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2014-2015 Season

Date and Time Concert


Sunday, October 19
3:00 PM

"Phantom Brass"

SFCC Auditorium

Sunday, December 14
3:00 PM
"The Ghost of British Brass Past"
SFCC Auditorium

Saturday, March 7
All Day

Northwest Brass Band Festival
Brass Band Northwest

Seattle Pacific University

Sunday, March 22
3:00 PM

"Spring Brass Bash"
Lewis & Clark High School

Sunday, May 17
3:00 PM

"Masters of Brass XVI"

North Central High School

Collins Loupe is the current conductor and artistic director of the Spokane British Brass band. Collins was a cornet player with the band in previous years and guest conducted the May Concert in 2010. He was chosen by the board of directors as permanent conductor in the summer of 2010.

Collins Loupe is also the band director at north Central High School in Spokane. Collins received his Bachelors in Music from Washington State University and a Masters in Education from City University, Seattle. He also plays trumpet, guitar and drums. In his free time he likes to hang glide, rock climb, kayak, and ride horses. Collins and his wife Alexis have a son and daughter who both attend college. As a family they enjoy camping, riding bikes and horses, canoeing and travel.


Eb Soprano Joe Potter Joe Potter performs in the Spokane British Brass Band on the Eb soprano part. Joe has called Spokane home for the last two decades minus four years at Washington State University, where he completed his Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance. Since then, he has performed with many local ensembles such as Men of Rhythm, Allegro Baroque & Beyond, and Raggs & Bush Doktor. When not at his day job or playing music, Joe enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two children. He is also an avid home brewer and has recently learned to ski.
Repiano Larry Larry Vorndran started learning the cornet at age 10 and played through high school. Upon entering college he laid the cornet down other than to play duets during Christmas with his father who played the violin. When Larry moved to Spokane at the age of 45, in 1995, he lived in Brown’s Addition where the Blooms Day runners ran by his apartment. He decided to bring out his cornet and play the only march he knew, “Onward Christians Soldiers”, which was received with cheers. Larry’s wife, Debbie, said that he would be playing the cornet in church next year! She got him lessons with Paul Halversen and got him in the SFCC Band. Since then he has played with the Spokane British Brass Band, Men of Rhythm, SFCC Orchestra, SFCC Jazz Ensemble, Gonzaga Orchestra, Gonzaga Wind Ensemble, and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. Larry is currently taking lessons from Chris Cook, a member of the Spokane Symphony.
Flugel Horn Gail Gail Phillips is a native of Spokane, and received her BA in Music Education and BM in Music Performance from Eastern Washington University in 1985 and received her MA in 1992.
Her first teaching assignment was in Port Townsend were she taught orchestra and band 5th-12th grade. Positions followed at Gonzaga Prep High School, Auburn, Medical Lake, Mead, Federal Way, Puyallup and Central Valley School Districts. Gail is excited to be back in the area as the Band Director at Chase Middle School in Spokane Public Schools.
In addition to her teaching assignments she has also been active at the WMEA conventions since 1988 as a presenter and serves as a clinician and adjudicator for numerous contest and festivals throughout the state. The Kalles Junior High Concert Band from Puyallup School District performed at the WMEA conference at the band banquet in 2004 in Yakima.
Gail has received personal awards that include the Washington State Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Education in May of 2000, the Teacher of the Year in 1997 for the Federal Way School District, Educator of the Year in 1993 in the Auburn School District and Valley Region Educator of the Year from the Puyallup School District in 2004. Gail was a member of the Tacoma Concert Band and played trumpet in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and other community ensembles. She also plays other instruments but really enjoys playing fiddle music on her violin. In her free time she enjoys gardening, tennis, basketball and spending time at her lake place on Pend Oreille, boating, motorcycle riding with family and friends.
Solo Cornet   David Mayo
Solo Cornet   Gail Russell
Solo Cornet   Justin Owsley
Solo Cornet Megan Megan Wedel
2nd Cornet rick Rick Plumbo
2nd Cornet   Dave Halverson
3rd Cornet   Jeremy Gering
3rd Cornet   Timothy Tibbits
Solo Tenor Horn Bruce Bruce Brummett, originally from Udall, Kansas, began his study of the horn at age 12. In high school, Bruce was selected to perform with the horn section of the Seattle Symphony. He studied at Witchita State University and obtained a degree in music performance from Central Washington University. A former member of the Seattle Brass Ensemble, Bruce is currently a member of the Spokane Falls Community Band, the Spokane Falls Community Orchestra, Gonzaga Wind Ensemble and the Spokane Horn Club. He is the principal Eb Tenor Horn in the Spokane British Brass Band. Bruce is the aluminum ingot manager for Travis Pattern and Foundry.
1st Tenor Horn Jim Jim Markley was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area but has lived in Coeur d’Alene for nearly 35 years. He began piano lessons at age 4 and horn lessons at age 12, playing the horn in various groups through college. He played horn in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony for several years before joining the Spokane British Brass Band. This is his 17th season with the band. During the day, Jim is the superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene Water Department. He and his wife Debbie have two children both of whom are excellent pianists. Jim is pleased to be the third best piano player in his family.
2nd Tenor Horn   Michael McConville
1st Baritone Hill Larry Hill
2nd Baritone Ryan Ryan Whitehead is a Spokane native and Central Valley High School graduate. In 2011, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Washington State University. His athletic background includes work in the WSU Athletic Department and the Spokane Shock Arena Football team.
Ryan competed in the WIAA/WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Contest as a euphonium soloist at CV. Ryan has also performed on baritone with Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps (Spokane, WA), trombone in the WSU Jazz program, and euphonium for the Gonzaga Wind Ensemble. In 2008, he was the 2nd place Baritone Soloist in the Drum Corps International Individual & Ensemble (I&E) Competition in Indianapolis, IN.
Currently, Ryan is a Visual Instructor for the Central Valley Marching Band, along with the Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps. He is a die-hard Seahawks, Mariners, and WSU Cougars fan. His various hobbies include playing guitar, tennis, frisbee golf, and competing in triathlons.
2nd Baritone Leonard Leonard Byrne was raised in Seattle and in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Idaho with both a BS and MS degree in electrical engineering. Leonard worked as a design engineer in the Spokane high tech scene, starting at Keytronic, then moving to ISC Systems – Olivetti, and finally with Packet Engines – Alcatel. Leonard has also been the tuba player for the Spokane Symphony since 1975. He spent many years juggling a 50-hr-week engineering job with symphony rehearsals and committees. Leonard retired in 2001 from his “day job” as an engineer to devote more time to music. In addition to tuba and baritone, he also performs on historical brass instruments such as serpent and ophicleide.
Euphonium Kit

