Marcus Neiman, artistic director-conductor

Marcus L. Neiman,
artistic director and conductor, (right) 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 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 2010-2011 academic year. In addition to his duties with the division of bands, he also teaches their “Music Teaching as a Profession” and “Instrumental Methods for Choral-General Music Majors” course, supervises music education student teachers, and is responsible for recruiting and outreach. Neiman has served The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) as state president from July 1, 1998 through July 1, 2000. He was presented with OMEAs highest award “The Distinguished Service Award” at the 2010 Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati, on Friday, January 29th, 2010, becoming only the 57 recipient in the association’s history to receive the honor. 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. Neiman made his first international appearance as John Philip Sousa in October of 2004 when he appeared as special guest conductor of the Volga Concert Band in Saratov, Russia (October 15th). During Neiman's visit to Russia, he also presented lectures at the Moscow Conservatory of Music and Saratov Conservatory of Music.

Leadership Medina County
2014 Excellence in Education Leadership Award - Marcus L. Neiman

Frank T. Cosenza, associate conductor

Frank T. Cosenza, associate conductor, (right) received a BM from Bowling Green State University and a MM from the University of Akron. He is a veteran band director of 32 years and retired from the West Geauga Local Schools where he was a 4-time recipient of the Excellence in Education Award. He was called from retirement to serve as Interim Director of Athletic Bands/Concert Band at Kent State University for the 2012-2013 academic year where the Marching Golden Flashes performed in the MAC Conference Championship and the Go Bowl. His groups have performed at Severance Hall for the Northeast Ohio Wind Band Invitational, the Ohio Music Education Association State Conference, the American School Band Directors Association State Conference, Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Ohio School Boards Association Conference. Additionally, his groups have performed at the University of Akron Band Clinic, Hiram College, Cleveland Browns halftime, the Cleveland Indians and performances in Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Canada. Concert bands under his direction have received consistent superior ratings at large group contests. He has served on the Content Validation Panel for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and has been on the staff of American Music Abroad taking student musicians to Europe and performing in numerous countries. Mr. Cosenza is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu- International Bandmasters Fraternity and the American School Band Director’s Association. As a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, he has served as State Treasurer/Trustee, District President, member of music selection committees, contest chairman and current adjudicator for large group and solo & ensemble events. Additionally, he is an adjudicator for Music In The Parks.  He has served as a clinician in Nevada and throughout Ohio and is currently an Assistant Director of the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Medina Community Band.  Mr. Cosenza is Co-Principal Trumpet with the W.D. Packard Concert Band and Big Band Sound of Warren, and has played with many artists including Frankie Avalon, The Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Holiday On Ice, and the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. He is a Conn-Selmer artist and maintains a private brass studio.