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  Lance Rightmyer - Director - Baritone

With two drum corps parents, it was hard not to become absorbed by the music and camaraderie that the activity creates!  At the age of 7, Lance started out as a cymbal player with the Rochester Patriots, where he eventually became a lead mellophone.  He remained with them through his age-out year (21) and then beyond, on their marching and visual staff.

In 1984, Lance did skip one year as he had the opportunity of a lifetime ... to march with the (then) Garfield Cadets. This was a life-changing experience. At the age of 16, he was the second youngest kid in the corps.  He started that season on mellophone, but after several veterans returned, his spot was taken and he was given a spot on contra bass. Not wanting to give up that late in the season he learned every note and every step that ultimately led to a season ending World Championship!

Lance also did a short stint with the Empire Statesmen to finish up one of their wonderful seasons as a trumpet player.

After about a 15 year hiatus, Lance was asked to join the Hitmen Brass Band where he played for a short time before beginning the journey with the Prime Time Brass.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of being the director of the band, as well as a 3rd baritone player, for the last 10 years and have enjoyed leading the transformation from a start-up band with no music and limited members, to what we have become today. We currently have great instruction, new music ideas and a fantastic roster of the area's premier players and I look forward to taking the band to the next-level in the coming years!”

Lance was self-employed most of his professional career making signs and specialty displays as the President of Vicomp Graphics in Webster, NY, but has recently taken a full-time position as Graphics Production Supervisor at MirrorShow Management.

He has two young kids, Raegan and Lucas, and a very supportive wife of 20 years, Jamie, who is also very active in the local Marching Band (Webster High School, color guard caption head) and WGI color guard scene.  

Rochester Patriots (1975-1983)

Garfield Cadets (1984)

Rochester Patriots (1985-1995)

Empire Statesmen (1992)

 


  Bill Ray - Assistant Director - Trumpet

Bill has been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for over three decades as a performer, instructor and soloist. He has many drum corps awards to his credit including 1 DCA Championship, many NY State Championships, 2 DCI Division II finalist, many DCI Division I quarter and Semi Finalist and 1 DCI Division I Finalist. He was a member of the following corps: Firebirds, Northmen, DutchBoy and the Empire Statesmen. 

Billy continued his study of music by graduating from the School of the Arts High School in 1990. 

After taking 17 years off from playing the trumpet, he joined the Prime Time Brass in 2010. He became the Assistant Director of the band in 2013. 

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank those that guided me along my path in music. Bill Ray Sr., Vince Bruni, Donny Allen, Al DiCroce and Dr. Jon Kruger. A special thanks to Chris Castellon for bringing me into Prime Time Brass." 

Bill lives in Rochester with his wife Debbie and daughter, Paula.



  Dave Cuff - Booking - Trombone

Dave was born and grew up in the 10th Ward of Rochester. He graduated from John Marshall HS. Married to Kelly, they have two girls, ages 16 and 14.  

His mentors growing up included local trombonists Bob Moran and Alvin Parris.

Dave's Trombone influences include: James Pankow (Chicago), Jim Pugh (Woody Herman, Eastman School), JJ Johnson and Kai Winding.

He credits a wide variety of musical influences, most not including trombones/brass!

Dave attended the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. While there, he performed with various groups at the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid.

He was an original member of 3 regional party bands - Private Drive (1990-1994),  Sharp Dressed Penguins (1990-1996) and Brass Taxi (1996- present)

Dave has been a member of Prime Time Brass since 2012.



Dr. Jonathan Kruger - Musical Director - Trumpet
 
Jonathan Kruger is a Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he serves as the Director of Performing Arts. While attending the Eastman School of Music from 1980 – 85, Dr. Kruger had the privilege of studying trumpet with Barbara Butler and Vincent DiMartino as well as jazz studies and arranging with Rayburn Wright.

After completing his Doctorate of Music Arts at the Eastman School of Music in 1985, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Teaching positions include: The School of the Arts in Rochester, NY, trumpet instructor at the Hochstein School of Music and trumpet instructor and Director of Jazz Ensembles at the State University of New York at Geneseo, NY.

