2011 Spring Concert

Photos from the May 4th Concert


Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 7:30 PM at Medina High School – 777 E Union St, Medina, OH 44256

Medina:  The Medina Community Band, under the baton of Marcus L. Neiman and Curtis Amrein, will present their annual spring concert on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:30 PM at Medina High School Middle Stage Auditorium, 777 East Union Street, Medina. Admission is complimentary and free parking is available on site.

Special guest soloists from Edison High School will be Edison High School Band students:  Danielle Rasey, clarinet; Patrick Kershner, tenor saxophone; Kevin Niese, trumpet; Jeremy Moss, trombone; Kyle McDonald, tuba; and Andy Cordle, drum set; who will appear in the James Lowden arrangement of Dixieland Jazz.  In addition, Edison High School Band Director Denise Reilly will appear as a featured guest conductor, conducting John Philip Sousa’s march Fairest of the Fair.

Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano, will appear as featured vocal soloist. She is equally at home on the opera, musical theatre or concert stage.  Her solo engagements include performances with Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Opera, Red {an orchestra}, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, Tanglewood Festival, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Sounds of Sousa Band, and Buffalo Philharmonic.  Additionally, Ms. Howell is a founding member of the vocal chamber music ensemble “Red Campion”, performing concerts throughout Ohio and offering outreach into area schools.  She can be heard in a CD release on the North/South recording label singing “Sappho Songs”, composed by Ira-Paul Schwarz.   She will sing How Long Has This Been Going On from “Rosalie” by George Gershwin and If My Friends Could See Me Now from “Sweet Charity” by Cy Coleman.

In addition to performing, Ms. Howell is an active voice teacher.  She currently teaches at Ashland University, and has served on the voice faculties of the University of Akron School of Music, and the State University of New York College at Fredonia.  Ms. Howell earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music education from Long Island University/CW Post College, and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music.  She lives in Sharon Township, Ohio with her husband, Gregg, and their two sons, Miles and Wesley.

A World Premiere Performance of the newly commissioned work for band Summer Evening on the Square by Tadd Russo will be given.  Russo was born and raised in Medina, Ohio, and was first exposed to “band music” on the Square in Medina, listening to the Medina Community Band with his parents. Russo is currently a member of the United States Air Force Band’s Music Production Staff.

Technical Sergeant Russo is a 1999 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Education, and was the recipient of The OSU College of the Arts Grant for work in Theater Music. He earned his Master of Music Degree in 2001, also from Ohio State. While at OSU, he was the composer-in-residence for The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, and studied with Thomas Wells, Donald Harris and Jan Radzynski. Sergeant Russo is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc. and ASCAP.  Summer Evening on the Square written by Tadd Russo was commissioned by and dedicated to The Medina Community Band, Marcus L. Neiman, conductor, in recognition of their 150th season.

Curtis Amrein 
is the Director of Bands at U.L. Light Middle School in Barberton, Ohio. His responsibilities include teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands in addition to jazz and percussion ensembles. Under his direction, students at U.L. Light have received superior ratings at Ohio Music Education Association large group and solo and ensemble adjudicated events.

Curtis received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University in 2004, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While there, Mr. Amrein performed with the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra. He is a trumpet student of Timothy Leasure and was the 2004 recipient of the Richard Burkart Trumpet Award. Curtis' conducting teachers include Dr. Richard Blatti and Marcus Neiman.

Mr. Amrein serves as both an Associate Conductor and trumpet player with the Medina Community Band. He also performs with the Sounds of Sousa Band, also under the direction of Marcus Neiman.

Curtis is an active member of the Ohio Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education (MENC), and Ohio Education Association.

Medina Community Band will feature the Rossini’s Overture to Tancredi, Piet Swerts’ suite Shirim; Shostakovich’s, Waltz No 2 and Steven Bulla’s novelty selection Cartoon Capers. Sousa’s marches Black Horse Troop, Fairest of the Fair, and, Stars and Stripes Forever; Karl L. King’s march Hosts of Freedom will also be featured. Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute and Berlin’s God Bless America will serve as the band’s salute to those serving in the armed forces.

The 70-piece ensemble’s program will be narrated by Jan Snyder. Medina Community Band’s summer season will begin on Friday, June 3rd, at 8:30p on the Historic Medina Public Square Gazebo. Concerts will continue weekly through Friday, July 29th as well as the annual July 4th concert on Monday, July 4th, at 8:30p. Medina Community Band is under the baton of Marcus Neiman, who has served as their conductor since the summer of 1973. 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/

A Salute to Sousa by the

Medina Community Band

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

7:30 PM

Marcus L. Neiman conducting as John Philip Sousa and Curtis Amrein, associate conductor

Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano soloist

Jan Snyder, narrator * Denise Reilly, guest conductor

Danielle Rasey, clarinet; Patrick Kershner, tenor saxophone; Kevin Niese, trumpet;

Jeremy Moss, trombone, Kyle McDonald, tuba; Andy Cordle, drum set

* * *   Program  * * *

1.   Overture, Tancredi Gioachino Rossini/Leonard Falcone

     ENCORE, Black Horse Troop (March) John Philip Sousa

2.   Vocal Solos

How Long Has This Been Going On

George Gershwin/Warren Barker

If My Friends Could See Me Now

Cy Coleman/Warren Barker   
Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano soloist

3.   Dance, Waltz No. 2 Dmitri Shostakovich/James Curnow

4.   Suite, Shirim Piet Swerts


5.   Overture, Summer Evening on the Square Tadd Russo

(World Premiere)

      ENCORE, Damnation of Faust: March Rakoczy Hector Berlioz/Leonard B. Smith

6.   Novelty, Cartoon Capers Steven Bulla

7.   Dixieland, Dixieland Jam arr. James Lowden

Danielle Rasey, clarinet; Patrick Kershner, tenor saxophone; Kevin Niese, trumpet;
Jeremy Moss, trombone, Kyle McDonald, tuba; Andy Cordle, drum set

         ENCORE, Fairest of the Fair March John Philip Sousa

Denise Reilly, Edison High School, guest conductor

8. Patriotic,

Armed Forces Salute arr. James Lowden

ENCORE, Stars and Stripes Forever John Philip Sousa

ENCORE, God Bless America Irving Berlin/Erik Leidzen