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.
Leslie Hansen, President
Bob Piankian, Vice President
Esther Horwich, Secretary
Rachel Pinsky, Treasurer
Members at Large
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.
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
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
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.