Meet the Section Leaders

Meet the Section Leaders

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Danny Walley – Principal Tuba

Daniel Walley is the Principal Tubist in the Capital Wind Symphony and a member of the United States Air Force Concert Band. 

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Walley received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance in May 2011. Prior to joining the Air Force, he also completed a year of study toward his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

In 2008, Walley was the winner of the Leonard Falcone Tuba and Euphonium competition in the student category. He also went on to become a semi-finalist in the 2010 International Tuba and Euphonium Competition in Tucson, Ariz. His primary teachers include Dr. Joseph Skillen and Alan Baer of the New York Philharmonic.


Jason McFeaters – Principal Alto Saxophone

JMWinner of numerous competitions and prizes, saxophonist, Jason McFeaters has performed extensively in the US and abroad.  Praised by the press for his extraordinary musicianship and virtuosity, the Baltimore Sun wrote, “McFeaters exuded charisma and effortless virtuosity,” and the Washington Post wrote that “McFeaters played with gorgeous intensity and artistry.”

Mr. McFeaters has performed as a soloist with the symphonies of Baltimore, Fairfax, Frederick Youth, Fort Collins, Gettysburg, Georgetown, the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the Capital Wind Symphony, of which he is the principal saxophonist. Since, 2009, Mr. McFeaters has performed regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, including performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and can be heard on the orchestra’s recent recordings of “Bernstein’s Mass” and “Gershwin Piano Concertos.”  This season’s performances with the BSO include, “On the Waterfront,” “Alexander Nevsky,” and “Fantasia.”


Laura Grantier – Principal Clarinet

Laura Grantier earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama in 1993 and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America in December 2012. She joined the Navy Band in 1995 where she was recently appointed principal clarinet in 2015. Ms. Grantier soloed with the Navy Band on tour in 2015, as well as the Midwest Orchestra and Band Clinic in 2014.

She has also appeared as a soloist with the Alabama Symphony, Susquehanna University Wind Ensemble, UA Wind Ensemble and was also a featured soloist at the 2013 CMEA conference, the 2012 and 2014 International Clarinet Association Conference, the 2009 GMEA conference, and the 23rd annual Alabama Honor Band Festival (2007) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Ms. Grantier is the Chief-In-Charge of the Harbor Winds clarinet quartet and is the founder of Navy Band Clarinet Day, a local clarinet symposium.


Betsy Winslow Trimber – Principal Flute

Betsy_BioPicBetsy Winslow Trimber began playing flute at age nine.  She attended The University of South Carolina on full scholarship for one year before transferring to S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook where she received her BA in Flute Performance with the renowned teacher Samuel Baron.  Betsy continued her studies at the University of Southern California with Roger Stevens as a fellowship recipient, earning an MM in Flute Performance.  In 1987, she attended the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where she performed for James Galway, Doriot Anthony Dwyer and Leone Buyse.  She has also played for Jean-Pierre Rampal, Louis Moyse and Toshio Takahashi. (more…)

Julia Fickes – Principal Bassoon

Julia Fickes is the Principal Bassoonist in the Capital Wind Symphony and the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland where she studied with Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Sue Heineman, Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra.  Julia also has her Master of Music from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she studied with William Winstead, Principal Bassoonist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  While in college, Julia had the pleasure of attending Aspen Music Festival and Yellow Barn Music Festival.  Previously, Julia was the Principal Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist with the USAF Heartland of America of America Band stationed at Offutt Air Force Base.  Currently, she is a free-lance musician in the Washington D.C. area

Kenneth Krohn – Principal Percussionist

KrohnDr. Kenneth Krohn is a  graduate of Oberlin College, Catholic University of America and the Rubin Academy at Tel Aviv University.  Dr. Krohn was Timpanist/Percussionist with the United States Navy Band and the Principal Percussionist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has numerous performing awards from his years in the Israel Phil, including the Prix de Paris and Grammies.  Dr. Krohn came to Montgomery County Public Schools in 1986 and is the Director of Instrumental Music at Robert Frost Middle School.  During his tenure in MCPS Dr. Krohn has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the National Blue Ribbon in 2013.  He is also, Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Montgomery College and performs around the D C Metro area, at the National Theater and Wolftrap.  He joined The Capital Wind Symphony in 2011, as the timpanist.

Bryan Miles – Principal Euphonium

imageA native of New Freedom, Pennsylvania, Bryan N. Miles began his music education during high school at the Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, Maryland, studying euphonium under Benjamin Chounard and Janice Owens. He continued his studies under Roger Behrend, former principal euphonium with the U.S. Navy Band, and received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was a finalist in the 2002 International Tuba and Euphonium Competition and was a winner of the 2003 George Mason University Concerto Competition. He was a featured soloist with both the George Mason Wind Symphony and the George Mason Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Miles later returned to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance at the University of North Texas where he studied euphonium with Brian Bowman and conducting with Dennis Fisher.


Fred Marcellus – Solo Cornet/Trumpet

1d1331bFred Marcellus holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Wichita State University. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, he is an active teacher, clinician, adjudicator, soloist and freelance trumpet player. He is also a frequent substitute and extra player with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Opera Orchestra. He has performed with many groups in the Washington D.C. area including the Baltimore Concert Artists, Alexandria Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Annapolis Symphony, and the Wolf Trap Opera, among others. He is presently a member of the Washington Ballet Orchestra, serves as the orchestra’s contractor and is a member of the 257th Army Band.

From 1991-2000, he was soloist and assistant principal solo cornet/trumpet with the“President’s Own” United States Marine Band.  He appeared as soloist with the Marine Band more than 130 times on 4 national tours and summer concert series. (more…)

Ken Wolff – Principal Trombone

Ken WolffKen Wolff began studying the trombone at age 12. Within 3 years, he was playing professionally throughout the San Francisco, CA area with Classical, Jazz, Dixie and Rock and Roll groups such as the Rich Martini Big Band, San Francisco Dixie Company, Choral Brass Quintet and others. After additional studies as a scholarship student at Interlochen and Tanglewood, and the University of Massachusetts Ken pursued a career playing the trombone professionally. Ken has freelanced throughout the country and played with Orchestras throughout the world.   He was named a Shires Artist by the SE Shires Company in 2006, the manufacturer who provides Ken with the trombones he plays and have sponsored him as a clinician at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, Interlochen Arts Camp, International Trombone Festival and various other solo performances and venues.


Andrew Wilson – Principal Trumpet

Andrew Wilson largeAndrew Wilson is the retired Solo and Principal Cornet with The United States Air Force Concert Band in Washington, D.C. He is an active freelance and recording artist in the National Capital Region and is the principal trumpet of both the McLean Orchestra and the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Andrew is a member of the Capital Wind Symphony and frequently appears with the Maryland, Alexandria, and Arlington Symphony orchestras. He maintains a private teaching studio and is the trumpet instructor at Episcopal High School. Andrew has received music degrees from both The Ohio State University and The Catholic University of America.