Brenda Barber, Executive Director

Brenda Barber

Executive Director


A Musician and Information Technology Consultant, Brenda works in partnership with Izzy Getzov and the Little Rock Winds Board of Directors to realize the artistic, financial, and operational goals of the organization.


She sets strategy for key areas of operations and ensures that the work of Little Rock Winds is aligned with its mission and vision. She manages all aspects of the non-profit, ensuring high-quality operation of finances, administration, concert productions, fundraising, marketing/PR, and general operations.


Additionally, she ensures quality of service to Little Rock Winds musicians, donors, and supporters.

Brent Walker

Brent Walker

Concert Announcer


Each Little Rock Winds Concert is brought to life in more detail by the colorful commentary from Brent Walker.  Brent has maintained a tight grip on a microphone since the age of 15.  He evolved from announcing his high school band concerts, where he also doubled as first chair clarinet, to the Little Rock Winds.


Brent navigated the world of professional voice acting for over 25 years and is now retired from his national media audio production company.

Michael Chance

Michael Chance

Associate Conductor


Michael Chance is the Associate Conductor of the LR Winds, a position he has held since 2010, and has been the principal trombonist since 2006.


As a trombonist, his performance experiences have included posts with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Red River Lyric Opera Orchestra, and the San Angelo Community Band. He has also performed on occasion with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, Big Spring Symphony Orchestra, and the South-Ark Symphony Orchestra. He was principle trombonist for twelve seasons with the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra.


Chance’s former students are active as music teachers for bands and orchestras from beginner through university levels in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Florida. In addition, alumni of his undergraduate low brass studio currently perform in the US Navy Band, Pershing’s Own US Army Band in Washington D.C., principle trombonist-Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Little Rock Wind Symphony, and a wide variety of community ensembles.


He has been a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for bands and orchestras in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas. He currently is a board member of the Searcy Community School of Music and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. Professional affiliations include the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, Phi Beta Mu. He is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the College Band Directors National Association.


Chance holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in music with secondary teacher certification from Lubbock Christian University, the Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Midwestern State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Memphis.

Board of Directors


Jack Blackshear, MD
Sharon Burrall
Michael Paulus
Tom Bridgers
Michael Chance, DMA
Holly Eaton-Bradfield
Nancy McGraw
Wade Mitchell
Maralyn Sommer, DMA
Gabriel Womack
Executive Director
Brenda Barber
Associate Conductor
Michael Chance, DMA
Jason Brannon
Properties Manager
Rick Stein
Stage Manager
Greg Lindstrom
Donor Correspondent
Robert McQuade
Usher Program Coordinator
John Prater