Ellizar Abalos is a graduate of Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) where he earned degrees in music education and flute performance. He has taught high school, middle school, and elementary bands. Ellizar is an alumnus of Delta Omicron Professional Fraternity and a member of MSBOA, MENC and the Society of Ethnomusicology.
During the last ten years, Ellizar has performed with the WSU Symphony, WSU Symphony Band, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Civic Wind Ensemble, SEMFA flute choir, WMFA flute choir, tenure principal piccolo for the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, principal flute for Vivo Sinfonietta Orchestra (Ann Arbor, MI), and many other chamber ensembles around Michigan.
Between 2004 and 2008 he served as the librarian, personnel manager, and principal piccolo of the Detroit Symphony Civic Ensembles. Internationally, Ellizar has taught in Ethiopia, England and the Philippines, providing aid to schools and donations of recorders,supplemental music materials, and three months of service to public schools and colleges in each country.
Ellizar is currently studying at Western Michigan University for his masters in Wind Band Conducting.
David A. Uhrig is in his third year as the Director of Bands at Marine City High School, where he teaches the marching band, wind ensemble, concert band, and jazz ensemble. In addition to the high school bands, he also teaches the 7th grade band and the brass and percussion for the 6th grade band at Marine City Middle School.
Mr. Uhrig earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Michigan and his teaching certificate from Eastern Michigan University. During college, he was very active in the Michigan Marching Band, serving as a rank and line leader. He played trumpet in many concert and athletic bands and had the honor of conducting the Michigan Basketball Band upon many occasions. Mr. Uhrig is also a member of the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.
Upon taking the position in Marine City, Mr. Uhrig was the Director of Bands at Whiteford Agricultural School District in Ottawa Lake, MI. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Uhrig is the Associate Conductor and plays the Bb soprano cornet in America’s Premier 19th Century Brass Band, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. He has also designs marching band drill for the Michigan Marching Band and several high school marching bands in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Mr. Uhrig was raised in Troy, Michigan, where he attended Troy Athens High School. While in school, he participated in the marching, concert, jazz and pep bands, symphony and pit orchestras, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, travel soccer, and playing piano. Aside from teaching, Mr. Uhrig is an avid sports fan and loves Michigan football & basketball, and the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, and Pistons.