Kit Cutler has played euphonium with the Spokane British Brass Band since its inception in 1995, and has served as band manager for most of that time. Kit grew up in Spokane, attending North Central High School and graduating from Whitman College with a BA in Chemistry.

Kit also performs with the Gonzaga Wind Ensemble and in the past played trombone with the Walla Walla symphony, and euphonium with the Spokane Falls Community Band.

Kit currently lives on a Wheat and Kentucky Bluegrass farm in Nine Mile Falls. He has three grown children, two granddaughters and one grandson.

Euphonium Sandi

Sandi Wilcox was born and raised in a small Indiana farming community. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Washington, DC and attended the University of Maryland, while working for the FBI as a file clerk. Upon returning to Indiana, she got married and started working as an accountant for a small CPA firm in Indianapolis. While in Indianapolis, she and her husband, RJ, were blessed with a son, Russ. Her husband was transferred to Southern California in 1984, where Sandi and their son soon followed. They resided in Huntington Beach for 24 years. While there, she worked for another CPA firm, Carpenter Petersen & Associates as Accounting Manager.
She played hand bells with her church’s hand bell choir for several years, as well as belonging to two community bands, Huntington Beach Concert Band and the Golden West Pops. She also played in a brass quintet. They also enjoyed the beach lifestyle, fishing, going to the beach, bike riding, spending time with neighbors and friends.
Sandi and RJ moved to Sagle, ID in June of 2009. She is now retired and will find her walking her dog, working in her flower garden, cooking, and reading.

