Featured Ensembles (2019)

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Strongsville High School Wind Ensemble - Brian King, conductor

Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble - Ethan Eraybar, conductor

Jackson High School Symphony Band - Michele Monigold, conductor

Strongsville High School Wind Ensemble group photo.

Strongsville High School Wind Ensemble

The Strongsville High School Wind Ensemble is the top auditioned concert band out of three at the high school. Students receive honors credit for their participation in this ensemble. Recent performances of note include The Madison Avenue Atrium in Manhattan, New York City, The University of Akron Band Clinic, and a performance at the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational at Severance Hall. The band consistently earns superior ratings at OMEA State competitions. The Marching Mustangs have a long tradition of being one of the most visible bands in Northeast Ohio. The band has performed at numerous professional sporting events including the Cavs, Indians, and Browns. The band has also performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, Hollywood Christmas Parade, and numerous Bowl Games around the country including The Citrus Bowl, The Orange Bowl, and has the distinction of being one of the few bands in Ohio to appear in The Rose Bowl two times from Ohio.

Brian King, Director of Bands

Brian King is beginning his fourteenth-year teaching and has been the Director of Bands at Strongsville City Schools since 2014. Mr. King teaches the high school’s three concert bands, two jazz bands, pep band, marching band, adaptive music, music theory, and music appreciation.

Mr. King holds a Master of Music degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor's of Music Education degree from The University of Akron. Mr. King has been an active bassists/tubist performer for many years having been a member of the Walt Disney College All-Star Bands in Florida, and Euro-Disney in Paris, France, and was an employee of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for several years as a bassist. He has performed with many well-known musical groups including The Akron Symphony, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Drifters, The Coasters, and Broadway Tours including Chicago, and The Drowsy Chaperone at Playhouse Square.

Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble group photo.

Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble

Brunswick High School is located in Brunswick, Ohio – a city of approximately 45,000 residents located approximately 20 miles southwest of Cleveland. The wind ensemble is the most advanced band and is open to students through audition only. The band performs advanced literature at local concerts, district and state adjudicated events and has been featured at a number of state and national events. The band is a curricular course meeting during the school day and includes students in grades 10-12. The entire band program is supported by the Brunswick Band Parents Organization which includes current parents, alumni, and community members.

The wind ensemble has performed at a number of prestigious events including the OMEA Professional Conference, the Ohio Band Directors Conference, the Inaugural U.S. Army Band President's Cup Concert, the Disney Honors Festival, the University of Akron Concert Band Clinic, and Cleveland State University and Kent State University Partnership Concerts.

Ethan Eraybar, Director

Ethan Eraybar is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Currently in his 6th year of teaching in Brunswick City Schools. His first 5 years in Brunswick City Schools, Mr. Eraybar was the director of the Middle School Bands of Edwards and Visintainer Middle Schools, as well as the director of the Brunswick Middle School Jazz Band and the Assistant Director to the Brunswick High School Marching Band.

This year Mr. Eraybar was appointed Interim Director of Bands in Brunswick City Schools where his responsibilities include directing the Brunswick High School Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Mr. Eraybar is also a member of OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) and JECO (Jazz Education Connection of Ohio).

Jackson High School Symphony Band group photo.

Jackson High School Symphony Band

The Jackson High School Symphony Band is one of four concert ensembles offered at Jackson High School. Students in the band perform advanced literature for OMEA adjudicated events in class AA. The band has consistently received superior ratings at state level competition. Symphony Band members have the opportunity to work with visiting composers and conductors each year, and many students in the ensemble also participate in jazz band, solo and ensemble, as well as courses in world music, music history, music theory and composition.

Michele Monigold, Director of Bands

Michele Monigold is Director of Bands and Music Department Head at Jackson High School, and was named Ohio District 8 Teacher of the Year for 2019. She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Akron and is currently an adjunct instructor at Kent State University and Malone University.

Mrs. Monigold directs the Jackson High School Symphony Band, the “Purple Army” marching band, assists with middle school bands, and teaches Advanced Music/Composition and Music as a World Phenomenon courses. Mrs. Monigold is the Tri-M Music Honor Society advisor, an active adjudicator for the Ohio Music Education Association, a certified mentor teacher, and is a trainer for National Geographic Certified Educator Phase 1 workshops.

Mrs. Monigold resides in Jackson Township with her husband, Sean, a professional trumpet player who serves as Director of High School Jazz Ensembles and Brass Content Specialist at Jackson High School. They have one son, Nolan, who is currently attending the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.