Susan Antonetti plays piccolo with the Little Rock Wind Symphony and is the flute instructor at Harding University. She is also a member of The Class Flute Quartet and the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble.
Antonetti has been a band director for middle school, junior high and high school bands. Her bands at Bryant High School earned statewide, regional and national acclaim. She is a past president of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association.
Antonetti graduated cum laude from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville with a B.A. in Music Education, and magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a M.M. in Music Performance with emphasis in Instrumental Conducting. She studies flute with Christina Smith and the Alexander Technique with Clifford Hicks.
Sharon Burrall joined the LRWS in 2003 as principal flutist. She maintains an active performance schedule as vocalist as well as flutist. In addition, she has been a music educator for over 30 years and has directed choirs from the elementary level through high school. She is the music specialist for third through fifth grade students at Don Roberts Elementary School where she founded the Children's Choir. You can often hear her accompany her music classes on guitar. And as if that is not enough, she is also the pianist at Highland Valley United Methodist Church.
Burrall received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Henderson State University, and the Master of Music degree from the University of Central Arkansas. She studied flute with David Etienne and voice with Theresa McCrae, and is a certified Orff-Schulwerk music educator. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Educators, National Flute Association, American Choral Directors Association and the American Orff Schulwerk Association.
Jo Ann Koehler has held the position of 2nd Flute in the Little Rock Wind Symphony since January 2013. She is the Director of Fine Arts in the Pulaski County Special School District, a position she has held since January 2010. Prior to serving in that position, Koehler was the band director at Northwood Jr. High/Middle School for 15 years. She held the position of piccolo/3rd flute in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra from 1995-1999.
A native Arkansan, Koehler graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University where she won the ATU Concerto Competition. She holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Arkansas. She is currently pursuing the Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Harding University and, upon completion, plans to seek the Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Harding. She studied flute with Karen Futterer, Mary Karen Clardy and Jim Walker.
The common thread throughout Koehler’s career in music education is being a constant advocate for music in the public schools, specifically performance based music ensembles. She has a passion for ensuring the music education of all children so as to educate the whole child and enhance learning beyond today’s tested computation and literacy skills.
Shannon Thornton Clardy, a native of The Colony, Texas, has been principal oboist of the Little Rock Wind Symphony since 2004. She has bachelor's degrees in music performance and physics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and has a doctorate of applied physics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Clardy is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where she regularly performs with ensembles at HSU. She has performed under many notable conductors, including Frederick Fennell, Andrew Litton, Eduardo Mata, Keri-Lynn Wilson, H. Robert Reynolds, Gary Garner and Richard Giangiulio.
In addition to her musical activities, Clardy is an active researcher in astronomy with interests in high mass X-ray binary systems and cataclysmic variable stars. She is involved in a NASA IDEAS grant to introduce astronomy activities to middle school and high school classrooms.
Michael Clardy, LRWS English horn and oboist since 2005, has been around music and musicians all his life and by the eighth grade he decided he, too, would pursue music as a career. He participated in school concert bands, community youth orchestras, and summer music programs throughout Texas and spent the summers at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. He attended the University of Texas at Austin as a music major, later transferring to Southern Methodist University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
Clardy is very active within the classical music community in Arkansas. He has performed with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, Pine Bluff Community Musical Theater, Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs Community Band, CICA International Summer Music Festival in Eureka Springs, UALR Community and Concert Choruses, Henderson State University President’s Concert, and countless professional performances for special music in church services and other concert events throughout Central and Northwest Arkansas.
Clardy received an MBA from UALR where he also was Adjunct Professor of Music for oboe. He is now pursuing a new career in the medical field, working in patient care at UAMS while completing training to become an RN.
Clardy is a student of oboists Larry Mueller, Mark Ackerman, John Snow, and Eric Barr.
