BARRY DAVIS, TENOR SAX

Barry has played saxes and clarinet
in dance bands since high school
(only regrets-- never gets to dance
with the ladies!).  Besides the
Swingtime Big Band, he also sings
and plays reeds, guitar and banjo in a
number of other groups ((Sax Appeal
Saxophone Quartet, , Paramount Jazz
Orchestra [pre-swing 1929s-30s"hot
jazz"], Dixieland Express, Polyhymnia
acappella Chamber Choir,
Hometowne Barbershop Chorus,
Scale Tippers Barbershop Quartet,
Carefree Strangers Folk Group).  He
is especially inspired by two annual
events: world-class performers at
the Navy Band's Saxophone
Symposium., and performing with his
sax quartet at the Adult Chamber
Music Workshop.

Barry Davis grew up in
rural/small-town Wyoming, lots of
country music, not much classical.  
Earned a bachelor's in biology
(Dartmouth and Earlham Colleges) in
biology, did two years Alternative
Service, community development
and workcamps in France and India
with International Voluntary Service,
then earned a biochemistry Ph.D.
from Univ. of Miami Medical School.

As a college professor he did
medical research at Washington
University and taught at Montgomery
College until retiring to recruit
scientific reviewers who evaluate
cancer research grant applications.
VICTOR AGRESTI, TRUMPET
Trumpet in D.C. National Guard Band (early
1970's); member of Rockville Concert Band
since 1965
http://www.rocknet.org/Leisure/band/ ) and
principal trumpet for last 35 years;
co-lead trumpet in the Montgomery Village
Band
http://www.geocities.com/mvcband/index.htm  

Former member of Virginia Grand Military
Band http://www.vgmb.com  and has played
with numerous quintets and theater
orchestras.

Private lessons from Frank Chabrinski,
professional Trumpeter; and Dr. Emerson
Head, Professor of Trumpet Studies,
University of Maryland.
FRED TALCOTT, UPRIGHT BASS

Full-time environmental policy
analyst; part-time musician and
mural painter.

Recent performance include
public and private engagements
with; quartets and quintets with
jazz vocalist; the Hexagon Show;
the British Embassy Players' Old
Time Music Hall; The Arlington
Players; the Tuba Christmas at the
Kennedy Center and ceremonial
music for the U.S Coast Guard, the
U.S, EPA, and other Federal
agencies.
BOB VERNIER, TRUMPET

Born in Baltimore MD and played
clarinet in school band from fourth
grade through high school.

Picked up trumpet at age 21 and
have been playing in church,
community, and small group
organizations ever since including
Perry Hall Baptist Church Orchestra,
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Concert Band, Rockville Concert
Band, and Lochhaven Brass Quintet.  

Currently playing in the
Browningsville Cornet Band,
Paramount Jazz Orchestra, and
Dixieland Express, in addition to the
STBB. Day job is Aerospace Engineer
at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
DON CHAPMAN, TRUMPET
JOHN STEWART, TROMBONE

Retired, formerly with the Dept, of
Energy.

Also trombonist with the Dixieland
Express and the Olney Community
Band.

Serves on the Potomac River Jazz
Club Board
DAN REINHART, TROMBONE

I started playing trombone almost 50 years
ago by listening and trying to play along
with my father's Tommy Dorsey and Glenn
Miller records.

Over the years, I've studied with several
teachers, but I rarely have continued
these lessons for more than a few months
at a time.  

During those years I alternated between
playing trombone and trumpet and not
playing at all.  In the 1980s I stopped
playing trombone altogether and started
practicing saxophone, performing
regularly in public parks and Metro
stations around DC.   

About 1990, I returned to playing trombone
and started playing with several hot jazz
and swing bands in the Washington
metropolitan area.  

My greatest influences among trombonists
include: Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden,
J. J. Johnson and Bill Watrous.
FRED HENDRICKS, BARI SAX

Born Indianapolis, IN.  Played in
high-school marching, symphonic,
and dance bands.  Also played in
Indianapolis News Newsboys Band
age 12-15.  Played in college
dance-band based at Indiana
University.  Put horns away after
college.  Did not play another note
(except piano) until about 3 years
ago.  Now play in STBB,
sax/clarinet quartet, Montgomery
Symphony, and Browningsville
Cornet Band.  Also collaborative
arranging for STBB.
 
