The Directors

Julius WirthBen Denne is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied Euphonium performance with Rex Martin and conducting with Mallory Thompson.

Mr. Denne has been on the conducting staff of this orchestra since 2001. In addition to conducting with the HSGTO, he also directs the orchestra programs at Ellicott Mills Middle School and Howard High Schools. He has held conducting positions with the Peabody Preparatory Chamber Orchestra, at Patapsco Middle School, and at Dunloggin Middle School.

Mr. Denne currently performs as a bass soloist at the Zion Lutheran church, has performed with the Greenspring Valley Orchestra on trombone and string bass, performed with the Mount Vernon Brass Consort, and still finds time for freelance work on occasion. He maintains a small studio of students studying low brass instruments and his private students are consistently recognized in county and state honor groups for their ability.


Ben DenneTim Reinhardt graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has since taught orchestra in Harford and Howard Counties. Mr. Reinhardt also presently conducts the Harford String Orchestra in Bel Air, Maryland. In the past he has conducted the Cincinnati Junior Strings, the Harford Youth Orchestra, and various summer camp orchestras.

As a violinist, Mr. Reinhardt has performed with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Community Orchestra, and was a member of the Lucca Opera Theatre Orchestra in Lucca, Italy. He studied violin with Anne Lane Vosough, Zoltan Szabo, and Piotr Milewski.

Mr. Reinhardt is a frequent adjudicator for the Maryland All-State Orchestra and for various county Solo and Ensemble Festivals. He also composes music for orchestras of all ages and ablities and has composed over thirty pieces for steel drum band.


James Woomert joined the staff of HSGTO in 2017

Colin O'Bryan joined the staff of HSGTO in 2016.

David Bacon joined the staff of HSGTO in 2016.


Director of Percussion


Ben DenneThe Percussion Director Tim McKay received a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Maryland where he studied with John Tafoya, and a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Michael Rosen. Mr. McKay is an active teacher and freelance musician in the greater DC area. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Howard Community College, as the percussion caption head at George C. Marshall High School in Fall Church, VA, where he works with the marching and concert percussion sections, percussion ensemble, and methods class. Mr. McKay also works with the percussionists from River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD, the Potomac School in McLean, VA, and the DC Youth Orhestra Program in Washington, DC.

Mr. McKay maintains a strong private teaching studio, where many of his students have participated in regional and state-level bands and solo competitions. He has given masterclasses and clinics throughout the area, including the 2006 MD/DE Day of Percussion.

Mr. McKay has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Soulful Symphony in Baltimore, and multiple other local orchestral and chamber ensembles. In May of 2005, He performed Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the Kennedy Center, and has performed in various musical productions throughout the area, as well as performing under Leonard Slatkin while attending the National Orchestral Institute’s summer music festival. Mr. McKay currently resides in Burtonsville, MD with his wife, Amanda.