During his performance career Dr. Kruger performed with Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Julie Andrews, Cleo Laine, Barry Manilow and many others. Dr. Kruger is currently the co–director of the New Energy Jazz Orchestra and Musical Director for the Prime Time Brass.  


  David Agosto - Trumpet

Dave graduated from Potsdam State College earning a degree in Music Education in 1991.

He worked at the Rochester City School District for a number of years as a substitute teacher.

In 1996, he changed careers, traveling and playing on Princess cruise ships. And, in 2007, returned to the Rochester City School District as a music teacher.

He is currently nearing completion of his Master of Music Education degree at Nazareth College.


Zach Allyn - Trumpet

Zach is proud to have been a member of Prime Time Brass since 2014. An alumnus of the Webster School District, Zach spent his college years studying trumpet at Ithaca College, and marching with DCI corps Southwind (2006) and the 2008 Drum Corps International Champion, Phantom Regiment.

From 2010-2013, Zach performed with, and taught, the Empire Statesmen, and is thrilled to be able to continue performing with some of his favorite people from that corps, here with Prime Time Brass. 




  Mark Audino - Mellophone

Mark started playing trumpet and mellophone during his high school years at Aquinas Institute.

Since then he has played in many local musical groups and drum and bugle corps including the Firebirds, the Patriots, the Northmen, the Rochester Crusaders, the Empire Statesmen and the Ghost Riders.

He joined Prime Time Brass in September of 2015.

Mark resides and works in his home town of Henrietta as a fireman.


  Russ Braman - Baritone

Russ hails from Laingsburg, Michigan and currently resides in South Lockport, NY. with his 2 daughters. He works at the New York Beer Project.

He studied at Michigan State and at Middle Tennessee State University where he received his degree in Audio Recording and Production 

Russ has played in a number of marching bands and drum and bugle corps, including the Empire Statesmen, playing contra bass and baritone.

He has worked for a number of years with the University of Buffalo Marching Band.


Cliff Brandt - Baritone

Cliff joined Prime Time Brass in 2013. He began his musical journey in 1995 with the Corry Area (PA) High School Marching Band, where he discovered his love of music.

In 2000, he moved on to the collegiate level, performing with the Edinboro University (PA) Spirit of the Scots marching band from 2000-2004, serving as section leader from 2002-2004.

In 2004 he graduated from Edinboro with a Bachelor of Arts in music performance.  After college, Cliff performed with numerous groups including The Erie Thunderbirds Drum & Bugle Corps (2003-2010), The Syracuse Brigadiers (2005), The Empire Statesmen (2007-2011), The Ghost Riders (2012), Opus 7 (2014) & Brig Juice (2015).

During his Drum Corps career, Cliff participated in 10 DCA Mini Corps Championships, 6 DCA World Championship Finals, numerous exhibition performances and parades and has been a member of 4 World Championship horn lines.  He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

He currently resides in Victor, NY with his wife, Lucy. 




Ryan D Brugger - Mellophone

Ryan has played trumpet for numerous organizations over the years, getting his start as a Crimson Cadet in the Hilton School District with heavy influence from Tim Stodd, Nancy Russo and Pete Madsen.

In 2005 he began playing within the Nik Entertainment organization, several local theater groups, the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps and of course The Prime Time Brass.  Most recently has filled in at Roberts Wesleyan College Jazz Ensemble and was trumpet/transcriber for "What's Goin' On", a Marvin Gaye Anthology under the Direction of Mike Van Allen.

Currently, Ryan is working on arranging and writing new music as a personal goal to become a better musician and entertainer within the Rochester music scene.


Matt Codd - Baritone

Matt started playing with the Greece Combined High School Marching Band playing saxophone. To continue playing, he joined the Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and Mighty St. Joe's Alumni Corps. These groups gave him his start playing brass instruments.

