2014 Spring Concert

Spring Concert   

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 – 2 PM 

Medina High School Performing Arts Center 
851 Weymouth Rd, Medina 44256

Medina: The Medina Community Band, under the baton of Marcus L. Neiman will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, May 4th, at 2p, Medina High School Performing Arts Center Main Stage Auditorium, 851 Weymouth Road (Medina 44256). Enter the Medina High School Performing Arts Center at the stoplight on Weymouth Road. To reach the Main Stage, go to parking lot "J" and enter through door "J6". Admission is complimentary..

The annual concert by Medina Community Band will feature special guest conductor Dr. Jesse Leyva, director of bands at the Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. Featured soloists for the concert will be Mary Ann Grof-Neiman (clarinet) and Sue McLaughlin and Amy Muhl (flute duet).

The concert will open with the exciting Liberty Fanfare by John Williams and arranged for concert band by James Curnow. The afternoon’s overture will be Franz von Suppé’s Tantalusqualen (Tantalus' Torment) arranged by Dale Grotenhuis. Ragtime won’t be forgotten with Geo Cobb’s Russian Rag liberally taken from Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in c-sharp minor, and Knock Out Drops by Frank Henri Klickmann.

John Philip Sousa’s marches Power and Glory and The Stars and Stripes Forever will be performed as well. The band will end their first half of the hour long program with Morton Gould’s America Salute.

Leyva will conduct Percy Grainger’s folksong Shepherd’s Hey as his primary selection and Prokofiev’s Athletic Festival March, Op. 69, No. 1 as his secondary encore selection.

Mary Ann Grof-Neiman will be featured in Ernest Marie’s The Tyrolienne Air Varie for E-flat clarinet and band. Sue McLaughlin and Amy Muhl will be featured in the exciting Celtic Flutes by Kurt Gäble.

The 70-piece ensemble’s summer season will begin on Friday, June 6th, at 8:30p on the Historic Medina Public Square Gazebo.
Concerts will continue weekly through Friday, July 25th as well as the annual July 4th concert on Friday, 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.

A Spring Concert by the

Medina Community Band

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Under the baton of Marcus L. Neiman
with Dr. Jesse Leyva, guest conductor

  Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, clarinet soloist
Amy Muhl and Sue McLaughlin, flute soloists

* * * Program * * *

Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner (1889) Francis Scott Key/John Philip Sousa

Fanfare, Liberty Fanfare (1985) John Williams/James Curnow

Overture, Tantalusqualen (Tantalus' Torment) (1868) Franz von Suppé/Dale Grotenhuis

March, Power and Glory (1923) John Philip Sousa

Solo, The Tyrolienne Air varie Ernest Marie/L. Fonse

Mary Ann Grof-Neiman, E-flat clarinet soloist

Ragtime, Russian Rag (1910) Geo L. Cobb/Frank Henri Klickmann

Patriotic, American Salute (1943) Morton Gould/Philip J. Lang


Folksong, Shepherd’s Hey (1947) Percy Grainger

March, Athletic Festival March, Op 69, No 1 (1943) Sergei Prokofiev

Dr. Jesse Leyva, guest conductor

Director of Bands, Kent State University

Characteristic, Knock Out Drops (1910) Frank Henri Klickmann

Flute Duet, Celtic Flutes (2003) Kurt Gäble

Sue McLaughlin and Amy Muhl, soloists

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

Dr. Jesse Leyva
, left, is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Kent State University. Dr. Leyva comes to Ohio from the University of Illinois, where he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Director of Bands. His responsibilities at UI included conducting the Hindsley Symphonic Band, teaching conducting and music education courses, and assisting with many aspects of the historic Illinois band program. Prior to Leyva’s appointment at UI, he was Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Henderson State University in Arkansas, where ensembles under his direction were invited to perform at regional and state conferences.

As a band director in the California public and private high schools for four years, Dr. Leyva directed concert and jazz bands that consistently received superior ratings at festivals and contests. He also served as a part-time faculty member at San José State University, where he taught courses in conducting and music education, as well as Stanford University, where he was the Assistant Conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Academy of Military Science, Dr. Leyva received his commission as an officer and served in the United States Air Force Band Program as Commander/Conductor of the 561st Air Force Band.

