The following list is in concert order, chronological by date.

Cindy Hazzard, Conductor/Music Director

Cindy HazzardCindy holds a degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire and did masters work in counseling and personnel administration at the University of Rhode Island. After performing as trombonist with the Boston Women’s Symphony, she decided her true love was conducting and spent the next 40 years as Conductor of New Hampshire school bands, orchestras and choruses. Cindy also was the conductor of festival bands, the New Hampshire Youth Orchestra, the Great Bay Wind Symphony, music director at the Hackmatack Playhouse, and conductor of the North East Youth Symphony Orchestra. She retired to Florida in 2001. Cindy has been the conductor/ music director of the NCCB since its formation in 2009. The NCCB now draws on fine musicians from many counties, some traveling up to 80 miles to attend rehearsals and concerts.

Karen Medrano, Vocal Soloist, Oct. 2009, Dec. 2010, Feb, 2011, and May 2012

Karen MedranoKaren Medrano was a vocal/piano major in college. After an early retirement from a career in banking in California, she moved to Citrus County in 2005 where she is currently Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Inverness.

Michael Fitzgerald, Oboe Soloist, December 2009

Michael FitzgeraldMichael James Fitzgerald is a native Floridian. He has been playing the oboe since age 12 and was graduated from Crystal River High School. After graduating high school, he attended Stetson University where he majored in Music Education and studied under Dr. Ann Adams, a renowned oboist. Although Michael did not complete his degree, he anticipates doing so in the near future.

Jenny Gill, Flute and Piccolo Soloist, February 2010

Jenny GillJenny Gill was a flute performance/music history major at the University of Florida in the late 1990’s. In addition to her being solo flutist with the NCCB, she performs on Irish flute and whistles with SheepsHead, a local Irish band.

Julio A Matos, Trombone Soloist, April 2010

Julio MatosJulio began his music studies in Puerto Rico at the School of Music in Caguas. In 1990 he entered the 82nd Division Army Band, later attended the Army School of Music, which propelled him into a 21-year career in the Army Band Program. Julio served in North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Hawaii, Georgia, Alabama and Wiesbaden, Germany. He was principal trombonist and section leader in the NCCB and played in the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra.

David Morgan, Percussion Soloist, July 2010

David MorganDavid Morgan is the NCCB percussion section leader. He is also equipment manager of the NCCB and hauls his trailer full of percussion and sound equipment to every rehearsal and concert. The Morgan family are “band people.” Wife Dee is a marvelous trumpet player with NCCB. His daughter Erin is a sophomore in college as a percussion music education major, and son AJ is heading to college this fall to study music. Both have played with the NCCB when time and scheduling permitted. Finally, David’s mom Doreen Morgan is our narrator. If you’re not careful, you just may trip over a Morgan.

Alexis Frenette, Violin Soloist, October 2010

Alexis FrenetteAlexis (Rooks) Frenette is a 2004 graduate of Crystal River High School. While in high school, a highlight was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Tampa Bay Youth Orchestra. She is pursuing a B.S. in Music Education at the USF, where she studies violin with Carolyn Stewart. Alexis is involved with music at the Christian Center Church in Homosassa. Congratulations on her October, 2010 wedding.

Sue Koppler, Contralto Soloist, October 2010
Sue Koppler

Sue Koppler, clarinetist and contralto, lives in Rainbow Springs and is the Director of Music at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church. Sue has appeared as contralto soloist with the Citrus Community Concert Choir, the Central Florida Master Choir, and is a member of the Dunnellon concert singers. Before relocation to Florida, she was Assistant Director of the Mansfield Choral Society in Ohio and sang professionally with a jazz quintet.

The NCCB Clarinet Section, April 2011

Clarinet Section April 2011The Masterworks Concert features symphonic music by famous composers and contains several compositions with complicated musical charts with difficult passages to challenge the musicians in the band, especially the clarinets. Featuring the Clarinet Section playing “Clarinet Candy for Band” by Leroy Anderson are: First row: Carol Clauss, Marilyn Scaccio, Emily Reisdorf, Lois Wolfe (missing). Second row: Blair Clauss, Kimberly Godding, Nancy Furman, Jim Gregitis. Third Row: Shelley Niehaus, Richard Porter, Sue Koppler, Corey Burch.

NCCB Saxophone Quartet (plus one), April 2011

Sax Quartet April 2011L to R: Lew Alpaugh (guitar), Sharon Beckwith (soprano), Carol Clauss (alto), Blair Clauss (tenor), Tom Leonard (baritone). Lewis Alpaugh, who regularly acts as recording engineer for the NCCB, is actually a fine performer, composer, arranger and NPR radio personality with weekly shows and many CD’s to his credit. The NCCB is very fortunate to have his volunteer recording services and now is pleased to premiere “Beethoven’s 6th Lite”, which Lew scored for the NCCB Saxophone Quartet and provides accompaniment.

Sharon Beckwith, Alto Saxophone Soloist, July 2011

Sharon BeckwithSharon learned her saxophone skills in Iowa public schools under the baton of composer Meredith Willson (The Music Man). Her college majors were Computer Science and Information Systems and she had a 38-year Federal Service career with NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland (Extraterrestrial Physics and Business Administration). She retired to Florida in 2004. After a 45-year absence from music, her professional musician husband encouraged her to purchase a saxophone so they could play music together. Sharon also plays with a sax trio, a sax quartet, the Double M Swing Band, the All-Florida Community Band, and the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band in Ocala.