He continued to grow musically in groups such as the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps, the Ghost Riders Drum and Bugle Corps and St. Joe's Reunion Brass Ensemble.

He will now continue his journey with Prime Time Brass and says he couldn't be happier.

Matt is a plumber by day and a musician by night! He lives in Greece with his wife, April.

  Ryan Codd - Trumpet 

Ryan has been involved in music since he was 8 years old. He started playing trumpet in 3rd grade and it has been a major part of his life since. 

Ryan began his marching career in 2004 at the age of 14 with the Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. At the age of 16, he joined the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched for 8 years. 

When the Statesmen folded Ryan began playing with Prime Time Brass on Mellophone, then trumpet. 

He has been a soloist in various groups and is currently providing visual instruction to the Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps.

Ryan lives in Rochester where he is a manager at Buffalo Wild Wings. 



  John l DeFazio, Sr. - Trumpet 

John is a life long Rochester resident.  He has been married 39 yrs to Catherine; they have 2 boys, 2 girls and 5 grandchildren.

His Drum Corps experience spans more than 4 decades. Corps he has marched with include the Grey Knight Lancers, the Culver Ridge Statesmen, the Miami Military Drum Corps, the U.S.Navy Recruit Drum Corps, the Rochester Crusaders, the Phoenix, Mighty St. Joe's Alumni, the Empire Statesman and the Ghost Riders. His brass ensemble experience includes the Hitman Brass Band and, currently, Prime Time Brass.

John is an Associate Member of the Drum Corps Hall of Fame since 2000. He also holds 5 DCA Brass Ensemble Championship Gold Medals, including 4 with The Hitmen Brass Band and 1 with the inaugural Prime Time Brass band.

He is a US Navy veteran, Honorably Discharged in 1976,


  Bob "Boomer" Dunham - Baritone

Boomer lives in Rochester with his wife of 41 years, Sheryn. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He had been self-employed, but recently retired.

He started playing in drum and bugle corps with the Grey Knight Squires in the early 60s. Since then, he has played with the Grey Knight Lancers, the Emerald Cadets, the Emerald Statesmen, the Crusaders, St. Joe's Alumni Corps, the Empire Statesmen, the Syracuse Brigadiers, the Hit Men, the Ghost Riders, St. Joe's Reunion Brass Ensemble and Prime Time Brass. 


 

Jeffrey L. Gibbens - Trumpet

A professional musician since 1980, Jeff Gibbens has become one of the tri-state area’s most requested trumpet artists. Known for his powerful, bold sound and almost unlimited register, he is in constant demand as a lead trumpeter as well as jazz, combo, classical and sideman, traveling throughout the United States and Canada. 

Jeff has been with the Prime Time Brass Band for the past seven years. He has also appeared with nationally known artists such as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Temptations, Debbie Boone, Huey Lewis and the News, The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Vinton, Al Martino, the Larry Elgart Orchestra, Ringling Bros. & Barnham and Bailey Circus, the Ice Capades, Bob Newhart, the Buffalo Philharmonic “Pops” Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others. He played lead trumpet for Erie’s Misery Bay Big Band, Is co-principal trumpet for the Big Band Sounds of WD Packard Band in Warren, Ohio, Ron Chick’s “Friends” Big Band from Youngstown, Ohio, the Madison Jazz Project from Madison, Ohio, and the Babaloo Big Band (Lucille Ball Festival) in Jamestown NY. 

Jeff has served as the music director, composer/arranger and brass instructor for the Erie Thunderbirds Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, and led them to six National Championships (’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98 & ’02). Jeff is a lifetime member of the Pennsylvania Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame (inducted in 2005). In 2010, Jeff was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame, and is enshrined alongside such greats as Maynard Ferguson, Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry and others.

Jeff also honors the veterans of his community as he sounds “Taps” at over 80 Military funerals a year in the greater Erie, PA area.



