Flute/Piccolo: @Lisa Fee, #Staci Rosbury, Deborah Venezia
Oboe/English horn Bliss Carter, Laura Earle, Marti Upton
Clarinets Dana Alward, James Cole Binkley, Tony Borges, Cole Bushman,Victoria Bushman, Michael Chen, Jessica Davolli, Judy Dixon, Emma Fernandez, Richard Harmon, Kevin Hauser, Kayla Heckford, *@Ron Jewell, *Judy Kessler, Missy Kindy, Kathleen Kinion, Elyse Larkins, Terri Longdo, Bonnie Myers, Jennifer Nguy, Hannah O'Neal, Edward Pallone, Terri Poppell, Kim Scaccia, Jamie Szafran, Ryan Troester, David Tweed, Michael Westmoreland
Alto clarinet Paul Spiwak
Bass clarinet @Ruth Ann Heller
Contrabass clarinet Noah Palmer
Bassoon David Borst, Debra Fitzgerald, Larry Kramer, Edward Sheridan
Contrabassoon Justin Aubuchon
Saxophone *Andrew Cleaver, Ian Crumpton, Chris Kalwa, Alissa Kanocz, Joshua Sall, #Michelle Scheen, Jeff Vickers
French horn Jeff Adams, Jan Brownlee, Fred Brownlee, Nick Burner, @Rick Collins, Jade Deatheridge, Frank Grey, *Milford Kuhn, Michael Longdo, Debra Parisi, Steve Repp, Bill Warnick, Alyssa Widner
Trumpet Mark Browning, Linda Clark, David Ewing, Jessa Nelson, David Quenzler, Robert Scott, Richard Wood
Trombone Mike Lott, Andrew Pietruk, Gary Roland, @William Yoh
Bass trombone Charles Tollios
Euphonium David Arnold, Barry Simkin, Marli Anne Varnadoe
Tuba Eric Lee, Steven Johnson, Joe Rosen, Bill Snook, David Weinstein
Keyboard Jean Black
Timpani Parker Allen, Scott Smith
Percussion David Arnold, Shakiya Drayton, #Michelle Scheen
Cello Issac Moorman
String bass Richard Desgrange, Butch Gardner
Harp Gretchen Cover, Rex Moore
* Military Service
# Current Music Director
@ Past Music Director
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Debbie Venezia is the piccolo player with Central Florida Winds. She is originally from Hanover Township New Jersey. She studied with Gerald Quinlan while in high school and as an undergraduate at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she received her Bachelor’s in Music Education. She taught in the Ridgewood Public Schools. During those years teaching, she achieved a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. She has studied with Paige Brook of the New York Philharmonic, James, C. Scott, MaryAnn Archer and Michael Parloff, of Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. While in New Jersey, she performed with The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Tea for Three Trio as well as many solo performances in the NY Metropolitan area.
In addition to Central Florida Winds, Debbie currently plays with Central Florida Sunshine Flutes, Ascension Sinfonia and Eclectique Flute Trio. She owns Eclectique Productions which provides music for weddings and events. Eclectique also has many educational programs for children and adults and performs throughout Florida. Debbie also teaches privately and through the Central Florida Community Arts Academy.
Debbie is also an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Central Florida. She has an MDIV from Drew Theological Seminary. She was a facilitator with and was part of the creative team with the Walt Disney Company focusing on University level programs.
She currently lives in Kissimmee with her husband Ralph, and Maggie a basset hound and Caddie, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
Dr. David T. Borst is our principal Bassoonist who is originally from Hempstead, New York. While he was a senior at Hempstead High School, Dave studied bassoon with the famous Simon Kovar, who performed with the New York Philharmonic, taught at Julliard, and published many bassoon étude books. Mr. Kovar awarded Dave a summer session scholarship to the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. After graduating from Fredonia State University of N.Y., Dave won the audition for the Buffalo Philharmonic and performed there three years as a full-time player. After taking a teaching position and being the Director of Music for an area school district, he continued to perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic during the summers and as needed during the regular season.
In 1965, Dave was invited to take a music professorship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), where he taught for 33 years before retiring. While teaching there, he and his violinist wife, Ingrid, performed with the Johnstown Area Symphony Orchestra for over 35 years. While at IUP, he continued to study bassoon with K. David Van Hoesen at Eastman School of Music and earned a DMA degree at Eastman in 1974. Over the course of several summers, Dave performed concerts with the IUP Keystone Winds and recorded commercial CDs of major wind composers under the direction of Jack Stamp.
