A brief history University City Summer Band
University City's community band concerts began in 1961 with performances held in Heman Park and Metcalfe Park on Monday nights in June and July, but the city's concert band disappeared from the scene after 1970. A new Monday night series, the Starlight Concert Series, started in 1971 and gained in popularity, offering appearances by the most popular combos of the day.
The band today...
The University City Summer Concert Band was revived in 1997, under the direction of Dan Presgrave and was directed by Ken Thompson during the 2000-2002 seasons. The band has been under the direction of Thomas Poshak since 2003. The band is financed through government grants, corporate and individual donations and program ads. Rehearsals are one day a week (Monday) and six Tuesday evening concerts are presented during June and July. These outdoor concerts where held in the Market at the Loop on Delmar in University City from 1997 to 2015.
For Summer 2016, the UC Summer Band will be in its NEW LOCATION at Heman Park (Midland & Shaftesbury Entrance).
Over 90 volunteer instrumentalists from all walks of life make up the complete roster of the UCity Summer Band with 60-70 performing at each concert. While primarily adults, some college age students and select high school students are included in the makeup of the band. Many of our members participate in other community bands and orchestras in the St. Louis region.
Thomas Poshak received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. He retired in 2001 after a 30 year career as a high school band director. Mr. Poshak taught in the US Virgin Islands, in Ladue, Missouri and was the Band Director and Music Coordinator for the Kirkwood School District from 1985 until 2001. Under his direction the Ladue Symphonic Band performed at the MMEA convention in 1982, and the Kirkwood Symphonic Band received Honor I ratings at MSHSAA Festivals for twelve consecutive years and Gold Ratings at music festivals in Atlanta, Chicago and Nashville. He has held offices in the Missouri Music Educator's Association, Phi Beta Mu and the St. Louis Suburban Music Educator's Association and is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Bandmaster's Association and Phi Mu Alpha. In 2001 he received the Music Educator of the Year award from the SLSMEA and in 2004 received the Hall of Fame Award. He also is the assistant conductor of the St. Louis Wind Symphony.
Piccolo Andrea Clark Debbie Geibel Flute Rosemary Adams Linda Anderson# Chrisena Brown Carla Cooper Andrea Clark Trina Dickmann Debbie Geibel Martha Lou Haddon Jennifer Henderson Dorothy Hickman Julie Irby Diane Margherio Nancy Reycraft Christine Rombaut Bonnie Sabin Cindy Schellenberg Debbie Schill Suzanne Schoomer*# Oboe Susan Adams# Aaron Feldman Jocelyn Garner Clarinet Bob Baumann* Richard Cavanagh Gary Gibbs# Cathy Grotegeers Chuck Lockyear# Matt McKeever Craig Palmer Carol Shain Brandon Sipe Kristie Skor Ron Stilwell Jeanne Townsend Anne Winkler Jerry Wood Thomas Yonke Clarinet, Bass Gary Gibbs# Mark Thiel# Sax, Alto Lori Burkhardt-Lurk*# Megan Coonrod Hal Goldsmith Thomas Moore Rebecca Parisi Adam Schultz Paddy Scott Jim Shollenberger Dale Skornia Darold Strand Sax, Tenor Jeff DeWald David Farrington Nancee Glaser Mike Kanaan Sax, Bari Bob Probst
Trumpet Nancy Bender*# Lorna Crafton Bryan Dinman Dale Engelbrecht Casey Geisz Chelsey Hillyer Don Holstien Nelda Lee Ryan Mckenzie Pete Pancella Alec Patton Steve Platt April Silverman Brian Smith Terrell Stringer David Wheelock# French Horn Bill Coalson Jennifer Dilley Allison Gacioch Doug Luke*# Amanda Muscato Richard Sohn Franklin Swartzwelder Mary Swartzwelder Onalee Yousey Bassoon Alex Davies Kevon Hall Daniel Shavers Trombone Sandra Andrick Roger Davenport Donna Davis Ben Dickmann Annette Nicks Hall Ed Levy Gabe Mueller Bob Settle* Sue Ellen Speicher Shelly Steward Grant Unnerstall Cornelius Washington, Jr.# Dan Wieder Trombone, Bass Andy Schiefelbein Rich Wieder Euphonium Michael Brooks April Dalton Bill Jeffries Travis Laws Matthew Turek Tuba Kurt Bauche Larry Hansen# Chris Jacobus David Jones Andy Magnus Toni Stanley Ratican Percussion Melanie A. Cytron Alicia Harrison Timothy Hill Merrick Felder# David Naylor Michael Sneller Bette Welch*#