Drema Leonard, Vocal Soloist, October 2011

Drema LeonardDrema Leonard was a Music Performance major at Marshall University prior to becoming a musician with the US Air Force. Her experience includes performing as a concert soloist and recording artist on both flute and vocals in both the US and Europe. Drema and her husband, Tom, have 2 children and 10 grandchildren.

Tom Leonard, Big Band, October 2011

Tom LeonardTom Leonard attended the University of Florida as a music major and then joined the US Air Force Bands where he performed concerts around the world for 22 years. During that time, Tom was often a featured soloist on saxophone and flute in concerts at many of the major jazz festivals, including the North Sea Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. Tom also was often assigned to lead Ceremonial bands, where he gained experience as a conductor. Tom is married to Drema Leonard, also a member of the NCCB.

Kimberly Mercer, Oboe Soloist, October 2011

Kimberly MercerKim recently relocated to Brooksville after residing in West Palm Beach for 42 years. An employee in the Electronic Manufacturing Services for 22 years, and she is a bowler. Kim has performed as principal oboist for 28 years with numerous fine bands and orchestras, including the Symphonic Band of the Beaches, the Royal Palm Beach Community Band, Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band, the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Boynton Beach Regional Symphony.

Susan Boelk, French Horn Soloist, December 2011

Susan BoelkSusan Boelk competed with the Largo High Band of Gold at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Holland, in 1974. She has played with the Pinellas County Youth Symphony and the Clearwater Symphony. After a 30-year hiatus, she is now a valued member of the NCCB.

Martha Brown, French Horn Soloist, December 2011

Martha BrownMartha Brown graduated from Central Florida Community College and Florida Southern College with a BA in Elementary Education. She attended both colleges on full music scholarships. She has taught for 27 years and is a 5th grade teacher at Hernando Elementary School.

Irene Dickinson, French Horn Soloist, December 2011

Irene DickinsonIrene Dickinson holds degrees from Mansfield University (PA) and the U. of Illinois. Prior to retirement, she taught instrumental music and was coordinator of the music department at Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, PA.

Bob Heifner, French Horn Soloist, December 2011

Bob HeifnerBob Heifner graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in performance horn. He later earned a Master in Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Post Graduate School. He served in the US Navy as a flight officer and engineer for 27 years. He now resides in Salt Springs.

Dr. Kenneth Hoeltzel, French Horn Soloist, December 2011

Kenneth HoeltzelDr. Hoeltzel received his BA degree in Music Education and his masters and doctorate in Counselor Education from Ohio State University. He was band director for 10 years at Millersport HS (Ohio) and then taught graduate courses in Counseling and Teacher Education at the State University of NY for 32 years. He presently is a member of the Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band, the Ohio State Alumni Band, Baseline Brass, KOS Brass Quintet, and fills in with NCCB and various churches when needed. He lives in Ocala with his wife, Rae.

Marty Powell, French Horn Soloist, December 2011

Marty PowellMarty Powell is originally from Kansas and attended the University of Kansas as a music education major. She is married with one daughter and 2 grandchildren. She recently retired and says she’s having the time of her life.

Lydia Zahavah, French Horn Soloist, December 2011

Lydia ZahavahLydia Zahavah, a Florida Native, was drum major of the Dunedin Highlander Band. She played french horn in three organizations and studied piano at USF where she earned degrees in Music, Education, and Counseling. She has performed as piano accompanist for several organizations. She has worked as a counselor, educator, and social worker.

John Edmunds, Composer, March 2012

John EdmundsJohn Edmunds has a wide range of experience as a professional musician, composer, teacher and band director at both secondary school and college levels. Prior to his retirement from Louisiana State University, where he served as professor of music theory, his professional career also included service as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Austin and staff arranger for the bands of both UT-Austin and LSU. He previously taught instrumental music at Colonial High School in Orlando. Edmunds is credited with more than 200 publications for band, and is a regular recipient of ASCAP special awards. He holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Florida, and is a current resident of Sugarmill Woods in Citrus County, Florida.

Fred Hilpert, Marimba Soloist, March 2012

Fred HilpertFred Hilpert, NCCB percussionist and marimba soloist, grew up in Winnebago, Illinois. As a child his parents wanted him to play French horn, but he rebelled to become a percussionist, performing with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Fred graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and later earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of New Mexico, performing with various college musical groups along the way. Music is an avocation with Fred and his wife Connie, who plays alto saxophone in the NCCB. Fred and Connie met while playing in a college band, and have continued to make music together. Fred’s vocation is in civil engineering with Furman and Hilpert Engineering in Inverness. The NCCB is fortunate to have this dedicated and talented musician.

Paul Furman, Trombone Soloist, July 2012

Paul FurmanPaul Furman learned to play the trombone while attending St. Charles Catholic Elementary School and Padua Franciscan High School In Parma, Ohio. Since moving to Brooksville, Florida in 1974, Paul has played with several other musical groups including, more recently, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, Stage West, the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra and the Brooksville Brass Quintet. Paul operates Furman & Hilpert Engineering, Inc. in Inverness together with fellow NCCB musicians Nancy Furman (clarinet), Fred Hilpert (percussion), and Connie Hilpert (alto saxophone).

Saxophone Soloists, July 2012

Saxophone Soloists
Left to right: Richard Porter, Bettie Kelley, Sharon Beckwith, Carol Clauss, Cory Birch, Connie Hilpert, Marilyn Scaccio, Nancy Furman, Patricia Johnson, Tom Leonard, Lois Wolfe. Missing: Louis Mauro.