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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.
Dr. Melissa Kindy is Adjunct Professor of Music at Bethune-Cookman University and Daytona State College, teaching clarinet, woodwind methods, chamber music, and music appreciation courses. In addition to teaching at the collegiate level, Melissa also performs with various ensembles around the state and holds a private clarinet studio in Volusia County.
Melissa received her DMA in Clarinet Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music, Master of Music degrees in Clarinet and Chamber Music Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Stetson University. Her primary teachers have been Kenneth Grant, Chad Burrow, and Lynn Musco. Melissa holds professional memberships in the International Clarinet Association, College Music Society, Chamber Music America, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Sigma Alpha Iota.
Jim Matthews, a native of Miami, is a trumpet player in both Central Florida Winds and Central Florida Chamber Brass Ensemble. He began playing trumpet in Junior high and went on to Miami-Dade Community College and then to The Florida State University for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. He moved to Titusville with his beautiful wife Laura (a registered nurse) for a position at Jackson Middle School where he served as band director for 30 years. Jim and his wife Laura started a family and raised two children, Michael and Michelle who are now grown adults. He is a grandfather of two, Caleb and Lily. After serving the Titusville community at Jackson Middle School for his entire career in the classroom, he became the Instructional Coach for Bands for Brevard County Public Schools. He is now serving all band directors in Brevard and loves building those relationships and passing on his knowledge and expertise to the next generation of teachers. Additionally, Jim co-founded the Florida Band Director Workshop which is a hands-on, comprehensive educational workshop for band directors from all over our state. It is held in Titusville at Park Avenue Baptist Church and facilities each summer over a four-day period. The workshop has served hundreds of band directors and many thousands of students through all of those teachers! Jim has received many awards including Teacher of The Year twice for his school and twice for his region in the county along with a couple of times from community service groups in the area as well. Jim defers his recognitions to the wonderful relationships and talents of his students and their families. While awards are indicators of a lot of work, they are more about relationships and collaborations. Jim is most proud that he has had the opportunity to play at 40 former students’ weddings! Jim has also played trumpet in the Park Avenue Baptist Church Orchestra since moving here in 1985. He will continue and even increase in his playing trumpet after he serves his last year for the county next year. He enjoys playing in Central Florida Winds and Central Florida Chamber Brass and being challenged by the literature. He enjoys playing alongside of so many great musicians. He will continue to travel, vegetable garden, camp and cook for people while enjoying life!
Klae Peek is a professional hornist in the Central Florida area. He studied horn performance at Florida Southern College with Dr. Candler Schaffer, and is beginning his Masters in the fall at USF studying with Andrew Karr of The Florida Orchestra. In addition to performing with the Central Florida Winds’ ensembles, he serves as third horn for the Tampa Bay Symphony, Lakeland Symphony Orchestra, South Shore Symphony Orchestra and is principal for the Hollingsworth Winds in Lakeland Florida.
Ian Schwindt teaches instrumental music at Titusville High School (THS) where he has served for the last 22 years. During his tenure, the program has doubled in size and significantly expanded its musical offerings to include a full orchestra, AP music theory, and an active chamber ensemble program. Through these years THS has been named a Music Demonstration School twice and a Model Arts School by the State of Florida, and has earned multiple FMEA enrollment awards. Titusville ensembles consistently earn Superiors at MPAs and have performed at the FMEA President’s Concert and the Stetson Invitational.
Ian has served as the conductor of the Brevard County Youth Orchestra Symphony and Symphony director for the Creative Young Artists. He also conducts Melodies and Masterpieces each year. Ian remains active as a clinician and adjudicator for both FBA and FOA across the state. He regularly conducts many select ensembles including the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Honor Bands in Tennessee and All-County groups state wide.
Ian serves in several school and district leadership positions including Department Chair, Brevard County Music Leadership Team and the Brevard County Music Advisory Board. He was elected to serve two terms as FBA District Chairman as well as being appointed as the All-State chair for six years and as a board member of the FSMA and FMEA state board for four years. He is currently serving as the president of the Florida Bandmasters Association.
