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Thanks to our sponsors

The Norwin Band, its related ensembles,

and the Norwin Band Aides wish to thank
our very generous corporate sponsors for their support:

Bob Massie Toyota
12204 Route 30, North Huntingdon, PA 15642

Laurel Print and Graphics of White Oak
1501 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131

Accuserv Pharmacy
8731 Route 30
North Huntingdon, PA 15642

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1 Beynard Way, Irwin, PA 15642

Norwin Combined
For information about becoming a sponsor of the Norwin Band,
contact the Norwin Band Aides development chair

Band Concert
Norwin Music on the web
Featuring the Norwin Middle School
Norwin Music Department Eighth Grade Band
Middle School High School
Ross Cohen, director May 4, 2017
Norwin Band Aides Timothy Daniels and
Greg Ondayko, directors
From the Superintendent Suite Cafe: a Benefit for Play It Forward Fund
As Superintendent of Schools and on behalf of all in attendance this
evening, I congratulate and commend all student musicians who are
performing tonight. We recognize your extraordinary musical abilities, The eighth annual Suite Cafe is almost here! It will be held on
acknowledging that you represent the best and the brightest of our youth Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Norwin High School from 7 to 9:30 PM.
and also what is great about our country.
This year, we once again shine the spotlight on our student musicians.
The Norwin School District is a national model for supporting and Enjoy desserts, coffee, the Popcorn Bar from Pittsburgh Popcorn
advancing music education and the performing arts. It is an allegiance Company, and, of course, music provided by our talented Norwin
based on tradition and community pride and a commitment to academic
instrumentalists. You’ll also be able to win one of several door prizes, a
excellence, music education, and the performing arts.
50/50 raffle, and a cake from the “Almost Famous” Cake Auction.
I encourage all in attendance to continue as advocates of music education
and the arts by taking a greater leadership role in your schools and There will be no basket raffles this year at this event, and the price of
communities to strengthen and preserve K-12 music and arts programs. admission remains $20 per person to make this a family-friendly event.
We highlight these research points published by Miami University of Ohio: Visit for more details.

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advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in 724.864.1426, or visit this link
music lessons.
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arts are more cooperative with their teachers and peers, have higher
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and their ideas. for more details.

We thank our hosts today, the principals and music teachers, as well as
the numerous Norwin parent and community volunteers who provide
never-ending support to our developing musicians. They all deserve our Norwin Band Aides 11th Annual Car Cruise
profound gratitude.

Best wishes for an enjoyable evening, and please continue to keep music The school year will be coming to an end soon. But before it does, join
and the performing arts in a prominent place in your lives, both now and us on Sunday, May 21st from 11-3 pm at Norwin Middle School for
in the future!
our Annual Car/Truck/Motorcycle Cruise! As always, the Cruise is the
Sunday after Mother’s Day. We’ll have a basket raffle, concessions, and
Board of Education and Administration a bake sale.
William H. Kerr, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

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Norwin Band Aides From the Principal

Parents and guests,

The Norwin Band Aides, the community support group of Norwin
Band, was founded in 1961. Today, the Band Aides support the band The High School faculty and administration welcome you to
program through fundraisers like the stadium concession stand, Norwin High School for the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble
monthly hoagie sales, Sarris Candy at Easter and Christmas, and by Concert. You will be treated to an entertaining, exemplary
organizing events such as an annual craft show, a car cruise each spring, performance by these young men and women committed to their
winter guard shows, and the annual Band Festival, which has been craft. Their hard work and dedication will be demonstrated by the
hosted at Norwin for over 50 years. The Band Aides are not just a outstanding concert we are about to hear. We thank our talented
support group to provide for the students’ opportunities & activities, musicians, their dedicated teachers, and supportive parents for
but members also enjoy the support and friendship of other band and making this evening possible. Thank you for your attendance;
guard parents while fully engaging in their teen’s band activities. please sit back and enjoy.

