The Pikes Peak Brass Band is an elite 33 member ensemble in the classic British brass band tradition, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Concerts electrify audiences in educational and public settings and promote excellence in music. Let the PPBB enrich your next school band concert, civic event, or special occasion. Our volunteer members have backgrounds in symphony orchestra, jazz, concert band, The Salvation Army brass band, the United States Marine Band, the D.C. Navy Band, the Naval Academy Band and our own USAF Academy Band. They come from a variety of occupations, including military, business, IT, medical and educational professions. Some commute to weekly rehearsals from as far as Woodland Park, Denver, and Pueblo. 


Debbie Baker
Director

Debbie Baker has emerged as one of the premier conductors in the Pike's Peak region. Her energy, precision, musicianship and insistence on excellence have brought the Pikes Peak Brass Band to a level that has attracted attention both nationally and locally. Her very busy schedule as Director of Bands and Fine Arts at Colorado Springs Christian School has not kept her from a deep commitment to the PPBB. She was Associate Director during the band's formation in 1999 and was appointed Musical Director in 2002. She continues to push the band to ever higher levels with an increasingly demanding repertoire and a clear expectation of growth in musical skills by the members. Debbie earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Masters in Music degrees from Kansas State University. She is a member of the American School Band Directors Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu. She is in frequent demand as a clinician and adjudicator for state and regional music contest and workshop events.


Mark Baker
Eb Soprano Cornet

Mark has been playing cornet with the PPBB since it's beginning in 1999. Originally from Kansas, he grew up performing in many community organizations and in the ranks of local Drum and Bugle corps until age 21. He studied trumpet with Dr. Paul Shull at Kansas State University and was a member of the KSU Marching Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, KSU Brass Choir and Trumpet Choir. Mark Moved to Colorado with his wife Debbie in 1984 and served as a church Music and Worship Minister for 25 years. Mark has been involved with many community ensembles throughout Colorado and is currently a Brass Instructor and School Music Representative for Graner Music Company in Colorado Springs.


Ron Stinson
Principal Cornet Bb Cornet

Ron is originally from Kansas graduating form Wichita State University. After a tour with the NORAD band, Ron attended Yale University where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance. Next came 18 years as a freelance musician in New York city performing mostly on Broadway, then 21 years as Chair of the Music and Theatre Department at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas and 14 years with the Fountain City Brass Band.

Gary Cellar
Bb Cornet




Rick Tiller
Bb Cornet

Rick has been a member of the band since 2004. He earned a B.A. degree in Music Ed. from Marshall University in 1977, where he studied trumpet with J. D. Folsom. His professional experience includes a tour with the NORAD Command Band in Colorado Springs, CO (1977-1979). Rick continued his military duty in the cockpit of several different aircraft (KC-135/T-37/KC-10) and retired as a USAFR officer in 1998. He is currently an A320 Captain for United Airlines and makes his home in Franktown, Colorado with his wife of 33 years, Suzie. Rick assumed the duties of principal cornet in January 2007.


Timm Knoerzer
Bb Cornet

Timm is originally from Lansing, IL and started playing the cornet in 4th grade under the tutelage of Mr Joe Saia. He continued his passion for music as a member of the Marian Catholic HS band in Chicago Heights, IL under the direction of Mr Greg Bimm and then as member of the Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle corps. He also studied trumpet with Mr Gerry Mattern as an undergraduate student at St Norbert College in De Pere, WI. After living for many years in Rochester, NY, Timm moved in 2010 to Colorado Springs with his wife, Linnea, and their children to become a professor of chemistry at the US Air Force Academy. He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony and since 2014 the PPBB.


Kevin Brand
Repiano Cornet

Kevin graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied trumpet under Terry Sawchuck. After graduating from CU Kevin taught high school band and choir from 1990-1993 until an Army recruiter came to his school to talk about the Army Band program and recruited the teacher instead of the students. Kevin recently retired from the Army after serving for 21 years in Army Bands all over the world. Kevin is currently teaching band in Harrison School District in Colorado Springs at Mountain Vista School.


