Executive Director Brenda Barber works in partnership with Israel 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.
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 is the Associate Conductor of the LR Winds, a position he has held since 2010, and has been the principal trombonist since 2006.
Dr. Chance was Director of Bands and Orchestra at Harding University from 1996-2019. 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 was principal 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.
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.