The Band Aides usually meet the 2nd Monday of each month from
Michael D. Choby., Principal
7:30–8:15 pm in the high school cafeteria. The next meeting will be this
Joseph V. Shigle, III, Assistant Principal
Monday, May 8.
Timothy P. McCabe, Assistant Principal
For more information, to donate or volunteer,
or to get information about sponsorship opportunities, visit us at:
Did You Know?

or email anytime. With music in schools, students connect to each other better—greater
camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.
—Eric Jensen, Arts With the Brain in Mind

Norwin Band 2017 Unveiling Students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest
Join us on Thursday, May 11th at 8 pm in the Norwin High levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs
School Auditorium for the unveiling of the fall 2017 marching band among any group in our society.
show! —H. Con. Res. 266, United States Senate, June 13, 2000

Hear the music, meet the staff, and get to know more about what you Music training helps under-achievers. Students lagging behind in
can expect for the upcoming marching band season. This event is open scholastic performance caught up to their fellow students in reading
to everyone, including and especially all current and prospective band and surpassed their classmates in math by 22% when given music
and guard students, alumni and families. See you there! instruction over seven months.
—Nature, May 1996

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From 2002-2006, Mr. Ian Morrison served as band director. Under his
About the directors direction, the Norwin Marching Band remained competitive and a new focus
was brought to the Concert Ensembles of the Norwin Band Program, paving
Michael Szymanski is a 1991 graduate of Norwin High School and the way for the successes of the current Wind Ensemble and Concert Band.
received a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University in 1995.
Mr. Szymanski has been the Middle School Orchestra director since Mr. Robert Traugh was band director from 2007 through 2013, assisted by Mr.
being hired in 1996 and became the High School Orchestra director Gregory Ondayko and Associate Director Mrs. Kimberly Glover. The Norwin
in 1998. In addition to their annual winter and spring concerts, the Percussion Ensemble performed at the PMEA State Convention in 2009 and
H.S. Orchestra often performs with the Norwin Chorus, at invitational in 2013, as well as at the 2011 MENC All-East Convention. At PMEA State
festivals and for various community and scholastic events. In recent Adjudications the Norwin Concert Band received excellent ratings in 2008,
years, the H.S. Orchestra has received numerous Superior ratings at 2009, & 2010, culminating in a superior rating in 2011. The Norwin Wind
Ensemble received superior ratings in 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011 at PMEA
PMEA Music Performance Assessments and other adjudicated festivals.
State Adjudications. The Norwin Jazz Ensemble in 2008 received accolades
During his time at Norwin, Michael has also taught elementary band and at the Slippery Rock Jazz Festival for best Saxophone Section, Best Rhythm
orchestra, elementary and middle school general music, music theory, Section, Best Trombone Section, and Best Trumpet Section. In 2008 the
and guitar. He has been the Music Department Chairperson since Norwin Marching Band performed at the Bands of America Super Regional in
2011. In his time away from school, Mr. Szymanski enjoys reading, hiking, St. Louis and placed in the top ten at finals. In 2012 the marching band swept
camping and long road trips. He continues to be an active freelance Bands of America Regional Championships in Monroeville (PA), Akron (OH),
performer on violin and viola. Michael and his wife Jennifer currently and Towson (MD), including high music, visual, and general effect captions.
reside in North Huntingdon with their daughters, Betsy and Abby.
Mr. Timothy Daniels began his tenure as director in 2013. Since then, Norwin
Tim Daniels is Director of Bands at Norwin High School. His duties took first place in their class in 2014 at the Bands of America Regional
include directing the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble as Championships at Gateway, bringing home the Championship in 2013. In
well as teaching AP Music Theory classes. Prior to joining the staff at 2014, they earned the Championship trophy from the Bands of America
Norwin, Tim served as a Band Director in the Arlington School District Regional Championships at Newark, Delaware. Norwin also won the
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association (PIMBA) Class AAAA
in LaGrangeville, NY where he directed 9th Grade Band, Jazz Band,
competitions in 2013, 2014, and 2016. The 2015 marching season was capped
and assisted with the marching band. Tim has also served in various
off by winning the USBands Group VI Open Class National Championship,
capacities on the band staffs of the Fox Chapel, Gateway and Penn- while in 2016, the Norwin Band was named champion of the Bands of
Trafford marching bands. In addition to this experience, Mr. Daniels America Regional Championships at Monroevlle, and placed third in their
spent the summer of 2009 marching with the Bluecoats Drum and class at the Bands of America Super Regional Championships at Indianapolis.
Bugle Corps. Mr. Daniels received his B.M. in Music Education, trumpet
applied, from Youngstown State University. His primary teachers The band program continues to grow and new levels of performance
included Dr. Stephen L. Gage, Dr. Brandt Payne, Dr. Christopher excellence are set every year and in every ensemble at Norwin High School.
Krummel and Dr. Kent Englehardt. Tim is a member of the National
Association for Music Education and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The Norwin Band has come a long way from the first 28 member group
A native of North Huntingdon, PA, Tim graduated from Norwin High under the direction of Mr. Winters. This organization has seen thousands of
School in 2008. In addition to his responsibilities at Norwin, Tim enjoys students come through the program and each of them take into their lives
performing and plays as a freelance trumpeter in the Pittsburgh area. experiences gained only by participation in this program.

