The Medina Community Band, under the baton of Marcus Neiman, will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 28, at 2p, EHOVE Career Center, 316 Mason Road (Milan 44846). Admission and parking to the concert are complimentary.

The annual EHOVE Career Center concert will mark the Medina Community Band’s 27th appearance at the site. Neiman will be assisted in his conducting duties by John Connors, assistant conductor. Featured with Medina Community Band will be the Edison Seventh & Eighth Grade Band, Melissa Hartley, conductor, and the Edison High School Band, Denise Reilly, conductor.

Featured instrumental soloist with Medina Community Band will be Sadie Nayman, performing Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino, Op. 107 for flute. Featured ensemble with Medina Community Band will be a brass sextet performing Donizetti’s Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor featuring Lu Ann Gresh and Marcia Nelson-Kline (cornets); George Rosin, Mark Mitchell, and Rodney Hannah (trombone); and, Clayton Van Doren (euphonium).

The Medina Community Band has been recognized by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for its historic importance and impact on the present-day community band effort with the Sudler Silver Scroll Historic Community Band Award for 2015. The basis for the award is in the existence of a community band for more than 100 years, as well as having played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their community.

Medina Community Band selections will include Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Songs Suite; Dett’s After the Calk Walk; Berlioz’s Marche Hongroise from Damnation of Faust; and, Howard’s Fly Me to the Moon.

Marches by John Philip Sousa will be featured and include: Esprit De Corps; Washington Post; and, Stars and Stripes Forever. A special salute to the military and their families will include the Bob Lowden arrangement of Armed Forces Salute.

The Edison Seventh & Eighth Grade Band, under the baton of Melissa Hartley will perform Bagley’s National Emblem March; Brahms/Story Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80; and, Fillmore’s Lassus Trombone. The Edison High School Band, under the baton of Denise Reilly, will perform Karl King’s marches Alamo and Aces of the Air; the Michael Brown arrangement of The Beach Boys Greatest Hits; and, Sousa’s march Sound Off!

The 40-piece ensemble’s concert will be repeated with slight changes in literature in the Medina High School Middle Stage Auditorium, 777 East Union Street, Medina 44256 on Sunday, May 5th, at 2p.

Medina Community Band’s summer season will begin on Friday, June 7th, at 8:30p on the Historic Medina Public Square Gazebo. Concerts will continue weekly through Friday, July 26th as well as the annual July 4th concert at 8:30p. There will be no concert on Friday, July 5th.

For further information on the EHOVE concert, please call EHOVE Career Center at 866.499.9707. For further information on the Medina High School concert, contact Neiman at 330.725.8198 or via email at MarcusNeiman@medinacommunityband.org. Additional information on the band and its activities can be found at their website: http://www.medinacommunityband.org/.

Medina Community Band is sponsored and proudly supported by the Medina Community Band Association which is composed of members of Medina Community Band. The board of directors for the association consists of Lu Ann Gresh, president; Amy Muhl, vice-president; Karen Sater, treasurer; Gail Sigmund, financial secretary, Sue McLaughlin, secretary; and directors John Connors, Dr. Thomas Kenat, Bob Moore, and Kristin Thompson.

Membership is open and there are no dues or auditions; however, members are expected to maintain a regular attendance.  The band rehearses on Wednesday evening from 7p through 9p in the band room of the Highland Middle School (3880 Ridge Road, Medina) September through the end of July; providing three to four concerts during the fall, winter, and spring months both at home and on the road.  The band also presents their popular summer series every Friday, June through July, in Medina's Uptown Park Gazebo.  Each year the band presents at a holiday season concert, spring concert, and the popular "Sousa Concert" at EHOVE Career Center (Milan, OH).

For additional information on the 2019 concert season or Medina Community Band, contact Neiman at 330.725.8198 or MarcusNeiman@medinacommunityband.org.

Conducting Staff

Marcus L. Neiman has been conductor of Medina Community Band since the Fall of 1972 and has served as conductor of the ensemble longer than any previous conductor in the ensemble’s history. He attended the Akron Public Schools, received his bachelor of science in music education degree from The University of Akron, master of music in music education degree from The University of Michigan, postgraduate hours at The Kent State University, and The University of Akron.

Neiman retired from posts held with the Medina County Schools Educational Service Center in 2010 (1980 through 2000 as fine arts consultant and 2000 through 2010 as director of fine arts tours and festivals). He was formerly director of bands at Medina High School (1972 through 1980). Neiman retired in July of 2016 from his position as assistant professor of music education at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University where he was an interim assistant director of bands conducting the Concert Band (May of 2010 through May of 2011) and teaching their “Music Teaching as a Profession,” “Instrumental Methods for Choral and General Music Majors,” and, “Instrumental Methods II” courses, as well as supervising music education student teachers.

Prior to his arrival at Kent State University, Neiman was a part-time lecturer for the music department at Case Western Reserve University with major responsibilities of teaching their “Foundations of Music Education” course and supervising music education student teachers from April 2004 through May of 2010. He also supervised visual arts education student teachers for The University of Akron.

