Casey Coppenbarger (trumpet) is a native of Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin. He attended the University of Massachusetts-Lowell as a graduate teaching assistant, receiving a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance. An adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where he teaches trumpet and formerly directed the Pep Band, Casey is currently a member of the Asheville Symphony and is the Eb soprano cornetist for the Smoky Mountain Brass Band. Having performed with many fine orchestras around the country, like the Milwaukee Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony, as well as many other local and regional orchestras, he presently performs with several area brass ensembles and is active as a soloist. He is also the current President of the Carolina Mountain Trumpet Guild.
Emerson Head (trumpet) is a native of Wilmington, NC. He earned BM & MM degrees at the University of Michigan and the DMA degree at Catholic University. He taught public school music for 2 years in Jacksonville, FL, where he conducted the Senior Youth Orchestra, was 3 years at Wake Forest University as Director of Instrumental Music, and 36 years at the University of Maryland-College Park as professor of trumpet and conductor of various U. of Md., youth and community orchestras. He has been a member of the Jacksonville, Winston-Salem, Brevard Music Center, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, and when he retired from 40 years of free-lance playing in Washington, DC, was principal trumpet of five orchestras. Having been a student (at 13) and faculty member for 18 summers at the Brevard Music Center, Emerson retired to Brevard in 2004. He was the founder and first conductor of the Brevard Philharmonic and now plays with the Brevard Community Band.
Carol Weinhofer (French horn) is a native of Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a scholarship student at The Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore and did additional course work at Ohio State University. She taught public school instrumental music in Columbus, OH, Montgomery County, MD, and Prince William County, VA. In Maryland, she conducted the Rockville Civic Band and was co-founder and musical director of the Montgomery County Band. Besides horn free-lancing in the greater Washington, DC area, she was a charter member of the Fairfax United Methodist Church Brass Quintet for nine years. In 2001 she retired to Brevard, where she started an after-school string program for students in Transylvania County and was a charter member of the Pyramid Brass and the Brevard Philharmonic. Carol currently performs with the Brevard Community Band and the Cornucopia Horn Ensemble.
Linda Rienette Davis (trombone) is a South Carolina native, born in the small town of Chesterfield. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. She began her professional career as a trombonist in the Italian Band at Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Va. Linda has performed with numerous artists, such as Ray Charles, Bobby Shew, Allen Vizzuti, Kenny Rogers, and Kathy Lee Gifford. Currently, Linda performs as a member of the Asheville Symphony, the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, the Land of the Sky Concert Band, and several brass chamber ensembles. She also occasionally performs professionally on the tuba, thus her “misstubabone” email address. She is the Director of Bands at Mount Pisgah Academy and the Asheville-Pisgah Christian School in Candler, NC.
Dick Sieber (tuba) is a native of Wisconsin. He earned a Bachelor in Music Education degree at the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point and a Master of Science in Teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He then taught instrumental music in grades 5-12 in Wisconsin for 35 years. He retired to Brevard in 2000, where he became a charter member of the Pyramid Brass. In addition to playing in the LGB, Dick is presently a member of the Brevard Community Band and the Transylvania Choral Society, of which he was President during the ’07-’08 season. He is the Choir Director and frequent vocal soloist at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Asheville. He and his wife Maureen are accomplished and active in their favorite hobby as ballroom dancers.