Featured Musicians 1

  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 will be featured during the 2013 summer season of six concerts.

  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.

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.

John Marshell plays principal trumpet for the Marshall Rotary Band summer season and often has been a featured soloist. During the rest of the year, John plays principal trumpet for the Cereal City Winds concert band in Battle Creek and the Marshall Brass Quartet. John also plays cornet in the Capital City Brass Band in Lansing. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1956 and played for two years in the University of Michigan Symphonic Band and Marching Band under William D. Revelli. John was a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He is the retired manager of Ferree's Tool of Battle Creek which manufactures musical instrument repair equipment.
  John is an excellent cornetist, and he has played several of the difficult professional solos, including Grand Russian Fantasia, Bride of the Waves, and Columbia Fantasia Polka.

Kathleen Warriner taught middle-school band classes for Marshall Public Schools for six years. She now teaches all music classes for Tekonsha Community Schools. This teaching assignment includes high-school band and choir, middle-school bands, and elementary music, She has taught private clarinet lessons for many years and has previously worked for Battle Creek Catholic schools, Lakeview and Pennfield Public schools and taught lessons at the Community Music School. She graduated with honors from Central Michigan University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Instrumental Music major, Clarinet performance minor and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree. She has performed with the Marshall Rotary Band, the Kalamazoo College & Community Orchestra, many civic theatre productions, and is the music director for the Marshall Civic Players Junior Youth Music Program. During her college career, she was a member of the Central Michigan University Wind Ensemble for three years, and performed with them in Chicago, Illinois and New York City, Carnegie Hall. She also performed with the C.M.U. Symphony Orchestra as Principal Clarinetist and served as section leader for the Marching Chippewas. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity. She resides in Marshall with her husband, Greg, and children, Devon (16) and Andrew (12).  

  Frank Jess lives in Kalamazoo. He retired from General Motors Corporation in 1993 after 35 years of service as a die maker. He plays French horn with the Kalamazoo Concert Band, Kellogg Community College Concert Band, Kalamazoo Valley Community College Concert Band, Quintessence Woodwind Quintet, Ein Prosit German Band, and Blue Lake International Adult Band. Frank can play an assortment of different harmonicas, the alphorn, Eb alto horn, and the didgeridoo.

 
 

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