Personnel

2016-17 Board of Directors of the Merion Musical Society

Michael Maizel, Presidentmichael.maizel@merionconcertband.org
Jem Jochems, Vice PresidentJem@merionconcertband.org
Michael Ramage, SecretaryMike@merionconcertband.org
Gail Hoffman, Treasurer Gail@merionconcertband.org
Leanne Juzbasich, Director-at-LargeLeanne@merionconcertband.org
Todd Rickey, Director-at-Large 
Allen@merionconcertband.org
Paul Csigi, Director-at-Large 
Paul@merionconcertband.org
David Urffer, LibrarianDave@merionconcertband.org
Jackie Phillips, Publicity Coordinatorjackie.phillips@merionconcertband.org
Merri Lee Newby, Business Managermerrilee.newby@merionconcertband.org
Michael Campbell-Trimbur, Webmasterwebmaster@merionconcertband.org

Please contact info@merionconcertband.org  for more information about the band.

Nathan P. Snyder, Conductor

Nathan P. Snyder joined the Merion Concert Band with ten years of conducting experience. His conducting training began at Susque­hanna University, where he studied under Dr. Valerie Martin, focus­ing primarily on chamber music. Mr. Snyder has further training with Mallory Thompson, Craig Kirchoff, H. Robert Reynolds and Eugene Migliaro Corporon. He has previously served on the faculty of the William Penn and Gurnee (IL) School Districts and has conducted bands from elementary through collegiate and beyond. Mr. Snyder received his appointment as conductor of the Merion Concert Band in February 2010.

An active performer, Mr. Snyder plays clarinet and bass clarinet with the Southeast­ern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Wind Symphony and Montgomery County Concert Band. He is a former member of the Williamsport Symphony and while residing in Illinois played with the Northshore Concert Band, West Suburban Symphony and Dekalb Municipal Band. Mr. Snyder teaches private clarinet and saxophone lessons from his home.

Mr. Snyder resides in Blue Bell with his wife and two daughters, to whom he is a full time stay-at-home dad.  His mission is to bring the best in concert band music to the world through great live performances.

Ashley Smith, Assistant Conductor

Ashley P. Smith joined the Merion Concert Band in 2011 as a clarinetist, and happily accepted the position of assistant conductor in 2017. Ms. Smith holds a B.M. In Music Education from Susquehanna University, where she studied both clarinet and instrumental conducting under Dr. Valerie Martin. Dr. Martin was an inspiration to her as a woman conductor, and helped spark Ms. Smith’s love of wind conducting and band literature.
While Ms. Smith has mostly worked with school-aged bands, over the years she has stepped in to conduct with the Municipal Band of Allentown (PA), the Palmerton (PA) Community Band, and the Colts Neck (NJ) Community Band.

Ms. Smith has been a public school music educator since 2004, holding instrumental and choral teaching positions in New Jersey, Arizona, and now Pennsylvania. Currently Ms. Smith is a Class Instrumental Music Teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. She teaches small group band lessons to students in grades 3-7 in several schools throughout the city. Ms. Smith lives with her husband in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Band Members

FLUTE
Naomi Anafi
Sara Barthol
Nicole Butler
Karri Giamporcaro
Marianne Gellert-Jones
Shirly Kujawski Kennett
Terry Seligmann
Tom Straub
Julie Todd

OBOE
Megan Culp
Chiun-Mei Huang
Merri Lee Newby

ENGLISH HORN
Merri Lee Newby

Eb CLARINET
Michael Smith

Bb CLARINET
Joseph Benedetto
Eugene Bentley
Cal DiDomenico
Matthew Dunn
Donna Higgins
Leanne Juzbasich
James McGlinchey
Sally Newport
Kevin O’Brien
Douglas Ohlman
David Roberts
Cookie Rozans
Marcy Seminoff
Ashley Smith
Michael Smith
Tim Ulrich
Leo Vasmanis



ALTO CLARINET
Gail Hoffman

BASS CLARINET
Ron Romoff
Tom Speranger
Al Skipper

ALTO SAX
Bill DeGothseir
Vince Hurtubise
Alan Kaplan

TENOR SAX
Melanie Diamond-Manlusoc
John Juzbasich
Tonia Kaufman
Bradley Ruben
Jarett Stein

BARITONE SAX
Steve Morrisette

BASSOON
Michael Campbell-Trimbur
Nick Karras
Abi Nathan

HORN
Mary Ellen Bowden
Rachel Braddick
Mary Culbert
Michelle DeGothseir
Doug Eschbach
Sara Fries
Jenny Torgerson

TROMBONE
Josy Conklin
Daniel Furst
Jim Gicking
Bruce Howell
Nick Keiser
Denise McCleary
Dan McGahey
Geoff Schad
CORNET/TRUMPET
Scott Anderson
Alyssa Eddings
Paul Feldman
Jem Jochems
Michael Maizel
Peter Mucsi
Michael Ramage
Ray Richards
Todd Ricky
Bonnie Strang
Allen Tollen
David Urffer

EUPHONIUM
Paul Csigi
Jan Jochems
Bill Lautenberger
Chris Urffer
Nick Urffer

TUBA
Jonathan Deutsch
Michael Farrell
James H. Hicks

STRING BASS
Richard Conn

PERCUSSION
Ken Eidinger
Kim Newell
Bernie Perlman
Jackie Phillips
Amy Venkus

STAGE CREW
Marianne Jones
Doug Ohlman
Tom Shluger
Bill DeGothsier
Michelle DeGothsier