WEST HILLS SYMPHONIC BAND
PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR & MUSIC DIRECTOR
2009 to Present
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.
2009 to Present
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.