We offer many musical options to suit your budget and venue.
Need a full 5 piece band? Go for The Edelweiss Band.
Need a small ensemble? Consider
"Die Kleine Kapelle."
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
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
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
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 -
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.
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
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.
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.