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pixDave Robinson, Director:  Dave has directed the Capital Focus Jazz Band since its formation in 1988.  He is an active jazz performer, historian, and educator.  On trumpet, cornet, bass trumpet, valve trombone, and vocals, he has performed and toured with the top traditional and swing bands in the Washington DC area, and he currently leads the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band.  Dave is Adjunct Professor of Music at George Mason University, where he directs the Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble. He is the founder of the Traditional Jazz Educators Network, is Past President of the American Federation of Jazz Societies, and has produced the Smithsonian's Jazz Concert Series.  Dave helped to launch the Traditional Jazz Youth Band Festival in Sacramento, where he serves as clinician, lecturer and adjudicator, and he also has served on the faculties of the STJS Trad Jazz Youth Camp in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the National Jazz Workshop at Shenandoah University, as well as on the mentor teams of the Jazz Education Network and the National Association for Music Education.  Dave hosted "The French Quarter" on XM Satellite Radio for three years, drawn from his huge archive of trad jazz recordings.  He produced the Traditional Jazz Curriculum Kit, distributed nationally in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the Jazz Education Network, the National Endowment for the Arts, and various foundations.
 
The following outstanding young musicians have been members of the CFJB:
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pixRicky Alexander played clarinet, tenor and soprano sax with the band in 2009-12 while a student at the U. of Maryland.  Ricky also played in the Tom Cunningham Jazz Orchestra and led his own jazz groups.  He was named to the All-County (twice) and All-State Jazz Ensembles and was a Maryland Distinguished Scholar of the Arts.  He is now pursuing graduate studies in music at New York U., and leads his own trad jazz group.
pixBrian Almeter played cornet and trumpet with the band in 1997-98. Brian studied at Indiana University. He worked for the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, transferring handwritten arrangements to computer notation, and was also Assistant Jazz Band Director at Fairfax HS. Brian designed the CFJB web site.
pixKate Amrine played trumpet with the band in 2009-10 while a student at Walt Whitman HS.  Kate also played in the Jazz Academy Orchestra and the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, and was a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition.  Kate was selected for the All-County and All-State Jazz Ensembles, and was accepted into the Eastman Summer Classical, Jazz, and Trumpet Institute programs.  She went on to graduate from New York U., and now plays in the Hot Shim Sham Orchestra, Swingadelic, the Ross Kratter Big Band and other jazz and classical ensembles and musicals in New York City. Kate also teaches, and works as tour manager for jazz trumpet star Jeremy Pelt.
pixMark Armon played tuba with the band in 1996-97 while a student at Centreville HS. He went on to work in film production in New York City.
pix- atteberryKeith Atteberry played banjo and guitar with the band in 1991. Keith studied Music Education at Pembroke State U.
pixRussell Baker played trumpet with the band in 1997-98 while a student at Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS. Russell was selected for the Maryland All-State Jazz Band, and was the 1998 winner of the national Bix Lives Jazz Award. Russell went on to attend Columbia U.
pixJoel Baroody played drums with the band in 2003-2004 while a student at Herndon High School. He went on to major in music at the U. of South Carolina, with plans to play professionally.
pixTom Barrick played drums with the band in 1992. Tom later played with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, the Greg Harrison Jazz Band, and the Boilermakers Jazz Band, and currently holds the drums chair in the Radio King Orchestra and the jazz/pop group Chaise Lounge.
pixBen Bayer played tuba with the band in 1997-98 while a student at Wheaton HS. He went on to study Music Education at West Virginia U.
