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  Since 1993, Marshall Rotary Band has featured many soloists. Soloists may be band members or guest artists. Guest artists have included Martin Erickson (tuba), Byron Autrey (cornet), Ken Bauman (trumpet), Larry Ochiltree (drum set), Daniel Neesley (tuba), Luis Maldonado (euphonium), Philip Sinder (tuba), Scott Thornburg (cornet), Alison Shaw (xylophone), Deanna Swaboda (tuba), and Alan Stulberg (piano).
The musicians shown below are regular band members who have performed many solos with Marshall Rotary Band.

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  George Pendill is a native of Battle Creek and graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. George attended the Navy School of Music in Washington D.C. While stationed with the Fifth Army Band at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, he studied clarinet with the second clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony. He served for 15 months with the United States Army Pacific Band in Honolulu, Hawaii. George returned to Battle Creek to work for Clark Equipment Company for 21 years. He is currently semi-retired, but remains active in music performing with several local bands, including Up the Creek Jazz Band (formerly New Superior Jazz Band). George is the Music Director at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Battle Creek and President of the Board for the Cereal City Concert Band. George is a member of the Marshall Rotary Band Board of Directors and helps a lot behind the scenes with music collection and sorting. George is an exceptional improviser as well as an excellent music reader.

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Christine Griffith lives in Kalamazoo, MI where she teaches flute. She has a B.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University. Chris plays piccolo with the Kalamazoo Concert Band and is principal flutist with the Kalamazoo Philharmonia Orchestra. She and her husband John, who plays euphonium, trumpet and alphorn, founded, manage and play in the “Ein Prosit” German Band. She is also a member of the West Michigan Flute Orchestra, Quintet a' Vin (woodwind quintet), Kalamazoo Valley Community College Band, Marshall Rotary Band, Blue Lake International Adult Band, Windjammers International, Association of Concert Bands and National Flute Association. Chris and John have played on eight European concert tours with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and have played two tours in China with Windiana Concert Band and South Shore Orchestra of Indiana. Chris has been a featured soloist every season since she first joined the Marshall Rotary Band in 2000. When not playing her flute or piccolo, Chris enjoys traveling and spending time with her seven grandsons and two granddaughters who live in Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Francisco and St. Paul.

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Kathleen Warriner lives in Marshall and works at Charlotte Public Schools teaching Middle School Choir and Band and is also the Assistant Marching Band Director for the High School. She previously taught in both Tekonsha and Marshall Public Schools. She graduated with honors from Central Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Instrumental Music major, Clarinet performance minor and completed her Master of Music Education degree at Western Michigan University. She has performed with the Marshall Rotary Band, the Kalamazoo College & Community Orchestra, many civic theatre productions, and is often seen music directing for Marshall Civic Players. During her college career, she was a member of the CMU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and the Chippewa Marching Band. She performs regularly on multiple woodwind and keyboard instruments. Pit orchestras are one of her favorite activities, where she doubles on clarinet, flute, alto/tenor saxophone and her newest instrument, an Electronic Wind Controller. Her latest musical achievement has been the formation of MISDIRECTION, an entertainment band, playing a mix of jazz, pop, rock, and world musical styles.

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