David Ballenger

David Ballenger

David Ballenger is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BSEE and an MBA.  He is a retired IBM executive with over 34 years in the information technology industry.  His music background includes the piano, violin, trombone, French horn and singing in a variety of roles from the time he was in kindergarten. His interest in the French horn started after hearing Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon...

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James Brown

James Brown

A native Charlottean, James Brown began playing horn at age 11 in a local summer band camp. By the 9th grade, his band teacher selected a few members to try a solo competition where he received a Superior rating and performed his solo on public television.  James played in several “All City” and “All State” bands through high school, and attended Pfieffer College Music Camp and Cannon Music Camp...

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Christopher George

Christopher George

Christopher George obtained his bachelors degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his masters degree from Indiana University in french horn performance….

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Dr. Christopher Griffin

Dr. Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin began the study of music at the age of seven. Fortunate to have the continued influence and enthusiasm from both parents, it has been possible for him to build a career and wonderful life as a musician

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Melanie Hudson

Melanie Hudson

Melanie Hudson is a recent graduate of Catawba College with a BA in Music Education. While at Catawba, Melanie studied with Barry Sang and regularly performed with the Wind Ensemble, the Catawba Pride Marching Band, and the Horn Ensemble.  She has performed as a guest horn soloist with the Rowan Choral Society and the Catawba Women’s Choir. Melanie is currently the Director of Bands at...

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Dr. Ben Kunesh

Dr. Ben Kunesh

Ben picked up horn in college (with encouragement from his friends in the mellophone section) hoping for free vacations with the Hawkeye Marching Band.  It worked! From then on it was hard to put down the horn for long. Through med school, residency, and early career days he assisted his wife, Racheal, in various pit orchestras, community bands, and church groups.  For the past 12 years he has...

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Racheal Kunesh

Racheal Kunesh

With roots in the Midwest, Racheal Kunesh is an Iowa native who transplanted to NC in 1994.  She has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from The University of Iowa; while there she enjoyed hanging out in the music building and playing in the Hawkeye Marching Band and Symphonic Band.  It was through the marching band that Racheal met the love of her life, Ben.  Racheal’s full time job is being a mom...

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