Pete Begina played tuba with the band in 2012-14 while a student at the U. of Maryland. Pete graduated with a degree in music. In high school he was consistently named to the All State Bands and Orchestras.  He also played in The Tuesday Brass, and toured nationally with The King's Brass. Pete now manages a music store in Washington state.  
pixTeedo Bilecky played banjo and guitar with the band in 1989-90 while a student at JEB Stuart HS.
pixAlan Biller played banjo, guitar and clarinet with the band in 1997-99 while a student at Richard Montgomery HS, and rejoined for 2007-8.   While in high school, he was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble.   Alan went on to major in jazz performance at New York U., where he formed a student traditional jazz group, the Washington Square Stompers.  He later played bass on cruise ships, and served as a jazz intern at the Smithsonian.  Alan returned to New York to pursue graduate studies at New York U.  
pixDavid Brenneman, a student at the U. of Maryland, has played trombone and tuba with the band since 2008.  David was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Award and the Patrick S. Gilmore Award, and was named to All-State Band three years, including one year as first chair.  He has performed with the Baltimore Symphony and the Capital Wind Symphony, and also plays in the Swing Time Big Band.
pixNick Brewer played piano with the band in 1996 while a student at Frederick Douglass HS. He won several awards for outstanding musicianship before moving to Germany.
pixWil Brumbach played banjo and guitar with the band in 2008-12 while a student at the U. of Maryland.  Wil has studied with jazz guitarist Pat Martino.  He is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award as well as various soloist awards.  Wil has played with the New Orleans-style brass band Yamomanem, and has been active as a studio musician. He currently teaches instrumental music in Maryland public schools.
pixAntonio Castro-Ossorio played piano with the band in 2007-8 while a student at Quince Orchard High School.  Antonio was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble twice, and received a "Top Talent Circle" rating from the National Guild of Piano Teachers.  Antonio went on to study jazz at the U. of North Carolina--Greensboro before moving to New York City. He has toured China twice, was a finalist in the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition, and was awarded Best Band at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition. He is also the recipient of a DownBeat Award for Best Jazz Arrangement. Antonio has arranged and recorded with Lee Konitz, Donny McCaslin, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Marcus Printup, and he composes for film and multimedia.
pixEric Chandler played trumpet with the band in 2009 while a student at Walter Johnson HS.  Eric also played in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.  He went on to attend Carnegie Mellon U.
Elijah Cole, a student at Walter Johnson HS, has played piano, guitar and banjo with the band since 2013. He received the Arts Star Award for his work in digital music. Elijah also plays in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and the Jazz Academy Orchestra, and leads his own jazz trio. He was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble as well as the Music for All Jazz Band of America. Elijah has attended the Eastern U.S. Music Camp, and also plays bass.
Perry Cowdery played banjo and guitar with the band in 2011-12 while a student at Westfield HS.  He was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble, and received an Outstanding Soloist Award at the FiestaVal Competition.  Perry also received the Chantilly Jazz Festival's Summer Jazz Workshop Award, as well as the Glenn McCarthy Award as the top senior guitarist in his school.  He now attends Columbia College in Chicago.
Seth Crail, a student at Oakton HS, has played clarinet and tenor sax with the band since 2014. He was selected as first chair for the All-State Jazz Ensemble and the All-District Wind Ensemble, and has also won soloist awards, including the Essentially Ellington Outstanding Soloist Award. Seth also plays in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra.
pixMike Curtis played drums with the band in 1991 while a student at Seneca Valley HS.  He is now a jazz drummer and studio technician in California.
pixJeanie Dawson played clarinet with the band in 1989-90 while a student at Catholic U.  Jeanie became a music teacher at Maret School.
pixSam Dingman played clarinet and soprano sax with the band in 1999-2000 while a student at T.C. Williams HS. Sam was a winner of the Woody Herman Jazz Award and Chantilly Jazz Festival's Best Soloist Award, and was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble. He went on to attend Swarthmore College.