As a trombonist, Ian stays active playing with multiple central Florida ensembles including Central Florida Winds, Central Florida Brass Band, Southern Winds, Hot Pink and multiple church orchestras. He also keeps an active trombone studio. Ian’s students have gained entry to multiple all-county and all-state groups as well as prestigious universities including Julliard, New England Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale, Florida State University, University of South Florida and Stetson.
Ian’s awards include being named the 2016-2017 Florida Music Education Association Secondary Music Educator of the year, 2020 Bandworld Legion of Honor Award Winner, National Band Association Citation for Excellence, the FBA Oliver Hobbs Award, the FBA Tom Bishop award, and Titusville High School Teacher of the Year. Ian’s professional affiliations include FMEA, FBA, FOA and Phi Beta Mu.
Marli Varnadoe-Kevelin is originally from Apopka, Florida and moved to Brevard County to teach at Odyssey Jr/Sr High School where she founded the Titan Band program in 2015. Since then, the band has grown to over 200 members under her direction. Marli holds a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education from Stetson University. While at Stetson, Marli was a member of the Symphonic Band and studied conducting under Dr. Douglas Phillips (Stetson University Director of Bands) and Anthony Hose (Conductor of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra). She holds memberships in the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
When she’s not teaching band, Marli enjoys spending time with her family and was recently married in January of this year. Marli and her husband Corey enjoy playing golf on the weekends and spending time with their 3 cats and dog, King.
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.
Growing up in Tennessee, Jeff started playing the saxophone in beginning band in 5th grade. He chose the sax because a friend thought it was cool. He continued playing in school marching and concert bands through junior and senior high and on into college at Tennessee Tech University. Although he majored in Electrical Engineering in college, he received a music scholarship because the head of the music department realized he was participating in as many or more musical ensembles as most of the music majors, including marching band, basketball pep band, concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, and a saxophone quartet.
After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech in 1987, Jeff pursued a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, graduating in 1989. While at Georgia Tech, Jeff enrolled in the cooperative education program and alternated attending classes for a quarter and working, first for IBM in Atlanta, and then for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. After graduation, Jeff accepted an Electrical Engineering position with NASA and started working full time at KSC in January of 1990.
Shortly after moving to Titusville, FL, Jeff began playing with the Community Band of Brevard and is still an active member of that organization to this day. Most of the playing opportunities he has enjoyed over the years stem from contacts and friendships he has made while in the Community Band. These include becoming a founding member of the Central Florida Winds, playing with the Space Coast Symphony Wind Ensemble and Jazz Orchestras, occasionally playing with the Space Coast Symphony (on the rare occasion the Symphony needs saxophones), performing in pit orchestras for many plays at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, along with playing in many other ensembles through the years.
After almost 33 years with NASA, Jeff is now eligible for retirement and is currently considering his possibilities. He recently bought property in Nashville, TN, where he has family as well as close friends from as far back as Junior High. Although his plans include spending a lot of time there, he also plans on splitting his time between Tennessee and Florida so he can continue playing with both the Central Florida Winds and the Community Band of Brevard.
Johan Warburton studied at Columbus State University under the tutelage of Jason Eklund and Anna Dodd, before departing for Europe to continue his education with American Horn Quartet founder David Johnson at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, where he received a Master’s Degree in Music Performance.
During his time abroad he engaged with multiple ensembles and programs around Switzerland, including the CSI Philharmonic, Boswil Contemporary Ensemble, Lugano Chamber Orchestra, Berner Kammerorchester, and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.
In February of 2018 he appeared alongside fellow Warburton Artist Hubertus Schmidt as a soloist with the Staatskapelle Halle in Germany. Not yet ready to return to the United States, he accepted a job with the instrument maker Cristian Bosc in Italy, where he learned the art of historical brass making, from sheet brass to finished instrument, as well as modern instrument construction and CNC machining.
In August of 2020, he left his position in Italy to return to the United States to work in the family brass instrument business as the head of design and production.