Small Town, Big Sound.

About the Band Members

Clarence Barger, Conductor –started playing music when he was 10 years old. While in junior high school, he played lead trumpet. During the Vietnam era, Clarence joined the USMC and served in the First Marine Division Headquarters Marine Corp Band. He has performed in night clubs throughout L.A. He went to Sonoma State University, where he was a featured solo artist with John Abercrombie. He attended Santa Rosa Junior College and played in two different performing Big Bands that worked with performers like Joe Williams, Biddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Peter Welker and Maynard Ferguson. He was a guest performer with world-renown Cal Tjder. He has helped to create the Sonoma Hometown Concert Band which is still in existence today after 30 years. He moved to Yreka and started the Siskiyou Big Band and the Siskiyou Dixieland Band.

Dan Deal, Trumpet

Scott Durbin, Trumpet, Piano -Born in Lansing Mich. to a big band vocalist and jazz bassist, Scott studied piano on a scholarship to Michigan State Univ. He formed his own band in l967. His musical career includes song writing for MoTown records and recordings by several R&B groups as well as dixie trumpeter Al Hirt. He recorded brass for Bob Segar’s “Night Moves” album and has performed with Stevie Wonder. Scott returns to music after a 25 year career as a chiropractor in Weed.

John Kessler, Trumpet- Grew up in Arizona and met his sweetie in high school. He played music from grade school into college. He got back into music at COS in the community choir, concert band, and jazz band, and occasionally plays the shofar at St. Barnabas Church. In his spare time he works as a forester.

Bob Marshall, Alto Saxophone and Clarinet –has a 45 year career as a professional musicians, arranger, and orchestrator; playing all saxophones, clarinet, and flute. Bob taught elementary school classroom music, band, and choir for 15 years in Scott Valley. He has also works as a performing arts consultant for the Western States region and the National Endowment of the Arts (Washington D.C. ), as well as the facility manager at the Yreka Community Theater. He is currently the owner of Snowflower Music, a music production and publishing company.

Ben Wilhite, Alto Saxophone- Ben was born in Arizona but grew up in Siskiyou County. He has been playing the saxophone in school bands since fifth grade. He now plays with the COS Community Band in both the fall and spring semesters, the COS Jazz Band in the spring, and has been with the Siskiyou Big Band since its start.

Jim Goeckermann, Tenor Saxophone – started playing the saxophone in high school. In the 60’s he played rock &roll around the San Francisco Bay area. He plays drums at church with two other members of the big band.

Roxanne Coonrod, Tenor Saxophone and Flute – Roxanne grew up here in Siskiyou County and has been involved with music since the age of 7. Right now she plays both the flute and the tenor saxophone actively. She has been playing flute for about 12 years and tenor saxophone for about 4 years. She attended U.C. Davis where she minored in music and played flute in the U.C. Davis Concert Band. Currently she is also playing with the COS Concert Band.  

Scott Bury
, Tenor Saxophone – played brass instruments in drum and bugle corps in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, later focusing on tenor saxophone in concert, marching, and jazz band during college. Last year, he returned to the saxophone after a 22 year hiatus. Scott is also involved in Clarence’s Dixieland gig.

Ron Mahugh, Baritone Saxophone – Ron grew up in Montana. He played in bands all through high school, including dance band. After a stint in the USAF and going to college, he was able to play in bands again. In addition to the Siskiyou Big Band, he also plays a concertina every Saturday morning with the Celtic Cats.

Don Miller, Trombone – Grew in Southern California and started playing trombone in the 6th grade and never stopped playing. Don went to Cal State L.A. majoring in music. He taught high school marching band/concert band and jazz band starting in 1966 for 8 years and choir/counseling until 2001, finishing out 40 years in education as a counselor at Yreka High School.