Solo Trombone Eric Eric Marsh
2nd Trombone   Dan Cutler
Bass Trombone   Wayne Schreiner
Eb Tuba Jerry Jerry Olson is Principal Eb Tuba with the SBBB and is Chief Engineer for Spokane Public Radio (KPBX/KSFC/KPBZ). He is a member of the Spokane Piston & Rotary Club (SPARC, a euphonium/tuba quartet), Spokane Brassworks Quintet, Ex Lingua Mortua, and Octuba. Jerry has played as an extra with the Spokane Symphony and played in the Spokane Park Band. A native of Cleveland, Jerry is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he studied engineering. Before moving to Spokane in 1989, he was a member of many groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (where he is currently Principal Tuba), Fremont Philharmonic, San Jose Wind Symphony, San Jose Municipal Band and the Menlo Brass Quintet. Jerry and his wife, Judy James (retired Assistant Principal Horn with the Spokane Symphony) reside in Cheney with several very needy cats.
Eb Tuba Tim Tim Rundquist Tim Rundquist was an architect in the Spokane years for many decades. He has been playing the tuba for fifty years. This is his sixteenth year playing in the Spokane British Brass Band. Growing up in Iowa band country, he was raised on the sounds of summer Sunday concerts by municipal bands in the park. He played with several of them in high school and college, including two summers playing with the legendary Karl King in his Fort Dodge, Iowa band. Other interests include his family, arranging music for the brass band, singing big band swing tunes and gospel, back country horse riding (without the tuba), and classic Studebakers.
BBb tuba Mike Mike Ferries
BBb tuba   Brandon Campbell
Percussion   Cris Garza
Percussion   Chris Grant



October 1997


Michael Warner

THE FOUNDER, a Spokane resident for over 40 years, attended universities in Oregon and Idaho and earned a Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance from Eastern Washington University. He taught music in Rosalia and Libby, Montana before becoming Director of Bands at Mead High School. During his 27-year tenure at Mead High School, his bands performed throughout the Western United States, Western Canada, and marched in both the Pasedena Rose Bowl and the Miami Orange Bowl Parades. Since retirement, he has worked in the real estate field as an agent with Windermere Realty and is currently a minister. He also actively engaged as an adjudicator and judge at music festivals throughout the Northwest. Michael served as conductor and artistic director of the SBBB from its inception in 1995 until the fall of 1997.

For Michael Warner, conducting the Spokane British Brass Band was indeed a labor of love. Long a devotee of English Brass Bands, he visited England in 1993 to hear the best British Brass Bands performing in their national competition. Returning home, Michael sought out some of Eastern Washington's most talented brass musicians, bringing them together to create the Spokane British Brass Band.

December 1997


May 1999


Richard Strauch


October 1999


October 2007


Mark Williams

December 2007


May 2009


Devin Otto

October 2009 Jim

Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall is a native of Spokane and received a BA in Ed from EWU majoring in music. He has a private studio teaching trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba and trumpet. Jim has coached the Lewis & Clark low brass for the last four years and West Valley low brass at their marching band camp for the last two years. He conducts the choir at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and has performed with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, Spokane River Band, Spokane Riverpark Band, Wenatchee Symphony, Octuba and the Wenatchee British Brass Band.
Jim spent 10 years with the Spokane British Brass Band. He started the Spokane Brass Youth Band and during the day he is the Business Office Manager of Sunshine Terrace.

