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Concerts in 2023
Friday, June 16-7:30 PM at Strongsville Middle School Lawn
Friday, June 30-7:30 PM at Strongsville Middle School Lawn
Friday, July 7-7:30 PM at Strongsville Middle School Lawn
Friday, July 21-7:30 PM at Strongsville Middle School Lawn
Friday, July 28-7:30 PM at Strongsville Rotary (Ehrnfelt Event Center)
Friday, August 4 SCJazz-7:30 PM at Ehrnfelt Event Center
Friday, August 11-7:30 PM at Strongsville Middle School Lawn
Summer 2023 Rehearsal Schedule at Ehrnfelt Senior/Rec Center from 6:00-8:00 PM.
June 7, 12, 14, 26, 28
July 3, 5, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
August 2, 7, 9
*SCJazz rehearsals: TBA
History of the Band
The Strongsville Community Band was founded in 1990 by director Ken Mehalko. The band received its initial financial support from the Strongsville Women's League. It now has a board of Trustees who set policies and raise and manage monies to support the band's activities.
The City of Strongsville provides the performance and rehearsal areas.
The Strongsville Community Band performs six outdoor concerts during the summer months on the front lawn of Strongsville Middle School. Also scheduled in the Cultural Center of the Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center are a Christmas Concert, a Winter Concert and a Spring Concert.
Outstanding musicians from all walks of life, including students, professionals and retirees join together in this community band because of their love for making music. The ensemble programs a variety of musical styles including marches, light classics, popular selections and other contemporary literature from the concert band repertoire.
The band has also performed at other communities in the area including The Lorain Palace Theater with the Patriots Concert Band and at Lakeland Community College with the Lakeland Civic Band and two performances at Severance Hall, the home of The Cleveland Orchestra. Loras John Schissel, Dr. Frederick Fennell, Dr. Howard Meeker and Dr. Gary Ciepluch are but a few of the guest directors who have conducted the band in concert.
About the Directors
Ken Mehalko has been bringing music to Strongsville for over 50 years. From 1961-1990, he served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Strongsville High School. The ensembles he directed...marching band, concert band, orchestra and jazz ensemble received statewide and national recognition for their musical excellence at state contests, music conventions and parades such as the Orange Bowl Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade.
In 1990 he founded the Strongsville Community Band and two years later, the Strongsville City Jazz. He and his wife, Beverly created Puttin’ On The Glitz, a successful musical variety show in Strongsville for persons over 55 years of age.
Ken has also served as a music educator in Chile for the Ohio Arts Council as a guest of the Chilean Ministry of Culture on five different occasions. Retired as Director of Athletic Bands at Baldwin-Wallace College, he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace in 1961 with a degree in music education and holds a master of arts degree from Case Western Reserve University.
He is a member of the Strongsville Rotary Club, performs with the Cleveland TOPS Swing Band, is a past member of the Strongsville Education Foundation and has been very active in the Ohio Music Education where he held various offices over the years. His many honors and awards include: The Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award; Baldwin-Wallace College Outstanding Educator Award; Strongsville High School Distinguished Alumni Award as a former teacher and a Medical Mutual Of Ohio Outstanding Senior Volunteer Honorable Mention Award for his work with the “Glitz”. He lives in Strongsville with his wife, Beverly Wehr.
Brian D. Maskow has been named Assistant Director of the Strongsville Community Band.
A Parma resident, he is the retired Director of Bands at Lakewood High School where he taught for over 30 years. Brian has guest conducted several school honor and festival bands.
He is now a part time Educational Sales Representative for Rettig Music.
A graduate of Bowling Green State University and Northwestern University, Brian has performed on clarinet and saxophone with the Dan Zola Big Band and the Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band.
He is married to violinist Julie Elliot Maskow, retired Director of Orchestras at Fairview Park City Schools and currently the Director of the New Horizons Orchestra at Baldwin Wallace University.
The Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band is co-directed by Ken Mehalko and Jim Wonnacott.
Ken founded the band in 1992.
Jim Wonnacott is also a graduate (1964) of Baldwin Wallace College (now University). He retired from the Strongsville City Schools in 1996 where he had success teaching at Center Junior High School. As a freelance musician and arranger he has performed with many prominent bands and entertainers, including The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Mathis, and toured with both the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra featuring the Pied Pipers, and with singer Al Martino. He is the founder and former Musical Director of the Baldwin Wallace College Alumni Jazz Orchestra. Jim received the 2009 BW Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of his accomplishments as a performer and educator in the Cleveland area and his dedication to the Alumni Jazz Orchestra and was awarded the BW Alumni Association Merit Award in May, 2011. On July 11, 2012 the Cleveland TOPS Swingband named Jim as its new Music Director. Jim was inducted into the Euclid High School Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame in May, 2013. He and his wife, Marcia, are 49-year residents of Columbia Station.
Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band
Steve Kortyka, Guest Soloist
Concert: Monday, May 22, 2023-7:30 at Slim and Chubby's
Friday, August 4, 2023-7:30 at Ehrnfelt Sr/Rec Center
The Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band is one of the most versatile big bands in the Cleveland area, playing everything from jazz classics to swing music from the big band era. The fine musicians who make up the band bring a variety of musical experience to their performances that include entertaining at Playhouse Square, The Front Row Theater, Kenley Players, and The Coliseum.