Joe Olivieri
Bb Cornet



Mark Santarelli
Bb Cornet

Graduated east high school in Pueblo 1976. Attented the eastern school of musical instrument repair graduated Oct 1978. Mark has been repairing for 37 years. He is principal trumpet with the Pueblo Municipal Band. Past principal of the southern colorado concert band. Also a member of the Pueblo symphony.

Jeff Snell
Bb Cornet




Steve Engler
Bb Cornet

Steve is a computer security analyst with Lockheed Martin Corporation in Denver and has been with the PPBB since its inception in 1999. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science from Mesa State College. Steve has been associated with various community music groups over the years and helped found the Grand Junction Centennial Band in which he participated in for 15 years. Steve and his wife Kim have three children and are currently living in Castle Rock, Colorado.


Jeremiah Fowler
Flugelhorn

Jeremiah went to Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. It was there that he was first introduced to British Brass Band while playing in the Colorado Brass Band under the direction of Mr. John Kincaid. After graduating with a degree in music education Jeremiah joined the Rocky Mountain Brassworks in Denver, CO and played with them until 1999 when he joined the PPBB. Jeremiah played with the PPBB from 1999-2003 and rejoined the group in 2006. Jeremiah taught band at Panorama Middle School in Harrison School District 2 from 1995-2009, and now teaches band at Holmes Middle School in School District 11.


Anthony Ebert
Principal Tenor Horn

Anthony Ebert earned his B.A. in Music from Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) in 2008. While at Northwestern, he performed in a number of ensembles and toured internationally with the Symphonic Band as a featured soloist. He is a 2012 graduate of The American Band College of Sam Houston State University where he earned his M.M in Conducting. Anthony teaches 7-12 band at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs and has performed with the brass band since 2008.

Sarah Brooks
Tenor Horn




Kelsie McCallum
Tenor Horn

Kelsie graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her B.M.E in 2013 and is currently teaching elementary general music at The da Vinci Academy in Colorado Springs.  At UNC, Kelsie was a member of the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, The Pride of the Rockies Marching Band, and various chamber ensembles.  She joined the Army National Guard in 2010 as a member of the 101st Army Band, playing horn in the concert band and piano in the Dixieland Jazz Band.  She also performs locally with the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony and the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra.  

Christopher Forkner
Principal Baritone

Hailing from Grand Junction Colorado, Chris married his high school sweetheart and enlisted in the Marine Corps as a euphonium instrumentalist in 2004. Chris played euphonium for the US Marine Corps for eleven years, eventually teaching all newly enlisted Navy and Marine Corps euphonium players at the Naval School of Music until he left the service in 2015. Now working for Hitachi Data Systems as an SAP Basis Consultant, Chris has played with the ensemble since early 2016. He holds degrees in Software Engineering and IT Project Management and lives in Denver with his wife BreAnn and three sons, Christopher, Caiden, and Carrick.


Ryan Van Gilder
Baritone

Ryan is originally from Jefferson, IA and began playing the trombone in 5th grade. He is Artist in Residence and Assistant Director of Bands at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Ryan joined the PPBB, on baritone, in the summer of 2017. He is also principal trombone of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly throughout the front range. Ryan received his BM from the University of Iowa, and MM and DMA from the University of Colorado.

 

Steve Vaughn
Principal Euphonium




Bill Bertoniere
Euphonium

Originally a tuba player, Bill played euphonium with the 2nd Marine Air Wing Band for three years.He then played tuba in "The Golden Band From Tigerland" at Louisiana State University. Ten years later, back on euphonium again (and not looking back), Bill played with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and the Utah Premiere Brass for three years. He moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 and has played with various community groups, finally finding a home with the Fountain Creek Brass Band. Bill has been self-employed for 14 years in the paintless dent removal industry and is currently training disabled veterans and wounded warriors in his trade.


Keven Stewart
President
Principal Trombone

Keven began playing with PPBB in January 2006. He is the Professor of Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba, at Colorado State University Pueblo and is the conductor of the University Brass Ensemble. Keven was a member of the US Navy Band, Washington D.C., and performs actively with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Keven studied at the University of Puget Sound, the Eastman School of Music, and the Catholic University of America.


