About us

 

The Hunt Valley Wind Ensemble's mission is to provide an opportunity for adult amateur musicians to rehearse and perform challenging wind band repertoire while providing live music for the local community and beyond.

Section Leaders 

(in score order)

 

Flute

Jenn Ambrosiano

Double Reeds (Oboe/Bassoon) Gordon Uchenick

Clarinet

Sarah Ciaccio

Saxophone

Christina Gallo

French Horn

Jeff Baker

Trumpet

John Schmitt

Trombone

Len Pilius

Euphonium/Tuba

James Wei

Percussion

Russ Osborn / Dieter Schodde

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Matthew Benner

Conductor

Matthew T. Benner is the Conductor of the Hunt Valley Wind Ensemble. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Millersville University, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Towson University. Through his career, Matthew has worked with several bands, most recently the Towson University Concert Band. He is currently teaching instrumental music at Dulaney High School in Timonium, Maryland.


Personally, Matthew currently resides in Baltimore with his wife (Elaine), daughter (Clara), and two dogs (Bianca and Nigel). In his (non-existent) spare time, he is an active curler, board game aficionado, and DCI (Drum Corps International) enthusiast. 

Ryan Pilius 
Assistant Conductor

Ryan Pilius holds an Associate’s Degree in Music Education from CCBC Essex as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UMBC. Born and raised in Baltimore County, Ryan is proud to serve as the instrumental music teacher at Parkville High School where he directs two concert bands, orchestra, steel drum band, jazz band, marching and pep bands, as well as several guitar classes. Studying jazz guitar in college, Ryan has performed in a multitude of jazz small groups and big bands and currently performs in an active progressive rock band around Baltimore. Always seeking to improve his skills and enhance instruction for his students, Ryan hopes to perform and participate in as many varied musical endeavors as possible

Jenn Ambrosiano
Founder & President
 

Jenn Ambrosiano is the founder and president of the Hunt Valley Wind Ensemble. Jenn started the organization in 2016, which was originally known as the Hunt Valley Symphonic Band, for the areas of Hunt Valley, Cockeysville, Timonium, and beyond, as a way to give back to the community through music. 

 

Jenn’s primary instrument is flute and she has been part of many local community music organizations around the state of Maryland, including other community bands and various flute choirs.  Jenn has a deep love for music that stems back from her childhood starting with the incredible music teachers she had in school growing up on Long Island.  In college, Jenn discovered playing in concert bands doesn’t have to end with high school or college when she found a few local community groups to join. Those groups helped her realize that playing an instrument can be a life long pursuit.  Her passion for community music has grown deep since college and Jenn often finds herself serving on various non-profit boards to help promote and spread community music locally and beyond.

 

In addition to her involvement with the band, Jenn also plays with other community music groups, coaches field hockey, is a Girl Scout leader, and serves on her homeowners board of directors.  Jenn lives in Cockeysville with her husband and is a stay-at-home mother to her three children.

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