Mr. Coates is a graduate of Boston University School for the Arts (Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education) where he was a tuba student of the legendary Sam Pilafian. Mr. Coates received his Master of Science degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. He has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and was a ten-year member of the Goldman Memorial Band in New York City where he was tuba soloist. Mr. Coates has performed on bass and tuba in two national touring companies of the Broadway shows Chicago, and Sugar Babies. He has also performed with the Federal City Brass Band and performed/recorded with Newberry’s Cornet Band and the Coates Brass Band, on period brass instruments and mouthpieces. Mr. Coates is the current Commander and Conductor of the 89th Army Band New York Guard having attained the rank of Captain after ten years of service. Captain Coates has been awarded two Commander’s Citations. He has also been guest conductor of the 42 Infantry Division Band, New York Army National Guard, commanded by CW5 Mark Kimes, and has participated in their Annual Training concert tours of New York State. Mr. Coates has been a music educator in the Hudson Valley for many years and resides with his wife and teen-age children in Hopewell Junction, NY.
Kathryn Jones-Pisano is the principal flutist for the Maybrook Wind Ensemble and treasurer of the MWE. Kathryn is a retired literacy teacher who now works as a library clerk at New Paltz Middle School. While continuing to “dabble” with the piano after high school, Kathryn did not play her flute for nearly three decades; at the urging of her church organist, she returned to playing in church on Sundays, but six years ago, she began looking for greater challenges and began ensemble playing. She now revels in playing with the Maybrook Wind Ensemble and The Party of Four flute quartet. As well, Kathryn plays piccolo with the New York State Guard 89th Division Band. She wants everyone to know that you never lose your musical talents, and she encourages everyone to dust off those instruments and join us at the Maybrook Wind Ensemble in making joyful music.
Michon Lanaro, an area resident since 1973, joined the Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble in January 2018 as a clarinetist. Her musical history began with piano and clarinet at age 10, alto saxophone at age 14, and flute at age 18. She has also played variations of these instruments, namely the E-flat clarinet, the A-flat clarinet, and piccolo. She has performed with various classical, jazz, ensemble, pit orchestra, and marching groups from elementary school to today’s community band.
Michon is very grateful to her influencers, most especially her parents who provided instruments, lessons, transportation, encouragement, enthusiasm, and love. Her appreciation extends to her teachers, conductors, and the master clarinetists she has had the privilege to play with. These mentors encourage her to learn and appreciate different instruments and musical genres, along with auditioning for competitions. Her accomplishments include NYSSMA in Washingtonville, New York, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in St. Cloud, France, Honor Band in London, England, and a civilian with the New York State Guard Band.
Michon is enamored by the beauty of musical instruments. She also enjoys dance, the outdoors, and volunteering. She is attending SUNY Empire State College in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree.
I was already in my forties, musically only a singer (choral and folk), when I realized my true voice was the soprano saxophone – at least as played by Paul Winter. He recommended a teacher for me (Paul Cohen), and I have loved the sound of my vintage curved soprano ever since. Band composers (darn it!) rarely score for soprano sax, so I am lucky to be able to cover trumpet, cornet, and oboe parts with the Maybrook Wind Ensemble. I also play alto with the Pine Bush Community Band and the SUNY New Paltz Symphonic Band.
Kenneth Korn, flute and piccolo, is delighted to be a member of our band. Ken has been a general music teacher in Paramus, NJ for over 30 years where he teaches vocal music as well as directs elementary and middle school orchestras, bands and choruses. The diverse nature of his work requires that he be a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none.’ Playing flute and piccolo in the supportive and friendly environment of the Maybrook Ensemble has given him the opportunity to finally develop some competence on an instrument he has always enjoyed.
Ken is a native of Buffalo NY, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Crane School of Music. For the past 30 years he has resided with his wife Kristin in Warwick. They have 2 grown children.
David plays third clarinet in our ensemble. He is a resident of Walden, NY and works in Newburgh, NY as a software architect. David began playing clarinet in the 5th grade in Madison, AL. In his high school years David switched from clarinet to tenor sax and in his senior year he made it into the Alabama All-State band. Through the years David has had the opportunity to play both clarinet and tenor sax in various church orchestras including First Baptist Jacksonville, FL, First Baptist Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Whitesburg Baptist in Huntsville, AL. In more recent years he has participated as a vocal and instrumental soloist and as a member of the praise team in some of our local churches. Currently David serves as the worship leader at Peoples Regular Baptist Church, Maybrook, NY.