Board of Directors of the Merion Musical Society

Ken Eidinger, President
Bradley Ruben, Vice President
Michael Ramage, Treasurer
Kevin Sparks, Secretary
Marianne Gellert-Jones, Director at Large
James S. Meade, Director at Large   
Geoff Schad, Director at Large  
David Urffer, Director at Large



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Ken Eidinger, Business Agent
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Bret Mascaro, Conductor

Bret Mascaro is an adjunct professor and supervisor of student teachers at West Chester University. Previously, Bret completed his 34-year career as a music teacher, band director, and Music Department Coordinator for the Methacton School District. During that time, Bret served as a PA Music Educators Association District President and Festival Coordinator and has twice been a clinician at the PMEA Annual In-service Conference. In the interim, Bret spent four years as Director of Education for the Zeswitz Music Company in Reading.

Bret Mascaro holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from West Chester and an M.A. degree in Education from Arcadia University. His conducting experience includes many concert bands, wind ensembles, and jazz bands as part of his teaching assignments in the greater Philadelphia area, and guest conducting appearances for a few honors bands across the region. Additionally, Bret is the head director for the American Music Abroad Silver Tour-a student tour of Europe. Bret previously served as an assistant conductor for the Montgomery County Concert Band.

Bret Mascaro is an adjudicator for PMEA Music Performance Assessments and several state-level and national pageantry organizations including Bands of America and Drum Corps International. With a great love for instrumental music, Bret’s goal is to continue collaborating with artistic musicians to perform a variety of creative works to appreciative audiences all along the Main Line.


Kevin Sparks, Associate Conductor

Kevin Sparks is pleased to play and conduct for the Merion Concert Band as associate conductor! Kevin started his musical journey playing guitar, followed shortly after by clarinet for his school band. He continued in his love for music at the University of South Dakota where he earned his B.A. in Music Education. After college, he taught in the Omaha Metro area for 3 years. For the last 6 years, Kevin has taught band and orchestra at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School. Kevin also has a proud background of community band participation, having played bass clarinet and clarinet for the Sioux City Community Band and the Omaha Symphonic Winds. Kevin is currently the director for the Marple Newtown Community Band.