Who We Are


CHBA

Colorado Honor Band Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides high quality music education for students in the greater Denver-metropolitan area. Our extra-curricular program fills a unique niche in the community with an education model that blends full-ensemble instruction, small-group training, and one-on-one coaching.  In addition to year-round classes with seasonal performance opportunities, we hold a yearly overnight summer music camp and regularly travel nationally and internationally.  

 


Our Mission

MISSION STATEMENT: To provide an inclusive instrumental youth music program that fosters peer camaraderie, respect for culture, and a pursuit of excellence.

We are passionate about offering a music education program for all interested students that goes above and beyond the fundamentals of music and how to play an instrument. That's why we designed an inclusive program that upholds the highest standards of musical excellence and also provides a nurturing environment in which students can learn teamwork skills, thrive socially, and expand their worldview through travel.

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Our History

Colorado Honor Band Association was founded in 1953 by Bill Thompson. What started out as a single 6-piece band in his living room quickly grew into two large bands called the Denverettes and the Denveraires. The organization continued to grow by leaps and bounds, finally reach its current form as Colorado Honor Band, featuring 4 full concert bands and a pop-rock band in a multi-level program that serves over 200 families annually. Since our inception, we have upheld the values of high quality instruction, inclusivity, and performance excellence. 

Faculty

Ensemble Directors

Keith Ewer, Director of Pop-Rock Band

Keith Ewer is the Director of Pop Rock Band and teaches our percussion sectionals and master classes. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Ewer is a free-lance percussionist and works as the house percussionist for the Arvada Center. He is also the coordinator for the Front Range Youth Symphony, teaches private percussion lessons, and gives percussion clinics at schools along the Front Range. Mr. Ewer has been on the CHBA faculty since 1982.
Email: Keith.Ewer@gmail.com

Keith Farmer, Co-Director of Symphony Winds

Keith Farmer is the Co-Director of Symphony Winds. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and his Master's Degree in Music Education from the VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. Farmer plays trumpet in the Colorado Wind Ensemble. He was the band and orchestra director at Elizabeth High School in Elbert County from 1999-2003 and he was the instrumental music director and fine arts department chair at Rock Canyon High School and Rocky Heights Middle School in Douglas County from 2003-2005. Currently, Mr. Farmer is director of bands and performing arts coordinator at Grandview High School in the Cherry Creek School District. He is the Instrumental Chair for CMEA, the region 1 representative for ASBDA and is a member and regional concert band festival host for CBA. Mr. Farmer is an alumnus of CHBA and has been on the CHBA faculty since 1995.
Email: Kfarmer117@gmail.com

Steve Martin, Director of Advanced Band

Steve Martin directs the Advanced Band. Mr. Martin graduated from CU Boulder and he received his Master’s Degree from Southern Oregon University. As of June 2016, he will be finishing his role as the Band & Orchestra director at D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and retiring from teaching. Under Mr. Martin's direction, the D’Evelyn Marching Band won the Colorado Bandmaster’s 2A State Marching Championship for 5 consecutive years, the D’Evelyn High School Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2013 CMEA Clinic/Conference, and the D'Evelyn High School Band was selected to perform at the 2014 Clinic/Conference. Throughout his career, Mr. Martin's bands, jazz bands, and orchestras have been selected to perform at the CMEA Clinic/Conference a total of 11 times, from the elementary to high school levels. Mr. Martin has served as the Advanced Band director since 2008. Once upon a time, he was also a CHBA summer camp counselor (1982). His roots to the honor band go back even further as he was a 7th grade student at the summer camp during ancient times (1975).
Email: slimsmarti@gmail.com

Orlando Otis, Co-Director of Symphony Winds

Orlando Otis is the Co-Director of Symphony Winds. He is a 1986 graduate of Louisiana Tech University, where he received his B.A. in Music Education. Mr. Otis began teaching in 1986 at Gateway High School. In 1992 he became the Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Department Chair for the Denver School of the Arts. He also directed the DPS Citywide Marching Band for six years, and the Denver All City Jazz and Symphonic Band for seven years. Mr. Otis went on to be the Director of Bands and Department Chair for the Performing Arts at Chaparral High School in Douglas County, Colorado, directing bands for eleven years that consistently received superior ratings locally and nationally. Currently, Mr. Otis is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands for Legend High School in Douglas County. He received the 1996 “Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education,” the 1999 and 2001 IBM/CHSAA “Outstanding Educator Award,” and most recently, the 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2006 Who’s Who of American High School Teachers. His ensembles have performed at CMEA, the Tournament of Roses Parade, numerous Bowl Games, Hollywood Christmas Parade, and the Reno International Jazz Festival as well as in Hawaii, London, and Ireland. His professional affiliations include: CBA, MENC, IAJE, ASBDA, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha. Mr. Otis is also in demand as a band clinician and adjudicator. He has been with on the CHBA faculty since 1998.
Email: orlando.otis@dcsdk12.org

