Meet the Jazz Band

director

Fred Hughes

director

Saxophone

Dan Longo

1st alto
section leader

Tom Monroe

1st tenor

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Zack Scudlark

baritone

Trumpet

Matt Pisarcik

1st
section leader

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Hart Guonjian-Pettit

2nd

Chris Ward

3rd

Andy Farb

4th

Trombone

John Zontek

1st
section leader

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vacant

2nd

Rhythm Section

Mike Morris

drums
section leader

Vocalists

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Fred Hughes

Columbia Jazz Band Director

A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, I began studying keyboards and low brass at age 8 and by age 12 was performing in community bands on tuba and keyboards in jazz groups. The experience and mentoring I received as a young person in community bands is an integral part of my education as a musician. I learned back then that community organizations like the Columbia Orchestra and Jazz Band make such an impact in our community and are an invaluable asset for so many. I am honored to be associated with this great Howard County institution as the director of the Columbia Jazz Band since 2017.
As a freelance musician involved in many projects, I have performed on over 30 recordings, and a sampling of the jazz festivals at which I have performed includes the Newport, Montreux, Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals. My book, The Jazz Pianist: Left Hand Voicings and Chord Theory was originally published by Warner Brothers Publications and is now available from Alfred Publications.
Music is a 24/7 job for me, but on the days that I do find time for myself – – I enjoy exploring destinations that allow me to unplug and rejuvenate.

Dan Longo

Baritone

My name is Dan Longo and I am a Physician-Scientist. Yet my life consists of more than medicine alone. I am a devoted lover of music—especially the likes of Beethoven, Bach, and Paul Desmond—specifically his Jazz at Oberlin album. Beyond my career, my greatest treasures are my family. I cherish my 52 years of marriage to my lovely wife Nancy. Together we raised three wonderful children and now love being grandparents to our six beloved grandchildren.

My favorite quote is “It is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary” ~Walt Whitman

tanya hoegh allan

Hi! I am Tanya Hoegh-Allan, and I am a retired Music Educator. In my retirement, I enjoy gardening, playing pool, and sailing! I have a “tubby tabby” named Danica, and my favorite place in the world is Switzerland!

Tom Monroe

1st Tenor

I am an elementary music teacher in Howard County Public Schools. Music is in many facets of my life, at work, as a hobby, and I also enjoy just listening to music. I am particularly fond of exuberant, joyful music such as The Windup by the Keith Jarret Quartet.

Along with my wife, Karen Jack, we have three grown children, Maxen, Elias, and Theo. While my wife and I have no pets of our own, We feed a couple of neighborhood cats, including a small white and black bobtail cat we rather unimaginatively refer to as “Bob”.

Clayton Englar

2nd Tenor

I am Clayton, a retired occupational therapist, part time musician, who also has interests in motorcycles (a lifelong affliction), and volunteer refurbishing donated computers for a non-profit to distribute.

My Wife and I have two adult children, Carolyn and Greg. We have always had dogs around (and for a few years cats). I think people who grow up with them tend to get them as adults. Our current dogs are Josie (an unusual beagle mix) and Ruby (a more typical hound mix). Both came from rescue organizations.

Matt Pisarcik

1st | Section Leader

I am a Band Director and Music Teacher at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.  I can’t pick just one specific piece that is my favorite, but I will say that anything Ellington or Basie will always be my “go to”. I drink lots and lots of coffee, and my favorite quote is “I used to play piano by ear but now I use my hands.” (😆)

John Zontek

1st | Section Leader

I am John Zontek, trombonist and Jazz Band representative on the Columbia Orchestra Board. By day, I work in IT Operations and Security. But my true passion is making music – both performing and composing. Though I plays with the jazz band, Holst’s “Jupiter” is my favorite piece.

 

Outside of music, John am a loving husband to my best friend Sheri, and we had the privilege of raising four incredible daughters. The addition of four granddaughters and three grandsons has brought immense joy to my life. 

Chris Koepke

3rd

I am dedicated to health research and find enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking, eating (specifically pasta!), and spending time with my loved ones. As a husband and father, I cherish my 32 years of marriage and the joy of raising our daughter. My motto is “Do what you want, just don’t be a jerk.” Through my work and personal life, I aim to make a positive impact on the world around me.

Paul Fowler

Bass

I am an IT cybersecurity specialist and program manager with the United States Coast Guard. I also play tenor trombone, and enjoy playing disc golf and tinkering around the house. With a career spanning 42 years in the military and federal government, I consider surviving and thriving in such demanding environments as my greatest achievement!

Mike Morris

Drums | Section Leader

I began as an English teacher, inspiring young minds through literature and critical thinking and I now work as a musician. My wife of 48 years is Mary Ishimoto Morris. My oldest daughter Noni is a 9th grade science teacher, married to Tony Galotta. They have three children: Riley, Madison and Mackenzie. My youngest daughter Linda is an Attorney for the ACLU, and Josh Sullivan is her partner. My two daughters are my greatest accomplishment. My favorite motto is “Never let hardships disturb you. After all, no one can avoid problems, not even saints and sages.”

Paul Scimonelli

Bass

I am Dr. Paul Scimonelli, a retired music teacher, who dedicated my career to instilling a love for music in my students. A lot of people don’t know this, but I have authored books on baseball history! Family is at the core of my joy, as I celebrate over 50 years of marriage with my beloved wife, Virginia, and take pride in our three wonderful children and three grandchildren!

Mark Morris

Guitar

Hi! I am mark, and I am a physicist!  My hobbies include lutherie and woodworking where I can channel my creativity into crafting instruments and working with wood. My favorite place to be is on the bandstand with the CJB!

Deborah Poole

Vocalist

I am Deborah, a Customer Care Specialist at Versanthealth. Outside of work, I find solace in solving jigsaw puzzles and indulge in the flavors of crab legs as my favorite food. My motto is “never give up!” My best-kept secret is that I love watching the TV show “Dr. Pimple Popper.” 🙈

Matt Williams

Vocalist

I am Matt Williams, a Multi-Media Systems Specialist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Alongside my professional pursuits, I enjoy fashion photography, dancing, acting, and I have an avid interest in physics and the concept of the multiverse.

My greatest joy lies in my marriage to my my wife (who also sings in the band). I lovingly call her “My Sweetness”. She has done so much and I’m very proud of her and all her accomplishments. She’ll tell you when you hear from her, if she’s not too modest. My two children are 35 and 42. My daughter has a law degree. Passed it on the first try in every jurisdiction. My song has a degree in Forensics. So, yeah…we’re proud. I am blessed to be with my Debbie, and the joy of being in the same band and singing love songs with her is so great!