People

Board of Directors

Dan Rugg (President), Claire Simmonds (Vice President), Jerry Byrd (Secretary), Andrea Avazian (Treasurer), Linda D. Couey (General Manager), Tom Ridley (Director)

Music Director

Mr. Ridley has been involved with music all his life. He earned both BA and MA degrees in music from California State University Long Beach where he studied conducting under H. Robert Reynolds. During his time at CSULB he studied clarinet with Kalman Bloch of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He also holds a Lifetime California Teaching Credential and an Administrative Services Credential.

Tom enlisted in the 72nd US Army Band as a clarinet player and also acted as Assistant Conductor. He taught instrumental music and served as Assistant Principal in Southern California high schools. Following his career in education, he became a sales representative in the financial printing industry. He then established his own printing brokerage company and remained self-employed for 23 years.

During the time his three sons were growing up, Tom spent 15 years serving school age children in the Huntington Beach area.

Mr. Ridley has been the director of the Huntington Beach Concert Band since 1977, director of the Covina Concert Band since 2011. Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of The Association of Concert Bands and also the Regional Membership Coordinator for Southern California.

The Band

Flute
Janet Anwyl, Cindy Duncan, Al Gerk, Judy Glick, Patty Lawson, Victoria Lim, Janet McWhorter, Susie Quint, Erin Sun

Oboe
Lisa Chattler, Kerri Weisenberger

Clarinet
Sally Beiderbecke, Linda Borla, Cathy Hardymon, Sam Kim, Ken Levin, John McGilligan, Virginia Porter, Mary Schooler, Oliver Seely, Don Sillings, Claire Simmonds, Vicki Spencer, Sharon Stello, Matt Thomson, Nicole Thorpe

Alto Clarinet
Cheryl Anderson

Bass Clarinet
Louis “Chip” Cullman, Chuck Madere

Bassoon
Linda D. Couey, Stan Tyler

Alto Saxophone
Gary Breese, Diane McClarin, Anthony Montes

Tenor Saxophone
David Bridges, Laila Bridges

Baritone Saxophone
John Fleming, Marc Skuster

Trumpet
Reinhold Bauer, Steve Doucette, Steven Durand, Lloyd Glick, Kristen Hessinger, Greg Iannolo, Mike Nielson, Bob Raemer, Dan Rugg, Stan Silverstein, Tony Sun, Bob Vouga

French Horn
Michael Buhlmann, Cameron Duncan, Bette Feiock, Linda Fossier, Meredith Hudson, Russell Lancaster, Kathy Lowe, Pat Taylor

Trombone
Charlie Curtis, Dan Isselin, Kirk Preston, John Vinke, Ron Zeilinger

Bass Trombone
John Lowe, Lorena Sikorski

Euphonium
Jerry Byrd, Vernon Hardy, Bradley Moore, Ed Nystrom, Bob Tukua

Tuba
Sandy Babich, Leo Dittemore, Paul Edwards, Bronya Hamel, David Lillianthal, Richard Mott, Dennis Nicolosi

String Bass
Evan Guyer, J. Paul Hudson

Percussion
Andrea Avazian, Tom Hall, Dan Sharp, Elaine Vanek