Meet the Board
President - Rhett Fagg retired in 2014 from his pediatric dental practice in northwest Indiana after 40 years. He and his wife Marilyn met at Indiana University and married on campus in 1969. He received his Bachelors from IU, and his Masters and DDS degrees plus his Pediatric Dental training from the IU Dental School and James Whitcomb Riley Children's Hospital at the IUPUI Medical Center. Rhett was in the Air Force Dental Corps after graduation, then moved to private practice and taught at Northwestern University Dental School for several years communting to Chicago. He and his wife have five children and nine grandchildren. They love loving in Brown County! Almost 50 years after he participated in the IU Marching 100 band, Rhett took up trombone playing again. He is a member of both the Brown County Community Band and the Columbus City Band.
President Elect - Mary-Jo Lowe began her musical career by taking accordion lessons at age 8. She continued playing accordion until high school, at which point she participated in marching band by marching flute or glockenspiel. Mary-Jo also enjoyed entertaining for USO troops and during musicals while in high school. She continued playing piano at the Jordan Conservatory of Music at Butler University, and later joined a group of young adult Catholic musicians. Throughout her life, Mary-Jo has also taken organ lessons from Myrta Tilson, and played English Handbells for over 20 years, only stopping in 2016. Mary-Jo enjoys playing music with the Brown County Community Band because it keeps her mind sharp, and says that music helps keep her sanity.
Past President - Phyllis Sindlinger, at former director Ray Laffin's "urging", picked up her clarinet again after 40+ years and became a member of the Band in 1999. For many years, she taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools, mostly kindergarten. Being active at St. David's Episcopal Church has given her many opportunities to volunteer both there and in the community. Her interests, besides the band and volunteering, are spending time with family and friends, reading, walking, attending IU Opera, ISO Coffee Pops, and, whenever possible, traveling. She and Verne have two children, Liz and John, and a grandson, David.
Secretary - Dave Richards has played trumpet with the community band almost since its inception. Prior to that he also played trumpet with the German Band at various nursing homes. Dave retired after 37 years of teaching Biology. He is the Building and Grounds Superintendent for the Brown County Historical Society, and is active in Brown County's Habitat for Humanity. Davis is on the Board of the Brown County Native Woodlands Project. A former president of Indiana Organic Growers Association, he has farmed organically in northern Brown County for 25 years, and is a member of the Sierra Club, and the Audubon Society. He plays in the Bean Blossom Brass Quintet. Dave and his wife Karen have two children and six grandchildren.
Treasurer - John Drebus moved to Brown County in 2010 and is retired from IBM and the U.S. Army Reserver (LTC, Armor). He is a graduate of both Indiana and Purdue Universities and the Army Command and General Staff College. He received his early musical instruction while growing up in Evansville, IN. John played percussion through 8th grade (tympani in the All-City Elementary Band) and played trumpet in school bands and orchestras through high school. He and his wife Pamela sing and play chimes for choirs at Faith Lutheran Church in Columbus and they are members of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic chorus. John's primary musical interest is classical piano and he currently studies with Aubrie Yeh in Columbus.
Delannie Atkins plays flute in band. She has been playing music and taking piano lessons since age four. At that age, she also competed in the Federation Festivals of Indiana. She began playing flute at age 13. She joined the band in 2015 and graduated from Brown County High School in 2016. She is now in her second year at Ivy Tech in Columbus. She feels that the band has shaped her into a better musician for which she is thankful and grateful. It is the best three, almost four, years of her life and she will continue to play in the band.
Carol Russell has worked part-time for the Brown County Democrat from more than five years. Her husband's family moved to Brown County in the late 1980s, so when Carol, Richard and their son, Clifford, relocated here from northwest Georgia in 2003, it was like coming home! Carol played the clarinet in high school and into college, but "fizzled out" with no musical support. Hearing similar stories from others in the community band, she was encouraged to pick up her instrument once more. She joined the band, getting extra help and encouragement from band member/woodwind teacher, Mel Chance. Carol enjoys the music and camaraderie of the band, getting together for weekly rehearsals.
Bill Schnackel and his wife, Guna moved to Nashville in December of 2006. Together they started Whispering Pines Alpacas and Specialty Gifts. Bill joined the band in early 2007. Prior to retiring and moving to Nashville, Bill worked as a Director of Housing and Food Services at a variety of colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Eastern Illinois University, and at his alma mater, Purdue University where he was a member of the trumpet section of the Purdue University All-American Marching Band. Bill is currently serving as the Vice President of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce and is very involved with Faith Lutheran Church in Columbus. Bill and Guna have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.