Dr. Leyva holds degrees from California State University at Stanislaus (BA – Music Education), San José State University (MA – Instrumental Conducting), and Arizona State University (DMA – Wind Band Conducting). His mentors include Dr. Edward C. Harris, Gary W. Hill, and Eugene Migliaro Corporon.

Published in several volumes of the GIA series “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band,” Dr. Leyva is a passionate advocate of music education and the exploration of engaging communities through music. Further research interests include the wind band music of Mexican composers Carlos Chávez and Silvestre Revueltas, and the pedagogical practice of The Breathing Gym in the wind band rehearsal setting.

Dr. Leyva is a member of numerous professional organizations including the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, National Association for Music Education, and National Band Association. He is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association, where he serves on the Gender/Ethnic Issues Committee. Dr. Leyva is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Nu Zeta) and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Tsi (Beta Omicron and Theta Phi) and Tau Beta Sigma (Theta Theta).

Mary Ann Grof-Neiman
, clarinetist, pictured at right, is currently the Program Administrator of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Preparatory and Continuing Education Division. She received her bachelor of science in music education degree from the Bowling Green State University. Ms. Grof-Neiman has served as clarinetist for the Blossom Festival Band, Lakeland Civic Band, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra and currently performs with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Lakewood Home Town Band, Medina Community Band, the Cleveland Winds, and is principal clarinetist with the Sounds of Sousa Band. She maintains private studios at Baldwin Wallace College through their Conservatory Outreach Program as well as her home in Medina. She has served the Ohio Music Education Association as a Woodwind Adjudicator for the last 25 years and is a member of AFM Local 4. She resides in Medina with her husband Marcus and their cats Dmitri and Sasha.

Amy Muhl
, flute soloist, (pictured at left) originally from Lyme, Connecticut, moved to Ohio to study music education at Oberlin Conservatory in 1991. She graduated in 1995 and taught orchestra for two years at Willard City Schools. Amy received her Masters of Music Education from Kent State University on a scholarship, in 1998. She then taught instrumental music at Buckeye High School, in Medina (OH) and in the fall of 1999, became the elementary band teacher for Buckeye Local Schools. In the fall of 2001, she began teaching elementary instrumental music at Central Intermediate School in Wadsworth. Amy also plays flute/piccolo and piano and teaches private lessons, in addition to being a member of Medina Community Band and Sounds of Sousa Band. Amy resides in Wadsworth with her husband Frank, and two children Kenneth and Eva.

Sue McLaughlin
, flute soloist, pictured at right) has been a member of the Medina Community Band since 1994 and is a former student of Deidre McGuire. While in school, she was a member of the band, orchestra and jazz band, playing clarinet and saxophone. In addition to playing flute and piccolo in the Medina Community Band, Sue has also performed with Marcus Neiman & The Sounds of Sousa Band, Symphony West Orchestra, and several area churches. She is works at Southwest General Health Center Emergency Department in. Sue lives in Medina with her two cats, Truffles and Kokopelli.

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 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).

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.

He was appointed as the interim assistant director of bands and administrator for the division of bands at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University in May of 2010 and held that position through May of 2011. Currently, he teaches their “Music Teaching as a Profession” course, supervises music education student teachers, and assists with outreach and recruiting. 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 has served The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) as a member of the governmental relations and adjudicated events 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.” There are no auditions, membership dues or fees, or chair placements in the ensemble. Membership is open to adults who desire to continue their growth as instrumentalists. 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 their two cats Sasha and Dmitri.

Edward Lichtenberg
, assistant conductor, (at left), Ed retired in 1998 as assistant superintendent for Midview Schools in Lorain County after 32 years in education. Before becoming assistant superintendent, Ed was a middle school administrator and director of bands at Midview, where his concert bands consistently earned superior ratings in OMEA Class “A.” Prior to working 30 years for Midview, Ed was director of instrumental music at Linden McKinley High School in Columbus.

