Charles H. Neidhardt, Conductor
Mr. Neidhardt is a graduate of Duquesne University and received his Master’s Degree from Penn State University. He is the former band director at Arcola Intermediate School and served as Music Department chairperson for the Methacton School District. Throughout the years, his bands at both Lower Merion and Methacton have performed and received awards at state conferences, local events, festivals and competitions. Mr. Neidhardt previously taught music in the Souderton and Lower Merion School Districts before retiring in July 2005 from Methacton.
Mr. Neidhardt is immediate Past President of PMEA having formerly served as President of District 11 PMEA. He has served as All State Chair, hosted the All State Band as well as All State auditions and served as Chair of the State Adjudication Festivals. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmaster Fraternity, a recipient of the “Citation of Excellence” award from the National Band Association, an Honorary Lifetime member of “Tri-M” the National Music Honor Society, and is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”. Mr. Neidhardt performs as a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery County Concert Band, where he is also the Director, the Tubafores Tuba Quartet, and does additional freelance work in the Philadelphia area. He maintains a large private studio and many of his private students have been members of the District, Region, All State and All East Bands and Orchestras.
Ryan Pongras, Assistant Conductor
Ryan Pongras is a 2001 graduate of West Chester University with a BS in Music Education. He holds a Masters of Education from Cabrini College and has completed post graduate work in music education with The University of the Arts. From 2003 to present, he has taught 4th and 5th grade instrumental music in the Souderton Area School District. His arrangements and original compositions have been performed by area local young bands in addition to the PMEA District 11 Elementary Honors Band and Orchestra. Ryan joined the Montgomery County Concert Band in 2005 as a trumpet player. He was named co-assistant director in the fall of 2014. Away from playing and conducting, Ryan lives in Telford with his wife Kristine, daughter Brynn, and son Cole.
Helaine Brown-4H Educator (ret)
Elaine Copeland-Music Educator (ret)
Erin Cribbs-Registered Medical Assistant
Trisha Kolodziejski-Elementary Educator
Michael Langston-Music Educator
Aaron Datsko-Music Educator
Maggie Oswald-Music Educator
Donna Berger-IT Consultant (ret)
Mark Carlson-Family Counselor
Rich Copeland-Financial Officer (ret)
Don Dilmore-Library Director (ret)
Jim Douglass-Educator (ret)
Robert Edgar-Electrical Systems Eng.(ret)
Nancy Frustaci-Accounting Associate
Brooke Kuhlen-Office Manager
Terri Rice-Music Educator (ret)
Lois A. Russo-Music Educator (ret)
Maria Souder-Home Maker
Deb Swiren-Music Educator (ret)
Jennifer Monaghan-Music Educator
Nancy Frustaci-Accounting Associate
Eric Streckfuss – Chemist
Ray Orehowsky-Construction Manager
Chris Del Sordo-Software Engineer
Chuck Blackledge-Manager (ret)
Bill Brandis-Transportation Services
Jan Jochems-Civil Engineer
Bill Leslie-Pharmaceutical Executive (ret)
Diane Frank-Graphic Designer (ret)
Mickie Hastings-Music Educator
Steve Hendricks-Home Inspector
Art Henry-Software Developer (ret)
Angela Hoffmann-Interior Designer
Marcy Klugman-Music Educator (ret)
Kim Newell-Public Relations
Dale Burkhard-Music Educator (ret)
John Dively-System Engineer (ret)
Jem Jochems-Clinical Pharmacologist
Rob Johannesson-Automation Engineer
Larry Katz-Tax Consultant (ret)
Allison Kershner-Music Educator
Greg Kriebel-Technical Manager
Ryan Pongras-Music Educator
Gary Cocchiaro-Primary Care Physician
Josy Conklin-Medical Animator
Chris Johnson-Social Studies Educator
Ben Basalik-Music Educator
Dave Holly-Computer Programmer
Pete Palan-Music/Science Educator (ret)
Wayne Schook-PECO (ret)
Ben Basalik-Music Educator
Joyce Haraway-Music Educator (ret)
Tom Kelly-Education Rep.
