Colonel (Ret.) Tom Rotondi
Colonel (Ret.) Thomas Rotondi, Jr. retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 following a distinguished 34-year military career culminating as the eighth Leader and Commander of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. Originally from Chicago Heights, IL, Rotondi holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University, Decatur, IL, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA. While at Millikin University, Col. Rotondi was active in Phi Mu Alpha and was selected for Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Fraternity. Col. Rotondi performed at numerous national events including the State Funeral for Pres. Gerald R. Ford and the first inauguration for Pres. Barack Obama. He has also conducted throughout Europe as well as Japan and China, being the first U.S. military band officer to conduct the Peoples Liberation Army Band in Beijing, China. Col. Rotondi was elected to membership into the American Bandmasters Assoc. in 2005, was awarded the Alumni Merit Award from Millikin University in 2007 and was inducted into the Bloom Township High School Hall of Fame in 2010. Besides serving on the Board of Directors for the Association of Concert Bands, he also serves as the Advisor to the Director for the Music At The Summit Adult Band Institute and continues to serve on the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Col. George S. Howard Award Committee. Col. Rotondi currently resides in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he remains active as a freelance conductor, musical consultant and clinician.
Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Beth Steele
Executive Director / Conductor
The Executive Director of Music at the Summit is Ms. Beth Steele, who is an experienced musician and conductor. Beth created Music at the Summit and driving force behind it's continued growth and improvement. She received her Bachelor of Music (Trumpet) degree and Master of Music (Wind Conducting) degree from Northwestern University in 1988 and 1989 respectively. Ms. Steele has performed on trumpet many ensembles including: the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; New Sousa Band; Virginia Symphony; and the British Imperial Military Band.
Beth served as a career US Army musician, where her duties included: Associate Director, US Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Washington, DC; Conductor, Continental Army Band, Hampton, VA; Commandant, Army School of Music, Virginia Beach, VA; Conductor, US Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus, Washington, DC; and most recently as the Commander of the US Army Europe Band & Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany.
While in Europe, Beth developed enduring partnerships with European musicians and was awarded the German government’s highest peacetime award: The Silver Cross of Honor. The first for an American Director of Music. She also led the Band & Chorus in historic performances in Moscow’s Red Square, for Her Majesty the Queen in London, and first-ever combined concerts with the National Serbian Defense orchestra.
Alaunde Copley-Woods is principal flute of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Greeley Philharmonic. She has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Mirinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Alaunde received a Master of Music Degree in flute performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and holds top prizes in the New York Flute Club, Kingsville International, and Sorantin International competitions. She has coached at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, University of Colorado, Bowdoin Music Festival, the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and teaches privately in Boulder, CO. Alaunde is piccoloist for the Denver Municipal Band, the oldest professional concert band in the US.
Dr. Janice Minor
Clarinetist, Janice L. Minor enjoys an active career as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player, clinician, and music educator. She has performed and appeared in a wide variety of venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Rococo Theater in Schwetzingen Germany, the Puccini Theater in Italy, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, the Lucca Music Festival in Lucca, Italy, and the Saarburger Serenaden Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, the Cincinnati Opera, and on soundtracks for The Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Dedicated to her role as artist-teacher, Dr. Minor is a passionate educator who is frequently invited to present master classes and clinics throughout the country and abroad. She is a Buffet Group U.S.A. Artist performing on Buffet Crampon clarinets and music reviewer for The Clarinet: The official journal of the International Clarinet Association. Her CD “The Recital Clarinetist” with pianist, Paulo Steinberg was recently released by Summit Records. It is available on Amazon, iTunes and Summit Records website.
Sue Neff is the co-principal oboe and English horn of The Piedmont Symphony in Warrenton, Virginia. She has performed with various summer festival ensembles including the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Sound of America Honor Band & Chorus, in addition to the principal oboe for the inaugural season of the National Orchestral Institute. From 2011-2014, Neff was adjunct professor of oboe studies at Northern Virginia Community College-Alexandria campus and was principal oboe for seven years with the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra in Annandale, Virginia. Ms. Neff earned her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance with honors from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from The Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory. She has performed in Moscow, across Europe and the US, and is a veteran of The United States Continental Army Band.
Originally from Anoka, Minnesota, Margaret Banton has performed as a freelance and military musician and clinician in the Atlanta area for over 25 years, where she first served as saxophonist and vocalist with the Army Ground Force Band, Ft. McPherson, Georgia. In 2013, Margaret retired from the Air National Guard Band of the South, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Georgia, where she performed as saxophonist and vocalist, and served as the band’s senior enlisted leader. Equally versatile in classical, jazz, and pop genres, Margaret performs with several jazz ensembles and small groups in and around the Atlanta area, to include the Atlanta 17, Big Band Atlanta, Brookwood Split, and the Georgia Perimeter College Big Band. She also performed with the Minnesota Vikings Band for five years and was a recipient of a McDonalds All-American Jazz Ensemble scholarship. Margaret holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business/Industry, a Master’s degree in Human Resource (HR) Management, and has a full-time career as a Federal HR Director. She resides in Smyrna, Georgia.
