June 3, 2011

Medina Community Band Complete information on the each concert, literature performed, soloists, and guest conductors, as well as personnel for each concert . This material covers the 1st concert – Friday, June 3rd, 2011, 8:30p – 9:30p Site: Medina’s Uptown Park Square (intersections of Rts 18, 42, Broadway and Liberty Street) Cancellation of concerts due to the weather will be posted on the website!

MEDINA:  Medina Community Band will open the 2011 summer season, a celebration of 152 years of presenting community concerts in Medina, on Friday, June 3rd, 2011, at 8:30p, in Medina’s Uptown Park Square Gazebo.  

Featured soloist on this hour-long concert will be Denise Milner Howell, vocal soloist.  The Medina Community Band is under the baton of conductor Marcus Neiman and associate conductor Curtis Amrein.  The 60 minute concert will feature works by Russo, Clarke, Anderson, Alexander, King, Fillmore, Bulla, and Sousa.  Medina Community Band is sponsored by the Medina Community Band Association, a standing committee of the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club.

This concert will be dedicated to the memory of Anna G. Burdick.

Featured Soloist

Denise Milner Howell (mezzo-soprano, at right), 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.  
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.


Marcus Neiman (left) celebrates his 39th season as conductor of the Medina Community Band.  Neiman continues in the position of interim director of concert band at Kent State University where he teaches their on-campus “Music Teaching as a Profession” course and supervises music education student teachers, serving as a part-time assistant professor.
He 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; and, post-degree doctorial work at The Kent State University.
He is a member of the 1993-94 class of Leadership Medina County.  Neiman remains active with Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), having served as state president of that organization from 1998-2000, and currently serves as a woodwind adjudicator and state historian.  He is the recipient OMEAs highest honor, the “Distinguished Service Award,” presented to him on January 29th, 2010.  Neiman is the artistic director and founding conductor of the professional concert band – The Sounds of Sousa Band and appears throughout the nation as a guest clinician and conductor.
Marcus 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 their two cats Sasha and Dmitri. Marcus has two daughters (Nancy and Jennifer) from a previous marriage, three granddaughters, one grandson, and a godson.
Curtis Amrein
(associate conductor, at right) 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.  The 2011 season is Curtis’ first as associate conductor of Medina Community Band.

