Since first taking up the trombone in 1961, Michael Ciccarone has been playing in numerous community, school, church and professional ensembles ever since. He served as principal trombonist with the concert band, orchestra and jazz band of Duke University, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Edison Community College Band. He has performed with the Charlotte Symphony, the Youngstown Symphony, and the John Phillip Sousa Foundation National Community Band, to name just a few of his “formal” appearances. In the fields of popular music and jazz he has performed with the late Louis Bellson and Ben E. King, current jazz great John Fedchock and other notables, and many top Broadway vocalists. During South Florida's Oktoberfest festivals he dons lederhosen and feathered hat to play tenor horn with the Hafenkapelle of Cape Coral. He volunteers his time to appear at public and private school performances and various charity events with the Brass Music Elements triple-brass quintet ensemble. He is presently the first chair trombonist with the Bonita Springs Concert Band and the Southwest Florida Concert Band.
Bill Loeb retired as a District Manager from the Wooster Brush Co. He was a Music Education major at Wright State University and was a founding member of the Centerville Ohio Community Band and the Strongsville Ohio Community Band. He was also a member of community bands in the Chicago area. Bill now lives in Fort Myers and performs with local music groups including the Bonita Springs Concert Band and the Southwest Florida Concert Band.
MEET THE BONITA BRASS
Ken Carper has a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. His career as a teacher included work in Pennsylvaia, New York, Hawaii, Washington D.C. and Florida. Prior to retirement Ken taught World Musics at Florida Gulf Coast University and authored the text World Music Cultures (Kendall Hunt Pub). Ken is a past president of the New Horizons International Music Association. He also performs with the Naples Concert Band and the Bonita Springs Concert Band and is the conductor of the the Naples New Horizons Concert Band.
Lynn K. Asper has been teaching and playing the trumpet for over 60 years. His first book, A Physical Approach to Playing the Trumpet, has received worldwide acclaim since its release in 1999. His second book, was released in 2004. Mr. Asper is the designer and builder of the Asper Pickett Trumpet Mouthpiece Visualizer and the Mute Mate Mute Holders. A native of South Bend, Indiana, Lynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Ball State University and a Master of Music Education from Michigan State University. He spent ten years teaching high school instrumental music. He joined the faculty at Grand Rapids Community College in 1979 and remained there for 32 years. In the spring of 2005 Mr. Asper retired after twenty-four years as the conductor of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. As a performer he has appeared with Bobby Vinton, Maria Schneider, Vincent DeMartino, Allen Vizzutti and Rex Richardson, as well as performing frequently around the West Michigan area as a trumpet soloist and as a member of the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra. Mr Asper is currently principle trumpet with the Bonita Springs Concert Band in Bonita Springs, Florida, and a member of Bonita Brass and Brass Music Elements. Mr. Asper is the owner of Asper Trumpet Products.
Ellen grew up in Parsippany New Jersey and began playing the French horn in 5th grade. Her love of the horn continued and she played all through school and college. In college she was fortunate to study with trumpeter John Vanore and play in a jazz ensemble and do several recordings. A highlight was recording with John Vanoreʼs band, “Abstract Truth”. Post college she entered Temple University and studied horn performance under Randy Gardner of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her studies continued with George Barnett of the Philly pops while playing in several ensembles and orchestras in the Philadelphia area. After several years away from the horn she returned to music and has played with several orchestras, bands and ensembles over the years while working in Biotechnology to support various vaccines. Ellen recently moved to Naples Florida where she is a member of the Naples Concert Band, Bonita Springs Concert Band, Bonita Brass Quintet, New Horizons Band and Brass Elements. She can be found with her family somewhere in nature- biking, hiking or beach-combing (when not playing horn).