PAUL PINKHAM, GUITAR

Early years- Cum Laude graduate
of  Berklee College
of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in
Music Composition.

Worked with Atlantic recording
artists" Black Heat". Also traveled
with "Tonal Extensions" and
"Jungle Rock" before retiring in
1979.

Currently- Came out of retirement
in 2001 to play with
the Swing Time Big Band.
SUE HEGSTROM, VOCALIST

Sue Ellen Hegstrom was born and
raised in Iowa, and is a graduate of
The University of Iowa and
Kirkwood Community College

Sue Received a music scholarship
to the University of Iowa.   Study
with Paula Boire and Jocelyn
Carmichael while a student at the
University of Iowa.

Sue has been singing since age of
six in a variety of styles; country;
pop; classical; Broadway and Jazz.

In 2001, Sue joined Swing Time Big
Band as principle vocalist.

Ms. Hegstrom, in addition to
singing, is also an avid reader and
“scrapbooker”.  She has two
beautiful cats and is engaged to
be married in the spring of 2006.
BRUCE DAVIES, PERCUSSIONIST

Bruce Davies lives in North
Potomac, Maryland and currently
plays with several musical groups
in the Washington metropolitan
area.

Bruce played with the North
Carolina Symphony in Raleigh.

Bruce studied privately with Scott
Stevens and Saul Goodman.  After
graduating from Rice University,

Bruce lives in North Potomac, and
has three children: Adam, Sarah
and Joey.
PAUL NISSON, ALTO SAX

I played clarinet and alto sax in my
elementary school band ('62-'65)
and studied Jazz sax for one
semester at Berklee College of
music during my senior year at
Harvard College (AB '75).

After a 30 year hiatus, during which
I got my Ph.D. in Biophysics, raised
a family of three sons, now 15, 19
and 21, I took up the alto sax and
clarinet again in earnest in January
of '04 studying with Jim Bensinger,
a superb local musician and
teacher.
Along with playing with Swing Time
Big Band I also play clarinet with
the Browningsiville band, under
the  directorship of Gerry Geisbert
BOB ALLEN, TRUMPET, TROMBONE
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
A native of upstate New York and
lifelong “Drum Corps Nut”, Bob
holds both BM (Music Education ’
81)  and MM (Brass Performance ’
85)  degrees from Ithaca College.

After a three year stint teaching
instrumental music in the New
York public schools, he turned to a
new career in Software
Engineering and relocated to
Clarksburg MD with his wife Palma
and three kids in 1996.

After a nearly 18 year hiatus from
musical pursuits, Bob dusted off
his horns in 2003 and since then
has been active in a variety of
performing groups throughout
Frederick and Montgomery
counties. His recent credits on
French Horn, Trumpet, and
Trombone include the
Browningsville Cornet Band,
Rockville and Montgomery Village
Community Bands, Star Spangled
Big Band, Swing Time Big Band,
Village Jazz Band, Citizen’s Brass,
and an assortment of smaller
ensembles.
MARK NACHTIEB, TROMBONE

Mark's been playing almost forty
years.  He played lead trombone
up until college and then switched
to bass bone in the University of
Illinois Symphonic Band Program.

He played in the New Watusi Jazz
Unit, an avant garde big band and
dance troupe in Urbana.  Mark's
taken his trombone with him
during his travels around the
world, playing in a Hindu wedding
band in Nepal and with a local
band in Sierra Leone.  He played
with a concert band in Guangzhou,
China.  He's been with the Fugitive
Brass Quintet, a Washington, DC
area group, for almost ten years.

Mark is a Foreign Service Officer.  
He is fluent in Nepali, Mandarin
and Melanesian Pijin.  He has lived
or worked in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Fiji,
Marshall Islands, Nepal, Papua
New Guinea, Sierra Leone,
Solomon Islands, Kingdom of
Tonga, Vanuatu, and the People's
Republic of China.
HAROLD LOWE, TENOR SAX AND
CLARINET

Harold's musical career began as a
youngster in New York.  In junior high
school he played in the high school
marching and concert bands.   After
moving to Maryland in 1956 he played
lead tenor saxaphone in a group that,
depending on the contract, ranged from
a sextet to a full 18 piece swing band.  
Through 2 years at the University of
Maryland he played in both the marching
and symphonic bands at which point he
packed up his instruments and focused
on his education, family and career.