Reuben Dubester, a student at Woodrow Wilson HS, is new to the band this year on drums. Reuben is a recipient of the Essentially Ellington Outstanding Player Award, and held the top drum spot at the Interlochen jazz program. He also plays in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and the Minor Third Trio.
pixAnders Eliasson played drums with the band in 2009-2012 while a student at the U. of Maryland.  Anders is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.  He is currently the drummer in Dave Robinson's Conservatory Classic Jazz Band.  He has performed with the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra, Dixieland Express, Hot Society Orchestra of Washington, and the New Orleans-style brass band Yamomanem, and also plays in the James Bazen Big Band and Don Junker Big Band, in addition to leading his own jazz combos.
pixMatt Ellison played banjo and guitar with the band in 1993-95. Matt studied at Berklee School of Music.
pixGreg Englar played banjo and guitar with the band in 2006 while a student at James Hubert Blake HS.  He was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble, and played in the Blake Dixieland Band.  Greg went on to attend New York U.
pixDave Erickson played trumpet with the band in 1993-94. He has played in the HOTS Jazz Orchestra, Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, Laissez Foure (trad jazz), Blue Crescent Syncopators, Craig Gildner Big Band, and the New Columbia Swing Orchestra, and led a group called D.C. Dixie.  Dave is married to CFJB alumna Rachel McCarthy.
pixArianna Fanning played drums with the band in 2007-8 while a student at Langley HS.  A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and Premier Young Artist Award, she is also the winner of national scholarships awarded by the Percussive Arts Society and by Modern Drummer Magazine, and was selected for the prestigious Governor's School summer program as well as the All-State Jazz Ensemble.  Arianna also played with the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and the Annandale Jazz Ambassadors, with whom she performed overseas.  She has served as a counselor at the National Jazz Workshop.  Arianna went on to the jazz studies program at Indiana U., and is now gigging in Nashville.
Brian Farrow played banjo and guitar with the band in 2009-10 while a student at Clarksburg HS and then Howard U.  Brian also plays bass.
pixHarlan Feinstein played trumpet, trombone, clarinet, and tuba with the band from 1989-94 while a student at Georgetown U.  Harlan became a member of the board of directors of the Potomac River Jazz Club.   He now works as a computer programmer and musician in the Seattle area.
pixKeith Fitzgerald played trombone with the band in 1998 while a student at George Mason U.  He was selected to be in one of the bands at Disney World in Florida.  Keith went on to join the Air Force Band at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
Drew Flores, a student at George Mason U., has played piano with the band since 2009.  Drew is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.  He is majoring in jazz studies, and also composes and leads his own jazz group in addition to performing with the Thad Wilson Orchestra.
pixTJ Fredrick played tuba with the band in 2001 while a student at Herndon HS. He went on to pursue a Doctorate in Music Composition.
pixMike Gallant played piano with the band in 1998-99 while a student at Sidwell Friends School.  He received Honorable Mention in the ARTS National Talent Competition, and was named to the All-State Jazz Ensemble.  Mike continued his studies at Columbia U, and served as Senior Editor for Keyboard Magazine.  He now composes and performs for theater productions in New York City.
pixGeoff Gallante, a student at West Potomac HS, has played cornet with the band since 2009 when he was 8 years old.  Geoff has performed on NBC's "Tonight Show" and "Today Show", CBS' "Early Show", and on BBC Radio.  He has performed at the White House, the Capitol, the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and Iridium Jazz Club in New York.  He has been a featured soloist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Army Blues, and various wind ensembles, and has performed on nationally-televised ball games as well as at a variety of jazz festivals across the country.  Geoff has shared a stage with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Arturo Sandoval, Hugh Masekela, and Maynard Ferguson.  Locally he plays in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra, has performed with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and has sat in with Dixieland Direct, Hal's Bayou Jazz Band, and Dave Robinson's Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. Geoff is a recipient of the Essentially Ellington Outstanding Player Award.   He also plays piano.
pixBrian Garland played trumpet with the band in 1989 while a student at JEB Stuart HS.  He went on to graduate from James Madison U., and later became the Band Director at Falls Church HS.  He is now in Los Angeles composing music for films and television.
