Executive Committee

Jerry Brubaker - President
Susan Sands - President-Elect
Lewis Buckley - Past President

Appointed Officers

Nada Montgomery - Secretary
Roy Burgess -Treasurer
Nancy Michalek - Publications Coordinator
Sarah McElfresh - National Membership Chair
Mike Montgomery - Chief Information Officer
Delbert A. Eisch - Historian
William J. Dawson, M.D. - Life Member Chair
Donna Caneen - ASCAP/BMI Compiler
Jim Caneen -Convention Coordinator

Jerry Brubaker
Estes Park, CO


Jerry Brubaker is an exclusive composer and arranger for Alfred Publishing Co. Inc. 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.

Most recently Jerry has been a member of the Village Band of Estes Park (CO), City of Fairfax (VA) Band and the Virginia Grand Military Band and served as a member of the board of directors of The Association of Concert Bands. .As President-Elect of ACB Jerry has a vision that the organization will stay vital and grow in the future.

Lewis Buckley

Lewis Buckley
Past- President
Salem, CT


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.

Susan Sands

Susan Sands
Sewickley, PA


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.

Appointed Officers

Nada Vencl Montgomery
Nada Montgomery

6613 Cheryl Ann Drive
Independence, OH 44131-3718
(800) 726-8720
(216) 524-1897


Nada is a flute and piccolo player from Independence, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. She plays with the Lakeland Civic Band (a Sudler Silver Scroll award winner), the Lakewood Hometown Band, The Great Geauga County Fair Band, and mallet percussion with the Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Community Band. Nada is also an accompanist at Lakeland Community College for the Civic Chorus and Independence Middle School where her daughter is the choir director. She has worked for a family-owned moving company for 39 years. A musical or two a year, and private students help fill in her schedule. She has served on the Board of the Windjammers Unlimited - a circus music historical society. Nada is a Life member and former board member of ACB and became the ACB secretary in 1996. In 1997 she was awarded the ACB's Leland A. Lillehaug President's Award. She truly enjoys talking with and meeting community band people from around the country. Nada is married to Mike Montgomery. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Gretchen and Heidi, and is totally captivated by her grandsons, Nolan and Kyle.

Roy Burgess Roy Burgess

Fairfax, VA

Roy H. Burgess has been an active member of the band community as a member of the City of Fairfax Band (a Sudler Silver Scroll award recipient band) horn section since 1991. During his tenure he has served as the City of Fairfax Band Association’s president, vice president and treasurer. Previously, when his Navy career permitted, he played with the Kearny Mesa community band in San Diego and in the Guam Symphony. He holds Bachelor’s and Master in Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has retired from the Navy and Northrop Grumman and in May 2014 finished work in cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security. As a certified public accountant, he maintains a tax practice specializing in individual tax preparation. Roy and his wife Joan reside in Fairfax, Virginia.

Nancy Michalek
Nancy Michalek
Publications Coordinator

Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 839-8217


Nancy Michalek has over thirty years experience leading business and information technology initiatives for General Motors and EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and retired from Hewlett-Packard in 2007. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She lived in California and Spain before moving to Texas. She plays flute in the Plano Community Band in Plano, Texas, served on the band board for 20 years, and led the group to host the ACB 2010 Convention. She also plays in flute ensembles and plays percussion in the McKinney Community Band. Nancy has been a Life Member of ACB since 1997 and served as an ACB Board Member from 2005 - 2011. In April 2010, Nancy accepted the position of Publications Coordinator for the ACB and is now the editor of the ACB Journal.

Sarah McElfresh
Sarah McElfresh
National Membership Chair

905 4th Ave Ext.
Farmville, VA
(434) 315-0055


Sarah is mother of two daughters who finds time to play Euphonium between being a Mom-taxi and volunteer work. Her first experience with community bands was as a child in Massachusetts carrying the banner and later as musician with the Canton Community Band. Currently she is playing in the Longwood University Wind Symphony and is a founding member of the Heart of Virginia Community Band, both in Farmville, VA. Previously played with the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Historic Bethabara Park Concert Band in Winston-Salem, NC. Prior to moving to NC and then VA, she lived in Pennsylvania, playing with many community bands, including 9 years with the Sulder Silver Scroll recognized East Winds Symphonic Band. While in Pittsburgh, she was a founding member of the Three Rivers Community Band Festival and introduced the “Festival Band” that is similar to the ACB Convention Band. Introduced to ACB in 2000 by her husband Scott (member since 1994), she has participated in several conventions (since 2006) and has served or is serving as Regional Membership Coordinator for PA (2008-2012), NC (2011-) VA (2012 -). In 2016 she received the Leland A. Lillehaug President’s Award from ACB. Educated in geology with a BS from St. Lawrence University in NY and MS from the University of Pittsburgh, she has spent time at the front of a college classroom, but now enjoys time at home with her family. In her role, she plans to continue supporting adult concert bands, to make people aware of the organization and to encourage bands to acquire the BMI/ASCAP Blanket License.

Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery
Chief Information Officer

6613 Cheryl Ann Dr
Independence, OH 44131-3718
(216) 236-8241


Mike is a retired divisional computer systems manager, having retired from Navistar International Corp. He played in the Sudler Scroll Winning Naperville (IL) Municipal Band for 18 years before moving to Ohio/Florida. He has been a member of Windjammers Unlimited, a Circus Music Historical Society since 1987 and was secretary/treasurer of that organization from 1993 - 2007 and continues as Secretary.He has been a member of the ACB since 1991 and has served two terms on the Board of Directors. He is two time recipient of the ACB Leland Lillehaug President's award being so honored in 2001 and 2007. He also serves the ACB as chief information officer.Mike plays horn, cornet, euphonium, trombone and tuba. Personal highlights include playing with the Allentown (PA) Band on two of their European tours, The West Suburban (Chicago) Symphony, The Sicilian Band of Chicago and he is currently a member of The Lakeland Civic Band of Kirtland Ohio. The Sarasota (FL) Sun Coast Band, The Venice (FL) Concert Band, The Sarasota (FL) Concert Band, and the Great Geauga County (OH) Fair Band

Del Eish
Delbert A. Eisch

315 Wilnette Spring Dr
Racine, WI 53405
(262) 632-5696


Historian Del Eisch is a past president of ACB (1987-88). He served as national membership chairman for five years and also two terms on the board of directors. He has been the recipient of ACB's presidential award in 1991, 2005, and 2014. Del is the committee chair of the Herbert L. & Jean Schultz Mentor Ideal Award, and authored the booklet, "The First Quarter Century 1977-2002", which is available on the ACB website. He is the only person to have attended all conventions to date. Del has kept a log on all music performed at the conventions as well as all clinic sessions and clinicians. Eisch is the conductor emeritus of the Racine (WI) Municipal Band which performed at ACB conventions in 1981, 1984 and 1993. Under his leadership the band was awarded the Sudler Scroll in 1995.

William J. Dawson, M.D.
Life Member Chair



Bill has been involved in multiple ways with ACB since 1989. He has served as the Life Member chairperson since 2005. He has served three terms as Director of the Association and currently is its medical consultant. Combining his decades of experience in both music and medicine, he has written numerous medical articles for ACB journals and has presented a variety of music-medicine clinics at their Conventions. A retired hand surgeon and Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine, Bill is a Past-President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and serves on the Editorial Board of its journal. He has written more than 200 medical articles, most of them pertaining to musicians’ problems, and is the author of “Fit as a Fiddle – the Musician’s Guide to Playing Healthy.” Bill is a 30-year member of the Glenview (IL) Concert Band, where his participation extends to bassoon, contrabassoon, sarrusophone, baritone sax, and tuba. In addition, he is the contrabassoonist of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and plays regularly with numerous ensembles in the Chicago area. He has performed as soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Community Symphony Orchestra of the Music Institute of Chicago, the Highland Park Symphonic Winds, and frequently at Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado. Bill has served as principal bassoonist of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Highland Park Symphonic Winds. For the past twenty years he has taught bassoon and low reeds privately at local high schools. Bill is a member of NAfME, ILMEA, and the College Music Society.

Donna Caneen
Donna Caneen
BMI/ASCAP Compiler

Arkport, NY


Donna Caneen has served as the Compiler of the performance lists for the ACB Blanket Performance License with BMI and ASCAP since 2010. Prior to that she was the regional membership chair for New York State, and had also served as the National Membership Chair. The Association of Concert Bands is an important aspect in her life. She feels it is an important organization for community bands and their members. In 1990, her home band, the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble performed at the 1990 ACB convention held in Rochester, NY and then again in 2008 when the convention was held in Corning, NY. A life member of ACB since 1997, she has attended every ACB convention since 1994. She is very passionate about the mission of ACB and encourages people everywhere to become members. In her home band, out of the 60 members, 31 are current members of ACB. In 2013, she was awarded the Leland A. Lillehaug President’s Award for her dedication of time and service to the organization. “Music for Life” describes her involvement as a flute and piccolo player in the Hornell Area Wind Ensemble and the Corning Area Community Concert Band. She and her husband Jim busy themselves by traveling the country to participate in Music at the Summit, the John Philip Sousa National Community Band, Windjammers Unlimited, the Great American Community Band, and the Liberty Classic Community Band Festival, and each and every ACB Convention band. In her pre-retirement days, Donna was an elementary school teacher. She and her husband live in Arkport, NY.