Medina Community Band Presents a
Sunday, December 15th
Medina High School Main Stage – 2 pm
Medina Community Band, under
the baton of Marcus Neiman, will
present their annual Winter Concert on
Sunday, December 15th, at 2p,
at Medina High School Main Stage auditorium, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina. The
one-hour concert is free and open to the public.
will feature: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Polonaise from ‘Christmas Night’; Holst’s Christmas Day from ‘Winter Suite;” Reisteter’s Eighth
Candle; a seasonal sing-a-long Merry Christmas Everyone; Jessel’s Parade
of the Wooden Soldiers; O’Loughlin’s Holiday Portrait, and
Anderson’s holiday classic Sleigh Ride.
duties for the evening will be shared by Marcus
Neiman and assistant conductors Ed
Lichtenberg and Tommy Walker.
The concert is
free and open to the public with ample free parking in the performing arts
Community Band is sponsored by the Medina
Community Band Association composed of members of The Medina Kiwanis
Breakfast Club proudly supports the community band. The board of directors for the association
consists of Tom Borror, president; Jan and John Oberholtzer, treasurers;
and directors Melinda Kasten-Krause
and Roy Lehman.
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 through 9p in the band room of the Highland High School (4150 Ridge
Road, Medina) September through the end of July; providing 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 holiday season concert, annual "Sousa Style Concert,"
and the popular "Sousa Concert" at EHOVE Career Center (Milan, OH).
conductors Edward Lichtenberg and Tommy Walker will also be featured
guest conductors on the concert.
Polonaise from Christmas Night (Rimsky-Korsakov/Duthoit)
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (Jessel/Williams)
Christmas Day (Holst/Smith) – Tommy Walker, conducting
Eighth Candle (Reisteter)
Merry Christmas Everyone (arr. Reinecke) – Ed Lichtenberg, conducting
Power and Glory (Sousa/Dorff)
Holiday Portrait (O’Loughlin)
Sleigh Ride (Anderson)
Medina Community Band Conductors
conductor, 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 for the
2010-11 academic year. In addition to his duties with the division of bands, he
also teaches their “Music Teaching as a Profession” and supervises music
education student teachers. He has also
taught their “Instrumental Methods for Choral/General Music Majors,” courses,
He is also responsible for recruiting and outreach for the Hugh A. Glauser
School of Music.
Neiman has served The Ohio Music
Education Association (OMEA) in a variety of district and state appointed and
elected positions. 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
Neiman continues to conduct Medina
Community Band, having served as the conductor longer than any other of the
organization’s conductors (since the 1972-73 season), his 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.
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 (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.
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.
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
L. Walker 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
Banding together to
celebrate a new land. The Medina
Community Band traces its beginnings back to 1859, when a group of local people
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 136-years
that the band has been in existence there have been 20 directors. 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.
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 has been known 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 40
to 45 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 the Medina High School (777 East Union
Street, Medina) during the summer (June through July) and from 7p until 9p in
the band room of the Highland High School (4150 Ridge Road, Medina) September
through the end of May; providing 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 holiday
season concert, annual "Sousa Style Concert," and the popular "Sousa
Concert" at EHOVE Career Center (Milan, OH).