Cary Gilmore, a student at Westfield HS, has played banjo, guitar and piano with the band since 2013. He has performed at the Tinner Hill Blues Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival, and also plays in a jazz group called Guava. He aspires to become a professional musician.
pixJustin Greville played drums with the band in 1989-90 while a student at Sandy Spring Friends School.  He went on to study at Berklee School of Music.
pixBen Grimley played trombone with the band in 1990 while a student at Winston Churchill HS.
pixLionel Haas played piano with the band from 1992-95 while a student at Georgetown U. He later studied in England before moving back to his native Germany.
pixCalvin Haney played trumpet with the band in 1996 while a student at Northern Virginia Community College. He went on to study at Virginia Commonwealth U. to be a music teacher.
pixBen Hankle played trumpet with the band in 2005-06 while a student at the U. of Maryland.  Ben was in the All-State Jazz Ensemble in New Jersey for four years.  He also spent three years in the New York Tri-State Grammy Jazz Band, and one year in the All-American Grammy Jazz Band. Ben now plays jazz gigs in New York City.
pixBrian Harper played clarinet and soprano sax with the band in 1991-92 while a student at Richard Montgomery HS.
pixJake Harper played piano with the band in 2006 while a student at Winston Churchill HS.  He was named twice to the All-County Jazz Ensemble, and participated in the Paul Carr Jazz Camp.  Jake also played in the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra and the Early Birds Jazz Collective.  He went on to attend New York U.
pixSteve Helfand played drums with the band in 1999-2000 while a student at Montgomery Blair HS, and rejoined in 2002-03 while a student at the U. of Maryland. He also performed locally with the James Bazen Big Band, the Blue Sky Five, the Celestial Sliphorns and the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra. Steve toured internationally for several months as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and then joined the Air Force's Heartland of America Bands in Omaha NE, including the jazz big band The Notables. He is now stationed in Japan, playing in an Air Force jazz band and freelancing around Tokyo.
pixAllan Hill played clarinet and alto sax with the band in 1989 while a student at Montgomery Blair HS. Allan went on to graduate from New England Conservatory of Music.
pixSam Hillmer played clarinet and tenor sax with the band in 1996 while a student at Montgomery Blair HS. Sam went on to study music composition at the Manhattan School of Music.
pixBrett Hunter played drums with the band in 1997-98. Brett studied at Cleveland Institute of Music. He toured Germany with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Federal Jazz Commission, the Sunshine Skiffle Band, the Beall Street Seven, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra.
pixJon Ilhan played tuba with the band in 1999 while a student at Chantilly HS. He went on to attend Purdue U.
Ben Jackson, a student at U. of Maryland, has played trombone with the band since 2013. Ben is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He has played with the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the American Festival Pops Orchestra. Ben also performed in a nationally-broadcast jazz concert in Shanghai Concert Hall in China. Currently serving as a teaching assistant, he plans to earn a PhD in ethnomusicology.
pixDave Joyce played tuba with the band in 1989-93 while a student at Georgetown U.  He was previously selected for the McDonald's All-American High School Band.  Dave became an accountant on Wall Street, and subsequently relocated to Florida.
pixByung Kang played drums in the band in 2009 while a student at Walter Johnson HS.  Byung was selected for All-County Jazz Ensemble.
pixJoe Kaplowitz played tuba and piano with the band in 1989-91 while a student at South Lakes HS. He was later selected for a spot in the band at Walt Disney World. Joe was awarded the David Robinson Scholarship by the International Association of Jazz Educators in 1995. Joe graduated from Youngstown State U., and now works as a jazz organist in New York City.
pixBrian Kaufman played tuba with the band in 2007-8 while a graduate student at the U. of Maryland.   He has a degree in music education and tuba performance from the U. of Michigan, and completed his Masters in tuba performance.  Brian has taught at summer music festivals, and went on to pursue post-graduate studies in conducting at New England Conservatory while managing a youth orchestra.  He has also done gigs as a jazz singer.
