OUR TEAM

ORCHID CITY BRASS BAND

OUR BOARD

OFFICERS

MEMBERS

OUR DIRECTOR

GARY D GREEN

GARY GREEN serves as the Musical Director and Conductor of the Orchid City Brass Band. Prior to this appointment in 2022, he served 22 years as Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, from which he retired in 2015. For 18 of those years, he served as Chairman of Instrumental Performance and taught graduate conducting students in wind and percussion.

For the prior 10 years, Green held the position of Director of Bands at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. Throughout his tenure at UM and UC, Green led commissioning and recording projects of new pieces for wind ensemble. His contributions to the growth and development of wind band repertoire are tremendous and include large-scale works such as David Maslanka’s Symphony No. 3 (1991/2007) and Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requiem (1995).
Green is an enthusiastic champion of contemporary composers and his efforts have significantly enlarged the wind band repertoire. Green has commissioned over 40 works and taken part in over 50 consortium commissions. Commissions and consortia with which Green has been involved include such composers such as Mason Bates, Steven Bryant, Steve Danyew, Michael Daugherty, Paul Dooley, Kenneth Fuchs, David Gillingham, John Harbison, David Maslanka, William Penn, Joel Puckett, Thomas Sleeper, James Stephenson, James Syler, Christopher Theofanidis, Frank Ticheli, and Eric Whitacre.
In 2002, Green was awarded the Phillip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship, and in 2007 he he joined the ranks of Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, and John Paynter in the Bands of America Hall of Fame.

Green was awarded the Distinguished Service to Music Award for his contributions to the field of conducting by Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. Green is an active member of numerous professional organizations that serve to further the growth of music education, as well as specifically the wind band world. He holds memberships with the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Director’s National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association.

our players

Randy Sonntag

Randy Sonntag

Eb Soprano Cornet
Pamela Smitter*

Pamela Smitter*

Solo Cornet
James Estes

James Estes

Solo Cornet
Nick Patsis

Nick Patsis

Solo Cornet
Trudy Cavallo

Trudy Cavallo

Solo Cornet
Richard Shaw

Richard Shaw

Solo Cornet
Bill Castillo

Bill Castillo

Repiano Cornet
Bryan Anderson

Bryan Anderson

Second Cornet
Tony Aversano

Tony Aversano

Second Cornet
Conner Hoffman

Conner Hoffman

Third Cornet
Larry Malin

Larry Malin

Third Cornet
Ransom Miller

Ransom Miller

Flugelhorn
Jennifer Girdlestone

Jennifer Girdlestone

Tenor Horn*
Chris Loomis

Chris Loomis

Tenor Horn
Brandon Ehrlich

Brandon Ehrlich

Tenor Horn
Manny Camacho II*

Manny Camacho II*

Baritone Horn
Sarah Shearon-Smith

Sarah Shearon-Smith

Baritone Horn
Alejandro Guardia, Jr*

Alejandro Guardia, Jr*

Euphoniums
Michael O’Conner

Michael O’Conner

Euphoniums
Patrick Hengstler

Patrick Hengstler

Tenor Trombone
Sherwood Graham

Sherwood Graham

Tenor Trombone
Tyler Hatter

Tyler Hatter

Tenor Trombone
Andre Prouty

Andre Prouty

Bass Trombone
Max McMillan*

Max McMillan*

Eb Bass
Alexandra Castillo

Alexandra Castillo

Eb Bass
Franklin Ticas Castellon

Franklin Ticas Castellon

Bb Bass
Mike Cunnion

Mike Cunnion

Bb Bass
Ryan Ross*

Ryan Ross*

Percussion
Nikola Gjorcevski

Nikola Gjorcevski

Percussion
Emily Moorhead

Emily Moorhead

Percussion

Randy Sonntag

Eb Soprano Cornet

Eb Cornet)has been a Palm Beach County music educator since 1974. He holds a Masters Degree from FAU . He was the Dean of the Palm Beach County School of the Arts and subsequently became the Dean of the Music Department of the Dryfoos School of the Arts.Randy is a music clinician, conductor, adjuticator and freelance trumpet player . He is a long time resident of Jupiter.

Pamela Smitter*

Solo Cornet

As both a soloist and a principal symphonic trumpeter, Pamela Smitter has captivated audiences around the world with her soulful yet powerful trumpet artistry. Performing with profound expression and a rare blend of compelling and nuanced musical styles, she is highly regarded for her musical orchestral leadership and teaching skills.For more than two decades, Dr. Smitter has been the principal trumpet with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Currently, she also performs as principal trumpet with the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Pamela has performed internationally in the HornPipes! Duo and released her first album, HARK!, with this ensemble in 2010. Previously, she was the principal trumpet “solista” in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo, and subsequently, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela and the Sinfonietta de Caracas. These associations provided the impetus for numerous solo engagements throughout Venezuela.Dr. Smitter completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University in December, 2020. She received her Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Michigan studying under Armando Ghitalla. As Adjunct Professor of Music, she most recently served on Purdue University-Fort Wayne’s brass faculty, and held similar positions at Grand Valley State University, Hope College, and Alma College (in Michigan). Her Bachelor of Arts degree in K-12 Music Education led to a permanent teaching certificate after working three years as a fulltime band director. She served as Lead Musician for the Carnegie Hall LinkUP! orchestra educational program from 2004-2012, coaching more than 100 participating area teachers and colleagues as musician-mentor, and interacting in local music classrooms.Pamela Smitter coordinated and facilitated the high-profile Festival of Trumpets concert for the 2013 International Trumpet Guild conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2014, she presented a master class at the Exploring Trumpets in Greece festival, and conducted the Michigan State University Graduate Brass Quintet in accompanying world-renowned soloist Vincent DiMartino. She also performed as principal trumpet with the Michigan State University Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall.Dr. Smitter has studied at the Art of Practicing Institute, performed with the Gaudete Brass Quintet, and been a frequent soloist at the annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival. Recently she has served as adjudicator for the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Association (SOPA) Excerpt Competition, and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) through Carnegie Hall.Dr. Smitter greets every opportunity with exceptional purpose, extraordinary spirit, and a zest for unparalleled success.