Sarah Starbuck, Director of Beginning & Intermediate Bands

Sarah Starbuck is the Director of Beginning and Intermediate Bands. Mrs. Starbuck received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She currently teaches band and orchestra at The International School at Thornton Middle in the Adams 12 School District. When not teaching, Mrs. Starbuck enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She imagines them being future bassoon and trumpet players. Mrs. Starbuck is an alumna of Colorado Honor Band, and she has been on the CHBA Faculty since 2000.
Email: sarah.e.starbuck@gmail.com

Master Class Instructors

Steve Asheim, Trumpet Specialist, Satellite Center Teacher

Steve Asheim teaches our trumpet sectionals and master classes and is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. In 2002, he retired as director of bands at Heritage High School of Littleton. Steve is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He taught public school music for thirty-one years; six in the Northglenn School District and twenty-five at Heritage High School. Mr. Asheim has been guest conductor of twenty-five Colorado league honor bands and served as conductor of the 1987 Colorado All-State Jazz Ensemble. He conducted the Rocky Mountain Brassworks British Brass Band for thirteen years. He also conducted the Denver El Jebel Shrine Band for two years. He was appointed conductor of the WSC Colorado Brass Band in 2005. Mr. Asheim received the 1997-98 Colorado IAJE Jazz Educator of the Year Award. In 1983 he received the Colorado Bandmasters’ Hall of Fame Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Western State College. In 1990, he was a finalist for the Colorado Department of Educations’ Colorado Teacher of the Year Award and in 1991 was awarded the prestigious National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. Steve Asheim has been on the CHBA faculty since 2008.
Email: s.asheim@msn.com

Jayne Copland, Flute Specialist

Jayne Copland teaches our flute sectionals and master classes. She been living and working as a freelance flutist in Colorado for fifteen years. She maintains a busy private flute studio in Parker, Castle Rock, and Highlands Ranch. She works as flute specialist and section leader coach for Douglas County High School and Mountain Vista High School, where she conducts a high school flute choir. Jayne works for the Elementary Band and Orchestra Program “EBOP” at Highlands Ranch High School where she teaches beginning flute and clarinet. She also works for DC Downbeat, a beginning band and orchestra program through Douglas County High School and teaches beginning flute. She is section manager for Colorado Wind Ensemble and has been an active member on flute and piccolo for eight years. Prior to moving to Colorado with her family, she served as Adjunct Professor of Flute at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is honored to be on the teaching staff at the Colorado Honor Band Association.
Email: coplandflutestudio@gmail.com

Heather Davis, Clarinet Specialist, Personnel Manager

Heather Davis is the Personnel Manager at CHBA and teaches our clarinet sectionals and master classes. Ms. Davis is a Woodwind Specialist in the Littleton Public Schools. She teaches flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon privately. Ms. Davis received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Wind Instruments from the University of Michigan. She is active as a clinician and adjudicator in the Denver area and performs with the Colorado Wind Ensemble and Woodwinds Three. Ms. Davis has been with CHBA since 1987.
Email: hdavis7821@comcast.net

Jim Donaldson, Trumpet Specialist

Jim Donaldson teaches our trumpet sectionals and master classes and directs our brass quintet. He has been uninterruptedly associated with the organization since 1964, first as a band member, and commencing in 1971, as a trumpet instructor. He has Bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Denver. He practiced law for many years, and now teaches at Red Rocks Community College. He has played with the Aurora Symphony, the Windjammers Jazz Orchestra, and has been a practicing Artist at the Denver School of the Arts, the Denver Public School Arts magnet school.
Email: jfdonaldsn@aol.com