Program Notes

Star Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith arranged by John Philip Sousa) uses lyrics from a poem written in 1914 by Francis Scott Key, a then 35-year-old amateur poet after seeing the bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Maryland, by Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.
The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a London social club.  Set to Key’s poem and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song.  It was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889 and the President in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.
Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. Most prominent among them was “Hail, Columbia” which served as the de facto national anthem from Washington’s time and through the 18th and 19th centuries.  Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs would emerge to complete for popularity at public events, among them “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Summer Evening on the Square
was written by Tadd Russo (pictured at left) to celebrate the 150th season of Medina Community Band. 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.
The word is programmatic in nature and allows us to picture a typical Friday evening on the square from the late afternoon arrival of vendors and musicians, to car and trucks passing through the square, on to the band’s performance. Today’s performance is the world premiere performance of Russo’s Summer Evening on the Square on Medina’s Square.
Russell Alexander
(at right) spent most of his adult life as a composer-arranger and euphonium virtuoso.  At the age of 18, Alexander joined the Belford Carnival Band.  Two years later, he joined the Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth as solo euphonium, composer and arranger in time for their five-year tour of Europe.  Upon his return to the United States, he joined his brothers, Newton and Woodruff, and their partner James Brady, in a musical vaudeville act called the “Exposition Four.”   
Alexander suffered from poor health and died in Liberty, New York at the age of 38 on October 2, 1915. Over the course of his career he composed some 31 marches, six gallops, three overtures and several other works. Several of his marches are considered standard repertoire, and remain popular to this day.
Colossus of Columbia (march).  Written in 1901 and published by the C.L. Barnhouse Publishing Company (Oskaloosa, Iowa) in 1926 and respectfully inscribed to the Continental Congress in Washington.  The inspiration to write this march probably came from Alexander’s five-year world tour with the Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth and experiencing a variety of other governments and customs.  The achievements of his own country, America (Columbia), must have seemed colossal to the young composer. Born in Oakland, California, Warren Barker (at left) attended the University of California at Los Angeles and later studied composition with Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco and Henri Pensis. At the age of 24 he was appointed chief arranger for the National Broadcasting Company's prime musical program, THE RAILROAD HOUR, a position he held for six years. Barker has been associated with 20th Century Fox, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Studios as a composer arranger-conductor for motion pictures and television. Warren Barker passed away on August 3rd, 2006.
Deir’ In De is one of the few surviving lullabies from ancient Ireland.  This beautiful melody is coupled with simple, descriptive lyrics. “The mother tells her child of ordinary things familiar in the countryside … the cows will be driven to pasture and the child will mind them … the sun will set, the moon will rise, and they will return at the close of the day.”
The music of Leroy Anderson is firmly entrenched in American popular culture and is enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world. His music continues to be extensively recorded and performed by a wide range of musicians. Among them are symphony orchestras, concert and marching bands, classical and jazz ensembles, vocalists of many styles, virtuosi of almost every instrument as well as music students of all ages. Anderson's music is frequently used to entertain visiting dignitaries at the White House as well as to greet U.S. Presidents when visiting foreign countries. Its use by radio and television as background music for commercials and theme music for many programs ensures Anderson's music remains familiar with each new generation. More than 50 years after Anderson wrote many of his compositions, in the words of John Williams, composer and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops - "Anderson's music remains as young and fresh as the very day on which it was composed."
He wrote Belle of the Ball in 1951 as a brilliant waltz that would reflect the atmosphere of the Viennese grand ballroom.
In 1913, Ned Brill, noted cornetist and director of the 32 piece Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, asked Karl L. King to write a march for the band. At that time, King, 22 years old, played euphonium and was about to join Brill's band. Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March was the result, and it was to be King's most famous composition. King, in this march as in many of his others, featured his instrument, the euphonium. Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March ranks very high in international popularity polls.
Karl Lawrence King began studying cornet at age 11 and later switched to baritone. His formal education ended around the 6th or 8th grade, but that in no way hindered his accomplishments. Through 1918, he mostly was a performer and sometimes leader of circus bands. At that time, he unsuccessfully applied to be Sousa's assistant. Sousa did, however, recommend King for a bandmaster position in the army. He reported for duty on the very day World War I ended, and he did not serve any time in active duty. After the War ended, he started his own thriving publishing business and directed various bands. For the last fifty years of his life he was always involved with music.
George Gershwin
was essentially self-taught; he was first a song plugger in Tin Pan Alley and an accompanist. In his teens he began to compose popular songs and produced a succession of musicals from 1919 to 1933 (Lady, be Good!, 1924; Oh, Kay!, 1926; Strike up the Band, 1927; Funny Face, 1927; Girl Crazy, 1930); the lyrics were generally by his brother Ira (1896 1983).
The stage Rosalie, produced by Forenz Ziegfeld, ran for 335 performances beginning January 10, 1928 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Sigmund Romberg composed eight numbers for the show and George Gershwin seven. (Gershwin's best song in the score was How Long Has This Been Going on?) The original Rosalie was Marilyn Miller, the undisputed queen of the American musical in the twenties. Her Lt. Richard Fay was Oliver McLennan, and Frank Morgan was the original king.
Cy Coleman
as born Seymour Kaufman on June 14th, 1929, in New York City to Eastern European Jewish parents, and was raised in the Bronx.  His mother, Ida was an apartment landlady and his father was a brick mason.  Coleman was a child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Steinway Hall, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall between the ages of six and nine years of age.  Despite the early classical and jazz success, he decided to build a career in popular music.  Coleman’s career as a Broadway composer began when he and Carolyn Leigh collaborated on Wildcat  (1960), which marked the Broadway debut of comedienne Lucille Ball.
If My Friends Could See Me Now, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, was a number from the 1966 Broadway music Sweet Charity. In the musical, the character of Charity, played in the original New York cast by Gwen Verdon, reflects on her charmed life as she spends time with Vittorio.  The 1969 film adaption retains the song, where it was performed by Shirley MacLaine.
Henry Fillmore wrote 15 characteristics, or trombone smears, over a period of 21 years.  All were ragtime pieces reflecting the minstrel show idiom of vaudeville and all were deeply in the ragtime style. He was often called the “Father of the Trombone Smear.”

Hot Trombone was written in 1921.
Stephen Bulla
began his musical instruction at age six, growing up in a musical household where his father played tuba and his mother played piano. He eventually graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied trombone with Phil Wilson and Composition/Arranging with Herb Pomeroy.

In 1980 he won an audition for the position of Staff Arranger to "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington DC. For the next thirty years he would provide musical scores for myriad White House events, beginning with the Reagan era until 2010.

