Meet The band
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 many local music, theater, and opera productions. He also plays viola and cello 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 BraunPiccolo 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.
Board President, Miriam Braun
Vice-President, Rainn SetrenMeet Rainn (you got it! Pronounced like the precipitation!) this is her second season playing with the band and her first term sitting on the board. Originally from upstate New York, Rainn moved to Alaska in 2020 right before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vice-President, Rainn Setren
From piano to voice lessons early on in life to the quintessential moment of picking her instrument in 5th grade, Rainn always had a love for music and music of all kinds! It didn’t matter what genre; if it had a melody or a catchy rhythm you could guarantee she’d be singing along.
Over the years she has worked with local organizations and non profits to bring music back into her local communities. Groups such as The Weekend of Chamber music working along side distinctive flutist Judith Pearce, the Delaware Valley Opera Association, the Sullivan County Community Chorus and many others.
Rainn is proud to play flute and piccolo with this incredible group of talented musicians. When she is not playing she can be spotted at the local hockey games or enjoying snuggles on the couch with her two dogs Bailey and Bernie!
Greg BalvanzGreg 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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