Jon Kaufman played clarinet and alto sax with the band in 2010-11 while a student at Walt Whitman High School.  He studied jazz at the Interlochen Arts Camp, and was named to the All-State Orchestra and Band and All-County Band and Jazz Ensemble. John also played in the Jazz Academy Orchestra.  He now attends the U. of Michigan.
pixBrian Keegan played tuba, trombone, trumpet, and clarinet with the band from 1995 to 2003.  After graduating from Chantilly HS, Brian studied at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason U.  Brian was a winner of the Woody Herman Jazz Award, and received a National Communicator Award for his original jazz soundtrack to a documentary film.  He toured Germany with the Washington Symphony Orchestra; played in D.C. Dixie, the Celestial Sliphorns, and the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra; toured with the Bud Forrest Big Band; and appeared with the Artie Shaw Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  With a Masters in jazz trombone, Brian went on to teach music at the U. of Miami, after which he was accepted into the Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors.
pixJosh Keller played trumpet with the band from 2002-06 while a student at the U. of Maryland, and rejoined for 2007-8.  An alumnus of the Montgomery County Honors Jazz Ensemble and recipient of the "President's Scholarship," Josh majored in Music Education.  He also played with the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra and the New Orleans-style brass band Yamomanem.  After graduation, Josh served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in New Orleans, participating in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.  Josh then served as a substitute music teacher in Maryland schools before moving to Michigan to work as a director at a camp facility.  In Michigan he plays in a band called Who Hit John?, which combines folk and early jazz, and has also gigged with the Superior Jazz Band.
pixJohn Kocur played clarinet, alto and soprano sax, banjo and guitar with the band in 2007-8 while a graduate student at Howard U.  He holds a degree in Music Education from George Mason U. and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Howard U.  John performed in Japan with the Howard U. Jazz Ensemble, and has also performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and McLean Jazz Orchestra, and leads his own quartet.  John has taught jazz history and theory at George Mason U. and Northern Virginia Community College.  He was selected for the Kennedy Center's prestigious Jazz Ahead program, and was an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore. 
pixMike Kramer played banjo and guitar with the band in 2008-9 while a student at the U. of Maryland.  Mike is a winner of the Jonathan T. Deutsch Award for young jazz composers.  He has also played with the New Orleans-style brass band Yamomanem. Mike went on to graduate with a degree in jazz studies, and is now in the Army Blues, one of the nation's top military jazz ensembles.
pixDave Lambert played trombone with the band in 1992-94 while a student at James Madison HS. Dave was twice a finalist in the East Coast Jazz Festival's Fish Middleton Scholarship competition. Dave graduated from James Madison U. with a degree in Music Education, and went on to do graduate studies at Western Michigan U., where he won a national Down Beat Award for "college outstanding performance".  Now with a doctorate in music from the U. of Miami, Dave taught at the U. of Georgia and went on to become Director of Jazz Studies at U. of Mary in ND.
pixKevin Lambert, a graduate of the U. of Maryland, played tuba in the band in 2008-12.  Kevin is a recipient of the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, and was a National Merit Scholar.
pixPaul Lambert played trombone with the band in 2008-12 while a student at the U. of Maryland.  He was named to the All-State Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble, and was a semifinalist in the Army's Classical Solo Competition.  Paul is a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and was a National Merit Scholar.
Steve Leas, a graduate student at the U. of Maryland, has played banjo and guitar with the band since 2012.  He won the Maestro Award at the Boston Heritage Festival.  Steve majored in jazz performance and Spanish, and teaches guitar.
pixStephanie Lee played clarinet with the band in 1996 while a student at James Madison U.  She won the National Association of Music Merchandisers Scholarship, and has worked for the Musicians Union.  She subsequently relocated to Florida.
pixSeth Lieberman played clarinet and alto sax with the band in 2004-2005 while a student at the U. of Maryland. Seth majored in clarinet performance under a music scholarship. Previously, he won a clarinet performance scholarship from Skidmore College. Seth went on to teach music in Brooklyn.
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