Van was born in Winston-Salem, NC- February 13 1955. He began playing in the Moravian Band 57 years ago and has directed the Advent-Hopewell Moravian Band for 39 years. Van has also directed choirs for 14 years, played in numerous bands and wind ensembles, a solo trumpetist for weddings, choir anthems and cantatas and other church events, a member of two Old Salem costume bands, and worked for 43 years as an HVAC sheet metal layout man and fabricator.Van has been married to the love of his life Teresa Black Krause for almost 42 years. They have one son Kevin and a daughter Krystal and celebrate seven Grandchildren. The oldest just turned 17 in February and the youngest was one in January. The other five are-10,8,5,3 and 2. All of their names start with the letter “K”.