D. Loren Fields, French horn, is a graduate of Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, where he is presently Band Director for grades 7-12. While a student at Lawrence High School he won one of two coveted slots to the 1982-83 McDonald’s All-American High School Band where he marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Fiesta Bowl Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasedena, CA.
Loren was School Band and Orchestra Magazine’s 17th annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” award for the state of Maine in 2014, and as such was recognized by the Maine State Legislature in a Joint Sentiment for this achievement.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the University of Maine at Orono. As a founding member of The Downeast Brass, he has premiered numerous musical arrangements and original compositions designed for him. Loren is the Applied Music Associate of French horn at Colby College in Waterville, ME and holds the Principal Horn chair in the Colby Symphony Orchestra. He is active as a coach and clinician, promoting the French horn throughout Maine and beyond. Loren has performed with the Bangor and Portland Symphonies, as well as numerous ongoing local musical theater productions and symphonic bands as a freelance musician. He has played French horn in the Augusta Wind ensemble, and the Manchester Brass Quintet. He has performed on stage with Barry Manilow and Colin Raye, and most recently was the featured guest soloist onstage with Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey in October of 2015 at Merrill Auditorium.
Loren is also a studio musician, recording and premiering diverse compositions.
Loren has studied with Philip Nesbit, Louis Stout, Robert Abernathy, and Charles Kavalovski. In addition he has been coached by Jens Lindemann, Fred Mills, and David Ohanian, all former members of the Canadian Brass. Loren hosts Maine Horn Day, held twice a year and sponsored by the Maine Horn Guild. The MHG is always looking for new members of all ages and experience; contact him FMI.
Additionally, Loren is a licensed Amateur Radio operator, holding the FCC callsign N1UMF. He does professional communications consulting and works in the security industry on diverse projects. Loren also is a member of the Kennebec County Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Loren still holds the Army rank of Captain/O-3, and is involved in the Civil Air Patrol as an adult member.
Loren is active in the music ministry of his church, living in Augusta with his wife, Anjelika and their two children, two dogs and two cats.
Loren uses only Conn 8D French horns, his primary one an 8DY yellow bell and a '70s vintage 8DN back-up. Loren finds that both instruments respond well to Bob Osmun customized mouthpieces.
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