Photo by Heather Dunn
Gina plays clarinet.
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.
Drewcilla Holifield plays clarinet and serves as the primary speaker at concerts. 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 served as the concert master for the Wind Ensemble and VP of Bands at Liberty University. Drew also serves on the Board for the Mat-Su Ski Club. She currently works at an Edward Jones office in downtown Palmer.
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.
Bev J Earley
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.
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.
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.
Nancy plays clarinet, also.
Damenika plays Contrabass Clarinet with us.