Mark B. Felder
Mark B. Felder has been band director at Monroe County Community College for twenty-two years. Before and during that time he was the band director of the award-winning Jefferson High School Bands for twenty-nine years. Mark served twelve years in local and state offices of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, including President of District 12. He was named Band Director of the Year for District 12 of MSBOA. He also was named Music Alumnus Guest Conductor of the Year in 1988 for Eastern Michigan University.
Mark has been musical director for over 150 musicals including 12 years as a musical director at Croswell Opera House in Adrian, MI. He received the prestigious Jeff nomination in Chicago for Best Musical Direction for the second national tour of Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim. He has been a guest lecturer at The University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, University of Toledo, and Adrian College.
Mark is owner of Vivo Productions, a local recording studio. He is a regular performer with the Johnny Knorr Orchestra out of Toledo, Ohio and has toured with Stars of the Lawrence Welk, Manhattan Transfer, and the Shrine Circus. Mark and his wife, Ann, have three children and live in Monroe, Michigan.
David A. Uhrig
In addition to successfully competing for his appointment as Associate Conductor with the Dodworth Saxhorn band, Mr. David A. Uhrig continues to perform with the Band on Bb soprano cornet. He also holds the position of Director of Bands at Rochester High School. There he teaches the Falcon Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band.
Prior to accepting the position in Rochester, Mr. Uhrig was for six years the Director of Bands at Marine City High School and taught for one year at the Whiteford Agricultural School District. A prolific arranger, he writes marching band shows for the Michigan Marching Band and several high school marching bands in Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Mr. Uhrig earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree from the University of Michigan and his Teaching Certificate from Eastern Michigan University. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. As an undergraduate Uhrig was very active in the Michigan Marching Band as a rank and line leader. He played trumpet in many of the university's concert and athletic bands, was selected to conduct the Michigan Basketball Band on many occasions and was elected to membership in the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.
Mr. Uhrig grew up in Troy, Michigan, where he attended Troy Athens High School. He performed in the marching, concert, jazz and pep bands, symphony and pit orchestras, and he won membership in the National Honors Society. After school he participated in the Boy Scouts of America, played travel soccer, and performed on the piano. Mr. Uhrig describes himself as an avid sports fan. His love of sports includes Michigan football and basketball, the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Lions and Pistons. Mr. Uhrig and his wife, Carly, have been married for four years. They have two sons, Raymond and Benjamin.