Bob Platt-Bus Driver
Cindy Reese-Occupational/Music Therapist
Kate Sheaffer-Music Educator (ret)
Paul Smith-Music Retail
Enid Horowitz-Grant Writer (ret)
Board members and officers:
President – Michael Langston
Vice-president – Helaine Brown
Secretary – Brooke Kuhlen
Treasurer – Jody Celio
Board members at large:
Debbie Swiren (Jazz Band representative)
Board members ex officio:
Chuck Neidhardt Director
Ryan Pongras Assistant Director
Business Manager – Lois Russo
Personnel Manager – Jan Jochems
Equipment Manager – Bob Platt
Librarian – Jennifer Monaghan
Historian – Jem Jochems
Webmaster – Dave Holly
The MONTGOMERY COUNTY CONCERT BAND was founded in April, 1995 by Stephen Frederick and Paul Ferla. Since its beginning the band has presented over 300 concerts throughout Montgomery County’s parks, schools and retirement communities.
Band members come from a variety of professions and backgrounds from educators and homemakers, to the business world and health care. Several are retirees or students. Each of them began their musical journey participating in school music programs. Many members continued to play in groups beyond the school setting through the years, and many have joined MCCB to rekindle their love of playing band music. Musicians and directors are volunteers who donate their time to prepare the various programs for the community.
The band’s repertoire ranges from standard and contemporary literature for band to the Broadway stage, classical transcriptions, marches, and patriotic medleys. Featured soloists have included Philadelphia Orchestra principal tuba Carol Jantsch, trombonist Scott Shelsta and outstanding local musicians Jan-Willem Jochems, Anthony Triplett, Peter Neu, Eric Frank, Anthony Wastler, Dave O’Neill, Jeff Miller, Michael Langston, Andrew Neu, Cindy Reese, Joyce Haraway and from the US Navy Band, Souderton native, Marty Nau.
In April 2009, the MCCB had the honor of presenting a formal concert at PMEA, the State Music Educators Conference. In March of 2014, the band was selected to play at the Association of Concert Bands Convention in Allentown and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference in Hershey. In Hershey, the band premiered the exciting and moving piece, Blue Elegy, composed by Travis Weller, in memory of Steve Frederick, founding director.
Of special note is the MCCB Outreach Program. Scholarships are awarded in memory of former band members to local talented high school students seeking to further their college music education. “Side by side” concerts have enabled Montgomery County students to play alongside band members. The MCCB has also presented special benefit concerts for Lansdale Community Housing and Manna on Main Street.
Since 1999 the MCCB and the Borough of Lansdale have collaborated as an official “TUBACHRISTMAS” site, bringing together over 70 tuba, sousaphone, euphonium and baritone players from the tri-state area. TUBACHRISTMAS is normally held on the first Sunday in December. Check the website for details as December approaches.
The MCCB is totally self-supporting as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and depends entirely on donations from the public. Formal concerts are free to the public; a free-will offering is accepted.
Rehearsals are held at Pennfield Middle School in Hatfield on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30 pm during the school year.
Stephen E. Frederick, founding director of the Montgomery County Concert Band, passed away on July 20, 2013 after a long illness.
Mr. Frederick was a graduate of West Chester University, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Villanova University, where he earned his Masters degree in Secondary School Administration. He taught music in the Colonial and Central Bucks School Districts before becoming director of bands at North Penn High School. In 1990, he began his tenure as a school administrator. Mr. Frederick retired in 2003 after 35 years as a music educator and administrator, concluding as Principal of North Penn High School.
Mr. Frederick served as a clinician, guest conductor and judge for marching, concert and jazz band events throughout the country. He was a co-founder and director of the Montgomery County Concert Band. He served as Executive Consultant to the US Scholastic Band Association, based in Allentown. Through the years he supervised student teachers for West Chester University, served on the Board of Governors for the former Gibbs School, hosted programs for WNPV radio (1440 am) in Lansdale, and was active in a variety of community and professional organizations.
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