Chris Welch
Trombone

Chris is currently a band director in Colorado Springs School District 11. Chris has been with the PPBB since its beginning in 1999. Chris is a past PPBB President. Chris earned his Music Education degree at New Mexico State University in 1993 and has participated in numerous University ensembles including NMSU Wind Ensemble, the, NMSU Pride Band, the Las Cruces (NM) Symphony Orchestra and the NMSU Brass Quintet.


Tom Bruszewski
Trombone

Tom is the band director at Vista Ridge High School, where he teaches concert, marching, jazz, and pep bands, as well as music theory and appreciation. He has played with the Pikes Peak Brass Band since February 2007, and has served as staff on the board of directors for the Colorado Music Educators' Association since 2006, and has helped run and facilitate the annual state CMEA conference. While earning his Music Education degree at University of Northern Colorado in 2005, he was a member of the UNC Trombone Choir, Marching Band, and Concert and Symponic Bands. Tom works closely with his wonderful wife, Jessica to raise their two boys, Anthony (2007) and Carson (2010).


Bruce Blomquist
Bass Trombone

Bruce completed his undergraduate studies at San Francisco Conservatory before joining the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, under the direction of conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas. While in college he won the prestigious International Trombone Association Bass Trombone Concerto Competition and was invited to perform at the ITA�s international conference. His orchestral career includes performances with the Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, and San Francisco Symphonies. Bruce can also be heard with the Colorado Composers Big Band and the Chie Imazumi Big Band.


Joe Boylan
Vice President
Principal Eb Tuba

Joe began playing with PPBB in December of 2010. He attended Rice University and graduated from The Juilliard School. After graduation Joe became the Principal Tuba for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (La Coruna Spain), Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and The American Brass Quintet. Joe currently lives in Monument, Colorado with his wife Jennifer, where they run a Real Estate Brokerage.


Jess Haney
Principal Bb Tuba

Jess is the music director at Panorama Middle School. He graduated Cum Luade from CSU Pueblowith a bachelors in music education. Since 2004 he has performed both Bb and Eb tuba with the Fountain Creek Brass Band and is active in the music community with many ensembles. He has performed with the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Little London Winds, First Presbyterian Brass Ensemble, the Blue Knights, Pueblo Symphony, Rocky Mountain Wind Ensemble, and Swing Factory. Jess Lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Trina.

Joe Walsh
Bb Tuba




Rick Packard
Principal Percussion

Rick is a senior research manager with Johns Manville, located in Littleton, Colorado, and has been with PPBB since the spring of 2008. Rick holds a BS degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Kansas Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He has participated in numerous community and church music groups over the years, most recently with the Castle Rock Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and with the classic rock band The Procrastinators, also based in Castle Rock.


Scott Bruce
Percussion

Scott and his wife Paula live in Colorado Springs. He recently retired as the Band Director at Evangelical Christian Academy. He sings in the choir and directs the orchestra at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. They have two sons Stephen (Beth) and Erik (Julie) and five grandchildren. Mr. Bruce received his BA in Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and was a member of the USAF Academy Band for over 30 years retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant.

Jason Emory
Percussion

Jason Emory is the Interim Director of Bands at Colorado State University – Pueblo, and is in his 11 th year of teaching music professionally. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a high school band director in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Douglas County. Ensembles under Mr. Emory’s direction have received statewide recognition. His marching bands were perennial state semi-finalists and concert and jazz ensembles regularly earned Superior (Division I) ratings at large group festivals. Last year, Mr. Emory accepted a position as an Educational Representative for the Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology(CIOMIT). Mr. Emory trained at CIOMIT as an apprentice repair technician and provides support and instrument repair services to school band and orchestra programs across Southern Colorado in addition to his duties at CSU-Pueblo, which include directing the Wind Ensemble and University Band, and teaching Basic and Advanced Conducting courses.


Levi Lyman
Percussion

 
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