I devote my strength and presence to all those by my side;

With tradition in my heart, I continue on with pride;
We are musicians, performers, artists of sound and sight;
Presence, pride, artistry. We move forward Norwin Knights.

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About the band program About the directors
The first Norwin High School Band was
Greg Ondayko has held the position of Assistant Band Director at
formed in the 1923-1924 school year. It
Norwin for 14 years. His duties include directing the Concert Band,
consisted of 28 members, all boys. The first
director was Mr. Steven Winter. The 1924
assisting with the Marching Band, Jazz Band and serving as supervisor of
Norwin yearbook stated “An organization, the woodwind program. Mr. Ondayko also teaches Music Technology I,
such as our Norwin Band turned out to be, II, & III as well as woodwind and brass lessons in repertory class. Under
is one that will make our high school known the direction of Mr. Ondayko, the Norwin H.S. Concert Band has been
throughout the state.” Little did they know adjudicated at Musicfest Orlando in 2002 and 2005, earning a 1st and
how prophetic that statement was, for the 2nd place ranking in AAA, and has earned a superior rating at the
Norwin High School Band has brought the PMEA Adjudication Festival in 2007. Most recently, the Concert Band
notice of the entire nation to our community. received Superior ratings in both Concert and Sightreading at the PMEA
By competing and receiving accolades Adjudication Festival. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Music
nationwide, quality of Norwin’s band program and the outstanding efforts Education from Slippery Rock University in 2001. Before joining the
of the band students are a credit to not only the school district, but to the staff at Norwin High School, he served as a marching/ woodwind tech
community that nurtures them. at both Mars Area H.S. and at Thomas Jefferson H.S. in Pleasant Hills.
Mr. Ondayko is a member of PMEA and the Westmoreland County
Mr. “Jimmy” Weaver was instrumental in establishing the early Norwin Band,
acting as band director beginning in 1924-25. Mr. George Weaver was another
Music Educators Association. Greg also maintains a studio of clarinet,
influential individual to work with the band. With his father, Jimmy as assistant saxophone, and flute students. When Greg is not at school, he enjoys
band director, George directed the Irwin High School band from the late spending time with his wife Michele and daughter Ava. Additionally he
1940’s through the 1950’s while the district was temporarily divided into Irwin enjoys driving or racing one of his classic MoPar vehicles.
and North Huntingdon. He organized a junior band made up of elementary
and junior high students to strengthen and continually improve the music Brandon Kandrack is in his first year as Associate Band Director
program of the future. & Percussion Specialist at Norwin High School. His responsibilities
include directing the Percussion Ensemble; assisting with the Marching
The Norwin Band Aides, the community support group of Norwin Band, was Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz Band; and teaching
founded in 1961, with Glen Zockoll as band director. The Band Aides have music repertory courses. He also teaches instrumental lessons and
contributed enormously to the financial means of the band making it possible assists with the bands at the middle school and Hillcrest. A native
for the students to concentrate on their performances.
of Monroeville, PA, Mr. Kandrack holds a bachelor’s degree in Music
Education with a minor in Educational Psychology from Indiana
From the mid 60’s through the mid 70’s, band director Mr. Lawrence Radzevic
led the Norwin Band with a program that resembles that of today. A student University of Pennsylvania. For the past several years, Mr. Kandrack
field conductor under Mr. Radzevic’s tutelage, L.J. Hancock, would have an served as the Front Ensemble Coordinator with the Gateway H.S.
even greater impact on the band and the entire music program at Norwin. Marching Band & as Co-Director of their Winter Percussion Ensemble.
Beginning in 2015, he taught the marching band, percussion ensemble,
From 1976-2001, L.J. Hancock directed the Norwin Band, inspiring the intermediate school percussion ensemble, and winter percussion
students to some the program’s greatest successes. Due to his charismatic ensemble at Kiski Area High School and was the Assistant Director of
leadership, between 1980-1996 the Norwin Band placed in the top twenty the Cavalier Percussion Group. Mr. Kandrack joined the Norwin Music
bands at the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Under his Department in 2016 after teaching music in the Franklin Regional School
direction the band took first place at the Bands of America Grand National District. He maintains an active studio of private students and freelances
Championships in 1982, and achieved the Sudler Shield award for musical around the Pittsburgh area. He is a member of the Percussive Arts
excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Society, NAfME, PMEA, and WCMEA.
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About the directors Wind Ensemble
Ross Cohen is in his first year as the Band Director at Norwin Flute Bass Clarinet Euphonium
