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Northwest High School - May 5, 2013

Marcus Neiman & The Sounds of Sousa Band will appear in concert at Northwest High School Puffenberger Hall, 8580 Erie Avenue NW, Canal Fulton 44614 on Sunday, May 5th, 3p.  Parking is available throughout the area at no charge and there is no admission charge for this concert. 

Marcus Neiman will bring his Sounds of Sousa Band to Northwest High School in their second performance of the 2013 season.  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 Lake Local Schools band director Mark Tryon who serves Sounds of Sousa Band as associate conductor of Sounds of Sousa Band; Michael Willard, featured cornet soloist; and, guest conductor Northwest High School band director Kim Good. 

Featured Soloists 

Michael Willard (at left) hails from Alliance, Ohio. In 2005, he received his bachelor of science degree in music education from Malone University where he studied trumpet with Chris Hall, and in 2009 his master of music degree in trumpet performance from The University of Akron where he studied with Scott Johnston. Over the years, Michael's freelance career and has given him the opportunity to perform with many ensembles in Northeast Ohio including the Cleveland Winds, the Players Guild Theater Pit Orchestra, the Mansfield Symphony, the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Canton Concert Band, the Canton Cabaret, the Top Notes Big Band, Jimmie and the Soul Blazers, The Sounds of Sousa Band, and much more.

Michael teaches all brass instruments privately, and is currently the instructor of Trumpet and director of the brass ensemble at Malone University. He also works full-time nights at Mercy Medical Center's Radiology Department in Canton as administrative/clerical support staff, and enjoys learning about and experimenting with information technologies. 


Kim Good (guest conductor and pictured at right) is a band director in the Northwest Local School system. She directs the sixth grade band, seventh grade band, High School Concert Band, and High School Jazz Ensemble. She is assistant director for the marching band and also teaches small group lessons to students in grades 5-12.

Kim holds a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Akron and a master’s in music education from Ohio University.

Kim is a freelance saxophonist and has performed with the John Trapani Big Band, Swing Machine, the Bob Hill Orchestra, The Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Canton Concert Band, The Sounds of Sousa Band, Bethel Temple Praise Band, and with the Motown sensations, The Temptations. She also has performed in many pit orchestras for local high schools, the Players Guild, Kent State Stark Theatre, and Goodyear Theatre.

Kim resides in Zoar, Ohio with her husband Darin, a percussionist, and their son Helber. 

Mark Tryon, associate conductor of the Sounds of Sousa Band, (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 son, Calvin.
Marcus L. Neiman, (pictured at right) 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 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.

The Sounds of Sousa Band
Sunday, May 5th, 2013 – 3p

Emil Puffenberger Arts Hall
Northwest High School
8580 Erie Avenue NW, Canal Fulton 44614

Marcus Neiman, artistic director-conductor

Mark Tryon, associate conductor

Kim Good, guest conductor

Michael Willard, cornet soloist


Program – subject to change 


Overture, Festive Overture (1954)................................................... Shostakovich/Hunsberger


ENCORE – Hail to the Spirit of Liberty (march) (1900)  .................................................... Sousa


Cornet Solo, Carnival of Venice (1864).............................................................. Arban/Leidzen

Michael Willard, soloist


ENCORE, Pie in the Face Polka (from The Great Race) (1965).......................... Mancini/Vincent 

Featuring the clarinet section


March, Washington Post (1889).................................................................................... Sousa 

Kim Good, guest conductor


Popular, Benny Goodman ‘King of Swing’ (2009)........................................ Goodman/Murtha


ENCORE, Footlifter (march) (1935)..................................................................... Fillmore/Blatti


Characteristic, Bones Trombone (1922)....................................................................... Fillmore


Dance, Wedding Dance ................................................................................. Press/Johnson


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

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 33 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.