STAFF AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Great American Brass Band Festival
Michaelle Perros is a Danville native and graduate of Danville High School, and attended the University of Kentucky earning both a BS in equine science and a BM in music education while studying saxophone. Since her time at UK, she has been the Assistant Band Director at Danville High School and a performer with several Kentucky bands as a saxophonist, multi instrumentalist, and vocalist. She has also worked extensively in the thoroughbred industry at sales and on horse farms.
Michaelle has enjoyed the festival all her life as a patron and is thrilled to be on the team as the Executive Director.
Dr. John Stroube
Executive Director KMEA
GABBF Music Director
Dr. John Stroube is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Educators Association. Prior to his current appointment, he was the KMEA Associate Director, before which he was the interim Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Dr. Stroube was awarded a DMA in conducting and pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 where he studied with Dr. Tom Fraschillo. While at U.S.M. he served as a graduate assistant for the University Bands, and was also the Executive Administrator for the National Band Association, bearing responsibility for the daily operations of that organization’s national office. He has been the music director for the Great American Brass Band Festival for several years.
Executive Board Members - 2022 Festival
Chairman of the Board
Owner and LPL Financial Advisor, Tye Financial Group
Tom was a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments from April 2001 to December 2009 and also acted as Group Leader, Mentor, and Field Trainer. Tom has lived in Danville, Kentucky for over 20 years with wife, Lynn. He and Lynn have two children, Adam and Alexandra. Tom received a BS Degree in Accounting from Cumberland College and MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. He holds Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. Tom has been involved with the Festival as a board member and volunteer for many years.
Treasurer of the Board
CEO, Farmers National Bank (Retired)
Mr. Caudill is CEO of Farmers National Bank in Danville. He began his banking career in 1979 at what was then Second National Bank in Lexington (now PNC). He has been with his current employer since 1981 in various roles including Head of Lending until 2002 when he became President & CEO. He attended Transylvania University and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He is also a graduate of the Kentucky School of Banking and the Graduate School of Banking at L.S.U., where he formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is one of two Kentucky member directors on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Centre College where he chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Caudill is the former Chairman of the Board of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Additionally, he serves as Vice Chair of the Boyle Co. Industrial Foundation and is a member of the board of Bluegrass Tomorrow, a regional planning organization. He and his wife, Melissa have been married for 35 years and have three children.
Secretary, D.E.A.L. Inc.
Edward Ellis, MEd. is a four decade-plus resident of Danville. Currently, he is on hiatus from his work as a psychotherapist. He is the husband/sherpa of Lydia D. Ellis. He executes his passion for supporting the Arts through his work as the Secretary/Treasurer of the not-for-profit Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc. (D.E.A.L., Inc). While holding membership on the Board of Directors for GABBF, he also is a member of the Steering Committee for the Fort Harrod Jazz Festival (FHJF).
He has an extensive professional background in planning, consulting, business facilitation, research, education, and teaching. He had a twenty-year career as a professional librarian (MSLS) prior to becoming a psychotherapist. He was a state licensed and nationally certified EMT for over fifteen years. He was a small business owner before becoming the national recruiter of volunteers for a Christian social service agency based in Appalachia. His only personal regret is after being admitted as a doctoral candidate (Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation: Higher Education), he left the program ABD.
Additional Board Members
President, Caldwell Stone Company
John is the President of Caldwell Stone, a local business, and has been a key volunteer from the Festival’s beginning. John stepped forward to lead GABBF when George Foreman stepped down in 2005. John was inducted into the Hall of Fame for GABBF in 2011. His ongoing mission is to maintain the highest quality Festival and to enhance audience experience by evaluating every aspect and continuing to upgrade staging and sound equipment. John has been a Festival volunteer and member of the board for many years.
PowerPlay, Founding Member
Bill Bandy (left) is no stranger to the Brass Band Festival, serving as Executive Director for the past 2 years. “As part of a strategic plan to transition from my previous role as Executive Director, I am looking forward to my new role as a board member with great enthusiasm,” Bandy said. “As a Danville native, musician and business executive, I have been humbled and proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.”