Tim Blann joined the LRWS clarinet and keyboard sections three years ago. He is also a member of the Arkansas Baptist Master'Singers Orchestra, Jubilation Jazz and the North Little Rock Community Band, and a past member of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Blann spent his career primarily in church music, and although retired, he still serves as a church pianist in North Little Rock. In addition, he taught high school choral music at Hot Springs High School and was an instructor of music at Garland County Community College. He directed the Mid America Singers, the Hot Springs Community Choir and Chamber Singers.
Blann received the Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in piano from Mississippi State University, the Master of Music Education in Choral Conducting from Ouachita Baptist University and the Master of Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Little Rock native Steven Davis is a charter member of the Little Rock Wind Symphony. During his tenure with the LRWS he has played all the soprano clarinet parts. Prior to joining the LRWS in 1993, Davis was a member of the the Community Band at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Until recently Davis taught physics at eSTEM High Public Charter School in Little Rock, and for over thirty years he was an instructor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He earned a Bachelor Science with a double major in physics and mathematics from UALR, where he also minored in music. He has a masters degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame, where he was principal clarinetist in the orchestra as well as the symphonic band.
Oklahoma native Jeaneau Julian has been a member of the LRWS clarinet section since 2002. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2001, she came to Arkansas to serve as band director at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School. After five years of teaching middle and high school band, she made the switch to teaching elementary music and is now the music teacher at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock.
Julian studied clarinet with Dr. David Etheridge, and music education with the Dr. Steven Paul, Dr. Jill Sullivan, Dr. Joy Nelson, and Dr. William Wakefield. She is a member of Arkansas Music Educators Association (ArkMEA) and the Central Arkansas Orff Chapter.
Mary Alice Chambers has been a clarinetist with the LRWS since fall 2010. She has performed with the Conway Community Band, the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Concert Band, the UALR Community Orchestra and Band, as well as the North Little Community Band. When she lived in Maryland, Chambers served as principal clarinetist in the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. For fifteen years she was a member of the 106th Army National Guard Band in which she played piano as well as clarinet.
Chambers started the band and choir program at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA) and has been the school’s adjunct band director for over 20 years. In addition, she has taught band at Bauxite High School, Hall High School, and Centerpoint High School in Arkansas as well as beginning strings at Washington Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Chambers holds a BME from Ouachita Baptist University and an MME from UCA. She studied clarinet with Ralph Rauch and Steve Pederson.
Rachel Loretz, a native of North Little Rock, has been a member of the LRWS clarinet section since 2007. She is a band director at Sheridan Junior High School and a National Board Certificed Teacher. She received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech University where she studied clarinet with Dr. Kelly Johnson.
Clarinetist Nathalie Wilhite has been performing with the Little Rock Wind Symphony since the fall of 2009. She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Harding University where she studied under Dr. John Warren Casey. She taught band and general music at Bradford High School and later assisted with the band program at Augusta High School.
Shortly before the birth of her first child, Whilhite left band directing full-time to be a stay-at-home mom, but she continues teaching private clarinet lessons and as well as sectionals for various school band programs. Her students consistently place in Arkansas All-Region Bands and All-State Bands.
Maralyn Sommer was appointed Principal Bassoon in September 2015. She is a native of Idaho where she graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education and taught in the Council Public Schools. She earned a Master of Music in bassoon performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching four years at Adams State College, Colorado, she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from the University of Arizona. She began her career at Henderson State University in the fall of 1990 as chair of the music department and subsequently served as Dean of Arts and Sciences and interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, a position she held until retirement in 2014. Throughout her tenure in administration she also taught bassoon, elementary music methods, and music literature.
Sommer served as principal bassoon with the Arizona Opera Company, the Arvada Chamber Orchestra, and the Boise Philharmonic in addition to having participated in many other ensembles throughout her career. She currently plays bassoon with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet of Henderson State University where she continues to teach as adjunct professor of bassoon. She often plays with orchestras for the UALR choral program and for Second Presbyterian Church.
Vilonia native Jason Brannon joined the bassoon section in September 2013. He is also bassoonist with the North Little Rock Community Band, and plays saxophone in various ensembles.
Brannon is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and is a database architect for USAble Life. He studies bassoon with Beth Martinez. And, of course, spends fair amount of his spare time making bassoon reeds.