Harold is the founder and owner of Lowe
FS, a fully independent financial services
company that provides planning and
investment advisory services primarily
to individuals.  He has a blended family
of 4 children, 5 grandchildren and
resides in Sandy Spring, MD.

Several years ago he unpacked his
instruments, reinitiated taking private
lessons and began looking for
someplace to play.  This has resulted in
him now playing clarinet in the
Montgomery Symphony Orchestra,
participating in a saxaphone quartet and
of course is a member of STBB.
LEN MORRIS, TRUMPET
MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Len began his musical career in
fifth grade, playing trumpet, and
has since played in numerous
ensembles throughout his
education.  Len graduated from
Towson State University with a
Bachelor of Science, having
studied both geography and music.

Len is a founding member of the
Fugitive Brass Quintet,
co-assistant conductor and
trumpeter in the Rockville Concert
Band (with whom he has toured
Eastern Europe), and also plays in
the Rockville Swing Band, the
Rockville Dixie Rascals, the
Rockville Brass Band.  He also
freelances on trumpet whenever
possible, having gained
experience in churches and pit
orchestras around Maryland and
Washington, D.C.

Len devotes much of his
non-trumpet time to the Columbia
Concert Band as the percussion
section leader and
recently-elected Vice-President of
the CCB Executive Board.  
Additionally, he conducts and
arranges/composes for chamber
groups.  He currently directs Flute
Cocktail, an eight-piece flute choir,
and the Swing Time Big Band.

Len presently works as a
cartographer for the FAA in Silver
Spring, Maryland.
DON HAYDEN, TENOR SAX

SWING TIME BIG BAND  
ORIGINATOR, BUSINESS MANAGER

Played clarinet in High School
Band.

Formed and played in several
small dance bands during College.

Took twenty five years off from
playing my instrument to earn a
living, marry, and raise  four
children.

Re-entered the music field, by
joining the Montgomery Village
Community Band in 1994.

In 1998, started Swing Time Big
Band. Played our first commercial
gig in 1999, and the rest is
history...
.
MIKE BURNETTE,
TRUMPET
BOB GRAVES, ALTO SAX

I'm a native Washingtonian.  Started
playing sax in 4th grade and played
straight through college.   

Other saxophone playing experiences
have been with Walt Whitman High
School concert and Dance Band, Wake
Forest University Marching Band (Go
Deacs!) as lead alto player for Wake's
award winning Jazz Band.  I also spent an
entire one month mini-semester
traveling throughout North Carolina with
the WFU Jazz Band.  

I am a founding member of Wake Forest's
Jazz quartet "Catalyst".  Played at many
venues while at Wake and had the great
pleasure of returning to my alma mater
for a reunion concert in the fall of 2000.  
Hope to repeat at my 35th college
reunion in the fall of '08.

Put the sax away for about 25 years
(except for an occasional Xmas party) to
raise my family of three children in the
DC suburbs.  Now have three wonderful
grandchildren and a very supportive wife
of 35 years.

When not playing music, I'm a partner in
an insurance brokerage firm in Bethesda.

I was introduced to STBB by my church
buddy Harold Lowe.  Couldn't be more
thrilled to be part of a great sax section
and a terrific band!
ROGER COLEMAN
PIANIST AND GUITARIST

He holds a BA in Music and a BFA
in piano performance from SUNY
Buffalo and a Master's degree in
Music from the University of
Maryland.
Roger is an Associate Professor of
Music at Montgomery College on
the Takoma Park campus.
He performs classical music with
the Washington Area Piano
Society, and plays with several
area Rock bands.
Roger Coleman is a pianist and
guitarist who plays many different
styles of music.
BRUCE MORRIS, TRUMPET
FORMER SWING TIME BIG BAND MUSICIANS
GERRY GEISBERT, ALTO SAX

Gerry taught himself to play sax at
the age of 10.
He played in the marching, concert
and jazz bands through high
school.  
He played with the Army 5th
Infantry Division Band from 1982 to
1983.  
Besides playing with Swing Time
Big Band, he is currently Director
of the Browinigsville Cornet Band
and plays with Harmony, Yellow
Springs and Rhorersville
Community Bands as well as a
Saxophone and Clarinet Chamber
Quartet.
CARL MEYER,
VOCALIST
MARK PEDERSEN ALTO/
TENOR SAX AND
CLARINET
Mark has been playing in a number of bands
since graduating from St Olaf College
including; The Rockville Concert Band, The
Rockville Swing Band, The Southern
Maryland Concert Band, the Montgomery
College Wind Ensemble, the Dixie Rascals,
the Maryland Defense Force Band, and the
Swing Time Big Band.  Mark has also played
with a number of pit orchestras for
community theaters and dinner theaters.  