Middle School. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, Mr. Cohen has a Rachael Lorince Sarah Lengel Alex Kahanic
Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Penn State University and a Mallory Page John Cerra
Masters Degree in Music Performance from the University of Georgia. Erin Crust Bassoon
Mr. Cohen moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 to join the River City Brass Evangeline Orlosky Mario Croes Tuba
Band, which he still performs with today. Prior to joining the faculty Laura Marsiglio Tyler Swenson
at Norwin, Mr. Cohen taught for five years at Propel Schools in Turtle Katie Seymour Trumpet Luke Wilson
Creek and Braddock Hills, and one year at the Environmental Charter
Nieko Disso
School in Frick Park.
Oboe Matthew McCormley Percussion
Alexis Shaffer Mike Eckels Mitchell Dolney
A graduate from the Norwin School District, Ian Morrison received
his B.S. in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania Nate Mehring Camdyn Bill
and his M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Clarion University. Clarinet Jen Henry Eric Junker
Mr. Morrison began teaching at Norwin in 2000 and his duties have Olivia Bazanos Luke Brown Andrew Halza
included everything from Kindergarten Music to High School Band. Kellie Daniels Jacob McCormley Sean Parfitt
Currently, Mr. Morrison teaches string instruments at Hahntown, Dawson Snowberger Sarah Rickard John Souder
Sheridan Terrace, Stewartsville, and Sunset Valley Elementary Schools Elizabeth Bojalad Eli Mignogna
and Hillcrest Intermediate School. Mr. Morrison resides in North Sarah Solar French Horn Grace Watson
Huntingdon with his wife Kim and son Aiden. Sara Salley Rachel Bartuska
Conan Kastronis Piano
Devon Lippmann comes from a long line of musicians. His Saxophone Evan Murray Diego De La Fuente
grandfather wrote barbershop arrangements, and his father is a Jeremy Bass
retired band director. Currently the band director at Hillcrest, he also Kate Heuer Trombone
has served as high school band director, assistant director, middle Henry Stillio Colton Dietz
school director, elementary instrumental teacher and as a general
Jordan Bernard Cody Solar
music teacher to elementary-aged children. He earned the Phoebe
James Sullenberger
Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award through the William
Randolph Hearst Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music
Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While attending IUP,
he sung with an acappella group known as The Braxmen, later known
as 4Real, which gained national fame by performing with numerous
Pittsburgh-based groups such as The Vogues, Johnny Angel & the Halos,
Pure Gold, The Lettermen, The Drifters, The Turtles and many more.
If you won’t be taking
your program book home as a keepsake,
please recycle it in one of the bins as you leave.
Thank you!
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Concert Band Special thanks to…
Flute Tenor Saxophone Euphonium
Lauren Pogue Adrian Dibiase Jackson Adams
Paige Stewart Trevyn Bill AJ Kent The parents of all the students Todd Leighty and the
Chloe Davis Kevin Pasinski represented tonight for Auditorium Production Team
Braelyn Ryba Baritone Cole Sholtis supporting Fine Arts Mr. Evanov and the stage crew
Delana Derenzo Saxophone Kris Byers Education Pat Geiger, Jim Dezorzi and the
Noelle Ciccone Robbie Fencil Kirstin Moore Our student musicians Norwin Maintenance
Lauren Kells Norwin School District and Custodial Staff
Trumpet Tuba
Breanna Camp Board of Education Ushers and Volunteers
Palmer Stillio Tyler Barry
Madison Heflin William H. Kerr, Ed.D., The Norwin Music Department
Emily Sheffler Kevin Marsiglio
Katie Duganieri Superintendent of Schools Michael Szymanski
Jake Iwinski David Koget Timothy J. Kotch, Sr., Tim Daniels
Clarinet Courtney Hale Asst. Superintendent Greg Ondayko
Lindsay Blasko Katie Prizner Percussion Natalie A. McCracken, Ed.D Brandon Kandrack
David Liu Matt Waszkiewicz Tyler Funk Asst. Superintendent Ross Cohen
Andrew Horton Rick Baldridge Chandler Bollman and the Norwin School Ian Morrison
Tommy Kratzenberg Nick Hornicak Isiah Dittig District Administration Devon Lippmann
Adam Cholodofsky Joe Iwinski Nathan Dietrich Norwin Faculty and Staff Bridget Faulk
Jessica Beavers Luke Russman Ben Smith Michael D. Choby, Principal Lauren Scheirer
Katie Bugey Gordon Landefeld Alex Ivory Joseph V. Shigle, III, Elizabeth Stephens
Christian Cramer Austin Harris Assistant Principal Fred King
Megan Scott
Joe Dye Jake Swick Timothy P. McCabe, Jennifer Herrington
Alexa Blon
Assistant Principal Norwin Band Aides, especially
Christiana Blon Mitchell Davis
French Horn and the Norwin H.S. Pete Bazanos, President
Isabella Flynn Hunter Kellar
Emily Scott Administration Bill Bojalad, Vice President
Autumn Kyslinger Dixie Cheshire
Haley Esasky Debbie Depp, Mary Rorabaugh, Sue Seymour, Secretary
Andrew Gilroy
Bradley Hulse and the Norwin H.S. Staff Joann Bazanos, Treasurer
Alto Saxophone
Mr. Robert Suman, Principal Heather Horton,
Kerri Marflak
Trombone Mr. Troy Collier, Assistant Treasurer
Jordan Simko
Cecilia Koncerak Assistant Principal Kathleen Heuer,
Michael Russell
Andrew Noe and the Norwin M.S. concert program design
Jaret Jarosz
Mike Ewing Administration & Staff
Joe Urda
Mr. Brian O’Neil, Principal
David Klinvex
Ms. Lisa Banasick,
Assistant Principal
and the Hillcrest Intermediate
School Administration & Staff

