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President: John Ziemann

John joined the original Baltimore Colts' Band as a member of the percussion section in 1962. From that date until 1984, he performed many duties for the band including Music Librarian, Property Manager, Percussion Instructor and Public Relations Director, then in 1984 he was named Band President.

John led the band on a mission to stay together until the NFL returned to Baltimore. In that time, The Colts' Band performed at 30 NFL games, The Pro-Football Hall of Fame parade and game, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade and was known throughout the nation as "Baltimore's Pro-Football Musical Ambassadors". The band played a major part in keeping the spirit for Pro-Football alive plus restoring the NFL back to Baltimore and fighting for the new stadium complex at Camden Yards.

Ziemann was featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 series “The Band That Wouldn’t Die” directed and produced by Academy Award winning Director Barry Levinson telling the story worldwide of the Baltimore Colt’s Marching Band’s mission to return pro-football back to Baltimore and their transformation from the Colt’s Band info Baltimore’s Marching Ravens.

In 1971, John married Charlene Wills (a former Baltimore Colts Cheerleader and Ravens Flagline Director). John and Charlene are the proud parents of two sons, Christopher and Patrick who both have served as members of the band.

For 35 years, John worked as a studio technician at WMAR-TV in Baltimore and in addition to his volunteer status with the Marching Ravens; he is now the Deputy Director of Internal Affairs for the Sports Legends at Camden Yards Museum.

Ziemann was locally educated at Patterson High School and the Peabody Institute. Other musical experience was achieved through Junior and Senior Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an honorary member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity and has received such honors as the "Eddie Award" from the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation and Patterson High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
 

Vice President: Peter Zirpolo

Pete Zirpolo, originally from Port Washington, Long Island, New York, joined the band by accident after his wife, one of his sons and daughter went to the Inner Harbor and saw Tuba Christmas. Pete got on the phone and spoke with John Ziemann, the band President, and the rest is history. Pete and his three children joined the Marching Ravens at the end of the 2003 season.

Pete was asked after just one game to join the sousaphone section for the beginning of the 2004 season. In 2005, he became the Assistant Section Leader of the sousaphones.  His leadership was seen right away and the section nick-named him “Mama Pete” and the “Den Mother.” Pete was asked to be become Vice President of the Marching Ravens in 2013.

Pete has been playing drums since the fourth grade. He was in both the marching and concert bands in his junior high and high schools, and he was drum captain his senior year of high school. Pete performed at several venues with his high school marching and concert bands, including Disney World, Madison Square Garden, Sea World, and Boston Garden. More recently, Pete has been a band parent volunteer at Maryland’s Parkville High School for his children’s marching band. All at the same time being a Cub and Boy Scout Leader for the Towson area.

For almost 10 years, Pete has been the EDI and First Pass Rate Analyst for Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Before that, Pete was running data centers for companies in the New York area.  Pete has been married to his wife, Diane, for over 25 years and together they have three children, who have all been in the band. Steven is currently in the trumpet section, Marisa is in the sousaphone section, and Patrick was in the Sousaphone section before leaving to serve in the United States Army as a Specialist.
 

Music Director: Daniel Fake

Daniel Fake joined the Marching Ravens in 2004 as a saxophone player. His leadership was quickly noticed and he became the section leader by the end of the season. In 2005, Dan advanced as the Drill Instructor and worked hand in hand with Todd Clontz to help design all drills for the organization. He was recently named Music Director in 2013 where he will oversee all musical aspects of the band.

As a former high school marching band director at Spring Grove Area High School, Dan has designed numerous drills and written multiple arrangements.

Dan is currently in his ninth year of public education. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and his Master’s in Education from Towson University in 2013.
 

Drill Instructor: Todd Clontz

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Music Education, Todd relocated to the Baltimore area in 1994 and joined the band as a trombonist in 1999. During the 2000 season, Todd advanced to the position of Associate Music Director and at the beginning of the 2001 season was promoted to Music Director where he has served the last 12 seasons. This season, Todd will be serving as our Drill Instructor.

Aside from being an educator, Todd is a resident performer having appeared in almost every aspect of entertainment including radio, television, theater, New York City supper clubs, and feature films. He has performed with numerous area organizations including local jazz legends Ethel Ennis and Hank Levey and can be heard on commercially released compact discs by both the Keystone Wind Ensemble and the Blue Moon Big Band.

Todd is probably most well-known for his work in the field of musical instrument repair and design. Instruments built by Todd are played by top level musicians in colleges, jazz ensembles, and symphonies around the world. He has been a guest lecturer and clinician at institutions such as Ithaca Conservatory, Indiana University of PA, and Penn State University and continues to be an innovator in the field of brass instruments.

Todd is currently the owner of Rosso Music Center in Brooklyn Park, MD where he continues to perform, educate, and serve musicians both locally and internationally.

 

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