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Guest Artist Event


Colonel (Ret) Arnald D. Gabriel, Conductor
Dale Underwood, Saxophone

Saturday, May 4, 2024 @ 7:30 p.m.
Potomac Falls High School
46400 Algonkian Pkwy
Potomac Falls, VA 20165


U.S. Anthem

Francis Scott Key

Washington Grays

Claudio S. Grafulla

La Forza Del Destino

Giuseppe Verdi
Matthew Lake/H.R. Kent

God of Our Fathers

Arr. Claude T. Smith

Jerome Kern Songbook

Arr. Ralph Martino


American Salute

Morton Gould

Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft

Arr. Gunther Schuller

The Footlifter

Henry Fillmore

A Gershwin Fantasy

Arr. Ralph Martino

America the Beautiful

Samuel Ward
Arr. Carmen Dragon

U.S. Anthem
- Francis Scott Key

Washington Grays
-Claudio S. Grafulla

La Forza Del Destino
-Giuseppe Verdi /arr. Matthew Lake/H.R. Kent

God of Our Fathers
-Arr. Claude T. Smith

Jerome Kern Songbook
-Arr. Ralph Martino


American Salute
-Morton Gould

Tribute to Rudy Wiedoeft
-Arr. Gunther Schuller

The Footlifter
-Henry Fillmore

A Gershwin Fantasy
-Arr. Ralph Martino

America the Beautiful
-Samuel Ward/Arr. Carmen Dragon


Laura Breese
Anne Hennessey
Michael Horowitz
Brittany Riffe
Elizabeth Schoepfle

Daniel Franz
Christina Lopenzo
Linda Ross

Lela Hamilton
Donna LaRoss

Marcie Brandriff
Sarah Brazell
Marie Guastella
Anita Hays
Debbie Herbert
Christine Kelly
Sarah Mascara
Terri Smith
Brent Washburn

Bass Clarinet
Greg Bricker
Debbie Overson
Eileen Youngling

Alto Sax
Kimberly Blaha
Sheryl Shope
Jennifer Zecher

Tenor Sax
Lara Hubel

Baritone Sax
Mike Strassmaier





Collin Barbosa
Isaac Betancourt
Jaewon Chung
Mark Davis
John Friedman
Jeff Lacy
Amber Pezan
Filiz Roser
Les Williams
Dominic Wilson
James Zirkle

French Horn
Althea Katona
Cory Katona
Pamela Mesite
Travis Prim
Ilycia Silver

Scott Dickinson
Ed Fleming
Kacey Hillebrand
Carter LePuil

Bass Trombone
Jerome Auman

Jay Gibble
Alan Ogden

John Breese
David Cho
Jan Duga
Rick Denney

James Adams
Noah Dobbins
Joseph Fogelson
Carla Nicolini
Juliann Tyler
Elizabeth Wood

Loudoun Symphonic Winds


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Loudoun Symphonic Winds is a community-based concert band that has become one of the area's most exciting musical ensembles since its formation in 1994. LSW includes both professional and dedicated amateur musicians. Our goal is to give the Loudoun community and its neighbors an opportunity to play and hear the best of yesterday's and today's concert band music.

We cover a wide spectrum of music from classic marches and orchestral transcriptions to Broadway songs and holiday favorites. The band showcases new compositions from the best of today's band composers and brings you exciting guest soloists. LSW has entertained and delighted audiences throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our ensembles also perform at major local events such as the July 4th celebrations at Franklin Park.

Additionally, we are a member of the Association of Concert Bands.

For more than 30 years, we have provided performance opportunities for Loudoun County residents as well as nearby communities

  • We support music education for institutions such as Loudoun County Public Schools.
    • Collaborative workshops with acclaimed artists such as the Canadian Brass.
    • Continuing Education Credits for LCPS music teachers.
  • County-wide events for Loudoun County, such as the fireworks celebration at Franklin Park in Purcellville, VA every Independence Day for the past 25 years.
  • Annual Toys for Tots events for the past 15 years; all collected toys are donated to the 25,000 needy children in Loudoun County.
  • Performances at retirement communities such as Ashby Ponds Senior Living.
    Musical support for communities such as Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Sterling, VA.

We are an all-inclusive organization, whose diverse membership includes retirees, government workers and executives, music teachers, students, recent college graduates, people from all walks of life. We support diversity in all forms.

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Colonel (Ret) Arnald D. Gabriel


Col. Arnald D. Gabriel

Col. Arnald D. Gabriel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 following a distinguished 36 year military career, at which time he was awarded his third Legion of Merit for his service to the United States Air Force and to music education throughout the country.

He served as Commander/Conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sergeants from 1964 to 1985. Upon his retirement, Col. Gabriel served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from 1985 to 1995, as Conductor of the GMU Symphony Orchestra and as Chairman, Department of Music for eight of those years. In recognition of his ten years of service to the university, he was named Professor Emeritus of Music.

A combat machine gunner with the United States Army’s famed 29th Infantry Division in Europe during WW II, Gabriel received two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the European, African, Mediterranean Campaign Medal with two stars, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was named “Conductor Emeritus” of the 257th Army Band in 2010 and the 29th Infantry Division band in 2015.

Following his separation from the Army in 1946, Gabriel enrolled in Ithaca College, where he earned both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Music Education. In 1989, his alma mater conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Music degree and in 1997, he was further honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic presented Col. Gabriel its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award and the United States Air Force presented him the Exceptional Service Award for his remarkable contributions as a civilian from March 1985 to December 2014.