Keith Ewer, Percussion Specialist

Keith Ewer is the Director of Pop Rock Band and teaches our percussion sectionals and master classes. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Ewer is a free-lance percussionist and works as the house percussionist for the Arvada Center. He is also the coordinator for the Front Range Youth Symphony, teaches private percussion lessons, and gives percussion clinics at schools along the Front Range. Mr. Ewer has been on the CHBA faculty since 1982.
Email: Keith.Ewer@gmail.com

Sharon Gayley, Low Brass Specialist

Sharon Gayley teaches our trombone, baritone, and tuba sectionals and master classes and is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Ms. Gayley played baritone and trombone in the Denver Municipal Band and now sings in the Colorado Symphony Chorus. She taught instrumental music in the Aurora Public Schools and currently teaches general music, instrumental music, and hand bells at St. Mary's Academy. Ms. Gayley is a CHBA alumna. She was a member of the CHBA faculty from 1979 to 1992, then rejoined the faculty in 2002.
Email: srgayley@earthlink.net

Teresa Harvey, French Horn Specialist

Teresa Harvey teaches our French horn sectionals and master classes and is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Wayland Baptist University in Texas, and a Master of Music Education Degree at CU Boulder. Mrs. Harvey travels to students’ homes and schools throughout the Denver Metro area as a private French horn teacher. She is the Principal Horn for the Arapahoe Philharmonic in Littleton, a member of the Classical Brass Quintet, and a frequent sub with various Colorado and Wyoming orchestras and ensembles. She is also the Horn and Chamber Ensemble coach at Denver School of the Arts and Legacy High School. She has been on the CHBA faculty since the fall of 2010.
Email: tdharvey62@gmail.com

Glenn Nitta, Saxophone Specialist, Satellite Center Teacher

Glenn Nitta teaches our saxophone sectionals and master classes. Mr. Nitta has his Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mr. Nitta recently retired from his position as Band Director at Hamilton Middle School in the Denver Public Schools. He received the Mile High Teacher Award and plays professionally around the Metropolitan Area. Mr. Nitta has been on the CHBA faculty since 2005.
Email: nitta111@comcast.net

Zach Vaughan, Flutes, Satellite Center Teacher

Zach Vaughan is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. He formerly played flute in CHBA and graduated as a ‘Superior Student Graduating with High Honors’ in 2012. During his time in the band he also served on the board as a student liaison. He has a BSBA in General Management from Thomas Edison State College and is currently a licensed real estate broker. He has been on the CHBA faculty since 2014.
Email: zach.vaughan37@gmail.com

Michael Vigliotti, Double Reeds Specialist

Michael Vigliotti teaches our oboe and bassoon sectionals and master classes. He received a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Stetson University and earned the Master of Music in oboe performance from Southern Methodist University. Michael currently teaches privately and maintains a woodwind repair shop and reed making business. In addition, he teaches sectionals and masterclasses for schools in Littleton, Cherry Creek and Adams City. Michael performs regularly on oboe and English horn with the Colorado Wind Ensemble and Woodwinds Three, and he subs with Denver Philharmonic, Parker Symphony, and Lakewood Symphony. Before moving to Denver, Michael taught private lessons for nine years in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He was principal oboe of the Texas Wind Symphony for eight years and has toured the country as Solo Oboist with the Mantovani Orchestra. He has been on the CHBA faculty since 2003.
Email: michael@denveroboe.com

Beginning & Intermediate Class Instructors

Nina Esch, Satellite Center Teacher

Originally from Chicago, Nina moved to Colorado six years ago after receiving her Bachelors’ of Music Education degree in Instrumental Music Education with an emphasis in violin performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While in attendance Nina studied under the direction of Dr. Louis Bergonzi and Sherban Lupu, as well as professionally performed as the section leader of the University of Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Illinois University Symphony Orchestra and UI Illiharmonic Orchestra. Currently, Nina serves as the the Orchestra Director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Orchestra, Melomania, as well as the Band and Orchestra Director at McAuliffe International School and McAuliffe Manual Middle School in Park Hill.
Email: nina_esch@dpsk12.org

