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Saxophones  -    Glenn Kantor       -  Southampton, NY
                            Sue Rumph          -  Southampton, NY
                            Matt Hurst             -  Hampton Bays, NY 
                            Mike Ficco            -  Hampton Bays, NY
                            Vic Yannacone    -  Patchogue, NY
 
Trumpets     -      Earl Rishel           -  Water Mill, NY
                           Colin Van Tuyl      - Greenport, NY
                           Ben Jones           -  East Hampton, NY
                           John Klumpp       -  East Quogue, NY
 
Trombones  -      Fred Hines          -  Sag Harbor, NY
                           Josh Seifert         -  Westhampton, NY 
                           Dick McIntyre       - Sag Harbor, NY
                           Crystal Crespo       - Shirley, NY
 
Piano           -      John Tinley          -  Wading River, NY
 
Bass             -      Jim Renner        -  Sag Harbor, NY
 
Drums          -      Bob Beck           -  Southampton, NY
 
Vocalist      -       Carol Bill            -  East Hampton, NY
                           

Jim Renner
Jim Renner

Phil Hadland
Phil Hadland

Carol Bill
Carol Bill
Ben Jones
Ben Jones
Josh Seifert
Josh Seifert
Fred Hines
Fred Hines
Glenn Kantor
Glenn Kantor

John Klumpp
John Klumpp

Matthew Hurst
Matthew Hurst

Bob Beck - Drums
Bob is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music. He taught music for 30 years in the local public schools, and has since retired. His professional performing experience has been in both the Boston area and on Long Island, with proficiency in jazz, rock, country and commercial work. In his spare time he collects Model A Fords.
 
Carol Bill - Vocalist
Carol graduated from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and has been the female vocalist with the Big Band East for the past 25 years. She has been singing and dancing in front of audiences since the age of 5. As a youngster she performed with a modern dance troop, then in choruses, church choirs, school plays and musicals. For the past 27 years Carol has also sung in the Sweet Adelines Chorus and Quartets as well as with the local Eastern Suffolk Chorus. She is also the lead singer in her own quartet,  Moondance, which just recently won their quartet regional contest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They will next be competing for their 4th time in the International Contest in Phoenix, Arizona this September. Aside from her fabulous vocal talents with the Big Band East, Carol is also our secretary and co-librarian.
 
John Conley - Trombone
John is a native of Rochester, New York, where he attended the Eastman School of Music. He is retired from the USAF, obtaining the rank of Major General. During World War II he was a Navy musician, and while doing active duty in the USAF spent one season with the Anchorage Symphony. He plays locally with many of the community organizations on Long Island, including the East End Brass Quintet, the Gordon Hurley Band. He was an aviation consultant, and has been happily married for 54 years!
 
Mike Ficco - Tenor Saxophone
Mike graduated from the Ithaca College School of Music with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and later received his Master of Science at C. W. Post College. While studying at Ithaca, he was a woodwind major specializing in clarinet and saxophone. He regularly performed in numerous jazz, orchestral, and woodwind ensembles and was a four-year member of the renowned Ithaca College Concert Band directed by the late Walter Beeler. Mike is best known for his work as a jazz saxophonist, jazz ensemble clinician, NYSSMA jazz adjudicator/All County Jazz Ensemble Director, and recording musician. After a two-year stint as stage band director and professor of jazz studies at Five Towns College, Mike went on to become jazz ensemble director at Suffolk County Community College. Mike continues to remain busy playing with and promoting his jazz groups, The Mike Ficco Jazz Quartet, The Mastercraft Jazz Quartet, and The Long Island Jazz Orchestra.
 
Fred Hines - Trombone
Fred is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he proudly played in his alma mater's marching band. He has since played professionally in several dance bands in and around Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati. In the Army he played with the 2nd Division Army Band, and directed the 2nd Division Army Dance Band. Coming to Long Island, he taught public school music for 27 years in Sag Harbor before retiring. Aside from his work with the Big Band East, Fred is an accomplished pianist and also conducts the Sag Harbor Community Band.
 
Matthew Hurst - Alto Saxophone, Flute
Matthew earned his BA in 1991 from Montclair State College in New Jersey. While at Montclair State, he received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award in Music Education, the Edna McEachern Scholarship Award, and the Charles Lutton Scholarship award.  In 1997 he earned his Master’s degree from Stony Brook University.  For over 13 years, he has taught instrumental music for the Bayport-Blue Point School District, where his responsibilities include: directing the James Wilson Young Middle School 6th Grade Band, the JWY Jazz Band & the Blue Point Elementary Band.   He has performed on Alto Saxophone with the Garden State Big Band, the Garden State Concert Band, and has appeared as a Guest Conductor for the Bloomfield Youth Band.  Matthew is also an active member of the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association
 
Glenn Kantor - Alto Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute
Glenn is an honors graduate of the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York at Potsdam where he also earned the prestigious Level III performer's certificate in clarinet. His graduate degree was in Music History at Queens College. He started playing professionally at 16 in the Catskill Mountains of New York and later played principal clarinet with both the 19th Army Band and the 319th Army Band. He taught high school music in the local public schools of Long Island for 20 years. He has been seen as a frequent soloist on both clarinet and saxophone in individual recitals and as a featured guest with various professional and community organizations. Since 1985 he has been the Principal Clarinetist for the Sound Symphony Orchestra.  He is a member of the International Clarinet Association, and has attended numerous master classes on clarinet throughout the United States and Canada. Glenn serves as the rehearsal and music director for Big Band East.
 