Bob Bidewell, a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo., joined the Little Rock Wind Symphony in 2001 as keyboard and bass clarinetist, and is the symphony's librarian.
Bidewell was a charter member of the Northeast Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and played with that group for 25 years before moving to central Arkansas. He was a band director for 10 years in northeast Arkansas, taught piano at Lyon College, and served as staff accompanist at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.
He worked in church music for more than 30 years as organist and director of music.
Bidewell holds the bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Arkansas State University. He studied organ with Dr. Ervin Dunham, Harriet O'Neal, and Dr. Jane Gamble, and his piano studies were with Dr. James Patty and Dr. Theron Waddle.
Bandi Coleman Avance joined LRWS in 2009 as bass clarinetist. She is the pianist for Otter Creek Baptist Church and a piano teacher with Piano Lessons in Your Home. She plays piano and bass clarinet for special events, and arranges cantatas for choral groups. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano from Ouachita Baptist University.
LRWS principal alto saxophonist Andy Wen joined LRWS in 2010. He is in great demand as soloist and has performed in twenty-five states and eleven countries on three continents. His performances include concertos with bands and orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber concerts. He presented the first saxophone recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1992. He has performed at countless prestigious conferences and symposiums, internationally as well as nationally.
Wen has premiered four concertos and over thirty solo and chamber compositions including those by David Baker, Larry Bell, Robert Boury, Sy Brandon, James Chaudoir, Neil Flory, Fred Fox, Michel Fuste-Lambezat, Karen Griebling, John Harbison, David Kechley, Christian Lauba, L. A. Logrande, Kevin McKinney, Robert Newell, Allyn Reilly and many others. Most of these works were written for him. He has recorded two CDs, Apparitions and Apparitions 2, through Emeritus Recordings, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio by KEDT in Texas, WOUB in Ohio, and KUAR in Arkansas.
Wen is Associate Professor of Saxophone and Clarinet at UALR and is a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet. He has taught master classes across the USA, China and Taiwan. He has been published multiple times in the Saxophone Symposium and was a featured Guest Artist in the Saxophone Journal.
He received his DMA from the University of Georgia, studying saxophone with Kenneth Fischer and clarinet with Theodore Jahn; MM from Indiana University, studying saxophone with Eugene Rousseau and clarinet with Earl Bates; BM from Ohio University, studying saxophone with Allyn Reilly and clarinet with David Godshall; Medaille d'Argent at the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, France, studying with Jean-Marie Londeix.
Malvern native Gabriel Womack has been playing alto saxophone with the LRWS since 2013. He attended the University of Central Arkansas where he studied music education and saxophone performance in the studio of Dr. Jackie Lamar. While at UCA he played in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Saxophone Quartet. Gabriel is currently an assistant branch manager at Regions Bank during the day and a gymnastics instructor at Cheer City United in the evening.
Brian Trubitt is the LRWS's tenor saxophonist, a position he has held since 2001. He plays several instruments as well as sings tenor.
Brian studied music at Indiana University, and studied flute with Loretta Contino at Butler University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and German from Oberlin College, where he also studied music in the Conservatory of Music. He received the Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and practiced law in Chicago where he played with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. He also found time to train as a piano technician and has worked on many piano restorations. He is an attorney in Arkadelphia.
Sean LaFollette has been the Little Rock Wind Symphony’s baritone saxophonist since he joined in 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Henderson State University, where he studied saxophone under Dr. Steven Becraft, and was a member of the HSU Wind Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet. A native and current resident of Hot Springs, LaFollette taught elementary music for several years and now teaches saxophone and guitar privately in this area. Outside of the wind band setting, he can be heard playing with several groups including the Stardust Big Band and local club favorite, The Big Dam Horns.
He is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, serving as Southwest District President to the fifty-plus chapters of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas in 2008-09, and is an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority.
