Herald Brass Musicians
The Herald Brass is made up of a brass quintet plus a pianist and drummer. As you read through the bios of the Herald Brass musicians you may notice that we have more members than required. This allows us to alternate musicians and fulfill our concert commitments. All of our members are excellent musicians in their own right and blend together for a harmonious sound.
Doug is the founder and leader of the group. He has been playing the trumpet for over 40 years. In addition to the Herald Brass, Doug is a member of Strings and Silver, a classical string quartet with trumpet. He plays regularly in his church praise team as well as at numerous weddings throughout the year. His daughter has blessed him with 2 grandchildren. Although his favorite hobby is the trumpet, he also enjoys traveling, hunting and photography. Doug currently is serving as assistant pastor of disciple making at Carlisle Alliance Church.
Emily joined the Herald Brass in 2010 as our second trumpeter. She graduated from Messiah College in 2011 with an accounting degree. She currently works with a public accounting firm as a CPA. She has played the trumpet for 15 years. Emily has played in numerous musical ensembles including the New Holland Band, Messiah College Wind Ensemble, and participated in the 2008 International Trumpet Guild Conference. Emily really enjoys outdoors activities like jogging and biking. She also likes baking and spending time with friends.
Phil has been playing the trumpet since elementary school. He enjoyed music so much that he has made it a career as an instrumental music teacher at a Christian School in York and is currently teaching at a Christian School in Houston Texas. He is married to Kathy and has 2 adorable little girls. Phil served as our second trumpet player for several years before leaving for other pursuits. He still subs in as one of the Herald Brass musicians.
Mike is another of our talented substitute trumpet players. He helped start the group by going to Turkey with us in 2003. He has been playing for over 50 years and enjoys experimenting with other instruments in addition to the trumpet. He currently plays in his church in Lancaster, PA. In the past, he was a member of the Airborn Brass and the Celebration Singers Orchestra. He is married and has 2 grown children as well as 3 grandchildren. In his time off as a safety manager with New Penn, Mike enjoys hunting, aviation, radio control airplanes and woodworking.
Our French horn player is Dean Fink. Dean has been playing seriously for over 20 years. Dean and his wife have 2 lovely girls. He is a certified public accountant with his own firm. His main hobby is trains, both full size and model trains. Dean has been with the Herald Brass since it's beginning in 2003. In addition to being one of the Herald Brass musicians, Dean is vice-president of the board of Proclaiming Christ Ministries.
Another train enthusiast is our trombonist. Dale has been playing for approximately 45 years. In addition to the Herald Brass, Dale plays with the Calvary Church Orchestra, the Lampeter Strasburg Community Band and the Flipside Big Band. He and his wife have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. When Dale isn't working as a software engineer, you'll probably find him playing his trombone or with his model trains.
Ed has played the tuba for about over 20 years. He also plays with the Central PA Symphony. He previously played with Airborne Brass. Ed and his wife have 3 children. Ed's hobbies include computers (He likes them so much he became a computer programmer) and apologetics. His son, Caleb, also plays tuba with the Herald Brass on occasion. He attends Faith Bible Fellowship Church.
Caleb is the son of Ed Heckman and is a substitute tuba player for the Herald Brass. He has played the tuba since Junior High. Caleb recently graduated from high school. He enjoys playing video games, reading and listening to music.
Anita is our pianist. She began playing the piano when she was 8 years old. She graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a major in music education and Bible. Currently, she serves as the assistant to the Worship Ministries Pastor at the Lancaster Alliance Church. Anita and her husband, Kelvin have 3 busy children. When she's not acting as their chauffeur, Anita enjoys scrapbooking, reading, working in their flower garden and playing the piano.
Nathan is our background guy. He takes care of set up and tear down, along with all the multimedia presentations and website updates. Nathan is a student at Messiah College studying International Business which he plans to take onto the mission field after he graduates. Nathan plays piano and occasionally fills in when needed.
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