 Mike Hillman

Mike has worked as a marching band instructor for the past 12 years.  He has taught with many groups including the Hilton Crimson Cadets Marching Band and Winter Drum Line, Eastridge Marching Lancers, Frontier Winter Drumline, the Le Roy Marching Knights, Rochester Crusaders and Empire Statesmen. He has marched with groups such as the Empire Statesmen, Rochester Crusaders, Hitmen Brass Band, and Santa Clara Vanguard. Mike has won 2 DCA Championships and 4 DCA Ensemble Championships.

He has also performed with other various orchestral and symphonic ensembles. 

Mike graduated from SUNY Fredonia in January 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Roberts Wesleyan College in 2010 with a Masters in Music Education.

He and his wife Shannon live in Rochester with their 2 children.

Jeff Hobbs - Drums/Vibes

Jeff first realized his passion for music at a very young age listening to various styles and artists at home and in his rural community near Syracuse, N.Y.  After moving to the Rochester area, he played his first "paying gig" at around 8 yrs. old. "It wasn't much, about $7 and a large coke!" 

It would be during one of many return trips to visit relatives in his hometown, later on, that he'd discover marching music. The Syracuse Marauders Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps was rehearsing in the mall parking lot. "We were just running up to the mall for a little bit and an hour and half later I still hadn't gone in! I'd forgotten what I went shopping for, and I knew that this was not your ordinary marching band!"  "The rest" as they say...

Jeff studied Music Education at Edinboro University after high school.

He has performed with various groups and organizations such as: St. Agnes Church Folk Group Avon, N.Y. on guitar, drums and keys; the Avon Community Theater as the percussionist; the Geneseo Community Theater as a percussionist; the Cadets of Greece Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps, 1973 - 1978, in both the horn line on soprano, and baritone bugles and in the drum line, on bass and snare; the Rochester Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, 1976 in the snare line; the Avon Symphony Orchestra as the percussionist; the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Batavia, N.Y. as a percussionist.

Jeff joined Prime Time Brass in October of 2014 and currently plays with, or fills in on drums, with local area club bands and recently performed in Florida with one of Rochester's notable rock bands from the 60's, The Invictas.




  Frank Kirchner - Trumpet

 Marv Miner - Trumpet

Marv has been playing trumpet for over 37 years. Early in his music career, he studied at the Eastman School of Music's Preparatory Department (now called the Eastman Community Music School) with Tom Drake, current Associate Principal Trumpet for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Dick Jones, former principal trumpet of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is also an accomplished classical singer (tenor) and has studied piano and percussion.

During his formative years, Marv played and sang at every opportunity, including band, jazz band, marching band, wind ensemble and orchestra.  He has performed with local community organizations such as the Finger Lakes Wind Ensemble, Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, Rochester Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps and 8-piece party band Power Company.

His classical trumpet studies led him to major in Trumpet and Music Education at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he studied in the trumpet studio of James Madeja and sang tenor in the Crane Chorus under the direction of N. Brock McElheran. Marv also joined the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, affording him the opportunity to perform in brass ensemble, men's chorus and mixed chorus.

He left Potsdam prior to graduation to pursue a career in aviation, where he worked as a certified commercial pilot and flight instructor in the civilian world, and in the military, he completed the Fighter/Bomber track of the United States Air Force's Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training course, earning his USAF pilot rating in the T-38 Talon. 

After 8 years in the military, he moved into the telecommunications data networking field where he currently works with complex fiber-optic networks.


Jeff Moses - Trumpet/Flugelhorn

Jeff started playing trumpet in the 4th grade and continued throughout high school. While a  freshmen in high school, in 1970, he joined the West Webster Fire Department Band, where he played for about 5 years.

He stopped playing for awhile but began playing again in the early 1980’s, a little at church, and then with the Webster Village Concert Band . While playing with the Village band, he rejoined the Webster Fire Department Band and played another 3 or 4 years until they disbanded. 

In 1994, Jeff joined the Fairport Fire Department Band where he still plays today, along with the East Rochester Fire Department Band and the Honeoye Falls Concert Band.