December 2009 Julian

Julian Gomez

Dr. Julián Gómez Giraldo is Director of Orchestras at Eastern Washington University and Director of Spokane Symphony Chorale. He has served as Interim Director of Orchestras, Professor of Choral Activities and Director of Choral Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also been professor of conducting at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional in Bogotá, as well as choral and orchestral clinician for the National Choral-Orchestral Program of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. Professor Gómez is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor of honor orchestras and choirs throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Colombia. He is also active as a composer and arranger, with several of his instrumental and choral works published by Hal Leonard.
Under the guidance of Helmuth Rilling, he has participated as an active conductor during Bach Festivals in Santiago de Compostela, leading the Bachakademie Orchestra of Stuttgart and Gächinger Kantorei. He has also appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and with the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. He has conducted the National Opera and Zarzuela Companies in Colombia in such works as “Barbero de Sevilla”, “La Leyenda del Beso” and “Marina”, led the university premiere of “Little Women” by Mark Adamo and another production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, and also appeared as Guest conductor of the Juan M. Corpas University Orchestra.
He also served as Music Director of the National Symphony Choir Santa Fe de Bogotá with which he was awarded First Prize in the Sixth International Polyphonic Competition “Ciudad de Ibagué.” Under his leadership for over ten years, the choir performed representative master choral-symphonic works and operatic repertoire with the Colombian National Symphony and the Bogotá Philharmonic, including both the world and international premieres of numerous works such as the “Misa Tango” by Luis Bacalov, Berlioz’s “Misa Solemnis”, Honegger’s “Jeanne D’Arc”, Prokofiev’s “Ivan the Terrible” and Blas Emilio Athehortua’s “Cristóforo Colombo”, among others. He received the Medal of “Honor al Mérito” in the category of Excellence and Outstanding Merit from the Colombian Institute of Culture.
Julián Gómez Giraldo began his studies of conducting and French Horn at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música, and the Escuela Superior de Música in his native Colombia. He also studied in the National Academy of Gregorian Chant in Venezuela with the Benedictine monks Luigi Agustoni and Johannes Berchmans, and in the Schola Guido D’Arezzo with the Benedictine monk Juan Ramón Uribe. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Conducting from the National Pedagogic University of Bogotá, and also earned Master’s degrees from Texas Christian University in Choral and Orchestral Conducting, and in Theory and Composition. Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting with Music History emphasis from the University of Northern Colorado. (ABD)
His teachers include renowned Colombian conductors Jaime Guillén, María Teresa Guillén, Jorge Zorro, and Maestros Helmuth Rilling, Russell Guyver and Germán Gutiérrez.

March 2010 Denise

Denise Snider

Denise Snider is an active musician and teacher from Pullman, WA. She holds degrees in music education and music performance from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Washington State University. She was a conducting finalist in 2008 with the Washington -Idaho Symphony, graduate teaching assistant with the WSU Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony, pit orchestra conductor for Pullman Civic Theatre productions of Beauty and the Beast and Bye-bye Birdie, and assisted with the Pullman Concert Band. She is currently conducting the Spokane Falls Community College Concert Band.

Ms. Snider is a trombonist whose performance credits include the Washington-Idaho Symphony, Pullman Concert Band, Rendezvous Orchestra, Hog Heaven Big Band, Off the Leash rock band, Jack Keller 5 and several instrumental groups throughout the Palouse region. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force band career field, having served at Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and United States Air Forces in Europe headquarters at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. She maintains a private studio for brass players and her students have achieved All-State and All-Northwest honors. Ms. Snider is also active as an adjudicator and clinician in local school districts. She teaches elementary music at Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School in Colton, WA, and is an organist at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pullman and St. Boniface Catholic Church in Uniontown, WA. She is married to bassist Dave Snider and is the mother of 4 children.

May 2010-present collins (See conductor tab for bio)

Collins Loupe is the current conductor and artistic director of the Spokane British Brass band. Collins was a cornet player with the band in previous years and guest conducted the May Concert in 2010. He was chosen by the board of directors as permanent conductor in the summer of 2010.

Collins Loupe is also the band director at north Central High School in Spokane. Collins received his Bachelors in Music from Washington State University and a Masters in Education from City University, Seattle. He also plays trumpet, guitar and drums. In his free time he likes to hang glide, rock climb, kayak, and ride horses. Collins and his wife Alexis have a son and daughter who both attend college. As a family they enjoy camping, riding bikes and horses, canoeing and travel.


Contact Information

Spokane British Brass Band

Band Manager

Kit Cutler (509) 466-5500


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