Kent Baker – Mellophones
Kent Baker received his education at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, after which he was appointed Director of Bands at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, IL, directing Concert Band and Concert Choir, and 3rd Horn in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. He was a 6-year member of the Bands of America Summer Symposium, teaching Music Theory, has marched in 4 Inaugural Parades, performed at The Kennedy Center Honors twice, and was a featured soloist for a White House State Dinner.
Kent is currently a Master Sergeant in his 20th year with The United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. He is an arranger/composer, hornist, Assistant Drum Major, and has written music performed on recent “flash mobs,” USAF Band CDs, and live on The Today Show and Fox & Friends. His current project is for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX pre-show. He regularly performs with Quintessential Brass Quintet as hornist and arranger. Their CDs and charts can be found at www.trumpetunes.com.
A native of Illinois, Kent has marched the Belleville Black Knights, the Knights, and Capitol Brass Sr. Corps, Troy NY. He was on the brass staff of the The Cavaliers, Rosemont, IL, when the corps won its first DCI Championship in 1992. He was an instructor for Images Winter Guard from Normal Community HS, Normal, IL. They were a finalist at WGI Regionals 15 times across all Scholastic classes, and a semi-finalist at WGI. Kent has judged for Drum Corps Midwest, Winter Guard International and currently judges for the Atlantic Indoor Association in Design Analysis and Percussion Visual/GE. Kent is proud to be on the visual staff for 10-time DCI Champions, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Allentown, PA.
He is active as an arranger and drill writer for many successful high school marching bands, including the 12-time BOA Regional finalists and class champions James Madison HS, Vienna, VA, and Chantilly HS, Chantilly, VA, also a WGI Bronze Medalist in PSO. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Lori, and teenage sons, Alex and Philip.
Shane Conner – Trumpets/Sopranos
- Geneseo Knights 85-87
- Garfield Cadets 88
- Cavaliers 89-90; Alumni Corps 2008
- Star of Indiana Alumni Corps 2010
- Star United mini corps 2010-present
Over the past 30+ years, Shane has played soprano/trumpet for many drum corps, brass quintets, jazz bands and church groups. Outside of his primary job in medical malpractice insurance, he currently teaches private trumpet lessons and plays lead trumpet in the Star United mini corps out of Indianapolis . Out of Star United’s 9 years in existence, they have won the DCA mini corps division title 8 times. (As of Labor Day Wknd 2015, 9 times!)
Dan Moore – Trumpets/Sopranos
Dan Moore has been teaching instrumental music in Illinois for the past 28 years, the last 16 years as Director of Bands at Naperville North High School. At NNHS, Dan’s bands have been Illinois State Finalists twelve times, Bands of America Regional Finalists six times, and have been selected multiple times to perform at the Illinois Music Education Conference, the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, the Essentially Ellington Festival, the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, and the Midwest Clinic. He received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern University in 1999, and is currently playing in, and composing/arranging for the Pete Ellman Big Band. His wife of twenty-five years, Kay teaches elementary band in Naperville, and he has two daughters: Laura, recently married and teaching 7th Grade Science in Melrose Park, and Deanna, a junior at UW Whitewater. Dan was Knights soloist in the early 1980’s.
David W. Stollberg – Tubas/Contras
David W. Stollberg, Ph.D., P.E. is the Executive Director of Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps and CV Indoor percussion ensemble. Dave marched fifteen years with CV (fourteen on contra bass and one on euphonium) and has been the executive director for the last eleven years. Prior to that he was the corps’ assistant executive director, a director on the board and a visual instructor. Dave was also an instructor for the U.S. Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 1993 to 1995. He was a contra bass player for the Knights from 1982 to 1985.
Outside of the drum corps activity Dr. Stollberg served over six years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy, taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and has many years of project management experience in the cellular phone and electronic materials industry. He has a bachelor’s in mechanical and materials engineering and a master’s in materials science and engineering from Vanderbilt University. He earned his doctorate is in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently Dave is an assistant professor of physics at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA and is a consultant in research and development project management and nanotechnology for a variety of industries.
Greg Young – Baritones
Years marched: 83-85 Emerald Knights, 85-87 Geneseo Knights
What I’m doing now: Live in Cedar Rapids, IA. Software Engineer for Rockwell Collins. Married to Dawn Stephens for 25 years. 2 daughters, ages 23 and 21. We moved a National Register historic house this year and are in the process of restoring it.
What I’ve been doing musically: Currently playing trombone/trumpet/tuba and doing a little horn arranging for The Fez (a Steely Dan tribute band), playing trumpet and arranging all horn charts for Jif and the Choosy Mothers (rock/pop cover band), playing trumpet/flugel/trombone/cowbell and some horn arranging for Brass Transit Authority (Chicago/BS&T/Huey Lewis/Phil Collins/etc. cover band), and various freelance brass playing in the Eastern Iowa area. Member of Bugles Across America.