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
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
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
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...”
OUR TALENTED SUBSTITUTE MUSICIANS
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