President - Geoff Peterson
Geoffrey Peterson is a local musician, business owner, and a member of the Prince William Community Band since 2007. Geoff attended Osbourn High School in Manassas, where he was principal trumpet for 3 years.
After high school, Geoff pursued a career in radio broadcasting, as an on-air personality at several Washington DC radio stations. His broadcasting career took him to the Tidewater, Virginia area where he played trumpet at Busch Gardens with a variety of bands, but primarily in the Oktoberfest German band in the late 1970s.
In 2006, he and his wife Laura formed Swing Machine Big Band, comprised of many former members of the military service bands such as the Air Force Airmen of Note, Army Blues, and Navy Commodores. Geoff is band leader, and Laura is the band manager. Swing Machine has recorded 2 CDs, and has backed up members of the Temptations, Drifters and Platters, along with 2011 America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy.
Geoff toured Europe with the Columbia Jazz Band in 2012, under the direction of retired Airmen of Note band leader Pete BarenBregge. He is also the bandleader and lead trumpet on the Moonlight Jazz Band, an 18-piece jazz band that is part of the Prince William Community Band.
While very involved in music as an avocation, Geoff's vocation is commercial aviation. He holds FAA certification as an Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, and Aircraft Inspector. His aviation business is located at the Manassas Regional Airport. He also teaches aviation subjects part-time at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, where he is also their Director of Maintenance.
When not playing music, Geoff is active writing arrangements for both jazz bands and concert bands. His arrangements have been played by several local jazz and concert bands.
Geoff and his wife Laura reside in Front Royal. Between them, they have 10 grandchildren and one rabbit!