Gary Hoffman, Satellite Center Director

Gary Hoffman is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. He received a Bachelor and Master of Music in Education from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. There, he also completed post graduate work in Education Administration. His public school teaching career spanned 30 years including 22 years as a High School Band Director and later as an Education Administrator. He retired from public school education as Director of Secondary Education at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center. As a high school band director, his high school bands consistently achieved Superior and Excellent ratings at the district, state and national levels with notable performances at the Ohio Music Education Association State Convention; the Ohio State University Marching Band Invitational; Orange Bowl Parade; Cincinnati Bengals halftime; Cotton Bowl Parade; Apple Blossom Festival Parade and music festivals in Toronto, Virginia Beach and Nashville. A member of the Ohio Music Education Association, he was quite active throughout the state for over 20 years as an adjudicator for Concert Bands and Solo and Ensemble competitions. He also served several terms as president of OMEA District 5 and chaired many District and State level competitions and conferences. As an honorary member of the American School Band Directors Association, he also served as Chairman for the ASBDA state convention. He remains quite active in the Denver area as a band and woodwind clinician in several area schools and performs regularly in the Mile High Freedom Band where he also serves as Associate Artistic Director.
Email: ghoff9753@aol.com

Jen Horn, Satellite Center Teacher
Barbara Shepherd Kuzera, Satellite Center Director

Barbara Shepherd Kuzera is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. She received her Bachelor of Music in Brass Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts and Master of Music in Horn Performance from New England Conservatory of Music studying most recently with James Sommerville, Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Kuzera has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic, and The Speaking. In addition to CHBA, she maintains a private horn studio in the Denver metro area. Mrs. Kuzera lives in Denver with her husband, Kris, and one-year old bundle of energy (and cuteness!), Oskar. She has been a member of the CHBA faculty since 2013.
Email: barbara.s.kuzera@gmail.com

Amy Musick, Satellite Center Teacher

Amy has been teaching and performing professionally for over a decade. She has held positions such as Woodwind Technician, Woodwind Section Coach, and Private Instructor at several public schools around the Denver area and was previously a band teacher for Springboard After School. Amy teaches a variety of woodwind instruments such as oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon.
Students in her studio have auditioned for and been accepted in to the Denver Young Artist Orchestra, Colorado Honor Band, Colorado All-State Band, Continental League Honor Band, and CU Middle School Honor Band. Amy believes that music should be an enjoyable experience; the more knowledge a student has of music and their instrument, the more fun music will be for them. Amy studied at the Metropolitan State University of Denver as a double major in Music Performance and Music Education, under the eminent Gregory Dufford, and prestigious Dr. David Kish.
Over the last two years, Amy has turned her attention specifically to her woodwind studio located in Castle Rock, Colorado, working with students of all ages. She has also been given the wonderful opportunity to couch the woodwind section for the Castle Rock Youth Symphony. Amy enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and son and feels very blessed to have such an amazing life where she gets to share her love of music with others. Amy has been on our faculty since 2016.

Martha O'Connor, Satellite Center Director

Martha O'Connor is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. She studied Music Education at Western State College in Gunnison, and she has recently retired from Douglas County School District after teaching instrumental music for 25 years. Mrs. O'Connor has earned all Superior Ratings at CHSAA in both Band & Orchestra for the past 5 years at Cimarron Middle School. Mrs. O’Connor also recently retired after 20 years directing the Castle Rock Community Handbell Choir. She has been on the CHBA faculty since 2011.
Email: oconnor64@comcast.net

David Sheehan, Satellite Center Teacher

David Sheehan is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. Mr. Sheehan teaches general music at Franklin Elementary in Littleton Public School District. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He has also served as a judge for All-State Vocal Jazz choir for four years. He has sung with various choirs around the Denver area, but most notably with the Denver-based jazz sextet Groove Society. He has been on the CHBA faculty since the fall of 2012.
Email: DSheehan@lps.k12.co.us

Wes Showalter, Satellite Center Teacher

Wes Showalter is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. He is a woodwind specialist who received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. After 32 years of teaching he retired as Band Director at York Jr. High School in Adams County District One. Mr. Showalter currently plays clarinet in the Thornton Community Band. He started teaching with Colorado Honor Band in 1972, retired in May of 2000, and we are lucky to have him back again.
Email: wesmshow@yahoo.com

Lindsay Jiminez, Sectional Staff

Lindsay Jiminez is the band and choir teacher at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences in DPS. Before moving to Denver, she taught in Chicago for 4 years. This is Lindsay's first year teaching with Colorado Honor Band and is very excited to be working with the beginning students at Carson. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia Universtiy - Chicago. 