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Tonight’s Selections Eighth Grade Band

Eighth Grade Band Flute Alto Saxophone Horn

Marissa Barkley Caleb Andrykovitch Victoria Gasparovic
The Golden Vanity March . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph Vaughan Williams Emily Bulger Hunter Bell
completed and scored by Douglas E. Wagner Donovan Davila Hunter Bennett Trombone
Ashley Ewing Tyler Cumpston Ryan Bugay
Rain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Balmages Jaycie Greenawalt Amelia Flaherty Andrew Golick
Emma Guldin John Haut Logan Kemerer
Star Wars: The Force Awakens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Williams Alivia Jarusinsky Alex Hetrick Shane Moore
arr. Robert Longfield Maegan Jordan Emilie Horton Alex Puskaric
Sydney Lokay Christian Moore
Anne Mamas Shain Mosqueda Euphonium
Shallyn Mansfield Shane Moyer Cody DeValkeneer
Concert Band Courtney Spiering Anthony Sacco Luke Lokay
Brick Street Encounter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Saucedo Richard Serembo Landen Pells
Oboe Marissa Schultz John Sabados
Serengeti . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Higgins Lydia Berger Samuel Taleff
Elizabeth Waszkiewicz Tuba
Nathan Hale Trilogy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .James Curnow Clarinet Dylan Zeravica Robert Dye
I. Intrada Dylan Amic Alec Patterson
II. Intermezzo Sarah Chervenick Tenor Saxophone
III. The Rangers Ethan Dutka Kevin Turcovsky Percussion
Addison Gardner Edward Woods Dimitri Bossart
Simple Gifts: A Shaker Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr. Elliot Del Borgo Sydney Gass Aiden Carson
Aubree Jones Trumpet Tristan Eddy
Propulsion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Buckley Maura Lust Paul Angelcyk Donovan Ekberg
Brianna Shaffer Megan Barry Jackson Hughes
Megan Swick Maria DiToppa Antonio Lio
Wind Ensemble Mia Teslevich Zachary Elko David Novotnak
Josephine Toth Justin Gass Abigail Perhoch
Pageant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vincent Persichetti Rebecca Waszkiewicz Christian Guerzo Ian Resnik
Sydney Willig Matthew Janiga Andersen Schuller
Be Thou My Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .David R. Gillingham Dennis Kalinin Jacob Valmassoni
Famishius Fantasticus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Markowski Bass Clarinet George Koncerak Keegan Watkins
Cory Lackey Dylan Kuzma Sean Webb
Salvation is Created . . . . . . . . . . . . Pavel Tschesnokoff, arr. Houseknecht Samuel McFall Mason Zihmer
Jamie Nese
Zachary Petrulak
Norwin Combined Band Ryan Pirger
Jonathan Powell
Spirit of the Falcon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Saucedo Brian Vieceli
Logan Wade
Carlin Whalen

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