Pikes Peak Brass Band    
Our volunteer members have backgrounds in symphony orchestra, jazz, concert band, The Salvation Army brass band, the United States Marine Band, the D.C. Navy Band, the Naval Academy Band and our own USAF Academy Band.

They come from a variety of occupations, including military, business, medical and educational professions. Some commute to weekly rehearsals from as far as Woodland Park, Denver, and Pueblo.

PPBB Members
Mark Baker
Eb Soprano Cornet

Mark has been playing cornet with the PPBB since it's beginning in 1999.  Originally from Kansas, he grew up performing in many community organizations and in the ranks of local Drum and Bugle corps until age 21.  He studied trumpet with Dr. Paul Shull at Kansas State University and was a member of the KSU Marching Band, Concert Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, KSU Brass Choir and Trumpet Choir.  Mark Moved to Colorado with his wife Debbie in 1984 and served as a church Music and Worship Minister for 25 years.  Mark has been involved with many community ensembles throughout Colorado and is currently a Brass Instructor and School Music Representative for Graner Music Company in Colorado Springs.

Kelly Scollin
Principal Cornet
Bb Cornet
Kelly grew up in Marshall, N.C. and began playing trumpet at the age of 9. He holds a B.M. from East Tennessee State University and an M.M. in trumpet performance from the University of Denver. Most recently, Kelly was in the United States Army Band, where he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division Band at Fort Drum, N.Y. He is currently a Musical Instrument Repair Technician at The Colorado Institute of Musical Instrument Technology. Kelly resides in Castle Rock and he is proud to be a member of the Pikes Peak Brass Band.
Rick Tiller
Section Leader
Bb Cornet

Rick has been a member of the band since 2004. He earned a B.A. degree in Music Ed. from Marshall University in 1977, where he studied trumpet with J. D. Folsom. His professional experience includes a tour with the NORAD Command Band in Colorado Springs, CO (1977-1979). Rick continued his military duty in the cockpit of several different aircraft (KC-135/T-37/KC-10) and retired as a USAFR officer in 1998. He is currently an A320 Captain  for United Airlines and makes his home in Franktown, Colorado with his wife of 33 years, Suzie. Rick assumed the duties of principal cornet in January 2007.

Timm Knoerzer
Bb Cornet

Timm is originally from Lansing, IL and started playing the cornet in 4th grade under the tutelage of Mr Joe Saia.  He continued his passion for music as a member of the Marian Catholic HS band in Chicago Heights, IL under the direction of Mr Greg Bimm and then as  member of the Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle corps.  He also studied trumpet with Mr Gerry Mattern as an undergraduate student at St Norbert College in De Pere, WI.  After living for many years in Rochester, NY, Timm moved in 2010 to Colorado Springs with his wife, Linnea, and their children to become a professor of chemistry at the US Air Force Academy.  He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony and since 2014 the PPBB.

Kevin Brand
Bb Cornet

Kevin graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied trumpet under Terry Sawchuck.  After graduating from CU Kevin taught high school band and choir from 1990-1993 until an Army recruiter came to his school to talk about the Army Band program and recruited the teacher instead of the students.  Kevin recently retired from the Army after serving for 21 years in Army Bands all over the world.  Kevin is currently teaching band in Harrison School District in Colorado Springs at Mountain Vista School.

Ryan Spencer
Bb Cornet
Mark Santarelli
Bb Cornet
Laurie Hafey
Bb Cornet

Born and raised in Ohio, Laurie and her family moved to the Springs area where she graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School. She studied trumpet at UNC Greeley and upon graduation, began her elementary music teaching career in Pueblo and also played in several local groups including the Pueblo Symphony. After receiving a Masters in Education from UCCS, Laurie obtained a Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. After returning to the Springs area, her musical pursuits have included the Springs Chamber Orchestra and Little London Winds prior to joining PPBB in 2004. Laurie is an office administrator at a local area financial securities office.