In 1979—1980 Dave was awarded a full-year sabbatical from IUP, during which he, his wife, and their young son traveled through Europe. He also had the privilege of living nine months in Israel. While living in Jerusalem, he started an instrumental program at the Anglican School, and was appointed as the conductor of the Jerusalem Youth Orchestra. In the summer of 1980, he conducted the orchestra on a goodwill tour of Germany and Austria.
After retiring in 1998 from IUP, Dave and his wife traveled with their motorhome across the United States. They were snowbirds in Florida for seven months a year until several years ago, when they became full-time residents at the ORA Resort in Melbourne Beach, Fl. While in Florida, he has performed with the Miami Symphony, Land of Lakes Symphony, Brevard Symphony, Space Coast Pops, Central Florida Winds, the Central Florida Chamber Winds, other professional ensembles, and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, where he was a charter member and principal bassoonist for 10 years.
Dave and Ingrid were married for 65 years before she passed away last Easter morning. All throughout their years together they enjoyed performing in many churches. They are blessed with 3 wonderful children, 11 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. With a grateful heart, Dave gives thanks to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the strength and ability to continue to perform with the Central Florida Winds and Chamber Winds, which he has greatly enjoyed for 19 years.
Andrew Cleaver is our principal saxophonist and frequent soloist with CFW. Andrew is originally from Baltimore, Maryland but grew up in Lakeland, Florida. He now lives in Melbourne.
Andrew enlisted in the Air Force in 1988 and joined The Heritage of America Band at Langley Air Force Base (AFB) as a saxophonist. In 1992, he transferred to The United States Air Forces in Europe Band as 1st alto in the Concert Band and lead alto for the Glenn Miller Band, all while serving as Drum Major for the Ceremonial Band. He moved from Germany to the Band of Mid-America at Scott AFB in 1996. Following a two-year assignment with Air Force Public Affairs at the Pentagon in September of 2001, he joined the United States Air Force Band at Bolling AFB, Washington D.C. in 2003. He later played baritone sax as a member of the Air Force's premier jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note until his retirement in 2009. Here is a link to his performance with The Airmen of Note:
He has performed with Louise Mandrell, Kevin Eubanks, The Beverly Sisters, Karrin Allyson, Paquito D'Rivera, Eugene Rousseau, and Bill Clinton. Andrew currently works for the Department of Treasury, and spends his free time performing with Melbourne's Space Coast Big Band and the Adagio Sax Quartet when he's not teaching saxophone lessons.
Rick Collins is our French Horn Section leader. He hails from Decatur, Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University. While he spent his professional career in Indiana, he currently resides in the retirement community of Genesis Pointe just south of Lake Wales.
Rick enlisted in the Indiana National Guard as a trumpet player while still in high school. He remained in the Band during his time as a student at Ball State and continued to be a member until his retirement 42 years later. During his enlistment he became played Trumpet, Euphonium, and French Horn. Rick served in the Officer Corps in several personnel roles, wrote Equal Opportunity policies while working at the Pentagon, and retired as the Commander and Director of the 38th Division Band.
Rick enjoyed a parallel career in public education as a Band Director, worked as a clinician in several settings, and judged marching bands, concert bands, and instrumental solo contests. He also served as a public school administrator and building level principal.
He retired from teaching and the military in the same year. Shortly afterwards, Rick’s wife of 30 years, Annie, fell victim to cancer in 2004. They had six children. Ten years later Rick married Joyce, who was also widowed and already living in Florida. They were “Snowbirds” until deciding to move to Florida permanently in the fall of 2017.
While Rick played in many community bands in Indiana, he saw a greater opportunity for performing in Florida. Since coming to Florida, Rick has played with:
Central Florida Winds, Central Florida Chamber Winds, Central Florida Brass Choir, Orlando Concert Band, Orlando Brass Sextet, Peacock Wind Ensemble, All Saints Episcopal Church Woodwind Quintet, Heartland Pops, Bartow Adult Community Band, Lakeland Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Winter Haven Symphony Orchestra, Heatherwood Concert Band, and guest soloist with Central Florida area Churches and Universities.
