Madison Summer Concert - August 7, 2014

Madison:  Marcus Neiman & The Sounds of Sousa Band will appear in concert on the public square Gazebo in Madison Ohio (49 Park Street, Madison 44057), on Thursday, August 7th, 7p.  Parking is available throughout the area at no charge. There is no admission charge for this concert.

The concert is sponsored by the Madison Summer Concert Series and is dedicated to the memory of Sounds of Sousa cornetist Raymond Rinaldi.

The ensemble was created by Neiman in 1994 in an attempt to recreate concerts in the style of the great band director John Philip Sousa, who started his first professional concert band in 1894.  Neiman’s current edition of The Sounds of Sousa Band is composed of 60 of the finest professional wind and percussion players in Northeastern Ohio.  The ensemble has performed for over 500,000 since it’s first concert and has been featured throughout Ohio in halls large and small.  Neiman has performed throughout the United States and traveled to Russian in 2004 to lecture on American bands and John Philip Sousa at the University of Moscow and conduct the Volga Concert Band in Saratov, Russia in October of 2004.

Sharing the conductorial duties for the band will be retired West Geauga High School band director Frank Cosenza and Lake Local high school band director Mark Tryon who serve Sounds of Sousa Band as associate conductors. Featured soloists for the event are Frank Cosenza (cornet) and Craig Carnes (alto saxophone), both members of Sounds of Sousa Band.  Featured guest conductor will be Madison resident and retired high school band director Joe Accera.

The concert will feature works by Rossini, Wiedoft, Di Capua, Galante, Klickmann, (Benny) Goodman, Fillmore, (Richard) Rodgers, Mancini, Goldman, Cobb, Silvestri, Giacchino, Berlin, and Sousa.  There will be a patriotic salute to our armed forces as well.   

Guest Soloists and Conductors

Frank T. Cosenza (pictured at right), associate conductor and trumpet player. Frank has been heavily involved in music since the age of eight when he began studying the trumpet. A native of South Euclid (OH), he has performed in many, many varied venues, including Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center (home of the Cleveland Orchestra) to The Cleveland Palace and State Theaters, Nautica Stage and a host of churches. He has taken his talents to Europe performing concerts in many different countries as well as numerous big bands, pit bands, orchestras and concert bands in Northeast Ohio. He has had the opportunity to play under several noted conductors including Leonard B. Smith, Frederick Fennell, and Loras Schissel.

He received a talent scholarship and went on to earn his bachelor of music degree from Bowling Green State University and a master of music degree 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 four time recipient of the school districts’ prestigious Excellence in Education Award.   

He was called from retirement to serve as interim director of the Kent State University Athletic Bands/Concert Band for the 2012-2013 academic year.  His high school bands have performed at Severance Hall for the Northeast Ohio Wind Band Invitational, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) 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 bands 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 OMEA large group adjudicated events.  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.  

Frank is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu- International Bandmasters Fraternity and the American School Band Director’s Association. As a member of OMEA, he has served as state treasurer/trustee, district president, member of music selection committees, contest chair, and current adjudicator for large group and solo & ensemble adjudicated events.  He has served as a clinician in Nevada and throughout Ohio and is currently an assistant director of the All-Ohio State Fair Band.  

From recitals, top 40s bands, orchestras, shows and backing up entertainers, he is at home to any style of music. His teachers included: Joe Hruby, Bernard Adelstein, Edwin Betts, James Stamp and Scott Johnston. Frank has an active trumpet studio and has prepared students for competitions and college auditions. He has performed as soloist with many bands and at churches. Frank also is an active brass adjudicator and has helped thousands of trumpet players with their performances.

Frank 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.

He is a founding member and featured trumpet soloist with Sounds of Sousa Band and his return to the group, with new duties to include associate conductor, are welcome by all! Tryon, associate conductor, (left) is also a band director in the Lake Local Schools.  He directs the Lake High School Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and teaches small group lessons in grades five through eight.  He is a graduate of the University of Akron, where he earned degrees in music education and clarinet performance.  He also served as a graduate assistant in bands at The Ohio State University where he earned a master’s degree in instrumental conducting.  In addition to his conducting and teaching responsibilities, he is active as a freelance clarinetist, pianist, and organist, having performed with the Sounds of Sousa Band, Blossom Festival Band, Lakewood Hometown Band, Canton Concert Band, and Silver and Strings Trio.  He is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association.  He resides in North Canton with his wife, Colleen, a clarinetist, and their sons, Calvin and Daniel.

