Meet the Musicians of... Shades of Blue

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Meet the Shades of Blue Trumpet Section...

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[ Steve Sunday ]     [ Wanda Maynor ]     [ Bill Alker ]     [ Mark Poplawski ]     [ Gary Alker ]

Click on a musician above to learn more about that member of the Shades of Blue trumpet section. 


Name:  

Matt Pisarcik  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)

Education: 

Occupation: 

Music teacher

Favorite Music Era:  

Favorite Artist:  

Favorite Big Band:  

Favorite Song:  

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

Biggest Musical Influences:  

Joined Shades of Blue:  

2017

Favorite Sound:  

Other Notes of Interest:  

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Wanda Maynor

Name:  

Wanda Maynor  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)

Education: 

BMED Peabody Conservatory of Music

Occupation: 

Music Teacher in Baltimore Co.

Favorite Music Era:  

1970's

Favorite Artist:  

Sarah Vaughn

Favorite Big Band:  

Count Basie/Nelson Riddle

Favorite Song:  

Thou, Oh Lord

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

Brass Quintet, Jazz Combo

Biggest Musical Influences:  

My teachers

Joined Shades of Blue:  

2016 (sub'd since 2001)

Favorite Sound:  

Orchestral Brass

Other Notes of Interest:  

Favorite music piece - Organ Symphony in C Minor - Camille Saint Saens

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Bill Alker

Name:  

Bill Alker  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Asst. SBO Manager

Education: 

A.A. Catonsville Community College, B.A. Univ. of Maryland

Occupation: 

Retired

Favorite Music Era:  

50's/60's

Favorite Artist:  

Doc Severinson, Bert Kaempfert, Al Hirt

Favorite Big Band:  

Glenn Miller, BBC Big Band

Favorite Song:  

Too many to list

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

SSA Band, Middle River Concert Band, sub for many groups

Biggest Musical Influences:  

Parents & music teachers (Ray Hardy & Joe Fisher (BSO))

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1976

Favorite Sound:  

Trumpet & Big Band

Other Notes of Interest:  

Volunteer with numerous community organizations

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Mark Poplawski

Name:  

Mark Poplawski  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Aux. Percussion)

Education: 

B.A. Music (Univ. of Wisconsin), Assoc. (Materials Mgmt.)

Occupation: 

Materials Manager

Favorite Music Era:  

40's Big Band and 80's Smooth Jazz

Favorite Artist:  

Arturo Sandoval / James Morrison

Favorite Big Band:  

Buddy Rich / Maynard Ferguson

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

USMC Field Band / Rheinlanders (Polka) / Joy Ride (Soul) / Memories (Old Standards) / Church soloist

Biggest Musical Influences:  

Louis Armstrong / Elvis

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1995

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Gary Alker

Name:  

Gary Alker  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn),  SBO Manager

Education: 

B.S. Johns Hopkins Univ., M.A. George Washington Univ., M.S. Loyola University Maryland

Occupation: 

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Favorite Music Era:  

A little bit of each

Favorite Artist:  

Bert Kaempfert

Favorite Big Band:  

Count Basie, BBC Big Band, Maynard Ferguson, Brian Setzer

Favorite Song:  

Unforgettable, many others

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

Brass Quintet, music studies - Towson Univ.

Biggest Musical Influences:  

Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinson, Phil Driscoll

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1976

Favorite Sound:  

A well-struck golf ball

Other Notes of Interest:  

Shades of Blue Founder

 


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