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Joanna Hersey


A native Vermonter, Joanna studied with Dan Perantoni at Arizona State University, received a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Chester Schmitz, and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Tuba Performance from the Hartt School.  As Principal Tubist with the United States Coast Guard Band, Joanna performed throughout the country as a soloist and clinician after winning the position at the age of nineteen.  Joanna has played for three U.S. Presidents, performed at numerous state functions for visiting dignitaries, and has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America.  In her freelance career she has performed with artists including Placido Domingo, Roberta Flack, Marilyn Horne, Arlo Guthrie, Michael Bolton, Lee Greenwood, Arturo Sandoval and Jack Nicholson.  Joanna is a member of the nation’s first professional tuba euphonium quartet, Alchemy.  Joanna’s solo albums, O quam mirabilis (2010) and Zigzags (2015), showcase music for tuba and euphonium with electronics, featuringJoanna’s own compositions.  Joanna is Principal Tubist with the Carolina Philharmonic and Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  Joanna is a Yamaha and Parker Mouthpiece Artist, and information on her Hersey Artist Model Tuba Mouthpiece from Parker Mouthpieces, as well as upcoming events and information, can be found at

Jennifer Marotta

Board Member, Newsletter Co-Editor

Jennifer Marotta is currently a freelance musician and trumpet teacher in Los Angeles, California. She is originally from Naperville, IL, and earned her BM from Northwestern University and MM from DePaul University. Jennifer was a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band from 2001–2005, where she was an active soloist and chamber musician. She is currently a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Music of the Baroque. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, LA Master Chorale, San Diego Symphony, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Marotta acted as a visiting professor at UCLA in 2016, was Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Kennesaw State University from 2006-2012, and was Artist in Residence at Emory University from 2006-2012.

    Sandy Coffin

    Newsletter Co-Editor

    Sandy Coffin, trumpet, has performed throughout the US and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.  She has presented recitals in 23 states, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Russia. She has premiered several works written for her, including Red Sky by Peri Mauer, A Cycle of Songs by Susan Kander, and Captivity by Lori Laitman. Sandy is a founding member of Prometheus Brass, a member of Gramercy Brass Orchestra, and an active freelancer in the Greater New York area. She also serves as Director of the British-style Brass Band at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School in New York City, and is currently working with the Scottish Brass Band Association on future collaborations. Sandy is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Music for Summer Evenings chamber music series at the landmark Grace Memorial Chapel on Lake George. Sandy has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Watson Scholarship, an Aeiolian Fellowship from Oberlin College, and the John Clark Award for Excellence in Brass Performance from Manhattan School of Music. She earned a BA in Latin and a BMus in Trumpet Performance from Oberlin College / Conservatory and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music.

      Susan Rider

      Website Content Manager

      Trumpeter Susan Rider currently lives in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She has performed with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Pro Cantare Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, The Concert Artists of Baltimore, Fairfax Symphony, and is an active freelance musician.   Previously, she performed with the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Lone Star Brass Quintet, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, New World Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Evansville Symphony, The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony and Chamber Orchestra of Iowa.  As an educator, Susan has taught at Shenandoah University, Purdue University, Indiana University, and for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Texas. She has given master classes and clinics nationally and internationally, and maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia.  Susan was the co-editor of the biannual IWBC Newsletter Noteworthy from 2000-2010, and has performed as a member of Monarch Brass. She earned her musical degrees from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls (B.M.) and Indiana University in Bloomington (M.M. and D.M.).  Her advanced trumpet studies were with teachers Keith Johnson, Randy Grabowski, Charles Gorham and Edmund Cord. Since 1997, Susan has been a member of the trumpet/cornet section of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Ensembles, and serves at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant.

        Jeanie Lee

        Membership Coordinator

        As the IWBC Membership Coordinator since 2003, Jeanie Lee manages the IWBC’s membership database and monitors the online memberships and donations for the IWBC website. She has also previously held positions as Co-Editor of the IWBC Newsletter, Noteworthy, and as a judge for the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition. Jeanie, a trombonist, has enjoyed a career as both a performer and teacher in Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Alaska, and Kentucky. Some of her most favorite musical memories include performing with The Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Moody Blues and of course the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Orchestra (because how could you not include Gilbert and Sullivan on a list of favorites?).

        Jeanie is now retired from the musical world. In 2009, she and her husband Scott sold the house and moved aboard their sailboat. They now travel extensively with the primary goal of finding fun in good weather! She now enjoys spending her time doing yoga, pickleball, cycling, hiking, sailing, snorkelling, reading, and most importantly hanging with friends and family. Namaste!