Jeff Leland, Trombone - Jeff Leland  grew up in the small town of Live Oak, CA and through an inter district agreement, went to High School at the then new Lindhurst High in Olivehurst, CA  in order to participate in the excellent music program developed there by Eric Hammer, now the head of the music department at University of the Pacific. After graduating Valedictorian at Lindhurst, Jeff moved to Los Angeles to attend California State University at Northridge, and participate in their outstanding music program. At 19, Jeff got his first gig working for Sitmar Cruises, and subsequently took a year off of college to play a show for a Dutch company that toured Europe. Once back in Los Angeles, Jeff finished his performance degree at CSU Northridge, with a minor in two dimensional art, while working every summer as a musician aboard the cruise ships. Although accepted to the Julliard School of Music in New York for his Masters, Jeff decided to remain in Southern California and become a commercial photographer, while freelancing as a musician. Jeff has played with a variety of people and organizations, including Disney, The Southern California Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Tony Bennett, The Berlin Opera, and even Pope John Paul II. Jeff has traveled extensively, visiting Japan, Central and South America, most of the Caribbean islands, England, Scotland and Ireland, and many of the countries of Europe. He has performed live on both television and radio and in front of crowds as large as 60,000. Jeff currently lives in Mount Shasta, and continues to enjoy music and photography.

Brian McKee, Trombone -Mr. McKee is a product and a believer in public education. He attended public schools in Galt and Benicia California. He graduated from Humboldt State University and taught music at Yreka High School from 1977 until his retirement in spring of 2012. He has served on the governing boards of: Northern California Band Directorʼs Association and the California Band Directorʼs Association He also served as Choir representative for Northern California Honor Choir And for 15 years along with Karen Garrett was festival chairman of music festivals for the north section of CMEA. He is married to LuAnn McKee, together they raised 4 children who all graduated from Yreka High School and went on to continued their education around the country. Mr. McKee is the current director of the College of The Siskiyous Concert Band and most Saturday mornings can be heard at the Brickhouse performing as a member of the Celtic Cats.

Kerry Mauro, Trombone –Started playing trombone in the 6th grade and continued playing through high school. One fall he had the opportunity to play in the San Jose State all male 90 piece marching band. He didn’t play again until moving to Siskiyou County 15 years later. After hearing a performance of the COS Jazz Band, he decided to dust off the instrument and try again. Since then, he has been involved in many of the COS groups including concert band, jazz band, orchestra, as well as playing in the pit for school musicals.

Tony Novello, Trombone –Tony began playing trombone in elementary school and continued to play though high school. While attending COS he performed with the COS Community Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, while also taking lessons from Brian McKee.

Ray Coapman, Guitar –Originally from Michigan, Ray has now been a California resident for the past 30 years. He started playing the guitar as a teenager and enjoys all kinds of music. Ray also plays the old-time 5 string banjo, and recently the tenor banjo.

Tyler Machado, Bass- Tyler Machado started playing bass at the age of 17, and was born and raised in Siskiyou County. Since then he has graduated from Yreka High School and attended College of the Siskiyous where he participated in a variety of ensembles. Afterward he transferred to Humboldt State University and earned his B.A in Music. After moving back to Siskiyou County he has been playing with the Siskiyou Big Band and the Siskiyou Dixieland Band.

Ann Hajduk, Drums

Eddie Davenport, Piano – has been playing the piano since he was 4 years old. He studied classical music until high school and has been in bands ever since! From 1971-1986 he lived in Las Vegas and was the house organist at Circus Circus for over 3 years and well as playing in most of the hotel showrooms with may well- known performers at the time.  He was the pianist for the Mills Brothers in Las Vegas and also travelled with them to Lake Tahoe and San Francisco for performances. He moved to Happy Camp in 2000 and Yreka in 2010.

Lisa Andreas, Vocal –Lisa Andreas joined the Siskiyou Big Band in February 2012. Her goals consist of: #1 Getting over her fear of performing, #2 Learn more about music, #3 Bring enjoyment to others through her enthusiasm for performance. Lisa’s Bucket List: Sing in a Big Band….Check! (and loving it!)

Anna Repetto, Vocal