Featured Musicians 2

Dave Matheis grew up in the Buffalo, NY area and is a graduate of Williamsville North High School, and has a B.S in Ceramic Engineering and a PhD in Ceramics from Alfred University, where he studied voice and was a member of the University Chorale, Concert Band and Orchestra. Dave began his journey as a musician singing and playing guitar, piano, flute, and bugle in a local drum corps with his father before taking up the Bassoon while a senior in high school. Dave moved to Battle Creek in 2012 where he is the CIO of US Addiction Services, a company that runs several Drug Rehab Centers in Michigan and Indiana. He is a member of the Battle Creek Community Chorus, the Thornapple Wind Band and the Cereal City Concert Band. This is Dave’s sixth season playing with the Marshall Rotary Band.


John Marshell lives out in Lee Township with his wife, Monica. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1956. John was formally trained in music at the University of Michigan and experienced the discipline of William D. Revelli during his two-year stay there in the University of Michigan Symphonic Band and the Marching Band. While there, he also received private trumpet lessons from the famous Clifford P. Lillya. He is a musical instrument repair expert, and is still called upon to make emergency instrument repairs from time to time. He worked for Ferree’s Music Shop in Battle Creek for 13 years, most of that time (11 years) as manager. He then became plant manager of Ferree’s Tools (for musical instrument repair) for 28 years. All of that came to an end in 1999, when he retired from the instrument repair business. John has played in a variety musical ensembles over the years. He was a founding member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek. John currently plays principal trumpet for the Cereal City Concert Band, Marshall Rotary Band, and Capital City Brass Band in Lansing.
John is an excellent cornetist, and he has played several of the difficult professional solos, including Grand Russian Fantasia, Bride of the Waves, and Columbia Fantasia Polka.

  Craig Bartholomew is a former band teacher. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Michigan State University and taught as a band instructor in the Flint area for 8 years. While at MSU he participated in the MSU Marching Band, the MSU Wind Ensemble, the MSU Symphonic Band, and the Spartan Brass. He studied euphonium with the great Leonard Falcone. Craig was an Adult and Community Education Director for 12 years and Principal at Climax-Scotts Community Schools for 2 years. He recently retired from his position as Principal of Gull Lake Middle School in Hickory Corners (MI). Craig has two Masters Degrees: Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MSU) and Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership (CMU). His son and daughter are studying to become optometrists at MSU, but Craig comes from a musical family. His father and sister both have music degrees and are former band directors. Craig has played several solos with the band. Craig and his wife, Janet, live in Battle Creek.

  Doug Sink is a semi-retired Electrical Contractor with an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology from Kellogg Community College. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1971, where he played cornet and trumpet in the Band and Orchestra program and was also a member of Marshall Singers. His first private trumpet lessons were given to him by another member of this band, Dr. Ross VanNess, while he was band director at MHS. During High School, Doug was a member of the Battle Creek Symphony and also played in various groups at Interlochen Arts Academy. In college he performed in the Jazz Band under the direction of Art Gorman and in Kellogg Singers. Doug was a member of the Marshall Rotary Band Board of Directors and the original Marshall Brass Quartet.
  Doug moved to Denver to be near his grand children. Doug and his wife, Cindy, have two grown sons. Ken Sink is a Choir Director in Houston, TX. Doug Jr. ihas a Masters Degree (in Art) from Colorado State University and is married to Elizabeth.
  Doug has been featured in several up--front ensembles, and he has played the famous Clyde McCoy muted trumpet swing solo, Sugar Blues, as well as Al Hirt's Java.

Kristin Hydon is an excellent clarinet player. She is a 2007 graduate of Marshall High School. During those years, she was principal clarinet in the Marshall High School Band, and she was awarded the John Philip Sousa award her senior year. She has attended Western Michigan University in the Music Education department for two years and Kalamazoo Valley Community College for one year. During the summer months she has been a clarinet instructor for Marshall High School and Tekonsha High School. She is often called upon to play at the Franke Center for the Arts for musicals. She is also principal chair clarinetist for the Albion College Orchestra and plays for the Branch County Community Band.

  Phil Nager plays alto saxophone with Marshall Rotary Band, but he can also play the other instruments in the saxophone family (soprano, tenor, and baritone) as well as the clarinet. Phil has occasionally been known to sing tenor vocal parts. He started playing clarinet in elementary school. During his secondary education, he attended National Music Camp at Interlochen. While at Central Michigan University, he played with both the Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band. Phil has performed with classical orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber ensembles and community theater productions. He currently is playing in the Cereal City Concert Band, Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band, Kellogg Community College Jazz Ensemble, and the Hot Club of Lansing (a gypsy swing jazz band). He also plays in a classical clarinet ensemble, Clarinet Connexions, which is based in Lansing. Phil and his wife, Casey, live in Marshall.


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