Community Band Association
The Medina Community Band Association (MCBA) exists to sponsor and support the Medina Community Band (MCB). It exists to preserve the tradition of having band concerts in the Medina community, which includes both indoor and the outdoor summer concerts in the Uptown Park on Medina’s historic public square.
In addition, MCBA will promote the performance of traditional wind band literature, primarily, but not limited to, compositions for wind band, overtures, and other orchestral transcriptions, marches, patriotic music, music from films and musical theater, vocal and instrumental solos, and other traditional American music.
MCBA supports MCBs efforts to provide educational opportunities for musical growth and development along with quality performance opportunities for amateur wind and percussion players from Medina County (OH) and the surrounding communities. (Taken from Code of Regulations – September 2014).
As of September 15th, 2014, members of MCB assumed control of MCBA following the departure of Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Medina. The board was appointed for an initial term by the conductor to help make the transition from a Kiwanis sponsored association to one sponsored by the band itself. This transition marks the first time in the history of MCB that it would be sponsored by members of the band and not an outside sponsoring organization. Marcus Neiman will serve the board as executive director, offering his years of experience not only as conductor of MCB, but as an officer and trustee of numerous not-for and non-profit arts boards. As a staff member, Neiman is a non-voting member of the board.
President – Dr. Thomas Kenat (bass clarinet) has been a member of MCB since 1983. He began playing clarinet in junior high and was in the Lakewood High School band. At Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) he played bass and contrabass clarinet in the Kiltie Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for seven years, while earning his engineering degrees. A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, he consults for KenaTech Process Engineering, and rebuilds and repairs pipe organs. An avid sailor, he also does custom marine and specialty woodworking. Tom has two children and three grandchildren. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2017).
Vice-President – Gail Sigmund (horn) grew up in the Greater Cleveland area. She has been a Medina resident since 1991 and member of MCB since 1992. Gail earned her bachelor of music education from Baldwin-Wallace College and master of education from Cleveland State University. She taught instrumental music for 10 years and mathematics for 25 years before retiring in June 2004. Gail performs with Medina Community Band, Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio, Sounds of Sousa and Falls River Brass Quintet and has performed with Cleveland Women's Orchestra, Parma Civic Orchestra, Symphony West, Northern Ohio Christmas Brass Quintet and Cuyahoga Valley Brass Band. She also does some arranging for Freedom Brass Band and Medina Community Band. She is section leader for the MCB horn section. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2016).
Secretary – Sue
McLaughlin 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 works at Southwest
General Health Center Emergency Department in Brunswick. Sue
lives in Medina with her two cats, Truffles and Kokopelli. She is
section leader for the flute section and media/public relations
contact for the band. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2017).
Treasurer – Amy Muhl, has been a member of MCB since 1998. 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. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2016).
Corresponding Secretary – Lee Harper has been a trombone player in the Medina Community Band since 1986. She began playing trombone at age 13, when her band director in North Olmsted, Casey Kreichbaum, suggested that trombone was the instrument for her. Lee served in the United States Air Force as a member of the Women’s Air Force (WAF) Band from 1957-1960. She is a former member of the “Let’s Dance” Orchestra. Today, she plays in a number of musical groups, including the Sounds of Sousa Band, Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, St. Paul’s Brass, and in pit orchestras for school and community theater groups. Lee has two grown children and three grandchildren. Lee is retired from The US Postal Service and resides in Medina. She is a past section leader for the trombone section. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2015).
In addition to the six member executive board, the following individuals are serving the association as members of the Medina Community Band Association board of directors. These individuals bring a wealth of experience with the ensemble to their positions as board of directors.
LuAnn Gresh has been a member of MCB since 1997. She graduated from Rittman High School. She has a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in music education from The University of Akron. She has been employed by Revere School District, Highland Local School District and Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is retired from teaching elementary music in the Wadsworth City School District. Lu Ann is a member of the Sounds of Sousa Band and a past member of the Brass Band of the Western Reserve. Lu Ann resides in Wadsworth with her husband, Paul, and her two children, Kelsey and Jonathan. She is serving as section leader for the cornet-trumpet section with Paul Rocco. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2016).
Alan Parkhurst has over 20 years of retail experience coupled with ten years concurrent experience as a designer with AFS publication Professional Floral Designer Magazine. He is an experienced commercial designer creating lines for most of the major mass marketers/catalog companies in the United States. Alan’s education includes Dutch and Austrian as well as two of the major U.S. design schools. He is an experienced presenter, with specialties in pricing programs and marketing, and has seven years’ experience with growers as commercial designer. Alan is a member of the MCB percussion section. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2015).
Paul Rocco has been a member of MCB since 1989. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, studied with Blair Moger and Joseph Andrucci in high school and the late Herbert W. Harp at SUNY at Fredonia. Rocco moved to Ohio to take the job of police officer with the City of Medina, where he was also the Police department’s Forensic Artist. He became a member of the Medina Community Band in 1989. Since then he has completed his bachelor’s degree in fine arts, music at The University of Akron, studying trumpet with Scott Johnston and Tucker Jolly. He has studied trumpet privately with Geoff Hardcastle. Besides playing with the MCB, he also performs with the Sounds of Sousa Band and the Brass Band of the Western Reserve. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (local 24-Akron, Ohio). He teaches studio trumpet for the Barberton City Schools instrumental music department. Paul is serving as section leader for the cornet-trumpet section with LuAnn Gresh. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2017).
Kyle Snyder is a retired claims adjuster with Liberty Mutual Insurance. He enjoys playing in the Medina Community Band and the Sounds of Sousa Band but His favorite genre is “Dixieland” music. He has been a member of the MCB since 1986. He currently performs with the Earlville Jazz Band, River City Jazz Band, and the Minstrels of Earlville. He also plays big band music with the Patriots Dance Band and played as a member of the entertainment staff of SeaWorld. When not playing his tuba, Kyle enjoys riding his Harley Ultra and working on his American Flyer model train layout. With his down time he enjoys sharing the couch with his wife Jan while watching television or listening to music. (Term runs October 2014 through December 2015).