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 - 2023 Festival
Chairman of the Board
Boyle Co 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.
Vice-Chairman of the Board
PowerPlay, Founding Member
Bill Bandy (left) is no stranger to the Brass Band Festival, serving as Executive Director for 2 years.
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.
Centre College, CFO
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.
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.
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.
Edward is by education and experience a psychotherapist (on hiatus). He counsels from an Existentialist perspective. Before embarking upon a “third act”, he was a twenty-plus years reference librarian and public library director. Prior to his work in librarianship, he worked for a not-for-profit, non-denominational Christian social service corporation based in Appalachia. He was the first professional recruiter of volunteers and later a multimedia development specialist (i.e., bring in unpaid qualified personnel and garner donations through media saturation).
Before returning to graduate school (the first time), Ellis had owned and operated a retail business, been a trainer and educator as an employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was an Emergency Medical Technician (fifteen-plus years state certified and nationally licensed).
Edward has attended every GABBF since its inception. "The day George Foreman and Vince DiMartino met for lunch at Freddie’s Restaurant to plan the inaugural Brass Band Festival, I stopped by their table. After a cursory inquiry as to their meeting agenda, they very graciously, and with obvious enthusiasm, laid out in sketch form, their plans for the first of what has become a thirty-plus years signature event for Danville and Boyle County. My current tenure as a member of the GABBF Board of Directors has been nearly four years. To serve in this capacity has been my privilege and honor."
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