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Fostoria Community Band - Officers

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Jarrod Koskoski
    Bob Feisel
    Pat Doty
    Maury Carlo

Treasurer & Librarian

Fostoria Community Band - Schedule

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2018-2019 Concert Schedule 

Holiday Concert
December 16, 2018
Combined FCB/Fostoria High School band
3:00 PM
FHS Performing Arts Center
Spring Concert
March 17, 2019
Wesley United Methodist Church
3:00 PM
Fostoria, OH
Memorial Day
May 27, 2019
Fountain Cemetery
10:00 AM
Fostoria, OH
Please call Band President Bob Pope at 419-619-8508


Fostoria Community Band - History

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Brief History

     The rudiments of the Fostoria Community Band began in the fall of 1994 when several people gathered in Dell’s Restaurant and discussed the possibility of forming a band. Present were Jerry Matz, Edson Smith, Don Guernsey and Carol Reffner. Jerry did all of the work of getting the Masonic Temple lined up for the first practice and gathering the music to be used. All persons present began making phone calls to locate interested musicians for the first practices. The first rehearsal was in January of 1995 with the following people present as its original members: Dave Zoll, Jerry Matz, Jim Reffner, Carol Reffner, Don Guernsey, Edson Smith, Jerry Hoffman and Sue Bartunek. Under the direction of Dave Zoll, the performances of the band that summer included Memorial Day, July 4th, Glass Festival, City Building Lawn and a concert at Gray Park.

     Membership in the band grew as the months passed. In September, the band, under the direction of Don Perrine moved to Fostoria High School to prepare for the holiday concert. This concert was held at Wesley United Methodist Church with 41 members participating. A small group also rode a float and played carols in the streets of Fostoria as a part of the holiday parade.

     Joe Sheak took over as principal director in 1996. The band continued with a holiday concert, spring concert, Memorial Day participation, several area summer concerts, and a one-time concert at Put-in-Bay.

     In the fall of 2005, Paul Reed assumed the directorship and the rehearsals moved to Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School. Paul directed the band through spring of 2006. He was followed in 2006 by Jarrod Koskoski, who directed the band through June of 2013. Justin Brinkman, currently director of bands at Elmwood Schools, became the director of FCB in September of 2013 and continued through June of 2016. Tom Schetter and Jeff Buchanan served as interim directors during the fall of 2016. In January of 2017, Craig McKenzie became the director and serves in that capacity at the present time.

Associate directors: Stacy Kubat, 1996
  Kathleen Brill, 1998
  Christine Donaldson, 2004
Current Board Members:  
  Craig McKenzie Conductor
  Bob Pope President
  Pat Doty Secretary
  Maury Carlo Treasurer and Librarian
  Susan Lawless
  Hal Babcock  
  Thomas Schetter  

Fostoria Community Band - Information

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More Information

Membership in the band includes a wide range of ages, from high school students through senior citizens. Skill levels range from moderate to advanced. There are no auditions for membership in the band and placement in a section is determined by the section leader. Musicians in all sections are needed and encouraged to join. On occasion, a specific section is highlighted by participating in an ensemble at one of our concerts.

Practices are held most Thursday evenings between late September and June. No practices are held during the months of July or August. The band practices from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School band room. Both the band and the musician benefit from regular attendance at these practices.

An executive board, elected by the membership, governs the activities of the band. The board meets monthly to plan events and discuss concerns of the membership. Minutes are available for reading by the members and all members are welcome to attend these meetings.

Music played by the group ranges widely, including marches, movie tunes, music from Broadway, seasonal music, hymns and music from current trends. A music committee accepts suggestions and selects/purchases music for each season. The band has accumulated a moderately extensive stockpile of music and budgets for new selections every year. The band tries to master one project piece (difficult selection) for each concert.

The band enjoys at least one social gathering each year. According to the current by-laws, an annual meeting must be held to elect members to the executive board, and this occurs each year in October.

A newsletter is published monthly covering current happenings in the band and upcoming events. Members of the band are spotlighted in each publication of the newsletter. A copy of this newsletter is available at this site.

If you play an instrument and love music, please consider joining us!

If you have questions or are considering joining the band, please call band president Bob Pope at 419-619-8508 or e-mail him by clicking below.

When e-mailing, be sure to include the following information:
  • “FCB inquiry” in the subject heading for the e-mail
  • your name
  • your instrument
  • your phone number or e-mail address
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