Jeff also played with the Greece Concert Band during the winter months when the fire department bands were off . A tuba player in the Greece Band, Mike Hillman, recruited Jeff to a new band that "could use another trumpet player". He did check it out, attending a rehearsal, and was very impressed and a little overwhelmed. That was his introduction to Prime Time Brass, where he has never left and is very thankful to be part of the band.


 

Daniel T. Moscicki - Baritone

“Danny Mo” is originally from Batavia, NY, but now resides in Chili, NY with his wife Linda. They have 3 children and 4 Grandchildren.

Dan has played with Mighty St. Joe’s Junior Corps, Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Corps, The Empire Statesmen, The Syracuse Brigadiers, The Hitmen Brass Band, St. Joe’s Reunion Brass Ensemble, The Ghost Riders, and Prime Time Brass.

He is retired from General Motors and is currently a High School and Collegiate Track Official and USATF Official.


 

Dean Muller - Drums

Dean played Xylophone and snare drum with The Cadets of Greece Drum and Bugle Corps from 1975 to 1979.

He has played in multiple stage bands in the Rochester area from 1980 to the present, including Nik and the Nice Guys.

Along with playing for Prime Time Brass he is a drummer in the Contemporary Service at Faith Lutheran Church in Penfield and plays drums and sings with a local band called Radio Nation Band. 

Dean lives with wife, Tracy, in Rochester.


  Art Mustico - Trumpet

(1958-2017) Rest in Peace

Music has always been Art's hobby. He started playing trumpet in grade school in Elmira NY, where he grew up. He played in the Elmira Free Academy High School marching band and jazz ensemble and one semester with the Alfred University jazz ensemble.

More recently, Art has played with the Penfield Pops concert band, the Aquinas Institute Alumni Honor Flight concerts and the Aquinas pep band. He is currently the trumpet section lead for the Irondequoit Concert Band.

Art is a manufacturing engineer at Harris Corporation (formerly Kodak and ITT) where he has worked for 35 years. 

He lives in Irondequoit with his wife Christie. They have a son who lives in Portland Oregon and a daughter in Buffalo.


  John J. Pipitone, Sr. - Trumpet/Flugelhorn

John Pipitone (Pip) is a native of Rochester, New York. He and his wife, Carol, currently live in Webster, NY. They have 3 sons, 4 grandsons and a dog named Tosca.

Pip attended the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology, receiving a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Human Resources Management respectively. Along the way, he received a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Cornell University and a Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development from RIT.

He is retired from the Eastman Kodak Company and Rochester General Hospital and is a US Army Viet Nam Era Veteran.

He has been active in the Western New York Drum and Bugle Corps scene since the late 1950s, taking time off to serve in the military and support his sons through sports, bands and drum corps. His past endeavors include:

Marching/Playing Member:

Dutchtown Lancers/Ramblers
Chili Crimson Cadets
Ridge-Culver Statesmen
Rochester Grey Knights
Emerald Cadets
St. Joseph's of Batavia
Phoenix
Rochester Crusaders
St. Joseph's Alumni Corps (Founding Member)
Ghost Riders
St. Joseph's Reunion Brass Ensemble
Prime Time Brass
Taught:

Rochester Patriots - Brass and M&M (Co-Founder)
St. Joseph's Alumni Corps - Brass (Co-Founder)
Northmen - Brass and M&M
Fusion - Brass and M&M
Cadets of Greece - Brass and M&M
Emerald Cadets - M&M
American Patrol - Brass and M&M
Alpine Girls - Brass
St. Joe's Peanuts - Brass
Oakfield Sabers - Brass


Past member:

Irondequoit Concert Band
Webster Concert Band
Kodak Concert Band

 Shawn Prior - Trumpet

Shawn grew up in Williamsville, NY where he attended Williamsville South High School. He performed in the wind symphony, the school jazz ensemble, brass quintet, and the Williamsville District Orchestra under the direction of Mathew Cool.