John Klumpp - Trumpet/Vocals
John is one of the busiest trumpet players on the East End, playing with numerous jazz and popular ensembles. His own Sunnyland Jazz Band plays authentic Dixieland music and can be seen frequently throughout the summer months. John also handles the male vocal assignment with his smooth jazz stylings.
 

Dick McIntyre - Trombone

The son of a career music teacher, Dick was placed at a keyboard at age 2 and never really left! His musical background and expertise include piano, trombone, baritone, guitar and harmonica. The rhythms of the sea, however, lured him to a series of fascinating maritime careers and is currently as the Director of the Marine Science Center and Boat Donation Program at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. A State high school NYSSMA award winner on the baritone horn, he founded and directed a student Big Band while at his alma mater, SUNY Maritime College, and later joined a Dixieland Band in Florida. He has performed with the Choral Society of the Hamptons, the Whalers Presbyterian Church Choir and the Sag Harbor Community Band.

 

Jim Renner - Bass
Jim began his early musical career in Ligonier, Indiana, starting first on the tuba and then the string bass. After high school, Jim joined the Navy, but as the string bass was a bit too big, he traded it for a new 1953 EB Gibson electric bass and amp. While in the service, Jim could be seen around the Boston and Providence area playing Country and Western music. Jim later moved to Sag Harbor, New York,  where in 1958 he began playing tuba for the newly formed Sag Harbor Community Band. In 1975, with the "Big Band" sound coming back, Jim joined a few musicians and started the Big Band East. Today, Jim is the last of the original members of Big Band East and is still using the same 1953 EB Gibson electric bass. Jim also serves the Big Band East as equipment manager, and heads the set-up crew.
 
Earl Rishel - Trumpet
Earl is a graduate of Ithaca College and the State University of New York at Fredonia. He taught music in Broadalbin, New York, and later at Southampton High School on Long Island, where he additionally directed the chorus. He has been choir director at the Methodist Church in Johnstown and at St. John's Episcopal Church in Southampton. Earl has been performing locally on Long Island for more than 30 years, and is currently a member of the East End Brass Quintet. He has proficiency on the French Horn as well,  and currently plays that instrument in the Monday Night Band (Riverhead). Earl is also a talented arranger, and has done various charts for the Big Band East.
 
Sue Rumph - Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
Sue is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music where she studied clarinet with the famed teacher Kalmen Opperman. Additionally, she has studied saxophone with the great Jackie McLean. She has taught instrumental music for over 20 years, primarily in the Southampton public schools. Her Intermediate School Jazz Band has won awards while competing at different music festivals throughout the East Coast. Sue played with the Big Band East in 1987 and in 1988, and we are happy to have her back with us again in 2003.
 
Josh Seifert - Trombone
Josh received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. A most talented trombonist, Josh currently teaches music at  Westhampton Beach High School, where he conducts both the symphonic and marching bands.
 
Vic Yannacone - Baritone Saxophone
Victor Yannacone is a self-described journeyman baritone saxophone player. He began playing professionally in 1952 while still in High School as the third generation of his family to become a member of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians. He is a world renowned advocate, trial lawyer, and litigator. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Patchogue Center for the Performing Arts which manages the fully restored Patchogue Theatre, the last remaining 1200 seat acoustic music hall in the Metropolitan area. Vic has performed with such jazzmen as Billy Mitchell, Uncle Budd Johnson, and Johnny Mince. In addition, he is a member of the Brookhaven Symphony for which he plays parts written for such obscure instruments as the ophicleide...”
 
                     
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Phil Hadland - Piano
Phil has been playing piano in night clubs and hotels in New York City and Long Island for close to 25 years. Now living in Montauk, he has been seen working with harmonica great Toots Theilmanns and bassist Ernie Furtado. Phil has been the pianist for Big Band East for 20 years.
 
 
Pat DeRosa - Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute
Pat is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and is now retired from teaching music in the South Huntington School District. He has performed in New York, Florida and on the S.S. Norway Cruise Line.  Pat has toured with  Lionel Hampton, Tommy Dorsey, Tex Benecke, Percy Faith, and many other popular music greats. Pat is also a talented composer and arranger. A member of ASCAP, he has published a number of charts and done numerous arrangements for The Big Band East. Pat is proficient on all single and double reed instruments, as well as the flute