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A brief history of The 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.

The UC Summer Band plays at Heman Park (Midland & Shaftesbury Entrance).

The Musicians...

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.

...the conductor...

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.


2019 Members

Debbie Geibel

Linda Anderson
Chrisena Brown
Andrea Clark
Trina Dickmann
Martha Lou Haddon
Daphne Levy
Diane Margherio
Nancy Reycraft
Bonnie Sabin
Cindy Schellenberg
Debbie Schill
Suzanne Schoomer

Susan Adams
Aaron Feldman

Kevon Hall
Daniel Shavers
Janice Somerville

Bob Baumann
Pete Eppestine
Nancy Garza
Gary Gibbs
Cathy Grotegeers
Jerry Hoover
Shelley Layton
Chuck Lockyear
Matt McKeever
Kristie Skor
Ron Stilwell
Mark Thiel
Jeanne Townsend
Anne Winkler
Jerry Wood

Bass Clarinet
Bruce Arnold

Alto Sax
Lee Borrine
Lori Burkhardt
Hal Goldsmith
Elizabeth Kusterer
Thomas Moore
Rebecca Parisi
Jim Schollenberger
Dale Skornia

Tenor Sax
Jeff DeWald
David Farrington
Nancee Glaser
Darold Strand

Bari Sax
Bob Probst
French Horn
Bill Coalson
Jan DeJaegher
Michelle Hall
Doug Luke
Richard Sohn
Franklin Swartzwelder
Mary Swartzwelder
Layne Van Bryant
Onalee Yousey

Nancy Bender
Lorna Crafton
Bryan Dinman
Don Holstien
Nelda Lee
Steve Platt
Carl Serbel
April Silverman
Brian Smith
Ryan Staines
David Wheelock

Sandra Andrick
Ben Bethge
Roger Davenport
Donna Davis
Ben Dickmann
Larry Goldenberg
Annette Nicks Hall
Ed Levy
Bob Settle
Sue Ellen Speicher
Shelley Stewart
Cornelius Washington
Dan Wieder
Bass Trombone
Andy Schiefelbein
Rich Wieder

Matthew Banks
Michael Brooks
April Dalton
Bill Jeffries
Travis Laws

Kurt Bauche
Kevin Brennan
Larry Hansen
Justin Hartmann
Chris Jacobus
Dean Somerville
Toni Stanley

Melanie A. Cytron
Timothy Hill
Merrick Felder
Michael Sneller
Bette Welch