NCCB is run by a group of volunteers that make up the Board of Directors. We hold elections every year for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Member-at-Large. Our conductors are selected through a job application process, and our current conductor has been leading the NCCB since Fall 2016.
Conductor: Sebastian Adams
Sebastian began clarinet at age 11 and never looked back. His first conducting experience was as drum major for his high school’s marching band; then he followed the same path in the Golden Buffalo Marching Band at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education while studying with Allan McMurray, Matthew Roeder, and Daniel Silver. After graduating, he became the Director of Instrumental Music at Thornton High School, and he tripled the program’s size during his three-year tenure, choosing fun, interesting themes and music for his students. During the first two years with NCCB, he earned a Master of Music Education with a cognate in Wind Conducting at Colorado State University under the mentorship of Erik Johnson and Rebecca Phillips. He is currently serving as middle school band director at Colorado Early Colleges and interim professor of music education at CSU. Sebastian has a unique passion for conducting, and he hopes to encourage all of us to express ourselves through performing music!
President: Pam Bittner
When she first started playing with the Northern Colorado Concert Band, Pam was pregnant with her oldest of three daughters. Every time the band practiced John Williams’ “The Cowboys”, the baby started dancing. That was in 1990! Pam has enjoyed playing flute and piccolo with many wonderful musicians who have proven that a love of music is truly a life-long pursuit. Currently an R&D program manager for HP, Pam enjoys bicycling, skiing, and golfing with her husband, and spending time with their daughters in TX, IA, and CA.
Vice President: Ann Donoghue
Ann grew up in a home filled with music: often 3 or 4 pianos at a time were in the living room, and each could play itself! Ann started piano lessons in 2nd grade, added flute in 6th grade, bassoon in 7th grade, fife in 9th grade, and was drum major of the marching band. In the Plymouth Centennial Park High School (Michigan) music program she played in the symphonic and marching bands, participating in local and state competitions. She was also a member of the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps, and the Michigan All-State Concert Band. A long hiatus from music occurred during her college years. When she finally saved up enough money to buy a used bassoon, she joined The Blawenburg Band, a 120-year-old community band in New Jersey. Ann moved to Colorado in 1996 and joined the NCCB where she’s been playing bassoon (and sometimes percussion) ever since. She is also a member of The Harmonic Ketones, a flute quartet performing in Northern Colorado, and the Health and Wellness Community Orchestra.
Treasurer: Edie Adams
Edie lives in Loveland and has been a band geek since she was 9 years old, getting into marching band in high school and continuing at Colorado State University. Edie has been a member of NCCB since 2012, bouncing between alto sax, percussion, and piano, and she served as the Board’s Member-at-Large from 2013 – 2016, transitioning to Treasurer in 2017. She has also occasionally filled in as a conductor. During the day, she is a Marketing Coordinator for an engineering firm, and in her free time she enjoys kitties, building LEGOs with her partner, video games, drawing, and reading.
Secretary: Susan Epperson
Susan started playing flute, piccolo, and occasionally percussion with NCCB after a 15-year hiatus while her children were young and very busy with their own projects. As a member of NCCB, a local symphony, and flute quartet, and playing with her church’s worship team, she is a busy musician. In her other life she is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and serves as the Blood Services Quality Coordinator for UCHealth, working with the blood donor centers and the transfusion services up here in the northern region. She enjoys spending time scuba diving with her husband, gardening, and being with her family, which is luckily also in Fort Collins.
Member-at-Large: Ryan Allen
Ryan Allen is a high school math teacher in Greeley. He has been playing the clarinet since 5th grade including spending 4 years as a a member of the Michigan Marching Band. Ryan is originally from Michigan. He moved to Colorado 3 years ago and has been in the NCCB ever since, serving as Member-at-Large since early 2017. When not playing with the NCCB, he enjoys reading, video games, and racquetball, and is an avid board gamer.