John Connors is a freelance musician in northeast Ohio and currently plays trombone with the 122nd Army Band in Columbus and the Brass Band of the Western Reserve in Akron in addition to having played trombone with the Medina Community Band since 2002. Largely self-taught on euphonium, he began playing that instrument in 2004 for the Medina TubaChristmas that year and has only played in that section of Medina Community Band since the beginning of 2015.
He graduated with a master's of music in trombone performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (PA) in 2014, and while there served as the principal euphonium of the Duquesne University Wind Symphony.
He is assistant conductor of Medina Community Band and is a conducting student of Marcus Neiman. The 2017 season is his first as assistant conductor of Medina Community Band. Connors also serves on the Medina Community Band Association as a member of the board of directors.
David P. Roth, assistant conductor – received a bachelor of music education from Kent State University and a master of music education from The University of Akron. He is a band director of 20 years and has taught at area Northeast Ohio schools including Col. Crawford (North Robinson), Streetsboro, St. Ignatius, Marlington, and Notre Dame College, as well as Evanston, Wyoming, and St. Petersburg, Florida.
His high school ensembles have performed at Severance Music Hall for the Northeast Ohio Wind Band Invitational, in the Citrus Bowl (Orlando) for the Mazda Tangerine Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, and Russell Athletics Bowl, at The Ohio State University Skull Session, in Disney World and Universal Studios, and in area parades including the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Kent State University Homecoming Parade, and Football Hall of Fame Parade. Concert Bands under his direction have received consistent superior ratings at OMEA Large Group Adjudicated events.
David is also a member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Technology In Music Education (TI:ME), and is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity. He has served as a clinician throughout Ohio. He is also a member of the Freedom Brass Band and Recollections Big Band (New Philadelphia), where he plays bass trombone.