Colonel Gabriel served as the Past President of the American Bandmasters Association, and is also listed in the International Who ‘s Who in Music, 7th edition. Col. Gabriel’s professional honors include the very first Citation of Excellence awarded by the National Band Association, the Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic’s Gold Medal of Honor and its Distinguished Service to Music Award, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s New Millennium Lifetime Achievement Award and its rarely presented National Citation for “significant contributions to music in America”, Kappa Kappa Psi’s Distinguished Service to Music Award, Phi Beta Mu’s Outstanding Contribution to Bands Award, and the St. Cecilia Award from the University of Notre Dame.

Col. Gabriel was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors, becoming the youngest person ever to have received this honor, and was an inaugural inductee to the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame of Cortland High School in Cortland, New York. In 2008, the US Air Force Band dedicated the Arnald D. Gabriel Hall in his honor, and Bands of America inducted Col Gabriel into its Hall of Fame. Col. Gabriel has performed in all 50 of the United States and in 50 countries around the world.

In addition to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, among the hundreds of major orchestras and bands he has conducted are the Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Memphis, Florida, Glendale (California), Green Bay (Wisconsin), York and Williamsport (Pennsylvania), Fairfax (Virginia), Puerto Rico, and Tatui Sao Paulo (Brazil), symphony orchestras, the Carabiniere Band and the Air Force Band (Italy), the Band of the Royal Netherlands Marines, the Royal Hellenic Band (Greece), the Staff Music Corps (Bonn, Germany), the National Band of the Canadian Forces (Ottawa), The Dallas Wind Symphony, the Gamagori Band and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (Japan).

Col. Gabriel was named Music Director Emeritus of the McLean (VA) Orchestra for his outstanding leadership from 1986 to 2002. Col. Gabriel continues to appear as clinician at major state, regional, and university music festivals and guest conducts outstanding school, college, municipal, and military bands as well as orchestras around the world.

Dale Underwood


Dale Underwood

A frequent guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, Mr. Underwood has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Australian Wind Orchestra, and the National Conservatory Orchestra in Sao Paolo, Brazil, among others. In 1993, Mr. Underwood made his Carnegie Hall debut in a program featuring Claude T. Smith's Fantasy and A Gershwin Fantasy, both written especially for Mr. Underwood.

In addition to being a sought after soloist, Mr. Underwood is also a noted recording artist. He has amassed a prolific discography of classical and contemporary works by leading composers Paul Creston, Jay Chattaway, Robert Muczynski, and Maurice Whitney. His vast repertoire includes all of the standard saxophone concerti, as well as over thirty original works written for him by noted American composers such as Walter Hartley, Clare Grundman, Jay Chattaway, Alan Vizzutti, and Ralph Martino.

A frequent clinician at universities, conservatories, and music festivals in the United States and Europe, Mr. Underwood is a highly respected instructor of the saxophone. He is currently saxophone professor at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami.

Born in Cortland, NY, Mr. Underwood began his saxophone studies at the age of nine. He received his early music education at Ithaca College in New York and further pursued studies at Texas Tech University.

In 1967, Mr. Underwood enlisted and was appointed saxophone soloist with the premier band of the United States Navy, a position he held for 29 years until his 30-year service retirement in 1997. During his years as soloist for the US Navy Band in Washington, DC, Mr. Underwood gained the distinction of performing for every president from Lyndon B. Johnson until William J. Clinton. As the preeminent saxophone soloist of all musical ensembles of the US Armed Forces, Mr. Underwood was presented the Meritorious Service Medal by the President of the United States in 1997. The citation reads in part: "An extraordinary saxophonist ...Underwood distinguished himself as a soloist on the National Concert Tours and in many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. His exciting performances repeatedly drew standing ovations."

Dr. Gilbert Corella

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Dr. Gilbert C. Corella

Music Director and Principal Conductor


Dr. Gilbert Corella has been with the Loudoun Symphonic Winds since 1999, conducting more than 200 performances. 

He began his musical career as a tubist with the United States Air Force Band. As a member of the Ceremonial Brass, he participated in a broad spectrum of ceremonies, ranging from State arrivals at the White House to full honors funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. His duties expanded as he became a drum major, performed as a soloist and conducted other components of the Air Force Band.

During his career, he moved into an administrative role as the Director of the Air Force Band’s Chamber Series program. His role with The USAF Band continued to expand when he accepted duties as a public affairs specialist and later becoming the Director of Special Events. With these responsibilities, he managed radio and television productions and represented the Air Force at major music conferences throughout the U.S. A strong believer in effective communication, he fostered partnerships with civilian and other military organizations, promoting the Air Force’s mission to inspire national pride. He retired in 2010 after serving 25 years.

In his civilian capacity, Dr. Corella began an instrumental ensemble program at what was then Charles County Community College (today the College of Southern Maryland). He also served as the Tuba/Euphonium Professor at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) from 1999-2019 and has been the Music Director for Loudoun Symphonic Winds since 1999.

An advocate for music education, Dr. Corella founded the Serapis Foundation in 2003. Its mission is to educate and stimulate awareness on the diversity of musical expression. The foundation serves as a vehicle to recruit professional musicians to inspire future generations, targeting the diverse and economically challenged.

He has recorded on several compact discs, including The Bear (Unnatural Ax); Side by Side, A Klezmer Service, National Taptoe, and Tower Music.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts from the Catholic University of America; a Masters of Arts in conducting and performance from George Mason University; and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America as the first-ever graduate in tuba performance.

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