James O'Dell

Acting Music Director

James O'Dell has been professionally active in instrumental music and music education since 1979. Mr. O'Dell holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Southern Oregon University (1978), a Master of Music in Tuba, Euphonium, and Bass Trombone Performance from the University of Oregon (1983), and doctoral studies at Arizona State University (1983-84). Mr. O'Dell recently retired as Associate Dean from Boston Conservatory at Berklee after serving 26 years, including twice as Dean and Chief Academic Officer ad interim, and Director of the Conservatory's Music Division.

Mr. O'Dell's previous full-time faculty appointments include Director of Bands at Boston University (MA), Mansfield University (PA), and Phoenix College (AZ). His adjunct appointments include Lecturing Professor and Director of the Festival Jazz Ensemble at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), jazz and applied faculty at the Rivers Music School (MA), graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon, and applied faculty at Lane Community College (OR). He has taught in the Oregon public schools as Director of Bands and Elementary Music Teacher (Eagle Point and Phoenix OR), and more recently, as Supervisor of Instrumental Music for the Chelsea Public Schools (Boston University/Chelsea Partnership).

A distinguished and versatile educator, conductor, and musician, Mr. O'Dell is the Music Director and Conductor of the Concord Band, and is the Associate Conductor of MetWinds. His collegiate conducting tenures have included all athletic bands, concert and jazz bands, wind and brass ensembles. He is founder of the New England Collegiate Jazz Festival, Boston TubaChristmas, and cofounder of the Boston Tuba Quartet and The Brass Consortium.

As a tubist he has toured, recorded, and performed with the Ken Shaphorst Big Band, True Colors Big Band, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Darrel Katz Jazz Orchestra, Greg Hopkins Nonet, the Boston Globe Repertory Jazz Orchestra (Gunther Schuller, conductor), Orange Then Blue, and as soloist with the Harvard Summer Band. He has been a member of the faculty brass quintets at the University of Oregon and Mansfield University (PA), and principal tuba with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. A low brass doubler on bass trombone and euphonium, he has performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony, Ashland Summer Band, Starlighters Swing Orchestra, and the Eugene Symphony Brass Trio.

Board of Directors

The MetWinds Board of Directors and the Music Director together manage our organization. They are responsible for establishing the policies and goals of the group, scheduling and planning concerts, fundraising, applying for grants, and managing publicity and public relations.

Executive Committee

  • Leslie Hansen, President
  • Bob Piankian, Vice President
  • Esther Horwich, Secretary
  • Rachel Pinsky, Treasurer

Members at Large

  • Laura Bailey
  • Daniel Byer
  • Gregory Depp
  • Sarah Freeman
  • Alison Hannah
  • Bruce Houston
  • Roy Miller
  • Nicole Mlynczak
  • Elizabeth Rowland
  • Kaitlyn Sicinski
  • Timothy Sliski
  • Scott Stiner

Advisory Board

Our advisory board helps to guide the group's direction and outlook and provide feedback during key decisions. The MetWinds board of directors is currently embarking on a project to re-evaluate the membership of the Advisory Board with a goal of establishing a more diverse network of advisors with varying backgrounds. We appreciate the continued presence of Frank Battisti and Tom Everett on this board while we seek out additional new members to help shape our future.

Meghan MacFadden
Sara Campion-Egan
Jennifer A. Hunt
Nicole O'Toole
Kristin Parker *
Laura Ross
Cheryl Webster
Emily Dawson
Robert Howe *
English Horn
Robert Howe
Jason P. Caron *
Crystal King
Mark Thornton
B-flat Clarinet
Joe DiSalvatore
Leslie Hansen
Torben Hansen
Kristen Herlihy
Wolcott Humphrey
David Minot *
Nicole Izzo Mlynczak
Rachel Pinsky
Kaitlyn Sicinski
Julie Souza
Scott Stiner
Doreen Velmer
Bass Clarinet
Murray Burnstine
Dan Fryburg
Mark Thornton
Contrabass Clarinet
Mark Thornton
Alto Saxophone
Beth Browning
Amara Lucci
Leigh Spignese
Andy Wilds *
Tenor Saxophone
Laura Bailey
Baritone Saxophone
Stephen Ferrandino
Sarah Freeman
Emily P Hofmann
Roy Miller
Robert Mingolelli
John Mlynczak
Brian Nowakowski
Mark Olson *
Nicholas Schleyer
Heather Pineault
Elizabeth Rowland
Deana Saada-Smith *
Jimmy Zhou
Matthew Dawson *
Cedric C Kam
Bass Trombone
Esther J. Horwich
Bruce Houston
Christian Dow *
Tom O'Toole
John L. Procter
Gregory P Tracy
J. Darren Maule
Timothy J Sliski *
Chris Boyd
Daniel Byer *
Gregory C. Depp
Alison Hannah
Daniel Smith

