Kate Oaks Franc | Baritone, Euphonium
Kate Franc has been a member of the Allegheny Brass Band since 2009. She started in the ABB on the tenor horn and currently plays baritone and euphonium, wherever she is needed. Kate has played the euphonium since the fourth grade and comes from a very musical family! She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Grove City College. After graduation, Kate became a career nanny for several different families over the years in NJ and PA. She has been a member of district and regional bands in high school, the River City Youth Brass Band, Grove City College Symphonic Band, the Hanover Wind Symphony in NJ, and currently the West Hills Symphonic Band. Kate lives in Beaver County with her husband and preschool-age son and still works in the childcare field. She loves both the challenge and the fun presented by the brass band and looks forward to many more years of music!
Lynette Garlan | Baritone
Lynette is a California transplant and has lived in the Pittsburgh area now for over 35 years and joined the Allegheny Brass Band in the spring of 2019. She started her musical journey on accordion at the age of 4 and moved to piano and violin in high school and college. Lynette played in a folk dance band for many years and became interested in Balkan music. It was during this time that she took up the euphonium to play in Serbian Balkan Brass bands. After starting and running her own musical groups, she joined community bands to broaden her playing experience. Lynette is involved with Windjammers Unlimited, a non-profit US based group centered around preserving and playing traditional circus music and is involved locally with several community bands. She also plays violin with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Savoyards, of which she is currently the orchestra manager and show producer and enjoys playing in the pit for musicals. Lynette is also the founding member of the long time running singing group, the Balkan Babes. Lynette really appreciates the richness of the experience of playing with the Allegheny Brass Band and enjoys being surrounded by an all brass sound.
Janis Ramey | Baritone
Janis Ramey plays English baritone in the Allegheny Brass Band and euphonium in the East Winds Symphonic Band and the Pine Creek Community Band. In the past she has played in the Community Band South, a small group called the “Brassy Broads”, and a German oom-pah band. She returned to playing thirty years after the last concert in high school. She is a retired technical writer.
Dave Rollinson | Baritone
|Dave hails from the mountains of Southern Virginia, and has been playing euphonium since the age of 10. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 to attend Carnegie Mellon University for Mechanical Engineering. There he minored in Music Performance, played in the CMU Wind Ensemble, and was ‘El Presidente’ of the Kiltie Band, conducted by “Director for Life” Paul Gerlach.After graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 2006, Dave embarked on a cross-county bicycle trip. Awesome cross-country bicycle tripSnake Robots. Dave has a PhD from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon.|