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WEST HILLS SYMPHONIC BAND

Conductors

Meet the Band

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PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR & MUSIC DIRECTOR

2009 to Present

Clem Rolin

Clem Rolin earned his B.S. in Music Education and Masters of Education from Duquesne University, and served as Director of Bands in both the South Fayette Township and Montour School Districts as well as at Robert Morris University. He began his association with the West Hills Symphonic Band as an instrumentalist during the 1969 season. From that point, he served in periodic roles as arranger, guest/substitute/associate conductor and bassist over a 40-year span. Some of his guest conducting appearances include PMEA District Honors Jazz Bands (2006/2011/2012), Washington County Honors Band (2004, 2019), Elementary District Band (2006) and for the World Civic Orchestra at New York’s Lincoln Center (2013 & 2015). He continues be a familiar performer on Pittsburgh’s jazz scene, and to pen custom arrangements for concert and marching bands. Clem also continues to serve as PMEA adjudicator, clinician and guest jazz soloist for the public schools. He is proud to have many former students number among the ranks of the WHSB.

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ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR

2009 to Present

Tom Snyder

Tom Snyder retired in June 2021 to conclude 40 years of public school music teaching, almost all at West Allegheny. During his tenure, he served in many roles, including as the K-12 Arts Coordinator, high school musical producer, stage manager, and band director, middle school music teacher, and elementary instrumental lessons teacher. He is continuing at WA in retirement as an assistant producer with the play and musical. Snyder graduated from Clarion State College with a B.S. in Music Education and received a Master’s in Music Education from Duquesne University. He is currently the State Music Performance Assessment Coordinator for the PA Music Educators Association (PMEA), and a concert band adjudicator. 

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Board of Directors

Board of Directors & Volunteer Staff

President: Chad Toporski

Vice-President: Deb Weible

Secretary / Treasurer: Karen Koszak

Directors:

  • Brent Alexander

  • Art Craft

  • Kevin Dick

  • Vince Gorman

  • Joe Sheeler

  • Laura Smith

Booking Manager: Deb Weible

Development Manager: Kelly Englert

Music Librarian: Sue Craft

Program Designer: Kelly Englert

Webmaster: Rich Pawlish

Member Musicians

Member Musicians

Flute
Toni Baldanzi
Pamela Brady
Chris Burgh
Gretchen Decker 
Kelly Englert

Tracy Glass
Tina Hosler
Jamie Kasper
Karen Koszak
Leigh Snyder

Oboe
Justin Carson
Bill Lewis

Stephen Oswalt

 

Eb Clarinet
Laura Smith

Clarinet
Fred Appel

Carly Breach
Vince Coppola
Carol Gilmour 

Jodi Kutzner - Summer 

Laura Macek
Diana Miller 
Maggie Monahan - SV
Ted Nevin
James Rumbaugh
Katie Russell
Sara Snyder *
Christine Stevens **
Joe Sullivan

 

Bass Clarinet
Brent Alexander

Janice Coppola

Bryan Davidson
Rich Pawlish

Alto & Contrabass Clarinet

Brent Alexander

Bassoon
Brett Freithaler

Mark Fromm
Amy Readshaw

Contrabassoon
Brett Freithaler

Alto Saxophone
Fran Balog
Alan Cugini
Trudy Jarvis
Joe Patz
Joshua Platto

Tenor Saxophone

Kress Oliver
John Pastin
 

Bari Saxophone
Mark McCollum

 

Trumpet
Doug Arndt
Steve Baldanzi

Eric Brwer

Matt Campbell
Len Cersosimo

Jon DeGrosky
Ken Gargaro
Mike Holl
Bobby Jarsulic

Noah Kilgus
Gene Laus
Cyndi Mancini

Louise Marino
Matt Nelson
Jordan Smith

Tyler Smith

French Horn

Erica Guidroz

Peggy Lee

Matt Litterini

Kevin McElheny

Paul Metzger

Charlotte Rudolph

Chad Toporski

Marissa Ulmer

Trombone

Courtney Conner

Art Craft

Kevin Dick

Dante DiIanni

Vince Gorman

Shawn Holl - Summer 

Jeff Kesser

Justin Miller

John Neurohr

Bob Patterson

Bill Yeager 

Euphonium

Kate Franc

Mindy Harrist

Kit Keiper

Joe Sheeler

Brandon Tambellini 

 

Tuba

Eryn Carranza

Scott Eisenreich 

Sean Emmett 

Bob Patterson 

Terry Remaly

Dave Wire

 

String Bass

Aldo DiIanni

 

Percussion

Casey Burgh

Tom Harmon

Camilo Jauregui 

Rick Laus

Alexis Ostrander

Ann Pollack

Ron Steffanina

Cory Webster - Summer

Deb Weible

* Concertmaster

** Assistant Concertmaster

SV = Seneca Valley HS Student

SUMMER SEASON MUSICIANS

Flute

Katie Bleil 

 

Clarinet

Jodi Kutzner

Sydney Thompson

 

Bass Clarinet

Bekah Heltzell

 

Saxophones

Taiylor Baumgardner

Trombone

Shawn Holl

Percussion

Laura Oswalt

Cory Webster

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