Neiman was a founding trustee and past president of both the Medina County Arts Council and Medina County Performing Arts Foundation and served as music director for productions by both Medina County Show Biz Company and Brunswick Entertainment Company. He served as a committee member on the City of Medina Uptown Park Committee and Arts Under the Stars committee. A past member of Medina Noon Kiwanis Club he was a member of the class of ’94 Leadership Medina County. He was awarded the Leadership Medina County “Excellence in Education Leadership” in June of 2014, the sixth recipient of the award in Leadership Medina County’s history and the only recipient not a superintendent of a school district.

Neiman has served Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) as a member of the adjudicated events flute solo and ensemble required list selection committee, communications, governmental relations, music in our schools, and public relations committees, district president, vice-president, state chair for Music In Our Schools and public relations, state editor of their professional journal TRIAD, and state chair for their council of supervisors. He was elected by OMEAs membership to serve as state president from July 1, 1998 through July 1, 2000, and is currently OMEAs state historian. He was awarded OMEAs highest honor, the “Distinguished Service Award” on January 29th, 2010 at the Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neiman has been published in Music Educators National Conference journal MEJ, The Instrumentalist, The School Musician, The Music Educator, OMEAs TRIAD, FANFARE magazine, and Bands of America Newsletter. His first book, edited for MENC, entitled Life in the Music Classroom, was published by MENC in April 1992. He is listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in America” (58th Edition).

Neiman has appeared with junior high/middle and high school, college and university, community bands, and American Federation of Musicians union professional bands as a guest conductor and in his characterization of famed bandmaster John Philip Sousa in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, (state of) Washington, and Wisconsin. On October 15, 2004, Neiman conducted the Volga Concert Band in Saratov, Russia in a Sousa-style concert following a week’s residence in Moscow and Saratov. In addition to conducting the Medina Community Band (since 1972), he formed his own professional touring band -- The Sounds of Sousa Band -- (in 1992) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of Sousa's first non-military band. To this date, he has performed for over 200,000 people in the role of Sousa.

Neiman’s goal has always been to preserve the presence and character of the traditional “town-band.” In addition, Neiman has encouraged composers to write for the band. Over the years, the band has commissioned works by Douglas Court, Robert Feldbush, Stuart Ling, Edmund J. Siennicki, Tadd Russo, and David Shaffer. Neiman is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Association for Music Education and Ohio Music Education Association, National Band Association, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and Ohio Citizens for the Arts. Neiman is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi (University of Michigan Nu chapter, and honorary Beta Pi at Kent State University). He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership society – The University of Akron - Theta Circle). He and his wife Mary Ann, who is a professional clarinetist and program administrator - preparatory and continuing education department for the Cleveland Institute of Music, reside in Medina with Dmitri – the cat. 

John Connors, assistant conductor is in his third season as assistant conductor of the Medina Community Band. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree with Licensure in Music Education at the University of Akron, where he is due to graduate in May (2019). Additionally, he is a freelance musician in Northeast Ohio and Pittsburgh, plays trombone with the 122nd Army Band (Ohio Army National Guard) in Columbus, and performs throughout the country as a historical military musician of the Civil War period at a variety of events. Connors first joined the Medina Community Band as a trombone player in 2002, and since then, he has also played in the euphonium and percussion sections. He holds degrees in trombone performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA (MM ‘14), Ohio University in Athens (BM ‘12), and graduated from Highland High School in 2007.   In addition to his role as Assistant Conductor with MCB, John also serves as a member of the Medina Community Band Association board of directors.

Featured soloists

Sadie Claire Nayman, flute, will complete her senior year at Highland High School this spring (2019), where she is a member of the school’s marching band and wind ensemble. She was a member of the pit orchestra (Fall 2016, 2017 and 2018 musicals; appeared as a guest flute soloist with the Highland High School Orchestra and Choir (Fall 2016) in Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. Sadie was the recipient of the Highland Middle School Director’s Award (Spring 2015), High School Freshman Pride Award in Music (Spring 2016), and Band Trophy (Spring 2018).

Sadie is an honoree of the 61st Annual Medina Spring Leadership Ball and a 2018 graduate of Junior Leadership Medina County. She was inducted in the National Honor Society in 2016 and National Art Honor Society in 2017. Sadie is the founding member and co-president of Highland High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter. She was selected to perform in the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory Youth Band Camp (Summer 2015) and Honors Wind Ensemble (Spring 2016); Ohio State University Flute Workshop (Summer 2016); Oberlin Flute Academy (Summer 2017); and, was invited to participate in the Greater Cleveland Flute Society-Flute Festival Senior Flute Choir (February 2017).  In addition, she was selected to perform in the Northeast Ohio Regional Orchestra (NERO) in October 2017 and 2018 and the Ohio Music Education Association 2018 and 2019 Professional Conference “All-State Bands.”

Sadie has participated in the Medina County Schools’ Solo and Ensemble Festival (2014 and 2015) as well as the Ohio Music Education Association District Six Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event (2016 through 2019) and received consistent superior ratings in class “B” (2016) and class “A” (2017 through 2019) on both flute and piccolo performances.  Sadie is a member of Marcus Neiman’s flute studio and a member of Medina Community Band. She was a featured piccolo and flute soloist with Medina Community Band during the 2017 and 2018 summer season concert series respectively.