Cartoon music has always been, well, just fun music.  It’s a special brand of music that music not only draw the listener’s ear to the comic elements happening on the screen, but also help push the animated comic offering just a bit further.  Steven Bulla has created just the right touch in his Cartoon Capers to show us those fast chases, slow stalking of the villain, and the grand delight of what is simply “fun cartoon music.”
Friends and associates of John Philip Sousa were constantly telling of his subtle wit.  The object of one of his rare pranks was Captain William A. Moffett, the man responsible for his enlistment and commission in the U.S. Navy during World War I. Moffett needed a musician with considerable administrative ability to organize navy band units at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  Sousa’s brother-in-law happened to be on Moffett’s staff.  He arranged a meeting between Moffett and Sousa to discuss the possibility of obtaining Sousa’s services.
Sousa arrived at a decision quickly but decided to have fun at Moffett’s expense.  He indicated that he would like to accept the position but raised the question as to whether or not the navy could meet his salary demand.  Moffett realized that Sousa was a wealthy man but had not expected such a blunt approach.  He apologized for the navy’s relatively low pay scale and offered Sousa $2,500 per year.  Sousa replied:  “I refuse to take such a sum!  Tell Secretary Daniels that if he wishes for my help in this war, he will have to part with not less than one dollar a month for the duration of the conflict.”
Moffett and Sousa became warm friends.  Moffett had a distinguished military career, rising to the rank of rear admiral as chief of the navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics. He was later nicknamed “father of the flattop.”  In one of his last musical efforts, Sousa dedicated The Aviators to him.
Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa) The march is considered the finest march ever written, and at the same time one of the most patriotic ever conceived.  As reported in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (May 15, 1897) “ ... It is stirring enough to rouse the American eagle from his crag, and set him to shriek exultantly while he hurls his arrows at the aurora borealis.”  (referring to the concert the Sousa Band gave the previous day at the Academy of Music).
The march was not quite so well received though and actually got an over average rating for a new Sousa march.  Yet, its popularity grew as Mr. Sousa used it during the Spanish-American War as a concert closer.  Coupled with his Trooping of the Colors , the march quickly gained a vigorous response from audiences and critics alike.  In fact, audiences rose from their chairs when the march was played.  Mr. Sousa added to the entertainment value of the march by having the piccolo(s) line up in front of the band for the final trio, and then added the trumpets and trombones join them on the final repeat of the strain.
The march was performed on almost all of Mr. Sousa’s concerts and always drew tears to the eyes of the audience.  The author has noted the same emotional response of audiences to the march today.  The march has been named as the national march of The United States.
There are two commentaries of how the march was inspired.  The first came as the result of an interview on Mr. Sousa’s patriotism.  According to Mr. Sousa, the march was written with the inspiration of God.

“I was in Europe and I got a cablegram that my manager was dead.  I was in Italy and I wished to get home as soon as possible, I rushed to Genoa, then to Paris and to England and sailed for America.  On board the steamer as I walked miles up and down the deck, back and forth, a mental band was playing ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’  Day after day as I walked it persisted in crashing into my very soul. I wrote it on Christmas Day, 1896.”

The second, and more probable inspiration for the march, came from Mr. Sousa’s own homesickness.  He had been away from his homeland for some time on tour, and told an interviewer:

“In a kind of dreamy way, I used to think over old days at Washington when I was leader of the Marine Band ... when we played at all public functions, and I could see the Stars and Stripes flying from the flagstaff in the grounds of the White House just as plainly as if I were back there again.”

“Then I began to think of all the countries I had visited, of the foreign people I had met, of the vast differences between America and American people and other countries and other peoples, and that flag our ours became glorified ... and to my imagination it seemed to be the biggest, grandest, flag in the world, and I could not get back under it quick enough.”

“It was in this impatient, fretful state of mind that the inspiration to compose ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’ came to me.”

God Bless America.  In 1918, Irving Berlin (pictured at left) produced Yip, Yip Yaphank, an all-soldier show at Camp Yaphank. God Bless America was one of the songs in that show, but Berlin decided to delete it from the production. In 1938, Kate Smith asked Berlin to write a song for her to use in her Armistice Day radio show. Unable to write anything that satisfied him, he remembered the song from Yip, Yip Yaphank and gave her, free of charge, exclusive performing rights. She first performed it on her radio show on November 10, 1938, the last peacetime Armistice Day this country celebrated before World War II.
In 1939, both major political parties used God Bless America in their Presidential nominating conventions. Kate Smith recorded the song for Columbia and it became immensely popular. It was heard or sung at rallies, balls, and athletic events nationwide.