Steve Engler
Bb Cornet

Steve is a computer security analyst with Lockheed Martin Corporation in Denver and has been with the PPBB since its inception in 1999. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science from Mesa State College. Steve has been associated with various community music groups over the years and helped found the Grand Junction Centennial Band in which he participated in for 15 years. Steve and his wife Kim have three children (one of which is a US Navy Seal) and are currently living in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Jeremiah Fowler
Flugel Horn

Jeremiah went to Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. It was there that he was first introduced to British Brass Band while playing in the Colorado Brass Band under the direction of Mr. John Kincaid. After graduating with a degree in music education Jeremiah joined the Rocky Mountain Brassworks in Denver, CO and played with them until 1999 when he joined the PPBB. Jeremiah played with the PPBB from 1999-2003 and rejoined the group in 2006. Jeremiah taught band at Panorama Middle School in Harrison School District 2 from 1995-2009, and now teaches band at Holmes Middle School in School District 11.

Anthony Ebert
Principal Tenor Horn

Anthony Ebert earned his B.A. in Music from Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) in 2008. While at Northwestern, he performed in a number of ensembles and toured internationally with the Symphonic Band as a featured soloist. He is a 2012 graduate of The American Band College of Sam Houston State University where he earned his M.M in Conducting. Anthony teaches 7-12 band at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs and has performed with the brass band since 2008.

Andy Bulla
Tenor Horn

Andy started on the tenor horn at age 8 as a member of the Salvation Army Prince Georges, Maryland Corps. At age 18, Andy enlisted in the United States Air Force and is currently a Knowledge Operations Manager. While serving from Ohio to Saudi Arabia, Albuquerque to Afghanistan and Africa, he played in many Salvation Army brass bands including the  Denver Citadel Band, the Western Territorial Band, the National Capital Band. He also played in the "Super Band" of volunteers known as "Brass of the Potomac" led by his father, composer Stephen Bulla (ASCAP).  He rejoined FCCB band in 2013 after a previous Air Force tour in Colorado Springs.

Dusty Jackson
Tenor Horn

Dusty grew up in Loveland, CO and graduated Summa Kum Laude from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Education. He played French horn in both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble while in attendance. He started his teaching career by teaching a year in Pueblo as assistant band director at East High School. In 2009, he became band director at Monument Charter Academy in the Lewis Palmer School District where his bands consistently receive high ratings at contests and festivals.

Chris Cotten
Principal Baritone


Samantha Terry

Samantha is a music teacher in Colorado Springs.In 2013, she earned a B.A. in music performance and education from Metropolitan State University of Denver. As a performer, Samantha has played with groups such as the Boulder Symphony Orchestra, MSUD Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Rocky Mountain Wind Ensemble on euphonium and recently joined the Pikes Peak Brass Band on baritone.Since 2005, Samantha travels regularly with the Symphonic Anime Orchestra performing and conducting volunteer orchestras across the country at anime and other fan-based conventions.

Chris Forkner
Principal Euphonium


Bill Bertoniere

Originally a tuba player, Bill played euphonium with the 2nd Marine Air Wing Band for three years.He then played tuba in "The Golden Band From Tigerland" at Louisiana State University. Ten years later, back on euphonium again (and not looking back), Bill played with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and the Utah Premiere Brass for three years. He moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 and has played with various community groups, finally finding a home with the Fountain Creek Brass Band. Bill has been self-employed for 14 years in the paintless dent removal industry and is currently training disabled veterans and wounded warriors in his trade.

Keven Stewart (President)
Principal Trombone

Keven began playing with PPBB in January 2006. He is the Professor of Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba, at Colorado State University Pueblo and is the conductor of the University Brass Ensemble. Keven was a member of the US Navy Band, Washington D.C., and performs actively with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Keven studied at the University of Puget Sound, the Eastman School of Music, and the Catholic University of America.