Mark has led bands including a Dixieland
band while in high school and more recently
the Rockville Swing Band for the yearly
ensembles concert.

Mark studied clarinet and saxophone with
Robert Rose of the Marine Band, The
Presidents’s Own; Derold “Bueffo” Simmons
of the US Army Field Band, The Kings of the
Road; and Rubin Haugen, clarinet and
saxophone instructor at St Olaf College.  
While at St Olaf College, Mark played clarinet
in the orchestra and tenor saxophone in the
jazz band.
Substitute -Alto/Tenor Sax & Clarinet

I began playing the clarinet in the 5th
grade and shortly afterwards began
the sax.
I took private lessons with Glen
Hanson from Salb Hanson Music in
Takoma Park, MD from the 5th through
the 12th grade. I majored on the
clarinet in college for two years and
then joined the Army where I went
through the music program at the Navy
School of Music before becoming a
member of The First US Army Band.

When I was discharged from the Army I
was married and reality of making a
living superseded my music so I didn’t
play for a couple of decades. I owned a
service business for many years and
worked my way into real estate where I
now have my Brokers license. I have
now been married over 40 years; have
two wonderful, adult children, and two
amazing twin grandsons.

I played lead alto sax with the Rockville
Swing Band for four years and have
played with the Olney Big Band, The
Anne Arundel College Community
Orchestra, The Rockville Concert
Band, The Montgomery College
Community Wind ensemble, the
Greenbelt Concert Band, & of course
the Swingtime Big Band. I always enjoy
receiving an email from Don Hayden
regarding filling in with the STBB
because it’s always a blast to play with
this talented group of musicians.
BOB FAVIN

Marshall earned his BA degree from
Emporia State University, He
studied with some of the most
prestigious trumpet coaches in the
country, including Lou Maggio and
James Stamp in Hollywood and
Armando Ghitalla of the Boston
Symphony.

He was a featured band soloist
throughout high school and college
and was selected 1st chair trumpet
and featured soloist  at the
prestigious University of Kansas
summer music camp.

Following his time in the army, he
spent several years playing lead
trumpet in the big bands of Jimmy
Dorsey, Les Elgart, and was a
featured soloist with Perez Prado
(playing "Cherry Pink and Apple
Blossom White" during the time it
was #1 in the country).  

Marshall's non-music career was as
CEO of several nonprofit
organizations in Michigan and Calif.,
including six years before
retirement in 2006 as president of
the Los Angeles Mission for the
Homeless.
MARSHALL McNOTT
TRUMPET
B.A. in Music Performance in Trumpet, The
American University, Washington, DC., Instructors
David Flowers; Bramhall Smith, Jr.; and Charles
Brady.

Performances on trumpet at The Kennedy
Center, The National Theatre, The National
Gallery of Art, Old Post Office Pavilion, The
National Cathedral, Vice Presidential Residence,
and on Capitol Hill.

Classical music performances with Washington
Pro Musica, Melos Sinfonia, Washington
Savoyards, Prince George's Philharmonic,
McLean Symphony, McLean Orchestra, Friday
Morning Music Club Orchestra, and
Chinese-American Symphony.

Popular/Jazz performances with New Columbia
Swing Orchestra, Doc Dikeman Big Band, Olney
Big Band, and various German bands/polka
bands.

Numerous performances at church services,
weddings, and other private functions, as soloist
and/or part of a group of musicians

Formerly brass instructor at St. Albans School
and National Cathedral School, Washington, DC;
Montgomery College Applied Music Institute;
Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun
Campus; Music & Arts, Sterling, VA.  Currently
teaching at Music & Arts, Germantown, MD.
Andrew Leech
A native New Yorker, Larry started  
playing trombone in 4th grade and
has continued throughout college
and medical school.  

He has played with numerous
musical groups throughout
Montgomery County and he is
currently the section leader for the
Rockville Concert Band.
LARRY STARIN