John Monachan began his musical career with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in the summer of 1969 when he attended his first band camp and found his love for music. In 1971 he joined the Navy Reserve band of HMCS Carleton in Ottawa, Canada and spent 6 years playing euphonium and attained the rank of Petty Officer. John transferred to the regular military in 1977 and attended the 2 year Canadian Forces School of Music course in Victoria, British Columbia. After graduating in 1979 he was posted to the National Air Force Band in Ottawa, Canada where he played euphonium and trombone. As the State band of Canada this group performed for Kings, Queens, Presidents and Heads of States from many countries as well as traveling internationally as Canada’s musical ambassadors. In 1990 John was selected to take over the very busy Canadian Forces NATO base band in Baden, Germany where he conducted and performed 120 engagements per year for both the military and the local German community. In 1992 he returned to Canada and his position at the Central Air Force Band in Ottawa, Canada where he was the principal euphonium for the band. On his retirement from the military in June of 2010, at the rank of Warrant Officer, he also held the position of public relations officer for the band. After a short time away from music John increasingly became more involved with community musical groups where he could use his talents to enhance the performance results. As well as being principal conductor and performing with the new Southwest Florida Concert Band, he performs on trombone and euphonium with several local community bands and small groups in both Florida and Canada.
Staci Hatmaker is an Instrumental Conductor and Music Educator. Staci received her Bachelor in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. She also received a Masters in Music with a focus in conducting from the University of Arkansas. During her time at the University of Arkansas, she served as a graduate assistant. Ms. Hatmaker’s position allowed her the opportunity to teach and direct the Concert ensembles, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Winds and the Razorback Marching Band. Staci Hatmaker studied Conducting with John Culvahouse, Christopher Knighten and W. Dale Warren. She also earned the principal euphonium position for the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble in 2008 that performed at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York. Staci has also guest conducted groups such as Atlanta Freedom Band and New Horizons Concert Band. In 2015 she served as the Associate Conductor for the Atlanta Wind Symphony. Presently she is the Director of Bands at South Fort Myers High School and now the Associate Conductor of Southwest Florida Concert Band.