Principal Conductor - Bob Thurston
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.
Associate 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.
Associate Conductor - 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.
Associate Conductor - Chuck Vollherbst
Chief Warrant Officer Five (retired) Charles Vollherbst is a conductor, percussionist, clinician and adjudicator, and is a native of Maplewood,NJ. Mr Vollherbst served for 36 years in the US Army Music Field as a percussionist and Bandmaster. During his career, he served as a percussionist in Arizona and Panama before being accepted as a Bandmaster. He commanded bands in California, Germany, Bosnia and Virginia before being assigned as a Staff Band Officer. In 2001, he was appointed as the 5th Director of the Army Blues jazz ensemble and Associate Bandmaster of the US Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”. Mr Vollherbst retired from the Army in 2014 and now resides in Woodbridge, VA.
Mr Vollherbst began his musical training at the Gene Thayler Drum Studio in Maplewood. He attended Oneonta State College (SUNY) and majored in Music Performance, Percussion. He later earned a Bachelor of Science in Music From Regents College (now Excelsior College). In 2000, he graduated form Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters Degree in Music Performance, Conducting.
Most recently, Mr Vollherbst served as a percussionist and conductor of the Prince William Community Band and timpanist for the Virginia Grand Military Band.
Since his college days, Mr Vollherbst has also been an avid Bluegrass musician on 5-string Banjo, Dobro & String Bass. He jams and performs around the DC metro, Baltimore and Richmond areas.
Conductor Emeritus - Ed Jones
Foster E. (Ed) Jones attended college in Greenville, North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education. As an undergraduate, he was a member and leader of “the Collegians”, a 17-piece dance band that emulated sounds of the big band era. Mr. Jones earned his Master of Music Education degree from East Carolina University. He was a member of MENC, VMODA, VEA, PWEA, NAJE, NSOA, and Phi Mu Alpha, and he was honored as “Distinguished Alumnus of 1993: from the ECU School of Music. Mr. Jones has been a clinician and adjudicator in Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Mr. Jones became director of bands at Gar-Field High School in 1970. In 1987 he was appointed supervisor of music for Prince William County Schools where he served until June 1993. Mr. Jones served as the guitar and band teacher at Woodbridge Senior High School, retiring in 1999. At festivals, his bands consistently received superior ratings. He was musical director for several locally produced Broadway musicals, and during his military service he led a jazz combo on live television in Shreveport,. La. He helped start the Prince William Community Band in 1996 and served as its principal conductor until 2017.