Some members of the band have performed with some well-known ensembles, including The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Warren Covington, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, and Jimmy Dorsey big bands, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. The band performs during the summer as part of the Strongsville Community Band Summer Concerts and in other area communities. During the winter the band has been featured at a number of Cleveland area high school jazz festivals.
The Strongsville City Jazz is co-directed by Ken Mehalko and James Wonnacott. Ken founded the band in 1992. He is retired from the Strongsville City Schools where he successfully directed the high school band for 29 years. Presently he directs the Strongsville Community Band, and is the former Director of Athletic Bands at Baldwin Wallace College.
James Wonnacott is also a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace. He retired from the Strongsville City Schools in 1996 where he had success teaching at Center Junior High School. On June 27, 2011 he performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra at Lake Chautauqua, New York. From July 13-15, 2016 he performed with THE PLATTERS playing five shows in three different cities over the three days.
He is the founder and former Musical Director of the Baldwin-Wallace College (now University) Alumni Jazz Orchestra. Awards include the 2009 B-W Conservatory Alumni Achievement Award, the B-W Alumni Association Merit Award, and the Euclid High School Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame. Currently he is the Music Director of the Cleveland TOPS Swingband.
Support the Band - become a patron
Give a gift to your community and yourself by joining one of our "ensembles" this year. The donation levels are:
- $25-$49 Woodwind Ensemble
- $50-$99 Brass Ensemble
- $100-$299 Percussion Ensemble
- $300-$499 Jazz Ensemble
- $500+ Director's Circle
Checks may be sent to:
Karen Muskoff, Treasurer;
20771 Oak Trail Court,
Strongsville, OH 44149
- Ken Mehalko, Director
- John McDermott, President
- Karen Muskoff, Treasurer
- Dan Barcy
- Bea Hovanec
- Kathy Lane
- Renee McDermott
- Terry Muskoff
- Sandy Dublo
- Elaine Coffey
- Helen Rathburn
- Tom Rathburn
- Kathy Zamrzia
Strongsville Community Band Roster
Steve Brasure, Retired HS Band Dir.
Carolyn Ermlick (Piccolo), Retired
Ellen Hansen-Ellis, Retired
Laurie Furtado (Piccolo), Database Admin.
Renee McDermott, Ret. Airline Sales Rep.
Marilyn Zoller, Retired Music Teacher
Bruce Biggin, Retired Pharmacist
Jessica Bock, Oboe Teacher
Mary Calo, Music Teacher
Jim Husak, Retired USAF
Alison Whitney, Technical Writer
Ann Marie Fuhrmann, Music Teacher
Sue Chmelik, Ret. Strongsville Music Educator
Robert Gref, Retired
Jody Halley, Preschool Director
Dr. Brad Holtman, Ret. College Prof.
Dick Ingersoll, Mechanic
Don Kubec, Retired Sales
Brian Maskow, Associate Director
John Musat, Ret. Music Ed.
Barbara McKissock, Retired NASA Engineer
Tom Seese, Retired Safety Director
Elaine Kubis, Retired Teacher
Mike Elkins, Ret. Software Developer
Jessica Barnhouse, Music Teacher
Stan Feikle, Retired Engineer
Scott Halley, Engineer
Brass & Percussion
Virginia Dedrick, Controller/Bus. Mgr.
Thomas Foley, Parma Music Teacher
Dr. Mike Galloway, Ret. College Band Dir.
James Heinrich, President Instrumentors
Dr. Peter Hoekje, BW Physics Professor
Kathy Musat, Retired Music Educator
Doug Painting, Business Owner
Mary Phillips, Ret. Media Specialist
Brandon Thorne, Air Traffic Controller
John Strobel, Start Up Advisor
James Wonnacott, Retired Music Ed.
Ingrid Askenbeck, Ret. Psychotherapist
Sharon Dixon, Handbell Choir Dir.
Marie Hamilton, Medical Secretary
Melinda Kellerstrass, Ret. Music Educator
Alena Michael, Librarian Assistant
Ann Painting, Ret. Teacher
Dave Hartman, Director of Safety
Ray Kinat, Retired Principal
Andrew Pfannensteil, I.T. Director
David Painting, Sales Rep.
Gary Twining, Retired Wine Salesman
Kevin Wenner, Lab Technician
David Betts, Music Teacher
Peter Dinin, Database Administrator
Karl Beckman, Engineer
Randy Border, Retired Music Ed.
Jim Reynolds, Data Analyist
Dave Viglione, Retired Music Ed.
Clarence Barber, Composer
George Kiteley, Retired BW Percussion Prof.
Darryl Mika, Music Teacher
Devin Rose, SHS Class of "17"
Steve Shrenkel, Customer Success mgr.
Rob Toth, Pharmacist
Carol Foley, Retired Music Ed.
Listen to the Band
Excerpts from our 3rd CD in mp3 file format. Click on track to play.
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Strongsville Community Band:
Trittico, 3rd Mvt. - Nehlybel
Air for Band - Erickson
My Fair Lady Selections - Lerner & Lowe, arr. Bennett; Cindy Smith, vocalist
Danzas Cubanos - Sheldon
Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band:
Wind Machine - Nestico
Makin' Whoopie - Kahn/Donaldson, arr. Wolpe; Gary Twining, Bass Trombone
Someone To Watch Over Me - Gershwin, arr. Wolpe; Kim Wasielewski, vocal
Spain - Corea, arr. Jennings