Meet the Musicians of... Shades of Blue

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Meet the Shades of Blue Trumpet Section...

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[ Steve Sunday ]     [ Wanda Maynor ]     [ Bill Alker ]     [ Mark Poplawski ]     [ Gary Alker ]

Click on a musician above to learn more about that member of the Shades of Blue trumpet section. 


Steve Sunday

Name:  

Steve Sunday  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)

Education: 

B.A. Music Ed. / J.D.

Occupation: 

Attorney

Favorite Music Era:  

Always today

Favorite Artist:  

Monet

Favorite Big Band:  

Maynard Ferguson (the younger days)

Favorite Song:  

Green Dolphin Street

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

Circus Kingdom, various brass groups, Shriner's Circus

Biggest Musical Influences:  

A montage / always listening

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1978

Favorite Sound:  

Kickin' high brass (what else?)

Other Notes of Interest:  

G nat. has always been of interest to me

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Wanda Maynor

Name:  

Wanda Maynor  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)

Education: 

 

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Favorite Music Era:  

 

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Joined Shades of Blue:  

2016

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Bill Alker

Name:  

Bill Alker  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Asst. S.O.B. Manager

Education: 

B.A. Univ. of Maryland

Occupation: 

Personnel Operations Manager

Favorite Music Era:  

60's

Favorite Artist:  

Doc Severinson

Favorite Big Band:  

Glenn Miller

Favorite Song:  

Too many to list

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

SSA Band, Middle River Concert Band, sub for many groups

Biggest Musical Influences:  

Doc Severinson, Al Hirt, Bert Kaempfert

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1976

Favorite Sound:  

Trumpet

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Mark Poplawski

Name:  

Mark Poplawski  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Aux. Percussion)

Education: 

B.A. Music (Univ. of Wisconsin), Assoc. (Materials Mgmt.)

Occupation: 

Materials Manager

Favorite Music Era:  

40's Big Band and 80's Smooth Jazz

Favorite Artist:  

Arturo Sandoval / James Morrison

Favorite Big Band:  

Buddy Rich / Maynard Ferguson

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

USMC Field Band / Rheinlanders (Polka) / Joy Ride (Soul) / Memories (Old Standards) / Church soloist

Biggest Musical Influences:  

Louis Armstrong / Elvis

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1995

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Gary Alker

Name:  

Gary Alker  (Trumpet, Flugelhorn),  SBO Manager

Education: 

B.S. - Johns Hopkins Univ., M.A. - George Washington Univ., M.S. - Loyola University Maryland

Occupation: 

Licensed Professional Counselor

Favorite Music Era:  

A little bit of each

Favorite Artist:  

Bert Kaempfert

Favorite Big Band:  

Maynard Ferguson, Brian Setzer

Favorite Song:  

Unforgettable

Other Music Experience/Groups:  

Brass Quintet, music studies - Towson Univ.

Biggest Musical Influences:  

Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinson, Phil Driscoll

Joined Shades of Blue:  

1976

Favorite Sound:  

A well-struck golf ball

Other Notes of Interest:  

Shades of Blue Founder

 


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