We offer many musical options to suit your budget and venue.

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Bill Weinig - Band Leader and Drums

Bill grew up in Silver Spring, MD and in 1954 played with the Maryland State Band. He continued playing dance drums and light rock with several cocktail lounge bands and graduated from American University (Economics, Philosophy and Theology) where he played on weekends and had his own late-night jazz program on WAMU.

He began his professional musical career with the United States Air Force Headquarters Command Band in Washington, D.C., performing as a drummer and occasional announcer. His assignments included ceremonies ranging from Diplomatic delegation arrivals to the White House and Andrews AFB to full honors funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, including that of President John F. Kennedy. His final year in the Air Force was spent in the SAC Headquarters Band at March AFB Riverside, CA.

Bill has played with The Edelweiss Band since 1986 and been Band Leader since 2011.

 

 

Brian Priebe - Baritone, Alpine Horn, Vocals, & Musical Director

 

Brian Priebe has been a fan of German/Austrian/Swiss music since his youth when his father brought home from Europe a record of Tyrolean traditional favorites. Years later, he became an original member of the popular Alpine Band Sulzberger Echo in Salt Lake City where he learned to play the Swiss Alphorn. After moving to Washington, D.C. he joined the Edelweiss Band in 1999.

In 2007 Brian competed in the International Alphorn Competition at Nendaz, Switzerland, where he won 2nd prize in the Solo Division. He repeated the feat in 2010, placing 2nd in the duet category. Brian is on the faculty of the North American Alphorn Retreat held each summer at the Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah.
 

Brian earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree in 1984 and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance in 1991 from the University of Utah. He works as a freelance trombonist and choral music director in the Washington, DC area. 

 

 

Michael B. Rubin - Accordion

Mike studied piano starting at age 7 at the Manhattan School of Music, clarinet at 9 at the Bronx House School of Music (BHSM), and oboe at 13 at BHMS, all on full scholarship. He was one of the 5% of students accepted by the world-famous New York City High School of Music &Art and Performing Arts and graduated at age 16 in the top 1% of his class with honor in music.

Mike taught himself to play the accordion starting at age 9. He performed throughout the New York metropolitan area with the United Jewish Appeal entertainment group. He moved to the DC Area in 1985 and in 1987 joined the Accordion Plus Band in Virginia, with which he performed for 10 years. He has performed on accordion in bands, orchestras, innumerous community theater productions, and at embassies and universities in the DC metropolitan area. In 2017 he performed solo for the European Union at their headquarters in Washington, DC and on ABC-TV in DC for Bastille Day.

Mike is a faculty member of the Accordions for Kids program, is a former faculty member of the Himmelfarb Mobile University and makes his home in Rockville, MD.
 

 

Rob White - Tuba and occasional Banjo

Rob White began his study of music by singing in church and playing trumpet in elementary school. He switched to the tuba in high school and majored in music education at Lebanon Valley College PA.

After earning his B.S., he taught elementary school band and continued to perform on tuba with an interest in Dixieland and Traditional Jazz, later with additional skills on the tenor banjo. Adding to his formal education, Rob earned a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University MD and served as Howard County MD music program supervisor.

Since then, Rob has played tuba and/or banjo with multiple groups in the Washington – Baltimore area, routinely with The Gangplank Ragtime Band at the Phillips Seafood Restaurants.

Rob retired after thirty-six years in the school system, remains an active performer, educator, director (Pasadena Theatre Company’s production of Fiddler on the Roof) and joined The Edelweiss Band as Tubist and occasional banjo player.

 

 

Jon Mathis - Trumpet

Jon Mathis has played extra trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony, performed with the Gene Donati and Zim Zemarel big bands, and has been a member of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, Mount Vernon Brassplayers and the Brooks Tegler Big Band. He teaches general music at the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore.

 

 

 

GUEST ARTISTS

 

 

 

Tobi Cisin – Alpine Horn Soloist

Tobi made her alphorn debut in 1991 with the Swiss Folklore Group of
Washington, DC during the 700th anniversary of the founding of Switzerland.

Playing alphorn at many Swiss, Austrian and German cultural events, she has appeared as a guest artist with the Folger Consort, Alpine Dancers, several local orchestras, the International Horn Society Workshops and The Edelweiss Band.

Tobi is also affiliated with Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden and the Swiss Folklore Group of Washington. She spends time in the Swiss Alps during the summer, and has attended many alphorn courses including Tzoumaz and Nendaz and the Alphorn Academy of Switzerland. Tobi is a student of the great alphorn virtuoso, Jozef Moinar. She also plays the alto horn, similar to but smaller than a baritone horn.

 

Kristen Ramirez – Euphonium

Kristen’s musical career began at an early age, participating in music lessons, singing, puppeteering, and clowning with her family and church groups. Performing all throughout her childhood fueled her decision to become a music educator. After studying euphonium with Kevin Stees at James Madison University, Kristen taught elementary general music with Arlington Public Schools for six years. Since then, she has taught with Prince William and Fairfax County Public Schools, in addition to teaching private piano lessons. She enjoyed learning about the German language while in high school, but it was not until later when she discovered her passion for and the enjoyment of playing Bavarian music. She joined the group, "Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden" in 1995, and more recently, "Lost Lederhosen" in 2017. Kristen always enjoys playing with the Edelweiss Band, as it combines a few of her favorite things: German culture, playing her euphonium, and musical comradery.

 

 

 

 

 

Dale Wise – Accordion

Dale Wise, professional educator, musician, composer, clinician, designer of accordions and products for the accordionist, has always been “on a mission” to promote interest in the accordion. He is honored to have played his accordion for five U.S. Presidents, Hollywood celebrities, major corporations, and produced and hosted “The Accordion Show” as seen on television and most recently on YouTube.com. His efforts throughout the country continue, and he looks forward to playing for you on behalf of The Edelweiss Band.

 

Jay Wachter – Tenor Banjo

Jay Wachter has been performing professionally since age sixteen. While he primarily plays tenor banjo, he also plays guitar, ukulele and piano. He has appeared widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean entertaining audiences in a variety of venues as both soloist and leader of his own band. His most memorable recollection of playing in Germany was at the Brandenburg Gate the day the Berlin Wall fell. Jay’s fondest memories of Washington DC performances include appearing in concert on the National Mall and at White House functions.
After college, Jay taught history and English at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute however Jay’s passion for music ultimately superseded academics after an eye-opening visit to New Orleans, he dropped out of a Ph.D. program, settling instead for a B.A. and M.A. in American/European History. Jay is actively involved in community and public service and music has often been a central element.

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Carper – Tuba

Gary began playing Polkas at Busch Gardens Williamsburg at Das Festhaus in 1976 and has since been a freelance musician. He has performed in 39 states and Europe and has a BAMus in Jazz Studies on the Tuba. Career highlights include: founding member of The Dallas Brass, artist in residence at SMU and a clinician for Yamaha Band Instrument Corp. Gary has been a finalist in national and international Jazz Improvisation competitions and toured with ensembles including Rodeo Bands and Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians. Gary is Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass at UMW and teaches at Creative Music Academy in Fredericksburg. He is Principle Tuba with PSO and The Piedmont Symphony Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony and performs with numerous other groups on Tuba and Trombone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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