Chris Welch

Chris is currently a band director in Colorado Springs School District 11. Chris has been with the PPBB since its beginning in 1999. Chris is a past PPBB President. Chris earned his Music Education degree at New Mexico State University in 1993 and has participated in numerous University ensembles including NMSU Wind Ensemble, the, NMSU Pride Band, the Las Cruces (NM) Symphony Orchestra and the NMSU Brass Quintet.

Tom Bruszewski

Tom is the band director at Vista Ridge High School, where he teaches concert, marching, jazz, and pep bands, as well as music theory and appreciation.  He has played with the Pikes Peak Brass Band since February 2007, and has served as staff on the board of directors for the Colorado Music Educators' Association since 2006, and has helped run and facilitate the annual state CMEA conference.  While earning his Music Education degree at University of Northern Colorado in 2005, he was a member of the UNC Trombone Choir, Marching Band, and Concert and Symponic Bands.  Tom works closely with his wonderful wife, Jessica to raise their two boys, Anthony (2007) and Carson (2010).

Bruce Blomquist
Bass Trombone

Bruce completed his undergraduate studies at San Francisco Conservatory before joining the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, under the direction of conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas. While in college he won the prestigious International Trombone Association Bass Trombone Concerto Competition and was invited to perform at the ITA�s international conference. His orchestral career includes performances with the Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, and San Francisco Symphonies. Bruce can also be heard with the Colorado Composers Big Band and the Chie Imazumi Big Band.

Joe Boylan (VP)
Principal Eb Tuba

Joe began playing with PPBB in December of 2010. He attended Rice University and graduated from The Juilliard School. After graduation Joe became the Principal Tuba for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia (La Coruna Spain), Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and The American Brass Quintet. Joe currently lives in Monument, Colorado with his wife Jennifer, where they run a Real Estate Brokerage.

Eddie Hurt
Eb Tuba

Eddie recently rejoined the band after a previous stint from 2000 to 2006.. He has a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Kentucky where he was principal tuba in the orchestra, member of the marching band, pep band, symphonic band and tuba ensemble. He studied tuba with Rex Conner at the University of Kentucky and Interlochen. He is a published composer of Tuba quartets. He has a Masters in Information Technology with 30 years in the IT industry. He is currently a product manager for a medical software company.

Jess Haney
Principal Bb Tuba

Jess is the music director at Panorama Middle School. He graduated Cum Luade from CSU Pueblowith a bachelors in music education. Since 2004 he has performed both Bb and Eb tuba with the Fountain Creek Brass Band and is active in the music community with many ensembles. He has performed with the Woodland Park Wind Symphony, Little London Winds, First Presbyterian Brass Ensemble, the Blue Knights, Pueblo Symphony, Rocky Mountain Wind Ensemble, and Swing Factory. Jess Lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Trina.

Ryan Rogers
Bb Tuba

Ryan Rogers is a tuba player with the 4th Infantry Division Band, Fort Carson. Ryan attended California State University, Fresno where he earned his B.A. in music education. Ryan was a member of the 2010 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band and has been featured as a tuba player in big bands led by John Clayton, Bob Mintzer, Jiggs Whigham and Scotty Barnhart. Ryan has also performed with solo artists such as Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Jumaane Smith and Jackie Evancho. Ryan and his wife Sarah run a non profit coffee roasting business in Fountain, and use the funds to sponsor world relief through various organizations.

Rick Packard
Principal Percussion

Rick is a senior research manager with Johns Manville, located in Littleton, Colorado, and has been with PPBB since the spring of 2008. Rick holds a BS degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Kansas Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He has participated in numerous community and church music groups over the years, most recently with the Castle Rock Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, and with the classic rock band The Procrastinators, also based in Castle Rock.

Scott Bruce

Scott and his wife Paula live in Colorado Springs. He recently retired as the Band Director at Evangelical Christian Academy. He sings in the choir and directs the orchestra at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. They have two sons Stephen (Beth) and Erik (Julie) and five grandchildren. Mr. Bruce received his BA in Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and was a member of the USAF Academy Band for over 30 years retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant.

Jason Emory



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