native of Samish Island, is thrilled to be the new director of
the North Cascades Concert Band. Growing up seeing
his folks (John Blau and Susanne Kuykendall– pictured
below) perform in the band made a lasting impression and shaped
his journey into music education.
Pianist, trombonist, composer and teacher, Peter also
directs the Edison Lutheran Church choir, plays trombone in
small ensembles and bass with his brother Eddy Blau.
Piano lessons with Marilyn Brossard, trombone in the school band
with Jerry Schrader singing in swing choir and musical
theater were some of Peter’s coming- of-age music
experiences. He received a BA in Music Ed from the
University of Puget Sound where he performed in the Wind
Ensemble under Bob Musser, the U. Jazz Band and the
Adelphian Concert Choir. There he also studied trombone
with Steve Fissel (Bass Trombone in the Seattle
Symphony). Later , Peter earned a Master of Music from
the University of Washington where he studied trombone
with Don Immel and performed under Tim Salzman in the UW
now lives in Bellingham with his wife, Gregory Anne Ormsby and their
two kids Nor and Abby.
Peter became the assistant to former director of the NCCB, Rob
Patterman, for two concert series last year and is grateful to Rob
for his leadership and guidance
The North Cascades
Concert Band is very proud
of the diversity found among our members and the extraordinary
individual talents they provide. Every member brings a rich musical
background with them from which they may share and others may learn.
Several of our members have written compositions either for solo
instruments, small ensembles, or for the band.