Meet the Section Leaders

Meet the Section Leaders

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Andy Eshbach | Principal Oboe

Andy Eshbach is a music educator and freelance performer, earning his Master’s in Instrumental Performance and Bachelor’s in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami. He has previously performed with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Capital City Symphony, Henry Mancini Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Wind Ensemble and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also performed at the Pierre Monteux Summer Music Festival. (more…)

Erin Morgan | Principal Flute

Erin Fleming Morgan is a Sergeant First Class and Drum Major of the US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, one of the four premier bands of the Army, where she was hired as a Fife Instrumentalist in 2016. This ceremonial unit provides musical support for many different events across the Military District of Washington and the National Capital Region, including events at the White House and Pentagon.  As “The Official Escort to the President”, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps have marched in every Inaugural Parade since John F. Kennedy. Prior to her appointment as Drum Major, Erin also served as Education Coordinator and Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Modern Flute Ensemble, which she co-founded in 2017. (more…)

Ryan Roikola | Principal Bassoon

Ryan Roikola is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator based in Washington, DC. Originally from Montvale, New Jersey, Ryan is an active performer in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. He holds several substitute positions with various orchestras in Virginia and North Carolina, the Principal Bassoon Position with the Capital Wind Symphony, and you can find him and his group, Neglected Electric, performing video game music in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. (more…)

Zachary West | Co-Principal Clarinet

Equally at home in both traditional and contemporary ensembles, Zachary West has been heard in performance throughout the United States. A devoted chamber musician, he is co-founder of The Horizon Series and has been featured in intimate performances with members of the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Toronto orchestras as well as the award-winning Belka and Cavani String Quartets.

As an orchestral musician, he has performed under the baton of several of the world’s finest conductors, including Jane Glover, Yoel Levi, JahJa Ling, and Robert Spano.  (more…)

Julie Berry | Co-Principal Clarinet

Julie Berry received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music. She was a teaching assistant at the University of Massachusettes, Amherst, before becoming a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C. Now retired, she now enjoys performing with the Virginia Grand Military Band, Capital Wind Symphony, Clarinistique Clarinet Choir, and playing clarinet duets with her father. In addition, she recently received her Master of Music Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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.”


Eric Moore | Principal Horn

Eric Moore, a native of Falls Church, Va., retired from the United States Navy Band in 2013, having served as its Principal horn player from 2001 to 2011. Eric earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Boston University, graduating cum laude in both programs, and received a Master of Music in horn performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He recently in 2015, received his DMA from The Catholic University of America in orchestral instrumental performance. (more…)

Fred Marcellus | Solo Cornet/Trumpet

Fred 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.


Dr. Chris Troiano | Principal Euphonium

Born and raised on Long Island, Dr. Chris Troiano joined the Capital Wind Symphony shortly after moving to Northern Virginia in 2015. Dr. Troiano was featured as a soloist with the Capital Wind Symphony during the 2017-2018 season on the euphonium duet, “Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms,” with friend and colleague Bryan Miles. As a guest, Dr. Troiano has had the opportunity to perform with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, the United States Air Force Band, and the West Point Band. Dr. Troiano is also a regular performer in the Alte Kameraden German band and the Northern Virginia Tuba-Euphonium Quartet (NOVATEQ).

Dr. Troiano serves as the Historical Ensembles Program Manager/Operations & Development Coordinator for the Green Machine Ensembles at George Mason University. (more…)

Jan Duga | Principal Tuba

Jan Z Duga is a freelance tubist and educator in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she was the first female tubist to win a position with any DC-based premier band as a member of The United States Air Force Band, Washington D.C., until she retired in 2013 as a Chief Master Sergeant with 30 years of service.

Jan is a founding member and serves on the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) Board of Directors. She was honored at the 2012 conference with the Lifetime Service Award. She earned a Bachelor of Music Ed and a Master of Music in Solo Tuba Performance from The Ohio State University and Arizona State University, respectively. (more…)

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.