Paul Franklin Stregevsky (story, book, lyrics, music) holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and completed the coursework for an M.S. in Technical Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. At Chicago, he penned and performed song parodies satirizing college life. He later focused his lyric-writing talents on Orthodox Jewish life, performing at synagogues and singles groups in Atlanta, Washington, and Baltimore. From 1987 through 1991 he wrote and performed original songs and parodies for Jewish weddings.
His 1997 book musical, Marriage At Work, explored how marriage-resistant habits of New York singles in their thirties are challenged by an unusual marriage course.
Paul is a native of Cincinnati, where his mother (Ruth Stregevsky) wrote the book and lyrics for more than ten musicals performed by the Jewish Center Seniors. He lives with his wife Elina in Poolesville, Maryland; their daughters attend college and medical school. His son, Nachum, lives in Jerusalem; his stepdaughter Chana, in Houston.
Marshall J. White (arrangements. music) is the Music Department chairman and Arts Resource teacher (department chair) at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (B-CC) High School in Bethesda, Maryland. He has been B-CC’s director of bands, orchestra, pit orchestra, and jazz ensemble since 1996. In addition, he teaches music history, theory, and composition for the school‘s International Baccalaureate program and has taught piano and guitar classes.
Marshall studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. Degree in Music Education from Towson University and a Master of Music Degree in Performance from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University of America. He has done course work toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at Catholic University. Under Marshall’s direction, B-CC’s performing groups have consistently achieved superior and excellent ratings at local, state, and national festivals. In 2004, the GRAMMY Recording Foundation named B-CC HS a GRAMMY signature school for its musical excellence, one of 41 public schools so recognized nationwide. During the spring 2004 music festival in New Orleans, the ensembles earned superior ratings; the jazz band was voted “judges’ choice,” and the orchestra was named outstanding orchestra group and asked to play the following year at an invitation-only festival in Boston.
An eclectic music listener, Marshall has commissioned works by local composers for the Symphonic Band and Orchestra. He also has commissioned special arrangements adapted for the Jazz Ensemble. Mr. White is in demand as a freelance trumpet player, private teacher, and piano player in the Baltimore/Washington area. Besides frequent appearances in various bands and orchestras, he also performs with the Potomac Brass Quintet. In addition, Mr. White has had the distinct honor of performing for Pope John Paul II in the Vatican as the Principal Trumpet and soloist in the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra. Mr. White performs with the Young Victorian Theatre Orchestra in Baltimore and, since 1993, Mr. White has been the Principal Trumpet for the Summer Opera Theatre Company in Washington.
Jared Denhard (orchestrations, dance music, incidental music) is an active composer whose works have been performed and recorded by the United States Air Force Band, The Kinetics Dance Theatre, the London Portable Harp Company and the Annapolis Brass Quintet. He is a visiting artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Arts Excel educational outreach program. A popular performer at Celtic, classical, and jazz events in the Mid-Atlantic region, Jared has performed as soloist on the highland bagpipes with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Municipal Band, and the Lexington Brass Quintet. Jared is a 1989 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. He and his wife Heather live in Columbia, Maryland, with four of their seven children. Jared’s CD’s, Cold Nights of Winter, Songs of Innocence, Canterbury Suite, Idylls of the King, Winter Spirit, Legend of the Selkie are available through his label.