About our Band

The Band consists of members from Solon and surrounding areas.

 

Check our CALENDAR page for the latest times and dates.

Solon Community Band uses music to partner with its patrons and audience by providing a musical contribution to the culture of our community. Enriching lives through musical excellence with the hope of giving back to our community the joy of music.

Our top priority is the safety of all community members, such that we can continue making music together.



Our next Summer Concert will be held at the Solon Community Park before the Fireworks.

July 1st, 2022



The Band typically rehearses on Thursdays. We are a summer-oriented band with a couple concerts outside the summer as well.
The board is currently accepting applications for the band. Please fillout the form below if your interested in becoming a member of the band.

Interested in Becoming a Performing Member?

Click here to submit your information



February 23rd, 2020 Concert

Our first concert with our new director Laura Joss was well attended and we received a great amount of support from the community.


About Us

Laura L. Joss
Director of the Solon Community Band

Laura L. Joss is currently the Chair of Performing Arts and the Band and Orchestra Director at Old Trail School in Bath, Ohio. Previously, she served for 21 years as the Chair of Music Education/Professional Studies at Baldwin Wallace University preparing music education preservice teachers.
Prof. Joss’s teaching experience includes working with instrumentalists of ages and all levels of experience in both the orchestras and bands. He is currently the Director of the Solon Community Band and the Solon Symphony. She is deeply committed to community outreach and is the founding Director of a North Eastern Ohio New Horizons Music Band and Orchestra Program that provides beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumental music instruction for adults of all ages. Prof. Joss has served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of Youth Orchestras and Youth Honors Wind Ensembles for school age musicians since 1986. She co-founded Middle School and High School Band and String Camps in North Eastern Ohio to provide area instrumental music students with quality music education experiences every summer for more that 15 years.
Prof. Joss has traveled extensively in her career to South America as part of an Artist in Residency program sponsored through the Ohio Arts Council and the Santiago Chilean North American Cultural Institute. She has conducted both bands and orchestras at the Liceo Experimental de Musica Copiapo in Copiapo, Chile and facilitates teacher work sessions in rehearsing, conducting, literature selection, instrument pedagogy and the writing of the National Chilean Artistic School Music Education Curriculum. She has also coached music educators and conducted instrumental ensembles at the Universidad of Chile, the Universidad de la Serena and served as the Master Teacher for a week-long clinic, First Encuentro de Directores de Bandas de Concierto Esculas Arstisticas del Notte de Chile in Santiago, Chile. Prof. Joss has also developed programming and teacher exchange projects in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Instituto at the Teatro Colon. Additionally, Prof. Joss's High School Orchestras and Youth Orchestras have toured and performed throughout Europe.
Prof. Joss has been recognized with the “Outstanding Alumni Educator of the Year Award” by the Baldwin-Wallace Division of Education and with a BW Conservatory ‘Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.’ While directing both bands and orchestras in Strongsville City Schools, Prof. Joss was selected as “Master Teacher of the Year” by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.
Her research interests focus on pre-service music education teacher preparation, community music making and adult music learning. Prof. Joss enjoys being active both nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, guest conductor, music education consultant and clinician for both bands and orchestras throughout North and South America and Europe.


History of the Band
The Solon Community Band was founded in February 2015. The band received its initial financial support from the Rotary Club of Solon. The Rotary Club Sponsored our first concert and provided custom printed shirts for our uniforms. The Solon Schools have been a great help in supporting the band in its practices and performances. The Board of Trustees set policies and raise and manage monies to support the band's activities.


Donate

Solon Community Band is a 501(c)(3) organization and we rely on community support. Give a gift to the Solon community and yourself by 'joining' one of our ensembles this year. We can not do this without you, we appreciate any amount you can give to help us.



Interested in Donating?

Don’t hesitate to email us directly Soloncommunitybandohio@gmail.com


Thank you to our 2022 band patrons!


     JAZZ ENSEMBLE:
     $250-499  

      The Olszewski Family  
   PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE:
   $100-249  

   Dan and Cindy Bomeli  
   James and Linda Dettmer  
   Bill and Marijane Halley  
   The Halley Family  
   Gretchen Hickok  
  John and Rene'e McDermott  
  Alison and John Whitney  

   BRASS ENSEMBLE:
   $50-$99  

   Fred and Carol Goodwin  
   Emily and Peter Johnson  
   WOODWIND ENSEMBLE:
   $20-$49  

   Ann Droste  
   Magaret and John Martin  

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Our First Concert

Our first concert was well attended and we received a great amount of support from the community.
Please view one of the songs the band played at the first concert.


Board Members

President
Jody Halley

Treasurer
Donald Holub

Board Member
Clare Gleeson
Vice President
Robert Luce

Webmaster
Mike Bamfield

Board Member
Amy Rothenfeld
Secretary
JC Schmidt

Board Member
Jennifer Rich Drasner

Board Member
Phil Bomeli