D. Loren Fields, french horn, is a graduate of Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine, where he is presently Director of Bands for grades 7-12. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the University of Maine at Orono. Loren has performed with the Bangor and Portland Symphonies, as well as numerous local musical theater productions. 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. 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.
He is active in the D.A.R.E. program as an educational consultant with the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department, performing in the "D.A.R.E. x 2" Band. Loren is the recipient of the Maine D.A.R.E. Teacher of the Year Award 2005. He also held the rank of captain in the Maine Army National Guard, and is an active scanner enthusiast and amateur radio operator, holding the call-sign of N1UMF. Loren currently holds the rank of Captain in the Civil Air Patrol. He is also involved with the Kennebec County EMA as a Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) member. (C.A.P.) and is involved in Homeland Security issues.
Loren uses two different Conn 8D French horns, one an 8DY yellow bell and a '70s vintage 8D. Loren finds that both instruments respond well to Paxman 4B-4C cup mouthpieces with an Halstead-Chidell narrow rim.