After high school, Shawn moved to Louisiana and attended LA TECH University for his BFA in Music Performance. His educators included Bobby Cheatham (trumpet), Lawrence Gibbs III, and Dr. Alan Goldspiel. After completing his degree, Shawn moved to Hilton Head Island and performed with such players as Earl Williams and David Wingo, at Wingo’s Music Hall. After about a year, Shawn moved back to Buffalo, NY and joined the local funk group Elevation, where he was the trumpet player in that group for about 2 years, performing and composing.

Shawn then moved to Tucson, Arizona where he attended the University of Arizona, for his Masters in Music. His mentors and educators included Ed Reid, Jeff Haskel, and Jason Carder. He attended the ITG conference in Sydney, Australia in 2010, with Ed Reid and Jeff Haskel. While living in Tucson, Shawn joined the Chili Willie Groove Band performing all over Arizona and California.

In 2014 Shawn picked up and moved once again back to Western NY where he currently resides, performing as a freelance trumpet player and performing with the Prime Time Brass band in Rochester, NY.


Josh Relyea - Tuba 

Josh has played an instrument (mainly low brass) since he was in third grade.  He played all the way through high school and marched with the high school marching band. 

While still in High school, a fireman’s band that was just forming asked him to join as a founding member.  25 years later he is still playing with that group as well. 

Josh has worked with several different school marching groups, and enjoys helping them learn the marching arts. 

He marched with the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps for 9 years until they folded in 2013.

He is now looking forward to where ever PTB should take him.

Josh lives in Farmington with his wife JoAnne.



Mark "Juice" Sichewski - Baritone
 

Mark, a resident of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, started playing trumpet in grade 5 and began marching drum corps in 1971 with the Kiwanis Kavaliers of Kitchener, playing lead soprano bugle for 4 years. He then moved to the Dutch Boy Cadets, playing Mellophone, for the 1975 and 1976 seasons. When Dutch Boy Cadets merged with the Flying Dutchman to become Northstar, Juice marched there for two seasons until the corps folded. He then spent two years with the Etobicoke Oakland Crusaders.

Juice also taught brass for the Kiwanis Kavaliers for three years and part of a season with Ventures.

From 1984 to 1989 he marched with the Guelph Royalaires, from 1990 to 2000 he marched with the Empire Statesmen (where he became a baritone horn player), and from 2001 to 2002 with the Syracuse Brigadiers. He then continued with the Statesmen in 2005, and 2007 to 2010.

Juice joined The Hitmen Brass Band in 2003 and as a group decided to leave to create Prime Time Brass, he joined with them to play baritone.

Mark has been instrumental in bringing PTB to Canada for many performances, including the Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade, and numerous Santa Claus Parades. Also, thanks to Mark, PTB has become a regular at the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario Oktoberfest.

He lives in Kitchener with wife Sandy, and two very athletic boys, Michael and Scott.


  Mark Sinden - Mellophone

Mark started his drum corps career with the Opti-Knights of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in 1966, playing soprano bugle. He then moved to the Flying Dutchmen of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, on trumpet and flugelhorn from 1967 to 1975.

His senior drum corps experiences include the Regionaires of St. Catherines, Ontario; 8 years with the Guelph Royalaires of Guelph, Ontario; and the Empire Statesmen of Rochester, NY from 1991 through 1998, 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Mark also played with the Brass Act of Kitchener, the United Alumni of Simcoe, Ontario and the Oktoberfest Wunderbar Band of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

He has been a member or Prime Time Brass since 2009.

Mark lives in  Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with his wife, Bridget, who was most helpful in making it possible for PTB’s 2016 return to New Orleans.



  Mike Spuck - Mellophone

Mike has been playing trumpet since he was 13, in The John Marshall Jr. HS Band. He transferred to Aquinas Institute where he earned 1st chair by 10th grade. 

He started marching Drum Corps with The Greece Cadets in 1980, and later marched with The Rochester Renegades, The Avant Guard and eventually became a Charter member of The Empire Statesman Drum and Bugle Corps.

Mike studied music at Hochstein School of music and, later, at Monroe Community college.

He taught several HS bands along the way, but his fondest memories are of the Mt. Morris HS Pageant Band.

