Ted is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, The College Music Society, and the Sons of the American Revolution. In addition, he is an honorary member of both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.


Susan Sands
Susan Sands

Sewickley, PA
2014 - 2017

 

Susan Sands has been the director of the East Winds Symphonic Band since August of 1990. Under her direction, East Winds has developed as an organization to the point of being recognized by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and awarded the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll, the highest award for excellence for a community band in North America. East Winds Symphonic Band was selected to perform for ACB national conventions in Corning, NY (2008) and Muskegon, MI (2011). In 2004, EWSB established the Three Rivers Community Band Festival as a vehicle to further awareness of community band music in western Pennsylvania, to encourage quality performance, and to bring together community band musicians from many different organizations. Since the initial planning stages, Susan has served on the Festival steering committee. Susan received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education, specializing in oboe, from Susquehanna University and her Masters of Education in Music from The Pennsylvania State University. She continues to perform on oboe and English horn. As an educator she has worked in the Midd-West and Moon Area School Districts in Pennsylvania, St. Bernadette’s in Monroeville, and in Connecticut in the Glastonbury Public Schools. Susan joined ACB in 2006 and is a member of the Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. In her community, Susan serves on the board of directors for Parish Mansions, a senior housing initiative. She resides in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with her husband Tom, a computer engineer, and their three children.


Chris Wilhjelm Chris Wilhjelm

Glen Rock, NY
2013 - 2016

 

Chris Wilhjelm has been the Conductor and Music Director of the critically acclaimed Ridgewood Concert Band since it’s founding in 1983. From 2000-2005, he was the Music Director of the legendary Goldman Band in New York. He served as the director of the New York University Wind Ensemble during the 2006-2007 school year presenting three premiere performances. Dr. Wilhjelm has also enjoyed a 35 year career as a public school music teacher. Wilhjelm graduated from the New England Conservatory where he studied horn with Harry Shapiro of the Boston Symphony. He was the principal hornist with the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gunther Schuller and the Conservatory Wind Ensemble under the direction of Frank Battisti. He received a Master of Music degree from The College of New Jersey and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers' College, Columbia University. Dr. Wilhjelm has performed as a French hornist with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops and, as a principal, with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Boston Opera Orchestra and the Richmond, Virginia Symphony, and he continues to perform professionally as a hornist with the brass quintet in residence at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. Active as a guest clinician and conductor, Dr. Wilhjelm has instructed youth and adult ensembles throughout the world. His has worked with ensembles from throughout North America including, Florida, Texas, California, and Hawaii in addition to international ensembles from as far as Brazil, the West Indies, Australia and China. Under his leadership, the Ridgewood Concert Band has commissioned and premiered works of several contemporary composers of wind band music. Chris resides in Glen Rock, New Jersey, with his wife, Jacqueline Sarracco, Director of Bands at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ and their family.