James Estes

Solo Cornet

James Estes James Estes (Cornet) has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a M.S. Degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Mr. Estes was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Miami and completed all the coursework and qualifying exams for the Ph.D. Degree in Music Education. In addition to his formal education, Mr. Estes was a private trumpet student of Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony and later studied with Gilbert Johnson, formerly Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was co-Principal Trumpet of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for 23 years. In his career Mr. Estes has performed with many of the most famous names in music, opera and ballet including Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolph Nureyev, John Williams, and Itzhak Perlman. In popular music Mr. Estes performed with Ray Charles, Peter Nero, Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinsen, Herb Alpert, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. among many others.

Nick Patsis

Solo Cornet

Nick Patsis (Cornet) has been an active music educator in the Palm Beach County schools for over forty two years. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University, and an Associates of Arts in Music from Palm Beach Community College. Mr. Patsis began his teaching career at Jupiter High School, where he served as Interim Band Director for a semester. In 1978, he accepted the position of Director of Bands at Congress Community Middle School, where he taught until 1987. In the fall of 1987, Mr. Patsis became the Director of Bands at Christa McAuliffe Middle School. He retired in May 2019 after teaching for 42 years.Mr. Patsis is the Co-Director of the Palm Beach County Band Camps, which he co-founded in 2001. While a full-time music educator, he maintains an active career as a freelance trumpet player. He has performed with Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Orchestra Delray, Orchid City Brass Band, Florida Wind Symphony, Masterworks Chorus, Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater, Jupiter Theater, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, Holliday on Ice, The Boca Pops, and numerous other professional and community organizations.

Trudy Cavallo

Solo Cornet

Trudy Cavallo (Cornet) has played trumpet throughout the world in a wide variety of venues and styles of music. Her music travels have taken her from playing tours of Ecuador and Italy to engagements in Paris and the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo. She has performed with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Florence, Italy, the Dance Theatre of Harlem's inaugural Broadway season, in several Broadway shows, and as an on-stage performer in a revival production of "Sugar" with Joe Namath, Phil Ford, and Mimi Hines in Atlantic City, NJ. Other well-known performers with whom she has worked include: Cab Calloway, Bob Hope, and the Latin legend, Machito. In South Florida, she has performed with many different groups, including the Symphony of the Americas, the Wind Symphony of Florida, the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, and the Miami Oratorio Society. She has also soloed with the Hollywood Philharmonic and the Broward Symphony Orchestra.

Richard Shaw

Solo Cornet

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Bill Castillo

Repiano Cornet

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Bryan Anderson

Second Cornet

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Tony Aversano

Second Cornet

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Conner Hoffman

Third Cornet

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Larry Malin

Third Cornet

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Ransom Miller

Flugelhorn

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Jennifer Girdlestone

Tenor Horn*

(Tenor Horn) attended Florida State University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. She has performed as a member of the world-renowned Florida State University Marching Chiefs serving as the Head Drum Major, as well as the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps serving as Section Leader and Soloist. Currently she is the Director of Bands at Boca Raton High School.

Chris Loomis

Tenor Horn

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Brandon Ehrlich

Tenor Horn

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Manny Camacho II*

Baritone Horn

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Sarah Shearon-Smith

Baritone Horn

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Alejandro Guardia, Jr*

Euphoniums

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Michael O’Conner

Euphoniums

(Baritone Horn) is one of the founding directors of the Orchid City Brass Band, bringing over a decade of experience with British brass bands. His professional experience includes playing euphonium with the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus Band, the New Sousa Band, and various brass ensembles. As a music historian, he has a special interest in historical brass playing, which prompted him to found the Coates Brass Band (Civil War), Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band (late 19th century), and the Washington Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble. As a college student, he was principal euphonium for the acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. His teachers included R. Winston Morris, Daniel Perantoni, and Paul Ebbers. He currently serves on the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University as an Associate Professor of Musicology.

Patrick Hengstler

Tenor Trombone

Patrick is a Boca Raton native and recently completed his Bachelor of Music Education Degree at Florida Atlantic University. He is currently attending the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL as a Master's Student for Trombone Performance.

Sherwood Graham

Tenor Trombone

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Tyler Hatter

Tenor Trombone

Andre Prouty

Bass Trombone

Max McMillan*

Eb Bass

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Alexandra Castillo

Eb Bass

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Franklin Ticas Castellon

Bb Bass

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Mike Cunnion

Bb Bass

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Ryan Ross*

Percussion

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Nikola Gjorcevski

Percussion

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Emily Moorhead

Percussion

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