Member Bios

Wilbur “Red” Raville: Band Leader, Piano

Red remembers fondly his first gig at the Flanagan Hotel in Malone, NY as an 8th grader.   Then in high school playing four nights a week and trying to stay awake on Monday mornings.  As a gradate of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, Red stayed active on trumpet and piano while teaching secondary level choral and general music—then he retired and really got busy…  In addition to leading the Big Band Sounds, Red currently conducts the Mid-York Brass Band, the Sherburne Community Chorus, the Smyrna Citizens Band and his church choir.

Bill Pomares: 1st Alto Saxophone

Bill received a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at the University of  Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.  He can be heard as a featured soloist with the Kevin Dorsey Collective, winner of the 2006 & 2007 SAMMY Awards for Best Jazz Recording.  Bill has appeared with jazz artists such as Frank Sinatra Jr., Maureen McGovern, Clark Terry, Benny Golson, Robin Eubanks, and the Manhattan Transfer.  He teaches band at Mt. Markham Middle School in West  Winfield, NY

Corey Riley is originally from San Clemente, California.  He moved east to pursue a career as a music educator.  He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from The Ohio State University.  Corey is currently the high school band director at Oxford Academy and lives in Oxford, NY.  In addition to being the principal euphonium for Mid-York Shining Brass Band, Corey performs throughout Chenango and Broome County on either the euphonium or trombone with Red Raville’s Big Band Sounds, The Southern Tier Concert Band, and Oxford’s Brass Quintet.   In the summer, Corey supports community bands, especially the Oxford Community Band.

Corey Riley: 3rd Trombone

Henry Carpenter: 1st Trombone

After graduating from Crane School of Music in 1963, Henry taught music for 33 years in Fort Edward, NY and New Berlin, NY public schools.  Since retirement he travels to New Mexico for four months a year where he gets to enjoy the company of his two children and four lively grandsons.  While in New Mexico, Henry plays trombone in the Rio Grande Jazz, The Howlin' Dogs Dixieland Band, and an all trombone group called "Ambush Brass".  For two months of the year, Henry lives in Florida where he plays in the Melbourne Concert Band and the Swingtime Band.  The rest of the year is spent in Norwich and enjoy the musical opportunities of the Mid-York Brass Band, Red Raville's Big Band Sounds, O.V. Dixieland Band, and The Gents Club 7.  He is accompanied throughout these adventures by his wife Bonnie and faithful dog Sherman.

Gary Bush: 2nd Trumpet

Gary graduated with a B.M.E. and a M.M.E.  from the University Of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.  Gary is a former music educator from 1969 - 2000. After retirement, he has stayed active as a seasonal employee at The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and a private trumpet teacher.  He has held membership in Joe Mone's Big Band and The Mid-York Shining Brass and currently plays in the Oneonta Community Band, Dolgeville Community Band, Red Rayville's Big Band Sounds, and the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble. He is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local #443 and the New York Federation of Contest Judges. As well as playing the trumpet, he enjoys model railroading and his '66 Chevelle. Gary resides in Fly Creek.

Chris Luttinger: 2nd Tenor Saxophone

Chris Luttinger is a retired music teacher from the Afton Central Schools where he taught and directed three bands from grades 4 through 12.  Born and raised on Long Island, he began his music training in North Babylon Public School.  He continued onto the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he received a degree in Music Education.  Today, besides playing Euphonium (his major instrument) in the Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, and the MidYork Brass Band, he is involved with many activities from volunteering on The Afton Emergency Squad as an EMT to working on the Norwich Meadow Farms, an organic farm just outside of Norwich on rt. 23.

Keven is one of the few members of the band that is not a current or former music educator.  While his day job working as the IT manager for Norwich Pharmaceuticals keeps him busy, he still makes time to play with Red’s band, as well as the Smyrna Citizens Band and the Mid-York Concert Band.  A long-time member of the Sherburne Community Chorus and the Sherburne Music-Theater Society, Keven has also been know to make the occasional stage appearance.  In addition to following his musical interests, Keven often drags his family camping and geocaching and regularly acts as game master for several fantasy role-playing games.

Keven Simmons: Baritone Saxophone