Craig Carnes (pictured at right) is currently the director of bands at Sandy Valley High School.  He received his bachelor of science in music education from Malone University in 2010 and his master of music in saxophone performance in the spring of 2013 from Kent State University.  His teachers include Joseph Minocchi, Dave Kana, and Jeff Heisler.  He has received several awards for his playing including: finalist in the Kent State University Graduate Division Concerto Competition (2010), and the Wayne D. Gorder Award given to an outstanding musician and leader in the graduate program at Kent State University.  Craig is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Ohio Music Educators Association and the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Joe Acerra, pictured at left, has been in a band family since the late 1800s.  Both his grandfather and father were involved in music all their lives.  Joe and his wife Linda both graduated from the Ohio State University School of Music, Joe graduating with a bachelor of science in 1959, and have lived in Madison (Ohio) for 54 years.  

Joe and Linda have two children: daughter Kathryn, who has a degree in music education, and Joey who has a degree in technical writing.  Both graduated from Bowling Green State University and both are active in music.  

Joe started his teaching career as a band director in the Mt. Gilead Schools (1959-60); then the Madison Schools (1960-1990); and at NDCL (Chardon) (1993-95). In addition, he is currently teaching privately at the Rabbit Run Community Arts.

Marcus L. Neiman, (pictured at left) artistic director and 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 academic year 2010-11. In addition to his duties with the division of bands, he also teaches their “Music Teaching as a Profession,” “Instrumental Methods for Choral-General Music Majors,” courses and supervises music education student teachers. His duties as include program development and outreach. Prior to that, Neiman was appointed to the position of part-time lecturer in January of 2004 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 and reserved in that post until the Spring of 2010.

Neiman is a founding trustee and past president of both the Medina County Arts Council and Medina County Performing Arts Foundaton and has served as music director for productions by both Medina County Show Biz Company and Brusnwick  Enteratinment Company.  He has served as a committee member on the City of Medina Uptown Park Committee and Arts Under the Stars committee.  A past member of Medina Noon Kiwanis Club he was a member of the class of ’94 Leadership Medina County.  He was awarded the Leadership Medina County “Excellence in Education Leadership” in June of 2014, the sixth recipient of the award in Leadeship Medina County’s history.

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 1973), 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 is a member Local 24 (Akron), American Federation of Musicians.

Neiman continues to conduct Medina Community Band, having served as the conductor longer than any other of the organization’s conductors (since the 1973 season), his goal has always been to preserve the presence and character of the traditional “town-band.”  Over the years the band has commissioned works by Douglas Court, Robert Feldbush, Stuart Ling, Edmund J. Siennicki, Tadd Russo, and David Shaffer.

When John Philip Sousa played his final concert with The United States Marine Band in the late 1890s, one newspaper reporter commented that “the skies opened up and cried as our little band director played his final concert on the White House lawn for a huge crowd of well-wishers.  Their umbrellas sprung up like black mushrooms as the rain continued and the band played.”   They certainly don't write like that anymore, do they?

Sousa took a huge chance leaving the security of his military commission and directorship of the United States Marine Band.  Yet, David Blakely, manager for such great ensembles as the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, (Patrick) Gilmore Band, and others, encouraged Sousa that he would become a wealthy man.  Blakely was right, but it took at least one name change (from The New Marine Band, which the U.S. Congress didn't appreciate), to the final and more lasting name of simply, The Sousa Band, to get the entire process in motion. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mr. Sousa's starting his first professional band in 1892, Marcus L. Neiman decided to organize a professional level concert band in Northeastern Ohio capable of performing throughout the state and nation.  His goal, simply stated, was to produce a band capable of bringing the sights and sounds of John Philip Sousa to a new generation of listeners.

Thus was born Marcus Neiman & The Sounds of Sousa Band.  The ensemble, called the great band from Ohio's Western Reserve, is the only professional touring concert band in Northeastern Ohio.  Encouraged by life-long friends Mike Hadgis and Richard Keel, then both officers of the Akron (Ohio) American Federation of Musicians Local 24.  With the help of his wife, Mary Ann, the two began recruiting members for the ensemble.  The criteria was simplistic:  (1) the finest wind and percussion players in the area; (2) a dedication to reproducing the music of the Sousa era; and, (3) the ability to be a team player and work for the general good of the band.  In 2009, due in part to the changing economic times, the ensemble moved from an all-union ensemble to a non-union ensemble.  The ensemble is currently in a reorganization process and rehearsing monthly.

Concertizing in the Cincinnati area encouraged the Neiman's to use the same formula “down south” to recruit another roster of superior players.  To date, the entire Sousa Band roster boasts a membership of well over 125 musicians from across the state of Ohio.  The majority of the members of the ensemble are professional musicians, orchestra players, school instrumental music directors, or studio musicians.  Almost all are capable of, or have performed as a soloist with Sounds of Sousa.

“Our goal has been, and will continue to be to entertain our audience,” Neiman commented.  We have expanded our operation from simply playing summer venue concerts to a full year season of engagements, educational concerts, as well as guest appearances.  The band has performed in 35 of the 88 counties in Ohio, and in Indiana, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, (state of) Washington, and Wisconsin.  The ensemble has performed engagements for an estimated 500,000 people.