David A Ewing, principal trumpet and cornet of Central Florida Winds, is originally from Pompton Plains New Jersey where he studied from Nellie Clark of The Eastman College of music. David got a full five-year scholarship from the Philadelphia college of Performing Arts currently known as the University of the Arts. While there, he studied privately with Anthony Marchione who was chairman of brass. He graduated cum laude with both a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees.
After college, David taught in the Passaic County New Jersey school systems. He then studied trumpet with Gerard Schwartz of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. David also went on six tours with the International Symphonic Winds Orchestra as soloist and section leader. He toured throughout Scandinavian, Iceland, and Europe. One of his musical highlights was playing the Haydn trumpet concerto for the king of Denmark.
David has played for the Utica Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Colgate University Orchestra, Garden State Sinfonia, New Jersey Wind Orchestra, North Jersey Operetta Guild, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, and the East Coast Brass Quintet. Locally, David plays(ed) with the Space Coast Pops, Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Swingtime Jazz Band, Oh Golly Dixieland Band, Melbourne Municipal Band, NASA Holiday Band, Sunshine Brass Quintet, Melbourne Brass Quintet, the Coastal Brass, Central Lyric Opera, Space Coast Winds, Cocoa Village Playhouse, Henegar Pit Band, and also freelances.
David enjoys teaching trumpet as well as band and chorus at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, Rockledge High School, Cocoa High School, Melbourne Youth Band, Burnished Brass, Camerata Winds, New Horizons Jazz Band Of Melbourne, and the New Horizons Jazz Band Of Rockledge, as well as the Stake Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Until COVID-19 appeared, he taught at Sebastian River High School and Melbourne High School as a trumpet tutor. He currently teaches privately from his home in Rockledge and through Zoom.
David is married to his best friend Donna and they have one son, daughter-in-law, and is blessed with four grandchildren. He currently has three chickens and two Moodles, which are a Maltese-Poodle mix. He is an active member of the Latter Day Saints Church.
Ron began playing clarinet in 4th grade in Ohio. He studied with Harry Joyce and Norman Kobal in Youngstown. After graduating from Satellite High School he attended Brevard Junior College and Florida State University where he studied with Harry Schmidt, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. After graduation he joined the Air Force and played in the 536 AF Band at Patrick AFB, and the Strategic Air Command Band at Offutt AFB, Nebraska. After leaving the Air Force he taught in the parochial schools of Omaha, NE and Council Bluff, IA. While teaching in the Stromsburg Public Schools, he earned a Master of Music from the University of Nebraska where he studied with Wesley Reist. For six years he was the principal clarinetist in the 43rd Army Band in the Nebraska National Guard.
In 1983 he moved back to Florida and taught for 3 years at Satellite High School and played in the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. He was invited to play in the Central Florida Winds and Chamber Winds in 2002 and has played in those organizations since then. He also played clarinet and bass clarinet for 7 seasons with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.
After 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service, he retired in 2011. He and his wife Susette enjoy traveling in the summer and visiting their son and his family in Hawaii.
Judy is one of CFW's clarinetists/E-flat clarinetists. Judy's life from the beginning has revolved around music. After completing a degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University, Judy served as Vice President of a full-line musical instrument retailer Colonial Music and later President of JET Music. She also served and retired from the US Army as a clarinetist with the 122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band and the 338th US Army Reserve Band. Judy also played her clarinet with several groups in Ohio, including on multiple international concert tours. Not being content with just selling horns, Judy taught hundreds of young clarinetists and started one of the earliest homeschool bands in the nation to ensure all kids had a chance to make music.
She has been privileged to perform under many of the modern giants of American band music, including Vaclav Nelhybel, Jack Stamp, Frederick Fennell, Francis McBeth, Colonel Arnold Gabriel, Craig Kirchhoff and Donald McGinnis.
Two years ago Judy moved to the sunny shores of Florida. She soon joined several bands and a clarinet quintet, and began teaching lessons to local clarinet students. She thought she had retired, but ever restless, soon found herself working at the marina on Patrick Air/Space Force Base. She also currently serves as the Treasurer of the Association of Military Musicians, after previously serving two terms as its Vice President.
Judy's enthusiastic about furniture refinishing, crafting and sewing, concocting unique adult beverages, Disney World, and traveling the world on Disney Cruise Line. She is an Acromegaly advocate and patient. Judy and her husband, Rob (a retired Army Bandmaster), have two adult children who, of course, are both military musicians.