Ed has been a member of the Medina Community Band since 1993. He was also active as an Ohio Music Education Association and as a staff member for the Ashland University Adult Music Camp. Ed has performed on clarinet or saxophone with Sounds of Sousa Band, the Lorain Pops Orchestra, the Doc McDonald Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Band, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and many small groups. He has also conducted concert bands throughout Europe for American Music Abroad.

Ed is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Kent State University, and has done post-graduate work at Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University. He studied clarinet with Oliver Shubert, George Waln, Robert Marcellus, and Donald McGinnis.

Ed has been married to his wife, Judy, for 45 years. Judy was supervisor of gifted education for Medina City Schools and retired in 2000. Their children, Rob and Beth (Burdick), are also active in music. Rob, a systems engineer for Level-3, has performed on trombone with the Medina Community Band and the Sounds of Sousa Band. Beth, a coordinator of gifted education for the Strongsville City Schools and North Royalton City Schools, has performed on flute with the Medina Community Band. Beth’s husband, Christopher, is assistant director of bands for North Royalton schools and has performed on trumpet with the Medina Community Band, the Sounds of Sousa Band, and many small brass ensembles.

Thomas L. Walker
, assistant conductor, is currently retired from teaching instrumental music in Arkansas where he taught for 37 years. He graduated from Marked Tree High School and later attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR where he received his bachelor of music education, master of music education, and specialist in community college teaching. He is currently working on his doctorate at ASU. Thomas also was a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard for 37 years. He spent his career in the Guard as a Field Wireman, Combat Engineer, Musician, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. Thomas is now living in Akron, OH with his wife, Rhonda Gail Davis.

Medina Community Band

The Medina Community Band traces its beginnings back to 1859, when a group of local residents 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" cornets or percussion. Then, as now, the band performed on the public square. Medina's uptown park was set aside in 1817 and cleared in 1819. During the next two decades, the park was used as a parade ground for local militia and for town celebrations. In the 1840s, the square was enclosed with a white picket fence to keep cattle being driven to market off the square.

During the 155-years that the band has been in existence there have been 20 directors. Marcus Neiman serving the longest in that role. 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. Friday evenings have been the day of choice since the 1950s (or before).

It should be stated that the Medina Community Band was only one of many bands in Medina Community. Almost every town had its own band, and a just a few to mention were the Litchfield, Lodi, Seville, Spencer, and Wadsworth bands. There were also school bands (from both the city and county districts) and even a Boy Scout band (in Westfield Center). The Medina Community Band’s name evolved over the years as the Medina Silver Cornet Band, Medina Band, Grand Army of the Republic Band, Knights of Pythias Band, and now the Medina Community Band.

The size of the band varied from 15 to 20 musicians through the end of last century, into the 50 and 60s through the 1940-1960s, and now boasts almost 100 members on its personnel roster. It should be understood that the "band" did not always perform in the Gazebo. During those early years, the band played on various corners of the square. There was for a few years a band stand, which was destroyed by fire. The "bandstand" on the north side of the square was large enough to seat a 100 piece band (somewhat tightly, but would accommodate that size group), which the current Gazebo will only allow 30 to 35 players. The band itself determines "who will play" based on attendance at practice or business and vacation schedules.

It is interesting to note that members of the band travel from all parts of Northeastern Ohio to play with the group. Entire families (from grandparents to grandchildren are members of the band and it is most common to find husbands and wives, or parents and children playing in the group. The Medina Community Band's membership is open and there are no dues or auditions; however, members are expected to maintain a regular attendance. The band rehearses on Wednesday evenings September through July, providing three to four concerts during the fall, winter, and spring months both at home and on the road. The band also presents an 8 to 10 concert summer season in Medina's Uptown Park Gazebo.

Medina Community Band is sponsored by the Medina Community Band Association composed of members of The Medina Kiwanis Breakfast Club 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 on Wednesday evening from 7p until 9p in the band room of Highland High School (4150 Ridge Road, Medina) September through May; and, in the choral room of Medina High School (777 East Union Street, Medina) June through July. The band provides 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 winter concert, annual "Sousa Style Concert," and the popular "Sousa Concert" at EHOVE Career Center (Milan, OH).