Ashley Veatch, principal horn, joined the LRWS in 2008. She is a native of Nebraska who was transplanted as a youth to Texas. She relocated to Arkansas to attend Harding University where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
Veatch was a member of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Searcy Brass Quintet. She is a private horn instructor and an active member of the International Horn Society.
In addition to her musical activities, Veatch performs foreign and domestic mission work, serves on the board of directors for Searcy Children's Homes, and works with the regional and national chapters of the American Iris Society.
Susan Detrick has been a member of the LRWS horn section since 2009. She has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and Mansfield Symphony, and frequently performs with church orchestras in Fort Smith and central Arkansas. She is also a member of the North Little Rock Community Concert Band.
A native of Ohio, Susan has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University where she studied horn with Herb Spencer.
After finishing school in Ohio, Susan followed her family to Arkansas and began teaching as an elementary general music specialist in public schools in Yell County, Pope County, and Pulaski County. She is currently a music educator in the Pulaski County Special School District.
Principal trumpet Brenda Barber is a charter member of the LRWS. She is founder and member of Quapaw Brass Quintet, who performs throughout the state, and she performs for recitals, weddings, and church services. She has played with the Arkansas and Pine Bluff Symphonies, and was the principal cornet of the brass band Solid Brass. She regularly performs with choral groups and church choirs as trumpet soloist or accompanist. She is a member of the Second Presbyterian Church Adult Choir and performed on their concerts in Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Scotland, and Canada.
Early in her band directing career, Barber was recruited into the information technology field and is now the manager of the IT systems engineering department of a healthcare informatics company. Until recently she maintained a trumpet studio of private students. She is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild.
Barber studied trumpet at Arkansas State University and Arkansas Tech University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her trumpet instructors include Dick Williams, Richard Jorgensen, and Richard Grady. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
LRWS trumpeter and Arkadelphia native Amy Anderson Jackson has been a member of LRWS since 2001. She is also a member of Mass Brass and Percussion and The Spirit of Arkadelphia Brass Quintet, and subs with the Stardust Big Band in Hot Springs. In addition, she performs with the Winds of Praise, the church orchestra of First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia, where she is a member.
Jackson holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Education and a Master of Business Administration from Henderson State University. While at HSU, she studied trumpet with Dr. Jim Buckner, and was a member of the Showband of Arkansas, NuFusion, and the Henderson State University Symphonic Band. She is a charter member of the International Women’s Brass Conference and is also a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
West Virginia native Nathan McCoy has been a member of the LRWS trumpet section since 2010. He has performed with various groups, both classical and jazz, throughout the central Arkansas area, including the Searcy Brass Quintet, Jazz Xtreme Jazz Band, and the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra. He has also taught private lessons through the Searcy Community School of Music.
McCoy received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Business Administration from Harding University. While at Harding he studied under Dr. Cindy Carrell, and participated in the Thundering Herd Marching Band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and many musicals. He is a Systems Technician for the Financial Aid Office at Harding.
Mark Tenney has played trumpet in LRWS for several years and has played for all three LRWS conductors. He is a member of the Jubilation Jazz Band and also plays in the orchestras of Cabot First Baptist Church and Russellville First Baptist Church and has participated in mission trips to Brazil, Amman, Jordan and Bulgaria. He is on the staff of the Arkansas Ambassadors of Music and has toured Europe three times with this group as both conductor and trumpet player.
Tenney is retired after 33 years of band directing in Lonoke and Cabot. He is a past president of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu, and is a member of the American School Band Directors Association. He has served as national member at large for the A.S.B.D.A. executive board.
He is a Little Rock native and graduate of Mills University Studies High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education degrees from Arkansas Tech University. His primary trumpet teachers were Ron Bryant and Richard Grady. Tenney is also a photographer and is the owner of River Valley Photography and Framing.
Little Rock native Carrie Spradlin has played trumpet with the LRWS since 2010. She also plays in the Bible Church of Little Rock Orchestra most Sundays of the year, sings in the church choir when she is not playing, and enjoys singing in a ladies’ ensemble.
