|Our Mission: 'to advance the musical arts by presenting quality concerts, demonstrations and otherwise offering the public authentic performances of the British Brass Band repertoire using the unique instrumentation of a British Brass Band.'|
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.
Mark started in the band in 1995 as a tenor horn player, then switched to cornet and the Eb soprano cornet part before becoming conductor in October 1999. Mark arranged many pieces for the band and took the band to two NABBA contests: in Little Rock Arkansas in 2003 and Chicago Illinois in 2005.
Mark's tenure was cut short by his untimely death in early 2008 shortly after he and his wife moved out of the Spokane area to be nearer to their grandchildren.
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 and West Valley low brass at their marching band camp. He has conducted 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 before becoming conductopr for this concert. He started the Spokane Brass Youth Band and during the day he is the Business Office Manager of Sunshine Terrace. Jim now plays Eb tuba in the band.
Dr. Julián Gómez Giraldo was 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.
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 also conducted the Spokane Falls Community College Concert Band for a period of time.
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.
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.