Tom Darlington is a trumpet player originally from Mentor, Ohio, although he now lives in Bowling Green. He studied with Charles Saenz at Bowling Green State University, in addition to lessons and master classes with other well known trumpet players, such as Mark Inouye, Tony Prisk, And Kevin Cobb.
Tom has played in a variety of ensembles ranging from small ensembles such as brass quintets to large orchestras, as well as jazz ensembles. In the 2015 International Trumpet Guild Orchestral Excerpts Competition he was a finalist and finished in 3rd Place, and he hopes to one day get a position in a major orchestra. When he is not playing trumpet, Tom enjoys playing and watching sports, especially baseball.
Chappy (Charles) Gibb is currently pursuing his Masters of Music in Flute Performance at Bowling Green State University. Originally from Stillwater, Minnesota, he received his Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His teachers include Marcia Metzger, currently at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, Dr. Catherine Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Flute at St. Olaf College, and Dr. Conor Nelson at BGSU.
In addition to featured solo performances in Minnesota with the St. Olaf Band and the St. Olaf Orchestra, and in Ohio with the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Chappy has performed as a soloist on tours through the Midwest and Europe, notably at the Darius Milhaud Conservatoire in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the Teatro Comunale Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Italy. He also works as a Performance Mentor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles, coaching and playing along side aspiring young musicians from Michigan and Ohio. In his free time, Chappy enjoys watching movies, reading, and trying new foods.
Charles Hill is a Toledo graduate with a BA in Music. He has been performing professionally throughout the area for over 8 years. Charles works at FOX 36 WUPW - Toledo and continues to sing songs on the weekends. He enjoys St. John XXIII greatly and looks forward to each and every service.
Robert Howell is a 2011 graduate of the Bowling Green State University with a BA in Music Performance. Robert studied Violin with Penny Thompson Kruse, and Viola with Csaba Erdelyi and Megan Yanik. While at BGSU Robert performed newly composed music, and studied Viol Da Gamba and Early Music Perfomance with Arne Spohr and the Early Music Ensemble.
Currently Robert teaches private violin lessons through the Perrsyburg Music Center, and performs in the Toledo area with the Millenius String Quartet. When Robert is not teaching or performing, he enjoys rock climbing, working on cars, hiking, gardening, and fishing.
Parker Kern is a young man who loves both music and the Lord. His musical journey began with Kindermusik classes at the age of two. He started playing the piano during kindergarten. This was his foundational instrument in the musical world, which allowed him to explore and discover all the wondrous things that music has to offer. In second grade, he took guitar lessons, but didn’t care for it. In fourth grade, he was reintroduced and inspired by a new guitar teacher, Scott Parnell.
Ever since, he has been learning new licks and tricks with the guitar every day. He is the original lead guitarist of Saint John XXIII's contemporary praise band, “Emmaus”, as well as being a former member of the high school praise group, “Hidden In Plain Sight”.
Parker is currently a student at Bowling Green State University. He is honored and privileged to be involved in the House Band at Saint John XXIII, and hopes that his playing will enhance your overall worship experience every week.
Francesca Leo is currently a Sophomore at Bowling Green State University studying Flute Performance under Dr. Conor Nelson with a minor in Entrepreneurship. A member of the Honors College, the Business College and the College of Musical Arts at BGSU, Francesca is also currently involved in two large ensembles, a flute, cello and piano trio, a flute quartet, and serves as a Music Ambassador in the College of Musical Arts where she works with prospective music students during recruitment events. In addition to performing in both large and small ensembles, Francesca is also working on a large variety of solo repertoire in which she performs in many competitions, masterclasses and recitals each year.
A native of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, Francesca has won the 2014 Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings Young Artist Competition, the John Philips Sousa Band Award, the 2015 Southeast Michigan Flute Association Masterclass Competition, has received Alternate Winner in the 2014 MTNA Senior Division Competition and was a finalist in the 2015 White Lake Solo Performance Competition. Francesca has interned with Flute Specialists in Clawson, Michigan and has worked with McCourts Music in Berkley, Michigan during their fifth grade instrument fittings for four years. Francesca has also attended the audition-based MPulse Summer Flute Institute for high school musicians and the Aria International Summer Flute Academy, where she has studied under Amy Porter, Bonita Boyd, Christina Jennings and Linda Toote. Francesca's primary private teachers include Jeffery Zook of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Kinuka Kobayashi-Canoy.
In high school, she has participated in the Michigan All-State Honors Band, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Band, and principal of the District IV Honors Band in Michigan as well. She has also performed with both the audition-based Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras as well as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Ehrling Flute Trio. Francesca is a recipient of the Royal Oak Musicale Scholarship and the Royal Oak Arts Council Scholarship as well as a talent awards scholarship through the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University.
Her hobbies include doing yoga and visiting different coffee shops with her friends, and she is a high-in-demand babysitter in her hometown of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. Francesca has also played both electric and acoustic guitar for seven years, with which she participated in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honors Jazz Band, the District IV Honors Jazz Band, and the Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music.
Tucker has played drums for 17 years and is a Junior Jazz Studies Music Performance major at Bowling Green State University. He is 21 years old and originally from Zanesville, Ohio.
Bryan Powell is currently a graduate student at Bowling Green State University majoring in Trumpet Performance. He is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area, and completed his undergraduate studies at Bowling Green State University.
Billy Sheak is a current Music Education and Jazz Studies major at Bowling Green State University. He has been performing professionally for the last 4 years in and out of school. He spends his summers performing at Cedar Point in their highly energetic live shows. He is a member of BGSU's percussion studio under the direction of Dr. Roger Schupp, where he works with fellow percussionists on a variety of musical works. Recently, Mr. Sheak has performed with, and for, famous jazz artists such as Rich Perry, John Riley, Jimmy Heath, Mike Stern, Dave Samuels, Peter Erskine, Dick Oatts, Gary Smulyan, Mark Walker, Tim Hagans, Conrad Herwig among others. He plans to further his education in Jazz by achieving an M.M. in music performance, ultimately teaching at the collegiate level.