Columbia Jazz Band
The 26-member Columbia Jazz Band consists of musicians interested in perfecting their techniques in the rendition of the jazz medium. Although they are volunteers, many CJB members have played jazz professionally and some still do. In their non-musical lives, they work in varied professional fields such as medicine, social work, engineering, computer science, education, law, and more. The members all aspire to the highest levels of technical and artistic excellence in the selection and execution of big band arrangements.
The Columbia Jazz Band gives stage band concerts and is available for dances, dedications, receptions, and picnics in central Maryland. The group has performed at the famed Blues Alley jazz club in Georgetown, and participated in the premier Montreux, Switzerland, International Jazz Festival in July 2008. Other noteworthy performances include venues in Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Scotland, and most recently (Summer 2012), international jazz festivals in Istanbul, Turkey, Perugia, Italy, and Nice, France.
Pete BarenBregge, Director
Saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist Pete BarenBregge was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up, Pete lived in a number of locations but his family ended up in Wilmington, Delaware. Pete became hooked into music with the classic story of a dynamic band director and mentor, Hal Schiff, who inspired a student in whom he heard unusual musical talent. In high school, Pete really got in to music and achieved success on the tenor and alto saxophones, flute and clarinet, and proceeded to win numerous awards at high school jazz festivals. Among the awards was a scholarship to the famed Stan Kenton Jazz Camp which became a proving ground for many jazz artists. Music was clearly the path of choice.
He elected to major in music and graduated from West Chester University with a B.S. in music education. He went on to teach public school instrumental music in Wilmington, all the while constantly playing and teaching jazz and making a name for himself in the Wilmington/Philadelphia area. Although he enjoyed teaching immensely, the opportunity to join one of finest big bands in the world, the USAF Airmen of Note arrived in 1979. After a successful audition and enlistment, he moved to the Washington, D.C. area where the band is stationed and finally became a full-time professional musician. With a brilliant career in the United States Air Force Band as featured soloist on lead tenor saxophone in the Airmen of Note, he rose rapidly through the system to achieve the rank of Chief Master Sergeant and was appointed musical director and NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) of this elite group. Upon retirement from the USAF after 20 years, Pete accepted a position with Warner Bros. Publications as editor for jazz publications.
Mr. BarenBregge is also recognized as a clinician, educator and adjudicator, and he currently is the Instrumental Jazz Editor for Belwin Jazz, a division of Alfred Publishing Co. His editorial responsibilities include jazz ensemble and combo arrangements, improvisation, transcription, etude and pedagogical materials along with the production of educational CDs. A voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), GRAMMYS, he was twice elected to the board of governors for the Washington, D.C. chapter. He has written articles for DownBeat Magazine and is a contributing author for a variety of educational publications.
As a freelance musician, he works extensively in the D.C. and Baltimore areas performing on alto, tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones, flute, piccolo, alto flute, and clarinet. Married, he and his wife Marcia have three children.