Bandy is a graduate of Danville High School, where he was a member of the DHS Admiral Band under Bill Gravely. After 45 years in the corporate world, he and his wife, Kathy, returned to Danville where he became Executive Director of the festival 2 years ago. Upon his return, he also reunited with local musicians as the trombonist in the band, PowerPlay, ROCK “N” SOUL WITH HORNS, which he was a founding member in 1974. Bandy also lends his musicianship to the Advocate Brass band, one of the core performing groups at every Brass Band Festival.
Assistant Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Programming, Centre College
Jessica Chisley is the Assistant Director of Student Diversity & Inclusion Programming and a Posse Mentor at Centre College. Prior to beginning her work in the ODI office, she coached for 16-years with the Women’s Soccer program where she was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2015. As well, during her time with Centre Athletics, she served in various roles including assistant coach within both the Women’s Basketball & Women’s Lacrosse programs, Assistant Director of the Buck Fitness Center, and served as a Communications Assistant for the Athletics Communications office. Jessica is a 2004 graduate of Centre College, where she received her B.A. in music and has been part of several local bands here in Danville.
Operator, WFL Management
John Frey serves as the operator and partial owner of WFL Management, a Danville based Papa John’s franchise. He joined WFL in June 2003 after graduating from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina and oversees the Danville, Harrodsburg and Lawrenceburg operations along with the 10 Virginia-based stores. A native of Danville, Kentucky, Frey is a graduate of Danville High School and is actively engaged in the community as a member of the Danville Country Club and has spent many years volunteering as a “Band Buddy” during the Great American Brass Band Festival. John hopes to bring his experience from working on high-profile events like the Vice Presidential Debate at Centre College and the Kentucky State Barbeque Festival. John and his wife, Jenny, have two children, Rhodes and Tallie.
Anthony Gray Jr. “Tony”
Police Chief of the Danville Police Department
Tony is a Danville native and a graduate from Danville High School. He has been the Chief of the Danville Police Department since 2012. In his spare time, Tony enjoys being a basketball official. He has two children. Tony has had a long relationship with the Festival in his role as police chief.
Michael "Fly" Hughes
Michael Hughes is a graduate of Danville High School, served in the Marine Corps and is a Vietnam veteran. He previously worked at ATR and Redwing Shoe for over 23 years. He has worked as an entertainer for over 50 years as a DJ and front man, currently serving as leader of the R&B group, Soul Revue. As a historian, he was instrumental in the forming of the Danville- Boyle County African American Historical Society in 2013. In 2014, Hughes teamed with the Heart of Danville to create the Awarding-Winning Soul of 2nd Street Festival. Incredibly involved in the community, Michael also serves on several other boards including The Pioneer Playhouse, The Danville Education Foundation, the Heart of Danville, and was on the Library’s private board and District board.
Chief Financial Officer, Centre College
Brian Hutzley joined Centre College in 2016. A Michigan native with a B.S. in accounting from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from Syracuse University, Hutzley served most recently as vice president for finance and administration at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He has an impressive 30-year record of service in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including key leadership roles at public and private universities.
Before Colgate, Hutzley served as vice-chancellor and CFO for the State University of New York (SUNY), which includes 64 campuses and is the country’s largest public higher education system. Hutzley was responsible for overseeing the $12 billion annual operating budget, along with relevant finance and budget areas in addition to financial aid and information technology.
He came to oversee the entire system after six years as vice president for business and finance at SUNY’s Delhi campus, where he managed an annual budget of $80 million. Prior to his career in higher education, Hutzley spent some two decades in the private sector, ending that part of his career as director of financial planning and analysis for Mead/AT-A-GLANCE, in charge of a $1.2 billion annual budget.
Boyle County High School Band Director
Zach Shelton received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education from Campbellsville University. He has been Director of
Bands with the Boyle County School District since August 2019. He previously spent 11 years rebranding and building a program to be proud of at Campbellsville Middle School and Campbellsville High School.
Throughout his career, his bands consistently increase in size and earn numerous distinguished ratings in both the marching and concert band circuits. Many of his students have participated in All-District and All-State bands, some even placing within the top 10 in the state on their instrument. He is an active member of KMEA and served as the Fourth District’s President-Elect and President, and is currently serving as President-Elect of the 11th district.
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