Bill Gillespie is a native of the Mid-Hudson Valley. After graduating from Pine Bush High School, he joined the Army and was stationed at West Point as a member of the United States Military Academy Band from 1973 to 1980. Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. Bill also was awarded a Master of Science Degree from Western Connecticut University in Danbury. Bill has been involved in music education for the last fifty years. He has been very active in music through the years. He was the Director of the big band, Switch In Time for several years. Then in 2008, he formed another band called The Jazz Pioneers. Bill has been a member of the Maybrook Wind Ensemble for several years as a trumpet player. In October of 2021, he was selected to be the Music Director of the group.
Kathryn Jones-Pisano is the principal flutist for the Maybrook Wind Ensemble and treasurer of the MWE. Kathryn is a retired literacy teacher. 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 and flute with the 89th Army Band New York State Guard. 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.
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.