Steve Ehrler

Steve is the president of the Valley Winds Exec. Board.

Peg Conniff

Peg is the Secretary of the Valley Winds Exec. Board

Monte Becker

Monte is the Outreach Director on the Valley Winds Executive Board

Brian Messier

Dr. Brian Messier is founder and Artistic Director of the 2016 American Prize winning Valley Winds based in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. In addition to his role with The Valley Winds, Messier is Director of Bands at Dartmouth College, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Youth Wind Ensemble. He […]

Catalina Arrubla

Catalina Arrubla is the founder and Executive Director of Multi-Arts and a well-established member of the musical and artistic community in the Pioneer Valley. Catalina formerly served as the Director of the Publications Department of the Ministry of Culture in Colombia, her home country. In addition to directing Multi-Arts, Catalina performs in ensembles across New England […]

Abigail Haines

Abigail Haines is about to finish her senior year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is working toward a degree in oboe performance studying with Fredric Cohen. She plays in many of the ensembles at UMass including the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Outside of school, she is the English horn player of the […]

Aaron Lakota

Belchertown, Massachusetts native, oboist, Aaron Lakota has a vested interest in the local arts culture in New England and hopes to promote music and the arts through performance, education, and community involvement. Aaron performs throughout New England as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He regularly performs with Pioneer Valley Symphony, Valley Winds, Pan […]

Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson is a freelance percussionist, arranger, composer, and educator based in Western Massachusetts. He is currently Pep Band Director and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Anna Maria College where he also teaches Music Theory, Front Ensemble Director of the Jersey Surf, Assistant Director of the Shepherd Hill Marching Band, and Co-Director of the Shepherd […]

Danielle Russo

Danielle Russo is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Percussion from Umass Amherst. Danielle also received her undergraduate degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from Umass Amherst in 2013. She taught with Jersey Surf in 2013 and returned in 2019 as a front ensemble instructor. She has performed […]

Eric Putnam

Eric Putnam was the Music Director of the Greater Chicopee Area Community Concert Band. He has served as a music educator, percussion director, and Music Arranger for the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, Tantasqua Regional Senior High School, East Bridgewater High School, and the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. As a percussionist Eric served with the […]