Meet The band

Campbell Longworth

Currently Conducting the band, Campbell Longworth is a local middle school music teacher. His main instrument is trumpet, and has played since middle school. Campbell has performed in in many local music, theater, and opera productions. He also plays viola in a local orchestra and sings in a local choir. Born in Petersburg Alaska, Campbell moved to Fairbanks for University where he earned Music Education degree. He has been with the band since 2015.

Board President, Miriam Braun

Piccolo and Flute player, Miriam Braun leads the band's governing board. She has played with the band for over 10 years and absolutely loves playing and sharing music with people. At home She loves her two cats Kisa, and Thor, and is active in her local synagogue and other community groups.

Vice-President, Rainn Setren

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Greg Balvanz

Greg Balvanz has been the conductor of the Fairbanks Community Band from January of 2015 through 2019. Born and raised in Iowa, Greg has a Bachelors Degree in Music from Luther College in Deborah, IA, and a Masters Degree in Music Performance: Conducting, from UAF. From 1981 to 1988, he taught secondary music education, instrumental and vocal, in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 1988, Greg joined the US Army as a clarinet player, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Ft. Bragg, NC, in Desert Storm. He went on to serve as a woodwind specialist and vocalist in the 3rd Infantry Division Band at Bamberg, Germany and the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Ft. Hood, TX. In 1996, he was selected to become a Bandmaster and Commander of Bands. He served as the Commander of the 98th Army Band at Ft. Rucker, Alabama (1997 - 2001), the 9th Army Band at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, (2001-2004), the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps in Washington DC (2004-2010) and the First Corps Band at Fort Lewis, Washington, (2010-2013). After 25 years of service, Greg retired from the Army, moved to Fairbanks and started the Living Well Handyman business. Besides his military opportunities, Greg has been a guest conductor with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, a guest conductor at the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors at Troy University along with numerous high school band festivals. He also conducted the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church choir in Reston, VA (2004-2010). He was a member of the International Conductors Guild and continues to stay active within the larger conductors community.

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