SORRY FOR THESE LAST MINUTE CHANGES! I was just notified that Walsh University needs the rehearsal room until 6:45 this Thursday 9/26 so we will not be able to meet the Winds and Percussion as scheduled from 6:00-7:00. String classes will remain as scheduled in the Art Studio but Winds need not report until 7:00. We will have a Percussion sectional on “Gabriel’s Oboe” at 6:45. Combined Ensemble will meet in the Band Room from 7:00 to 8:00. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH OTHER MEMBERS!

The Mum Festival call time has been moved back from 3:30 to 4:00 as our Concert time is now 4:30! That gives you more time to eat BOLOGNA SANDWICHES!

COME OUT TO HEAR “ALL THAT JAZZ” AT THE HOUSTON PUB TOMORROW EVENING! We play from 7:30 – 9:30 (This is a change as well). Good food/drink no cover! QUESTIONS!?! CALL JIM. 330.858.2045

Marilyn Katzmark (violin) performs original composition Sunday September 15.

This Sunday, September 15, Marilyn Katzmark, Tim Longfellow and Miranda Toman will be a part of the service at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Doylestown. (This is the same church where we played for a couple years at the Arts Fest.)

The address is 16 Eastern Rd. off of Route 585. The service starts at 10:30. Marilyn will play an original piece which will surely be delightful.

Punch and cookies after the service. Everyone is welcome.

Call Sandy Bee Lynn if you have any questions.


Thanks goes out to all the members of the Volunteer Committee for the fantastic fun, food, and musical fellowship that we all experienced at yesterday’s picnic. I personally enjoyed the opportunity to mix with you all and the relaxed picnic atmosphere reflected by everyone’s smiles. Bravo BIG REED ENSEMBLE, and all the Musicians that performed throughout the afternoon! I was so pleased and entertained by the performances of each of you! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us! Your music connected with the audience and we left with “Smiles on our faces and Songs in our hearts”. Jim

Fun Time Picnic is ON!

Hi all,

The Fun Time Picnic is on, the weather looks great and we are ready to party!

If you still haven’t signed up, our grill master (appropriately named: Mike McMaster!) assures us he can handle more. So sign up by sending Lee a note ( and paying at the picnic.

Also, we now have FIVE acts for the Member Showcase but are thrilled to accept more. If you are busy practicing and want to share with us, please let Lee know (same email above) as we are putting together a program.

And remember: Please bring a dish to share: salads, vegetables, desserts, or ???. We also will provide water and paper products. If you want drinks other than water, please bring it.

See you next Saturday at 4 pm.



IT LABOR DAY WEEKEND! Just a reminder that we are not rehearsing on Monday and that our rehearsal at Walsh University Birk Center for the Arts on Thursday September, 5th is COMBINED and open to ALL String, Wind, and Percussion Members. We will be rehearsing combined numbers for both the Mum Festival and Maps Museum Concerts. That means you need to bring all your music including “Fanfare and Flourishes” by James Curnow. A complete FUNTIME SCHEDULE will be posted next Tuesday! Enjoy!



Sept. 7, 4pm-8pm​​​​ Johnson United Methodist Church, Norton

WHAT? The FunTime Picnic is an opportunity to enjoy learning about your fellow band members at a relaxed picnic and musical showcase.

FOOD? Bass player Mike McMaster is Grill-Master. He and his crew will provide perfect burgers and hotdogs. 

Please bring a dish to share: salads, vegetables, desserts, or???  We also will provide water and paper products. If you want drinks of than water, please bring it. 

FUN? We will have some ‘Get to know you better” activities and a Member Showcase!


We are encouraging you to prepare some music to share: create a duet with a friend, find 3-4 friends and put together an ensemble, solo something special. 

Let’s have some fun!

Jim will bring a sound system so all will hear your melodious tones. Can’t Wait!

COST? ​$15/per couple.

Please reserve (and pay) by Aug 26 (Bolich) or Aug 29 (Walsh)