Berlin was a passionate patriot and did not want to profit from this patriotic song. In 1939 he copyrighted it in the names of Gene Tunney, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., and A. L. Berman and stipulated that all proceeds go to the Boy and Girl Scouts. 

This stately and reverent song represents the thoughts of the multitudes of immigrants such as Berlin, himself, who were grateful to this country for giving them the opportunity to transcend the limitations of their old world origins.
Israel Baline, the son of a Jewish cantor, immigrated to the United States from Russia with his family in 1893. Here, he spent his early years in great poverty. In 1904, he worked as a singing waiter in Chinatown and Bowery cabarets of New York City. After a printer erroneously printed his name "Irving Berlin" on a piece of music, he chose that name for his own. In 1911, he achieved success pioneering ragtime with Alexander's Ragtime Band (originally titled Alexander and his Clarinet) and Everybody's Doin' It.

The Medina Community Band

Marcus Neiman, conductor

Friday Evening, June 3, 2011

8:30 P.M.


National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner
(1931)...... Francis Scott Key/John Philip Sousa 

Overture, Summer Evening on the Square (2011)....................................... Tadd Russo

World Premiere Performance 

March, Colossus of Columbia (1926)................................................... Russell Alexander 

Lullaby, Deir’ In De (1990)..................................................................................... Traditional/Warren Barker 

Dance, Belle of the Ball (1951)................................................................. Leroy Anderson 

March, Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite (1913) .............................................. Karl L. King 

Vocal Solos

 Rosalie: How Long Has This Been Going On (1937)....... George Gershwin/Warren Barker 

 Sweet Charity: If My Friends Could See My Now (1966)........ Cy Coleman/Warren Barker

Denise Milner Howell, mezzo soprano soloist 

Trombone Characteristic, Hot Trombone (1921) ..................................... Henry Fillmore 

Novelty, Cartoon Capers (2000)................................................................ Stephen Bulla 

March, Aviators (1931) ........................................................................ John Philip Sousa 

National March, The Stars and Stripes Forever (.1896)............................ John Philip Sousa 

Patriotic, God Bless America (1938).......................................... Irving Berlin/Erik Leidzen


Dedicated to the memory of Anna G. Burdick

Medina Community Band Personnel for this concert

  Elizabeth Burdick, teacher (Brunswick)
  Elizabeth Jorgensen, counselor (Wads)
  Sue McLaughlin, sys analyst (Medina)
  Amy Thach-McArtor, band director (Wads) 

  Lisa Klatka, med epidemiologist (Strsvl)

  Lynne Herrle, retired music teacher (Medina)

E-flat Clarinet
  Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, prog adm (Medina)

B-flat Clarinet 
  Ben DiFranco, personnel mgr (Strgsville)
  Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, prog adm (Medina)
  Cassie Franks, deposits ops asst (Wooster)
  Ed Lichtenberg, retired – sch adm (Medina)
  Brenda Marshall, home care (Seville)
  Laura Nary, vocal music teacher (N Roy)
  Vicki Smith, band director (Wadsworth)

B-flat Bass Clarinet
  Tom Kenat, engineer/organ builder (Medina)

E-flat Alto Saxophone
  Claire Krupp, industrial engineer (Medina)
  Carly Schafer, transportation biller (Cleveland)

B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  Brie Evans, health services (Medina)

E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  David Igoe perfusionist (Akron)
  Melinda Kellerstrass, music teacher (N Roy)
  Michael Robinson, music teacher (Brunswick)
  Gail Sigmund, retired – math teacher (Medina)
  Alexis Trout, HS student (Medina)

  Glenn Baughman, retired – chemist (Wads)
  Marcia Nelson-Kline, ophthalmic tech
  Paul Rocco, retired - police officer (Medina)
  Jeremy Ulm, HS student (Medina)

  LuAnn Gresh, music teacher (Wadsworth)

  John Blasko, band director (Lakewood)
  Rod Hannah, retired – math teacher (Wads)
  Lee Harper, retired - U.S. Postal Service (Medina)
  Rob Lichtenberg, sys mgr (Copley)
Euphonium BC
  Matthew Kreglow, college student (Medina)
  Pat McDermott, band director (Medina)

  Robert Jones, retired (Berea)
  Kyle Snyder, insurance adjuster (Elyria)

  Doug Dzurilla, college student (Medina)
  Marcus Neiman, college band director (Medina)

Associate Conductor
Curtis Amrein, band director (Akron)