Meet the Board
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.
President Elect - Rhett Fagg is a retired pediatric dentist who has moved to a cabin in Brown County. He plays trombone in the band.
Past President - Kevin Fleming
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.
Librarian / Web-master - Abby Prichard joined the band in 2013, and plays French horn, flute, and piccolo. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in French and History from Tennessee Technological University. Abby returned to school in 2014 and is currently seeking a BS in Biology and a MS in Education at Indiana University. She is pursuing a career as a high school biology/chemistry teacher.
Treasurer - 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.
Mel Chance has been with the Brown County Community Band since its inception and was the band's first leader. He currently leads his own eight-piece dance band, The Noteables, as well as giving private lessons on clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, alto sax, and flute. Mel has also been a volunteer in the Junior High and High School Band program for the past 11 years.
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.