Her earliest trumpet instruction was under Bob Martin through junior high and high school and she then studied under Craig Hamilton at Ouachita Baptist University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and was a charter member of the Ouachita Wind Ensemble. There she also studied piano under Rebecca Moore.
Spradlin enjoys playing the trumpet in a variety of settings and has performed in brass quintets, jazz bands, marching bands, musical theatre, and chamber groups and as a soloist at weddings and other special occasions. She has also enjoyed conducting a youth handbell choir and teaching private trumpet lessons.
Although very involved with music, Spradlin’s full time career is as a clinical social worker. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Work at UALR and currently serves as a clinical social worker at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She also serves on the state board of Arkansas Social Workers in Health Care.
Michael Chance has been principal trombonist since 2006 and is also is the the LRWS's assistant conductor. He is Director of Bands at Harding University, a position he has held since 1996 after a 21-year career directing high school bands and orchestras in Texas public schools. He directs the Searcy Community Band and is a board member of the Searcy Community School of Music.
Chance has been a member of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, the Red River Lyric Opera Orchestra, the San Angelo Community Band, and for twelve seasons was principal trombonist with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra, and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Chance holds a Bachelor of Arts in music with teacher certification from Lubbock Christian University, a Master of Music in trombone performance from Midwestern State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Memphis.
Trombonist John Prater joined the LRWS in 2010. He also plays trombone with the Searcy Brass Quintet, and has performed with Quapaw Brass Quintet and Basso Voce tuba quartet. He is a band director in the Cabot Public School District, where he teaches all beginning low brass and conducts the Jr. High South Freshman Band. He also teaches applied euphonium at Arkansas State University-Beebe, where he began the band program.
Prater is a National Board Certified teacher. He received the “Essential Pieces” Education Award from Cabot Jr. High South, has been nominated for the National Stars of Teaching Award, and is a four-time honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
In addition to his regular teaching duties, Prater maintains a private studio of low brass students, and is the coordinator of the student usher program for LRWS.
Prater received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University, and a Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas. He studied with Brian Bowman, Tony Baker, Eugene Corporon, Dennis Fisher, and Jack Stamp.
Trombonist Trae Warner began playing with the Little Rock Wind Symphony in 2016. He is a recent graduate of Henderson State University with a music performance degree and a double minor in mathematics and physics. At Henderson, he played tenor and bass trombone in wind ensemble, symphonic band, chamber winds, trombone choir, and tuba-euphonium ensemble. Although it is a requirement to present two solo recitals for a music performance degree, he played four.
While working on his degree in music, Warner discovered a passion for teaching mathematics and is pursuing a Master of Science in Education with emphasis in secondary mathematics. He has taught instrumental music and science, and is currently teaching secondary mathematics at Malvern High School.
Warner is also the music director of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Arkadelphia, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Malvern. He also performs with the Stardust Jazz Orchestra and the David Rosen Big Band.
You can probably count on one hand the number of women bass trombonists in the country, and Janet Sutton is one of them. Sutton is LRWS's bass trombonist, a position she has held since 2002.
Sutton actually began her music career as a trumpet player. She switched to tenor trombone when her school band had none, a change she has never regretted. In college, she made a final switch from tenor to bass trombone.
Sutton performed with Mass Brass in Arkadelphia and is a charter member of the North Little Rock Community Band. She has been a volunteer in the elementary music program at Terry Elementary in Little Rock. In fact, her early career was as band director at Lakeside Middle School in Hot Springs. Since 2003 she has been the receptionist at The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health.
Sutton received the Bachelor of Music Education degree in instrumental music from Henderson State University where she studied trombone with Wes Branstine. She is a graduate of Malvern High School where she was in Bill Stoecker's band program.
Elizabeth Taylor-McMullen joined the LRWS in 2009 and is the principal euphonium. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of The American School of Kuwait. While attending school in Kuwait, she had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and the Middle East to play in ensembles under Jerry Luckhardt, Anthony Maielllo, and Jerry Junkin. She studied euphonium with Royce Lumpkin, Russell Pettit, and Benjamin Pierce.