* = Section Leader

Lewis J. Buckley

Conductor Laureate

Lewis J. Buckley was born in Columbus, Ohio, but considers himself a native of Florida, the state in which he grew up. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master's degree from Connecticut College. While at Eastman, he earned the Performer's Certificate for outstanding performance on the trumpet, and he studied conducting and composition.

He enlisted into the U. S. Coast Guard Band in 1969, where he served as Principal Trumpet and Trumpet Soloist for six years. Then, in 1975, he became the Coast Guard Band's fifth Director at age 27, a post he held for over 29 years, becoming the longest-tenured conductor of a senior military band in American history.

Under his baton, the Coast Guard Band became a noted touring organization; released some 20 recordings; aired more taped and live concert broadcasts on National Public Radio than any other wind band, military or civilian, in the United States; and earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished wind bands in the world.

From 2004-2011, Buckley was the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Manchester (CT) Symphony Orchestra. For fifteen years, he conducted the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in its annual Symphony on Ice/Toys for Tots program, and he has also conducted the Eastern Connecticut Symphony during its summer series.

He continues to compose, arrange, and publish prolifically, and his music is widely performed, including a number of performances by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. He also remains an active trumpet soloist, frequently combining solo appearances with conducting, often in premiere performances of his own commissioned works.

As our Music Director, Buckley brought to the MetWinds podium more than 30 years' professional experience in an unusually wide range of music-making. He is equally at home conducting, writing, or performing, with bands, orchestras, and choruses, in all styles of music from classical to commercial to jazz. The guest artists whom he has conducted reflect his range of experience; they include Walter Cronkite, opera giant Placido Domingo, Lorrie Morgan and Lone Star of country fame, the Motown sound of Martha Reeves, and many others.

David J. Martins

Music Director Emeritus

With a dual career as a clarinet performer and conductor, David J. Martins balances orchestral and chamber venues with an active teaching and conducting schedule. He is a Master Lecturer in the School of Music at Boston University where he is Music Director of the Wind Ensemble and teaches Applied Clarinet, Chamber Music and Graduate Conducting.

In the Spring of 2019 the Wind Ensemble released on Summit Records its third recording of four works by Boston University composers for wind ensemble of which three were written for the ensemble. In 2015 the ensemble released its second recording of Trumpet Concerti with Boston University Professor Terry Everson. In 2013, the ensemble released its first recording of Ketty Nez’s Piano Concerto entitled Thresholds on Ravello Records and in 2014, premiered the wind ensemble transcription of John Williams’ Tuba Concerto with Mike Roylance, principal tuba of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble also performed at the 2014 CBDNA East Conference.

He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Music, where he was the Wind Ensemble Director and clarinet faculty for 35 years. He was a Berkshire Music Festival Tanglewood Fellow and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Lowell, College of Music.

Professor Martins is the founding music director of both the Rivers Conservatory Youth Wind Ensemble 2014-2017 and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles where he was conductor of the senior division from 2002-2012 and conducted the ensemble at Carnegie Hall. During his ten-year tenure as Music Director of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony (of which he is now Director Emeritus), the ensemble performed at the National Conference of the Association of Concert Bands and commissioned numerous new compositions. Since the summer of 1999, Mr. Martins has served on the faculty of Boston University Tanglewood Institute as Director of Wind Activities for the Young Artist Orchestra and, since the summer of 2005, conducts the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Wind Ensemble.

Professor Martins is a member of the clarinet section of the Boston Ballet Orchestra and Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society Orchestra. He performs as a substitute player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony. He has done tours throughout the United States with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. For 25 years, he performed as second clarinet with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Symphony New Hampshire, Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alea III, Musica Viva, and Monadnock Music Festival. In past years he toured with the Philharmonia Hungarica Orchestra of Germany on their U.S. tours, the Puccini Festival Orchestra throughout Italy, and performed six tours throughout Greece and Russia as soloist and member of the contemporary chamber ensemble Alea III. He can be heard on orchestral and chamber recordings on the BSO, CRI, Koch, Titanic, Gasparo and Albany labels.

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