Meet the Musicians

CVBQ's musicians have extensive backgrounds as performers in musical shows, concert bands, jazz ensembles, brass bands, symphony orchestras, in small chamber groups, and as soloists.

Comprised of two trumpets, (French) horn, trombone, and tuba, the brass quintet is a flexible chamber ensemble with a wide repertoire in virtually all musical styles from Renaissance to Rock & Roll.

Mike Fuller

Mike Fuller - Trumpet

Mike Fuller has been teaching 6th grade band in River Falls, Wisconsin since 1996. Prior to that he taught high school band in Fairmont, Minnesota and middle school band in Prescott, Wisconsin. Over the past 20 years, Mike has performed as a member of community bands, brass ensembles, and dance bands in central and western Wisconsin, southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, eastern South Dakota, and the Twin Cities area.

Laurel Bergland

Laurel Volz - Horn

Laurel Volz graduated with a Music Performance degree in 2013 from the University of Minnesota. She has played in many university and community ensembles from the Twin Cities area, including the St. Croix Valley Community Band and Orchestra, Minnesota Youth Symphony, and various chamber groups. With four other alumni, Laurel founded the Powderhorn Brass, a UMN-based brass quintet. As a native of River Falls, WI, she received her first introduction to the horn from fellow Cedar Valley Brass Quintet members Marsha Pearson and Mike Fuller as a 6th grader at Meyer Middle School. Laurel says that playing with her former teachers has only increased her desire to improve her musicianship with this ensemble. Laurel studied with Andrew Parks, Caroline Lemen, and Michael Gast.

Marsha Pearson

Marsha Pearson - Trombone

Marsha Pearson recently retired from teaching 7th and 8th grade band at Meyer Middle School in River Falls, Wisconsin where she taught for many years. She has performed with the UW-RF Trombone Choir, After Hours Big Band, St. Croix Valley Community Band and St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra. Marsha is also organist and accompanist at First Congregational UCC in River Falls. She has earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of Minnesota.

Jim Perkins

Jim Perkins - Trumpet

With nearly 700 performances in community bands, symphony orchestras, and small ensembles in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, Jim Perkins has also performed as a freelance solo trumpeter throughout the region. Currently Jim plays with the Chippewa Valley Symphony (Eau Claire, WI) and with Wisconsin's oldest community band, the Ludington Guard Band of Menomonie. With the Mississippi River Brass Band he completed a well-received 2013 concert tour in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. He has performed with the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band (Red Wing, Minnesota), the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the South Dakota Symphony. Jim also served as Principal Trumpet with the Central Iowa Symphony Orchestra (Ames, IA) and played Solo First Cornet with the renowned Karl L. King Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Jim studied with Albert Moore, Dale White, Mark Camphouse, and Wayne Harvey.

Mark Perry

Mark Perry - Tuba

Mark Perry is a retired music educator and taught students from elementary through university level. Many of his students have gone on to careers in music. Mark has played with numerous university and community bands and orchestras in Wisconsin and Minnesota including the Wisconsin Brass Society quintet. Mark also played tuba with the Faculty Brass Quintet at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a group that performed extensively in western Wisconsin schools. Mark has also served as Assistant Conductor and featured soloist with the UW-EC Symphony Band under the direction of Donald George. He was a student of David Kuehn, and his playing is influenced by Roger Bobo, Abe Torchinsky, Dominic Spera, and William Bell. The instrument he plays was designed by William Bell.