Taylor-McMullen has served as a school choir director and band director. She is a former member of the Ozark Mountains British Brass Band where she played baritone as well as euphonium. She is currently working to complete the Master of Music in performance at the University of Central Arkanasas, where she studies euhphonium with Gail Robertson.
Cabot native J. Kyle Blackburn, euphonium, joined the LRWS fulltime in 2009 after serving as a sub for a couple of years. He is a founding member of tuba quartet Basso Voce, which has performed on several diverse programs, including Diversions and Octubafest. Recently, they could be heard playing the National Anthem at Dickey-Stephens Park for the Arkansas Travelers.
Kyle is the director of children's music at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Prior to that, he was the music director at Lakewood UMC in North Little Rock and First UMC in Bonham, Texas.
He earned the Bachelor of Arts in music from Arkansas Tech University where he studied euphonium with Andy Anders. He studied choral conducting as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce and completed the professional certification of music ministry curriculum at SMU Perkins.
Greg Lindstrom, a native of Michigan, started playing the tuba in fifth grade. And he never wanted to play anything else.
He has been the principal tuba with the Little Rock Wind Symphony since 2005 and is a founding member of tuba quartet Basso Voce. He also has been a member of the Quapaw Brass Quintet since 1998.
Lindstrom moved to Arkansas many years ago to attend Harding University in Searcy where he got a degree in mathematics. He got his masters in computational mathematics at Texas A&M University before starting work at NASA in solar physics. He currently designs software for the healthcare industry.
Through the years, he studied tuba with Leonard Falcone, Harvey Phillips, Rex Conners, and Andy Anders.
James Wilhite has been a member of the LRWS tuba section since 2007. He is a member of Basso Voce Tuba Quartet, and has performed with Jazz Extreme jazz band and the Searcy Brass Quintet.
Wilhite is currently the band director at Central Arkansas Christian Schools, and previously served as the band director as well as the choir director and general music teacher at Des Arc High School and Augusta High School.
Wilhite is from Mineola, Texas, and attended Mineola High School, where he was privileged to receive private tuba lessons from well-known band educator, Roger Winslow. He is a graduate of Harding University where he studied under Dr. Michael Chance. While a music major at Harding, Wilhite was introduced to his future wife, Nathalie, who is also a member the LRWS.
Rick Stein, a native of Toledo, Ohio, has been principal percussionist with the Little Rock Wind Symphony since 2001. He is the choral director and assistant band director at Perryville High School.
He has been a member of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, the Elkhart Symphony Orchestra and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and has served in churches in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Arkansas.
Stein has a bachelor's degree in church music from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, and a master's degree in church music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He studied percussion with Robert Bell at the University of Toledo, Bob Tillis at DePaul University, and James Rago at the University of Louisville.
Andy Smith joined the LRWS’s percussion section in 2012. He has been teaching percussion and performing throughout Arkansas and East Texas since 2006. In that time, Andy has provided his services to almost a dozen different marching bands and is currently employed with Henderson State University’s “Showband of Arkansas.” He has performed with a number of groups including the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra.
Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Henderson State University where he studied with Rick Dimond, and a Master’s Degree in Music from Kent State University where he studied with Ted Rounds and Bill Sallak. At HSU, he was principal percussionist of the Wind Ensemble, won the 2007 Student Achievement Award for Music, and was a featured soloist in the President’s Concert a record-tying 4 times. At KSU, he was principal percussionist of the orchestra and the wind ensemble, and won the Tim & Margaret Chandler Timpani Scholarship.
His professional affiliations include Percussive Arts Society and Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Little Rock native Christopher Dunn joined the LRWS’s percussion section in 2013. He is a graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School and received the Bachelor of Music degree in 2013 from Arkansas Tech University. He has performed with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra and the North Little Rock Community Band, and performs regularly in orchestras at Pulaski Heights Methodist Church. While in high school he was the timpanist in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Dunn has provided private percussion instruction and drumline instruction. His own applied teachers were Ben Finley, Patrick Lindsey, and Philip Parker.