Lynn Fryer is retired from The United States Navy Band in Washington, DC where she was a clarinetist as well as the Operations Chief. While a member of the Navy Band, Fryer performed at the White House, DAR Constitution Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, American Bandmaster's Association Conventions, Texas Music Educators Conventions, and in many of the great concert halls throughout the United States. She is a long time member of the Washington Winds, an ensemble of artists that annually records newly published music from many of the well known publishers of wind band literature.
Fryer's musical studies began at age five on piano, later adding clarinet at the age of 10. After graduating from Richmond (MO) High School, she attended Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. In addition, she has completed graduate work in Music Education at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Fryer studied clarinet with David Shifrin, Herbert Blayman, James Pyne, George Silfies, Ron Shroyer and Nancy Seward.
She has been a soloist with the Navy Band and soloist/clinician with many college and high school bands throughout the United States and Austria, including a performance and ORF radio broadcast at Musikverien in Vienna, Austria and the CBDNA Convention in Austin, TX. In addition, Fryer has taught privately for over 25 years in Missouri, Michigan, Maryland, and Florida.
She was an adjunct clarinet instructor at the College of Central Florida and performed with the Bach Festival Orchestra- Winter Park, FL as well as the Ocala Symphony prior to their recent move to Kansas City, MO. Lynn is currently freelancing in the Kansas City area and enjoying teaching clarinet. Hal and Lynn presented an educational clinic entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Clarinet" for the Missouri Bandmasters in June 2010.
Lynn performs on a Buffet Tosca Bb Clarinet, Michael A. Lomax Opera mouthpiece, custom Lomax/Zinner cocobolo barrel and Vandoren 56 Rue le Pic reeds. She plays a Buffet R13 A Clarinet, Lomax Opera mouthpiece, custom Lomax/Zinner barrel, John Weir bell and Vandoren 56 Rue le Pic reeds.
Hal (Harold) Fryer is retired from the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC where he served as the baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist with the Navy's premier jazz ensemble, the "Commodores." While a member of the Navy Band, he performed at the White House, DAR Constitution Hall, Kennedy Center, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Conventions, International Association of Jazz Educators National Convention, the Detroit/Montreux Jazz Festival and the Elkhart (Ind.) Jazz Festival.
He also performed on annual tours throughout the United States and was a featured soloist at the Navy Band's International Saxophone Symposiums. In addition to his military duties, Fryer was and continues to be an active saxophonist with the Washington Winds, Omega Recording Studios, Rockville, Md. which records new concert band and jazz band works for major music publishers annually.
Fryer has performed with such artists as Louie Bellson, Greg Bissonette, Randy Brecker, Richie Cole, Marvin Hamlisch, Dave Liebman, Rich Matteson, Don Menza, Maureen McGovern, Charles McPherson, Dick Morgan, Lou Rawls, Bud Shank, Lew Soloff, Marvin Stamm, Chris Vadala, Bill Watrous, Ernie Watts and Eugene "Snooky" Young.
Prior to joining the Navy Band in 1988, he served eight years in Navy Fleet Bands in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Newport, R.I.
He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Central Florida (Orlando).
Fryer retired from the Navy Band in June 2004 with 24 years of service. He recently was an adjunct saxophone instructor at the College of Central Florida (Ocala) and has performed with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra as well as many swing bands in Central Florida. Hal and his wife Lynn present educational recitals and clinics frequently to promote music education. In June 2009 and 2010, they performed at the annual summer convention for the Missouri Bandmasters Association. He is currently a member of IN THE MOOD, a 1940s musical revue, which tours anually with national and international performances.
Kelley Head is a veteran music educator with 26 years of teaching experience in Missouri public schools. Throughout her teaching career, her students have won honors at district and state level music festivals, marching band competitions, as well as many music activity scholarships. She is currently the staff pianist for the Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO.
A native of Southwest Missouri, Kelley is a graduate of Ozark High School. She attended Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo.), where she was active in both concert band and marching band, and was a student accompanist. While studying at CMU, she accompanied Lynn (Seward) Fryer at events such as the Missouri Music Teacher's Association/Music Teachers National Association competition, and the St. Louis Symphony's Young Artist Competitions. She was active in Phi Beta Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa. As a pianist Kelley received the N. Louise Wright Piano Award and the Phi Beta Prize in Piano. She has studied piano with Marilyn Droke, Marguerite Stiegemeyer, the late Janice Stice, Tom Yancey, Kris Beverly, and Gary Peterson.
Kelley holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist University and a Master of Science degree in Music Education from Missouri State University (Springfield). She also has completed post-graduate coursework in edcational administration at Missouri State. Kelley currenly serves as adjunct music faculty and staff accompanist at Central Methodist University. She is a member of the Missouri Music Educators Association, the Missouri Bandmasters Association, and is Past-President of the Missouri Women Band Directors Association.