Carol Doemel is the Director of Orchestras and Department Head of Fine Arts at Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from Florida State University in 1984. Ms. Doemel performed with the United States Army Forces Command Band, touring nationwide from 1984-1991. During this time, Ms. Doemel received her Masters of Music degree in Music Performance from Georgia State University, and followed with a Post-Baccalaureate degree in String Education. She took the position of Director of Orchestras at Lassiter High School in 1993. The Lassiter Orchestra has performed at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference (2001, 2008), and is currently preparing for their third Georgia Music Educators Conference (2003, 2006). Ms. Doemel is a frequent adjudicator and clinician in the Atlanta area. She is an active member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, serving as a Master Judge for the organization, and a member of the Music Educators National Conference. She has continued her military career as a member of the 116th Army National Guard Band stationed at Dobbins Air Force Base.
Hornist Patrick Hodge is an East-Tennessee native who has performed in famous worldwide venues such as Suntory Hall in Tokyowith the Pacific Music Festival under maestro Fabio Luisi, CarnegieHall under maestro Alan Gilbert and the Hollywood Bowl. Mr. Hodge has attended numerous music festivals including Spoleto Festival USA, the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Eastern Music Festival. A graduate of the Juilliard School and Colburn Conservatory, Mr. Hodge has also performed with orchestras across the United States including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and the Harrisburg Symphony. An avid orchestral musician, Mr. Hodge just recently won the position of Assistant and Utility Horn in the Colorado Symphony.
Bass Trombonist Gregory Harper has been a member of the Colorado Symphony since 1997. A native of Massachusetts, he began his musical training at age 10. He holds degrees from Rice University “Shepherd School of Music,” as well as University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, he was the interim Bass Trombonist with L’Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia of La Coruna, Spain. Greg has also played with the Houston, Minnesota and Montreal Symphony and can be heard as guest Bass Trombonist on the 2014 Grammy Award winning record of Sibelius Symphony No. 1 and 4 with the Minnesota Orchestra under Maestro Osmo Vanska. As a guest clinician and lecturer, he was the featured guest artist at the 1998 International Trombone Association Workshop, the 2001 South Shore Low Brass Symposium held in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Greg has taught Trombone Pedagogy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and is currently Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. He is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Trombone Corporation.
Dr. Richard Morgan
From beginning as a band director, to being a private teacher and low brass specialist, to performing, Richard Morgan has spent his entire career in the band world. A founding member of the Dallas Wind Symphony as principal tubist, he also conducted their Fourth of July Concerts as John Philip Sousa. While on the faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, he played with the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony, as well as the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Morgan has degrees in Tuba Performance and Musicology from the University of North Texas, and in music education from Abilene Christian University. After retiring from university teaching, he moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, where he continues to perform with the Centennial Band, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, and the Faculty Brass Quintet at Colorado Mesa University. He maintains a private studio of low brass students, works for Roper Music as their Educational Representative, and serves as Music Director for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band in 1997, Scott Vincent attended the New England Conservatory of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University. He has performed as principal timpanist with the Newton Symphony and as percussionist with the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic. After serving for more than ten years as timpanist with the Concert Band, Mr. Vincent accepted the position as Graphic Designer and Production Manager with the Army Field Band, where his responsibilities include designing and maintaining all print and online media.
Dr. Daniel Bolin
Dr. Daniel Bolin is Emeritus Professor of Music at the Jordan College of the Arts, Butler University. During his 48 year career in education he served as a high school band director, school administrator (including superintendent of one of the largest school districts in Indiana) and Chair of Butler’s School of Music from 1995 until 2001, and again from January 2009 until May 2014.
His bands have performed for the Indiana Music Educators State Conference, the American School Band Directors National Convention and was honored by several universities. In 1977 he was elected into the American School Band Directors Association and selected as the Outstanding Young Band Director for Indiana.
In 1981 he founded the Great Lakes Music Camp which served middle school and high school musicians throughout the Midwest for 23 years. He has also served on the staff of the Purdue University Band Camp, the Indiana University Music Clinic, the Ball State University Summer Music Camp and the Smith-Walbridge Band Camp.
He is a member of numerous music and education honor societies and is currently a member of the board of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He has guest conducted and hosted nearly all of America’s premiere military bands and is a recipient of the United States Army Civilian Public Service medal and in 2018 he was awarded the "Sagamore of the Wabash" by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
We are excited to announce that Carl Topilow, founder and Conductor of the Cleveland Pops and the National Repertory Orchestra will be joining us for our final performance. Carl, renowned worldwide for his versatility whether holding a conductor’s baton or his trademark red clarinet, is a multi-talented virtuoso who is equally at home in classical and popular music.