Robert Thurston is a former high-school band director and the former Chief Arranger-Composer for the United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C. He joined the Prince William Community Band as a percussionist in 2014 and was named principal conductor in 2016.
Bob has been composing and arranging music professionally since 1980—including a 20-year career with the Air Force's premiere musical organization—and has written for ensembles of all kinds and sizes, in a wide variety of styles and genres. He has several published school-band pieces to his credit, and he has written commissioned works at every level from 6th-grade beginners through professionals. His duet arrangement of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” written for cello virtuoso Yo Yo Ma and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, appears on Ma’s 2008 CD Songs of Joy and Peace.
A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Bob earned degrees in music education from Florida State University, where he also studied arranging and composition with Charles Carter. He taught high school bands in Florida and Ohio for five years before enlisting in the Air Force in 1994.
Since retiring from the military in 2014, Bob has written and guest-conducted for middle-school, high-school, college, military and community bands throughout the United States.
Bob and Linda Thurston live in Woodbridge VA. They have four kids (including their son-in-law) and three grandkids.
Conductor - Jack Tilbury
Jack Tilbury was a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” from 1972 to 2005. During that time he performed with the Army Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Orchestra, and the Army Brass Quintet. He served as Tuba Section Leader, Band Announcer, Concert Band Group Leader and Unit Sergeant Major/Enlisted Leader. In 1983 he co-founded the annual Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference. He was the Editor of the TUBA Journal from 1981-1985 and has also served as a contributing editor for the Instrumentalist magazine. For 15 years he was principal tuba with the Washington Chamber Symphony. He holds a BME Degree from Wichita State University and a MM Degree from Catholic University. In retirement he spends most of his time fishing, but still performs regularly with the Virginia Grand Military Band, Prince William Community Band, Occoquan Heavy Metal Tuba Ensemble, Annandale Brass, Prelude Brass, Dominion Brass and the Classical Brass.
Condutor - John Cznadel
John Cznadel was born in New York City and graduated from the public schools of Passaic, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor's degree from The Yankton College Conservatory of Music and his Master's degree from Western Illinois University. Post graduate studies include The University of Wisconsin (Madison), Northern State University (South Dakota), Virginia Tech, and Villanova University. "Mr. C" was on the band staff of Beloit High School in Wisconsin before coming to PWC to direct bands at Woodbridge Middle and Saunders Middle, where he was the very first band director. He retired from PWC in 2010.
John has been a long time member of Prince William Community Band. He plays with the clarinet section when not conducting the band. During his career he was a member of the following: Va. Band and Orchestra Assoc. ; National Band Assoc. ; National Assoc. for Music Education; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; National Education Assoc. ; Marquis Who's Who.
President - Geoff Peterson
Vice President - Laura Peterson
This girl rocks! She fights hard for PWCB to make sure we have rehersal and performance locations!
Personnel Manager - Jenifer McDonald
Jenifer has been a supporter and part time volunteer of the PWCB since 1999, and was honored to be asked to fill the Personnel Manager vacancy. Her love of music goes to her childhood when her father would wake her up in the morning by playing Sousa. As a young adult Jenifer played guitar and piano. She often refers to herself as a "Professional Volunteer", having had served in various volunteer and officer capacities with: theNaples Little Theatre; the Washington, Virginia, and Maryland Garden Railway Society; the Naval Reasearch Laboratory Showboaters; Greyhound Rescue, Inc., the Virginia Renaissance Faire, Prince William County Dogs; Mason Neck Horse Coalition; Pet Assistance League, Titanic Productions, Civil War Civilians of Spotsylvania; Sighthound Underground, and the Confederation of Union Generals. In 2002 she co-founded Her Majesty's Hounds, an improvisational troupe who promotes retired racing Greyhound adoption and education through the living history portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I's royal fewterers. Jenifer's career history includes over 20 years as a government civilian and Department of Defense contractor supporting Logistics and C4ISR systems full life cycle management. She now owns her own business providing premium skincare, and creating one of a kind custom embroidered horse and hound accessories and historical costuming. She lives in Woodbridge with PWCB's own Public Relations manager, their rescued horse, rescued cat, rescued Moluccan cockatoo, and three retired racing greyhounds.
Public Relations Manager - Gary Shoemaker
Treasurer - Vacant
Librarian - Greg Alfonso
Greg Alfonso joined the Prince William Community Band shortly after its inception in 1996, and has served several terms as its Librarian, during which time the music library has grown to include over 330 works for concert band. Mr. Alfonso’s leadership helped to establish the organization’s policies and procedures for acquisition and handling of sheet music, among the Band’s most important assets.
Greg has actively participated in instrumental music since the sixth grade, abandoning trumpet after a year to pursue the euphonium. He was Drum Major of the North Central High School marching band in his hometown of Indianapolis, IN. He was also one of very few students selected into North Central’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble as a sophomore. This band consistently achieved superior ratings in Division I of the Indiana School Music Association’s annual festival competition, and played for visiting President Jimmy Carter. For several years, Mr. Alfonso also studied organ. While earning a degree in Computer Science, he was a member of the Purdue University “All-American” Marching Band, and Purdue’s Concert, Collegiate, and Ceremonial Bands.
Greg is active in his local church, where he coordinates a team of sound technicians to plan and manage sound reinforcement for church and private events. Greg’s other interests include hiking, bicycling, and local history. One day he would like to learn guitar, piano, drum set, orchestration, and trombone. Mr. Alfonso has been a resident of Manassas for the past 25 years, where he works as a software engineer for a large aerospace and electronics technology corporation.
Secretary - Mona Davidson - Tisler
Member of the clarinet section of the band. Graduate of Gar-Field High School many years ago. Studied music and psychology at WVU. Played with WVU Wind Symphony, WVU Marching Band, Cape Cod Concert Band, and Knightwind Ensemble in Milwaukee, WI. After returning to Prince William County I joined the PW Community Band. I enjoy playing music and continue to take lessons from John Colbert who was a student of Harold Wright. I particularly enjoy playing chamber music and playing within an orchestra.