At the end of the 2013 – 2014 season the New York Staff Band (Bandmaster Ronald Waiksnoris) said farewell to a few members of the band. Jon Quatela, who had been on solo cornet, has become a cadet at the College for Officer Trainig. Quatela is joined at the College by Elisha Moretz, who had been on second baritone. While both of them will be missed, the Staff Band is very proud that they have accepted God’s calling to full-time ministry.
Seth and Lili Ditmer also stepped away from the band as they relocated to Delaware. Seth was a valued member of the percussion section and Lili had been on the media staff as a photographer.
As these persons move on from the Staff Band, others have come in to fill most of the slots. Kenneth Kirby, from Manchester, CT, joins the band on first cornet and Andrew Dressler, from Spring Valley, NY, joins on B♭ tuba. In addition to these new players, Major A. Philip Ferreira has moved from B♭ tuba to second baritone and John Opina has moved from first cornet to solo cornet.
New York Staff Band web site