Mike Snell, Satellite Center Teacher

Mike Snell is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. Mr. Snell recently retired from Douglas County Schools after teaching middle school and high school band for 27 years. Mr. Snell has received the Who's Who Among American Teachers distinction five times. Mr. Snell is also a five-time DCSD Apple Award nominee. Mr. Snell received his Bachelor Of Music Education Degree from The University of Northern Colorado and his Masters of Education Degree from The University Of Colorado at Denver. Mr. Snell is returning to the CHBA faculty this year after having conducted the Symphonic Band from 1990-2000. Mr. Snell recently received the Educator of Distinction Award from the Douglas County Band Directors.
Email: msnell2@me.com

Curtis Waibel, Satellite Center Teacher

Curtis Waibel is one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors, and also teaches general music and band at Damon Runyon Elementary School where he has been teaching since 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in music education and a master’s degree from Regis University in Instructional Technology. When not teaching, he enjoys being outside or trying to keep up with his own band makes in a group called the “Fifty-Two 80s.” He has been on the CHBA faculty since 2014.
Email: cwaibel@lps.k12.co.us

Joel Naegele, Satellite Center Teacher

Joel Naegele is a Kansas native and has recently moved back to Colorado. He is completing his 17th year in music education.  He currently serves as the band and orchestra director at Falcon Bluffs Middle School (Jefferson County Schools) in Littleton, Colorado. Prior to his move back to Colorado he served as Director of Bands at Grants Pass High School in Grants Pass, Oregon where he taught jazz, concert, symphonic and marching bands as well as the wind ensemble. From 2006-2013 he served as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Mr. Naegele earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Kansas State University and Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, Conservatory of Music.  Mr. Naegele has taught in Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Colorado.  His performing groups have consistently earned Superior and Excellent ratings in area festivals/competitions.   Several professional highlights include traveling to Europe as part of the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, San Diego, CA, Honolulu, HI, Washington, D.C., and leading the Disneyland Main Street Parade in 2010.
Email: jdnaegele@gmail.com

Administrative Staff

Carol Wolff, Executive Director

Carol Wolff joined the CHBA staff as Executive Director in December, 2015. Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director for the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, CO for 11 years. During that time she worked on a successful initiative to raise 5.2 million dollars to build a new performance venue for the organization. Mrs. Wolff is a passionate proponent of the arts and a strong believer in CHBA’s mission. She has extensive experience with CHBA as she is an alumna of the organization and also served as the Manager of CHBA’s Grand Lake Arts Camp from 1979 to 1991. Mrs. Wolff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She is thrilled to be a part of CHBA again!
Email: cswolff@cohonorband.org

Susan Smith, Program Director

Susan Smith is the Program Director of CHBA and she is also one of our Beginning and Intermediate Band center instructors. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. She has been a teacher and administrator in both public and private education since 1972. Mrs. Smith has served as a clinician at the elementary level and an adjudicator in the Denver metropolitan area. She is a member of the Colorado Music Educators Association. She was nominated for inclusion in the 1992 edition of Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans, received an award from the Governor’s Office for “Raising Colorado,” and was nominated for the 7 Everyday Hero Award and for the 2003 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Mrs. Smith has been on the CHBA faculty since 1968. She is the proud mother of three daughters and now has two granddaughters, one five and one four months old and a two year old grandson. In her words, “I am sure they will all be tuba players.”
Email: ssmith@cohonorband.org

Sarah Musick, Office Administrator

Sarah Musick is our Office Administrator. Sarah played clarinet for ten years, and then her senior year in college she picked up baritone and trombone. She went to University of Colorado at Boulder and participated in the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, and the Buff Basketball Band during her 4 year tenure at the University. When she was in college, she also  joined the music fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi to give back to the program that meant so much to her. When she wasn't participating in band, she was getting her undergraduate degree in Psychology. When she isn't playing or working, she likes to crochet, and spend time with family and friends.
Email: sarah.musick@cohonorband.org

Anna Caldwell, Bookkeeper

Anna Caldwell is our bookkeeper. She holds a BBA in Finance & Banking from Stephen F Austin State University (AXE 'EM, JACKS) and has over 11 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. Anna and her family moved to Denver just over a year ago and are enjoying all the wonderful experiences that Denver and Colorado have to offer. When she is not busy working, Mrs. Caldwell enjoys outdoor adventures, exercising, volunteering and spending time with her children and husband. You can find her working in the CHBA office on most Monday nights. Stop by and say hello!
Email: anna_caldwell@cohonorband.org

John Anthony, Facilities Manager