Mike played with The Hitman Brass Band for a few years until, ultimately, becoming one of the founding members of Prime time Brass, where he became the group’s owner/operator for the first 10 years of its existence.

For business and personal reasons, he relinquished that position and now enjoys being just one of the guys who loves to play his Mellophone and Flugelhorn.

Mike considers Prime Time Brass his “Band of Brothers”; the brotherhood of musician's who he gets to play with week after week.


  Scott Stansfield - Trumpet 

Kevin Tierney - Trumpet

Kevin studied at Humber College of Music Toronto, Ont. Canada

His Drum and Bugle Corps experiences include: 
Oakland Crusaders Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Blue Stars Lacrosse Wisconsin
The Bridgemen Bayonne NJ
Dutch Boy Kitchener, Ont. Canada 

His professional experiences include: 
Carnival Cruise Lines aboard The Holiday and The Inspiration
The Temptations
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Peter Noon of Hermans Hermits
Pete Best ex-drummer of the Beatles
Lou Gramm Studios Commercial radio & T.V. Jingles ….Doan Delivers etc….
Midnite Hour Productions Toronto, Ont. Canada
The Untouchables Toronto, Ont. Canada (touring Europe and Asia) 

Presently Kevin performs with The Skycoasters, and has performed at Super Bowl parties, Opening Day at The New York Yankees Stadium…, opening up for groups such as The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and K.C. & The Sunshine Band.


  Benny Wilt - Baritone

Benny considers himself an amateur musician who has enjoyed playing lower brass instruments since he was in third grade. Starting as a tuba player in grade school and sousaphone in junior high.

Over the years he has been a member of many local bands and drum & bugle corps.

Now retired, Benny spends a great deal of time enjoying his greatest passion...collecting and playing brass instruments. He and his wife, Sharon, currently reside in Scottsville, NY.

2015-2016 is his rookie season with PTB and he became a member after many years of coaxing by his son Joe, who is also a member.

Benny is also a Viet Nam Veteran, having served in the US Air Force.


Joe Wilt - Baritone

Joe has been a member of Prime Time Brass since 2010.

In addition to PTB, he is currently Brass Coordinator for the Webster High School Marching Band, as well as Assistant Brass Caption Head for the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps.

Previous experience includes Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps, The EDGE, San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, Opus 7, and BD Entertainment.

Joe is Owner/Producer of Presto Video Services and resides in Pittsford, New York.


Jim Wise - Tuba, Assistant Musical Director

Hailing originally from Northeast Ohio, Jim started playing in Western New York in 2000 with the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps.  This led to Jim's relocation to Buffalo in 2004 and starting with the Prime Time Brass in the fall of 2005. 

Through his early career, Jim studied with David Borsvold at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, Dr. Gary Bird and Dr. Christian Dickinson at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and John Turk at Youngstown State University. While at IUP, Jim’s playing career started with America’s Rollercoast Cedar Point, where he would entertain park guests during summer college breaks. While at Youngstown State, he was a founding member of the Mill Creek Arts Ensemble Brass Quintet.

Jim continues to explore music in multiple amateur and professional groups including the Erie County Wind Ensemble and the Buffalo Silver Band. Jim’s drum and bugle corp career has included member and/or instructor positions with The Bluecoats, Empire Statesmen, Erie Thunderbirds, Ghost Riders, The Edge, Opus 7 (Renegades), and Bluecoats Alumni.

Jim resides in Rochester with his wife, Tina, and their twin boys.


 

Patrick Young - Trumpet

Patrick has played trumpet for 14 years. He has been involved in  jazz band since he started playing and it is his passion.

He went through elementary school and middle school playing lead trumpet. In high school, was lead the last 2 years. In college he was lead all 4 years as well as the only trumpet in the jazz combo.

Patrick graduated with honors from Hartwick College with a Bachelors of Arts in Music. He is currently employed at the Xerox Corporation.

Fun fact: He opened for Branford Marsalis while in college.





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