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.
In May of 2013, Mr. Hardy retired from public school teaching after 40 years as a music educator. Mr. Hardy holds a Bachelors Degree from West Chester University and a Masters Degree from Mansfield University. During the majority of Gordon's career he served as a high school band director and Performing Arts Coordinator in upstate New York. In addition to nurturing new Concert Band programs, Mr. Hardy was actively involved in Jazz Band, Marching Band and Music Theater.
Directing productions of Les Miserables', West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz among others have created some of the most memorable moments of his career. Mr. Hardy has also had Jazz, Concert and Marching bands perform at Walt Disney World.
In addition to being a member of the Naples Concert Band, Mr. “H” is also Vice President of the Bonita Springs Concert Band.
Gordon resides in Bonita Springs with his wife Marcia (also a member of the band) where they enjoy cruising, ballroom dancing and bicycling.
Brett has over 50 years experience playing the tuba and is currently a member of the Bonita Springs Concert Band and the Southwest Florida Concert Band. He has performed with several groups in Illinois, Texas, Arizona, and Florida including traditional quintets, Dixie and German Bands, community bands, church orchestras, and British brass bands. Brett has a music degree from Illinois State University and an MBA from Arizona State University. He was a teacher of choral and instrumental music at a large high school in Illinois before a long career in Computer Systems management with State Farm Insurance. Brett and his wife Cynthia, who is a pianist, are retired and live in
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Mark has been involved in the southwest Florida music scene in one form or another since the late 70’s. Trumpet is his principal instrument and he also plays keyboards. On keyboards he has played with several area bands. On trumpet Mark has played with many organizations, shows and bands large and small. From rock to jazz to classical he’s enjoyed decades and hundreds of shows with a great variety of talented stars like Lou Rawls, the Temptations, Four Tops, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, Benny Carter, Bill Watrous and many more.
Currently he performs with the Bonita Springs Concert Band and Bonita Brass Quintet.
Mark and his wife Barbara have lived in the Naples area since the 70’s and own Gene’s 5th Avenue Florist in Naples.
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 memGrandber of the 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. Mr. Asper is the owner of Asper Trumpet Products.