Medina Community Band members performing in the Leonard Smith arrangement of Gaetano Donizetti’s Sextet (from Lucia di Lammermoor) at the EHOVE concert are (from left to right): Lu Ann Gresh and Marcia Kline (cornet); George Rosin, Mark Mitchell, and Rodney Hannah (trombone); and Clayton Van Doren (euphonium).

Guest conductors

Denise Reilly, director of bands at Edison High School, received her bachelor of music education degree from Heidelberg College (Tiffin, OH), with an emphasis in instrumental music.  She later earned her Master’s degree in Administration from Ashland University acquiring a principal license for grades Preschool-12.  She was assistant band director at Edison High School since 1998 and has been head director of bands since 2008. Prior to teaching at Edison, she taught junior high and high school concert and jazz band grades 5-12 at Huron City Schools for four years.

Additional duties include responsibilities for high school stage band, pep band, concert, and marching bands.  In addition, she also teaches elementary music (Preschool three and four year olds, and Kindergarten through third grade general music.)  She also has directed her church choir for over 30 years.

Melissa Hartley, director of bands at Edison Middle School, received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio). Melissa currently teaches 4-5 general music, 6-8 band and 4-8 choir. She also assists Denise Reilly and Pam Notley at the high school. Prior to teaching at Edison, she taught preschool through fifth grade general music at Lorain City Schools for two years. In her free time, Melissa performs in the North Coast Concert Band out of Bellevue, Ohio.

• Medina Community Band

Banding together to celebrate a new land. The Medina Community Band traces its beginnings back to 1859, when a group of local wind and percussion players got together (some with formal training - others without) to perform music for the community. That first "community band" was called The Medina Silver Cornet Band, probably since the instruments the musicians used were primarily "silver lacquer coated" cornets or percussion. Since it’s beginning in 1859, that the band has been in existence, there have been 20 directors. Marcus Neiman has served as conductor since 1972 with David Roth serving as associate conductor (since 2016), and John Connors serving as assistant conductor (since 2015).

Early versions of the band probably existed at the pleasure of the square's business community, who often funded the season and encouraged patrons to attend the concerts. The performance night has changed over the years, in most cases at the urging of the business community, and season concerts have been given on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Since the 1970s, the band has been supported by donations from the general public and, to this day, is supported through these donations. Band members donate their time and talent to rehearsing and performing for the community as members of the ensemble.

Since the 1970s, Medina Community Band has traveled outside Medina to perform: Ashland Brookside Bandstand (1980, 81, 93); Bay Village (Connections Series 1990, 91, 92); Canton (Kent State Stark Community Band Exchange Concerts 1995, 96, 98, 99); Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Youth Winds Exchange concerts – Severance Hall – 2002 and 07, Medina, 2005); Cleveland State University (2010, 13); Dalton (Wayne County Schools Honors Bands 1983); Mentor (Lakeland Civic Band Festival 1985 and 1990); Mercer (PA) (with Mercer Community Band, 2009); Milan (EHOVE Career Center, yearly since 1993); and, Wadsworth (Wadsworth Community Band Festival 2007). In February of 2015, Medina Community Band was selected by blind audition to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Cleveland.

Regional and nationally known conductors have appeared with Medina Community Band. Since the 1970, the following individuals have appeared as guest conductors: David Adamson; William Bauer (Florida State University); Frank Cosenza (Mentor, OH); Albert Oliver Davis*; Paul Droste (Ohio State University), John Boyd (Indiana State University); Wayne Gorder (Kent State University); John Franklin (Kent State University); Patricia Ann Grutzmacher (Kent State University); Richard Jackoboice* (University of Akron); Robert Jorgensen* (University of Akron); Galen Karriker (University of Akron); Jesse Leyva (Kent State University); Gene Milford (University of Akron); Nathan Muehl (St. Petersburg College, Florida); Bill Park* (North Royalton Community Band); David Seiberling (Moore Community Band – Pinehurst, NC); Edmund J. Siennicki*; and, Nathan Stark (Montana State University).

The following individuals have been commissioned, or have written, or arranged, works for Medina Community Band: Douglas Court; Albert Oliver Davis; Robert Feldbush; Percy Hall; Floyd O. Harris; Stuart Ling; Gene Milford; Bill Park; Tadd Russo; David Schaffer; David Seiberling; Edmund J. Siennicki; Gail Sigmund; and, Jonathan Tietz.

Medina Community Band is sponsored by the Medina Community Band Association composed of members of The Medina Community Band proudly supports the community band. Membership in Medina Community Band is open and there are no dues or auditions; however, members are expected to maintain a regular attendance.  The band rehearses at Highland Middle School (3880 Ridge Road, Medina) on Wednesday evening from 7p until 9p in the band room from September through July; providing three to four concerts during the fall, winter, and spring months both at home and on the road, as well as every Friday evening June through July in the Gazebo in Medina’s Uptown Park Square and a special concert on July 4th.

* deceased