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©2019 Mat-Su Concert Band

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Board Members

Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown started playing saxophone in 5th grade, and played with the Roseville High School Concert and Jazz Bands in Michigan.  In high school, Bruce studied at the Larry Teal Studios in Detroit.  Bruce attended Michigan State University, where he played in the Spartan Marching Band, and numerous concert and jazz bands at Michigan State.  Bruce went to Northern Michigan University where he earned a master’s degree in English and came to Alaska to teach school in the Lower Kuskokwim School District.  He attended the University of New Mexico School of Law, and returned to Alaska to practice law.  He joined the Anchorage Community Concert Band upon returning to Alaska, and later joined the Mat-Su College Community Band upon moving to Palmer. He still plays in both bands. Bruce currently works a public defender in Palmer.

President

Drewcilla Holifield

Drewcilla Holifield plays clarinet in the band.  She started playing clarinet in the sixth grade.  She has performed on a local, national, and international level with groups such as the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and the Sound of America Honor Band and Choir. She performed as the concert master during her tenure at Liberty University in Virginia. Drewcilla currently works as a substitute teacher in the Mat-Su Borough School District. 

Vice President

Bev Earley

Bev Earley first played French Horn in her West Branch, Iowa high school band. Music was set aside as she served as a nurse in the Air Force and then started a family with her husband.  She joined the Columbus City Band in Columbus, Indiana in 1995 and then the Mat-Su Concert Band in 2008 when she and her husband moved up here for job opportunities.  She works as an RN at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center and stays busy enjoying the outdoors with her husband, and serving in the community Bible Study Fellowship and Mat-Su MOPS.

Treasurer

Zaz Hollander

Zaz Hollander plays alto clarinet in the band. She started playing clarinet in 5th grade and received musical instruction at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Zaz has performed with the North Idaho College Symphonic Band, Anchorage Community Band and the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. She works as a journalist and lives near Hatcher Pass with two spirited, smart daughters who inspire her every day.

Secretary

Gene Horner

Gene Horner has played trumpet since the 4th grade. He was fortunate to be able to spend his military career in the U.S. Army band system from 1967 to 1969. He set down his horn after the Army, except for a few times playing on church worship teams. Gene joined Mat-Su Concert Band in 2001 and has gratefully enjoyed the experience. He only regrets he didn’t discover community bands 40 years ago.

Board Member

Karen Ladegard

Karen Ladegard recently moved to Wasilla with her husband, Paul, after living in McGrath for 35 years where she worked as a teacher, school district administrator, and University of Alaska faculty.   She plays the clarinet, which she studied growing up in New York. She has played in the Niskayuna Town Band in the summers, has sung in the Thursday Musical Club in Schenectady, and gave music lessons in McGrath.

Board Member

Janet Bargewell

Janet Bargewell began playing flute in grade school in Oklahoma City and continued throughout high school. She went on to receive a music scholarship to Oklahoma City University. In 1975 she enlisted in the  US Army Reserves and continued to serve in various positions until she retired after 33 years, with two years in Afghanistan.Janet moved to Alaska in 2000 and began playing with the band in approx. 2009. 

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