The Sounds of Sousa Band

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 – 7p

Madison Ohio Public Square Gazebo - 49 Park Street, Madison 44057

Marcus L. Neiman, artistic director and conductor

Frank Cosenza and Mark Tryon, associate conductors


Craig Carnes, alto saxophone soloist & Frank Cosenza, cornet soloist

Joseph Acerra, special guest conductor

Overture, William Tell (Finale) (1829) Gioachino Antonio Rossini/Erik W.G. Leidzén

ENCORE, El Capitan (1895) John Philip Sousa

Alto Saxophone Solo, Saxophobia (1920) Rudy Wiedoft/Gunther Schuller

Craig Carnes, soloist

ENCORE, Peaches and Cream (Foxtrot) (1924) John Philip Sousa

Cornet Solo, Maria, Mari!  (1909) E. Di Capua/L.P. Laurendeau

Frank Cosenza, soloist

Tone Poem, The Winged Stallion (2012) Rossano Galante

Ragtime, Knock Out Drops (1910) Henri F. Klickmann/Harry Alford

Popular, Benny Goodman King of Swing (2004) Benny Goodman/Paul Murtha

March, Footlifter (1935) Henry Fillmore/Richard Blatti

Mark Tryon, conductor


Suite, Victory at Sea (1952) Richard Rodgers/Robert Russell Bennett

March Set

    Fairest of the Fair (1908) John Philip Sousa

   Black Horse Troop (1924) John Philip Sousa

   Sound Off! (1885) John Philip Sousa

Frank Cosenza, conductor

Clarinet Feature, Pie in the Face Polka from the Great Race (1965) Henry Mancini/Johnny Vinson

Sing-a-Long, On the Mall (1923) Edwin Franko Goldman

Movie Music, Music from ‘The Incredibles’ (2004) Michael Giacchino/Jay Bocook

March, The Washington Post (1889) John Philip Sousa

Joseph Acerra, special guest conductor

Ragtime, Russian Rag (1918) George L. Cobb/F. Henri Klickmann

Movie March, Captain America (2012) Alan Silvestri/Michael Brown

Characteristic, Lassus Trombone (1915) Henry Fillmore

Patriotic, Armed Forces Salute (1980) arr. Bob Lowden

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

Patriotic, God Bless America (1918) Irving Berlin

Rinaldi Raymond, In Memoriam.jpgRINALDI RAYMOND "Ray" R. RINALDI, 90, of Willoughby, passed away March 26, 2014. Beloved Husband of 63 years to Donna C. (ne McGriff); Loving Father of Suzanne A. (Donald) Rezabek and Diane L. (Michael) Williams; Cherished Grandfather of Gregory A. Rezabek (fiancée, Jessica Farr), Stephanie N. (Brian) Suter, Timothy M. Williams, C. Todd (Mary) Williams and Amanda M. Rose (Randall Quay); Dear Son of the late John and Theresa (nee Calabria); Brother of Ernest and the late John (Nicolina); and Beloved Uncle of nieces and nephews.

He also leaves many beloved friends, students, and caregivers at Mentor Way Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Private services were held. Memorial service will be at a later date. Contributions suggested to First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby.

Ray was a founding member of The Sounds of Sousa Band playing trumpet with the group until his retirement from most playing engagements in the early 2000s. Marcus Neiman, artistic director and founding conductor of Sounds of Sousa Band said, He was one of the last “old-time professional musicians.”  He brought his own chair, because it was more comfortable to him. He was a dynamic musician and willing to play where ever and whenever needed, but he loved playing the Dixieland features. Ray was a gentle man and always a gentleman.  His kind spirit and intense love for music and playing music will live on in the hearts of many.  We’ve lost a friend as well as a fellow musician.

Ray was a United States Army veteran, member of the Cleveland Musicians Union Local 4, and a very proud member of the TOPS Swing Band (Tough Old Pros). For many years, he was the first cornetist with the Lakewood Hometown Band of which he was also a guest conductor. Raymond was a prominent Cleveland area trumpeter, who also had a distinguished career as an instrumental director in the Kirtland Schools and the Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools. His bands achieved top ratings and developed state and regional recognition for their tradition of excellence.

He was a clinician at the University of Akron, a solo contest adjudicator and a consultant for a number of school concert and jazz bands in the area. Rinaldi had been one of the most sought after professional trumpeters in greater Cleveland. His past credits included regular performances for the top entertainers at MusiCarnival, the Hanna and Palace Theaters, the Coliseum, Blossom Center Festival Band, Ringling Bros. Circus and spent 17 years in the Front Row Theater Orchestra. He was also a member of the Lakeland Civic Band.