A Message from Co-Presidents Kathleen McGuirk & Tony DiBartolomeo
A vision that began percolating for quite some time in the mind of our founder is coming to fruition this year. We are proud to announce the creation of a Timberlane adult music association, the Timberlane Community Music Association, (TCMA). What began as a very small group of concert band musicians and music supporters in 1999 developed into the Timberlane Community Band. In the mid 2000s the Timberlane Jazz Band was created, and this group has grown in talent under the guidance of Nick Mainella. The jazz band has performed around the region to the pleasure of many an audience.
About five years ago, John Zevos (our highly respected and talented educator and performer in guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, lap steel, banjo, and ukulele) created the Timberlane Guitar Orchestra.
Two years ago, we were fortunate enough to add Rob Finch, Timberlane choral director, to our community. Rob has been an energetic force of nature, reviving our Timberlane Community Chorus ensemble to its present state. He is beloved by his group for his humor, attention to detail, and high standards. Figuratively speaking, the ‘house’ is too small for our family now! The new TCMA will be a big enough for all of us to grow and add more members throughout the coming years.
Conductor & Founder, Timberlane Community Concert Band - Anthony DiBartolomeo
For the past 35 years, Tony has been the Director of Music for the Timberlane Regional School District in Plaistow, NH as well as the Director of the Timberlane Performing Arts Center. He is the founder and co-director of the Timberlane Community Band. Past teaching positions have included Band Director and Instructor of Saxophone at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Chairperson and Instrumental Director at Ashland University (OH) and Band Director at the J. Frank Dobie High School, Pasadena, Texas.
Tony received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a Master Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Houston. Tony was a conducting student of William Revelli, University of Michigan, and Craig Kirckkoff, Ohio State University. Tony is the founder and current Chairperson of the New Hampshire Band Directors/New Hampshire Music Educators All State Chamber Music Festival. He is the past President of the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and a past member of the New Hampshire Music Educators Executive Board where he served as All State Audition Chairperson for twenty years. In 2000, Tony was honored by the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and was selected the Outstanding Band Director of the Year. In April of 2013, Tony was awarded the New Hampshire Music Educator of the Year Award by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association.
Tony was the Executive Director of the New England Ambassadors of Music and toured Europe with nearly 500 New England students and directors in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
He makes his home in Methuen, Massachusetts with his wife Eileen. He has three children, a daughter Angela, a Doctoral Student at the Boston University. Andrew, a live action stunt man at Universal Studios Los Angeles, and son Anthony who is the Technical Director at The Timberlane Performing Arts Center.
Conductor, Timberlane Community Concert Band - John Mainella
John Mainella is one of the esteemed conductors of the Timberlane Community Band , as well as the Director of the Pollard Elementary and Sandown Central School Bands.
He began his career at Timberlane in 1979 and has held several teaching positions in the Middle School in addition to that of Band Director. John received his Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 1976 and also has a MM in School Administration from Rivier College.
John says he really enjoys working with adult musicians in the Community Band because it allows for a change in teaching style after working with Middle School students every day. He maintains that one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching in the same district for 34 years is that he begins to see Middle School musicians whose parent or parents were his students when they were in Middle School! He thinks it is great to see that musical influence carry through different generations.
John resides in Plaistow, New Hampshire, with his wife Trisha and their two sons – Nick, who has his MM in Jazz Performance on saxophone from Western Michigan University and Colin, who has his Bachelor degree in trumpet performance from SUNY.
Conductor, Timberlane Community Concert Band - Kurt Schweiss
Kurt is pleased to be a part of the Timberlane Community Band in addition to his responsibilities as Timberlane’s Middle School Band Director. As a Music Educator, he plays all instruments though his emphasis is on clarinet and woodwind instruments. He is currently working towards greater proficiency on all instruments through playing in the Volare Jazz Band and in the Timberlane Community Band.
Kurt received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 and is currently working towards his Masters of Instrumental Education. Prior to working for the Timberlane School District, he was the Music Director for Chester Academy in Chester New Hampshire. In 2009, he was one of 51 music educators nationwide to be awarded the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale School of Music and in 2012 he was awarded the Outstanding Young Band Director Award from the New Hampshire Band Director’s Association.
Conductor, Timberlane Community Jazz Band - Nick Mainella
Saxophonist and Educator Nick Mainella currently resides in Dover, NH and has recently returned from Western Michigan University, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance under the instruction of Trent Kynaston, as well as performing and teaching regularly in Kalamazoo and West Michigan. Nick received a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of New Hampshire. There he studied both classical and jazz saxophone with teachers such as, Clark Terry, James Moody, Stjepko Gut, Jared Sims, Mark Shilansky, Demetrius Spanaes, and David Seiler.
He has had the opportunity to perform with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, James Moody, The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Patti Austin, The WMU Jazz Nonet, and Mark Shilansky. Currently Nick has been a faculty member of the SYMS program at UNH, faculty at Chester College of New England, and performs regularly in and around the New England area.
Conductor, Timberlane Community Guitar Orchestra - John Zevos
The Timberlane Community Guitar Orchestra invites guitar players of all levels to join as they begin their fourth year of rehearsals and performances. If you play a guitar, bass guitar, mandolin or other plucked string acoustic instrument, and are seeking a group of fun-loving, adventurous fellow players to grow with musically, now is the time to join. The guitar orchestra is a community ensemble led by John Zevos, who has taught and performed for four decades and headed the New Hampshire Music Educators high school all-state guitar festival. They perform music ranging from classical to jazz, folk and pop. The arrangements have parts for players of all skill levels. An ability to read music is unnecessary to join, but you will be encouraged and helped to learn.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Timberlane High School Performing Arts Center in Plaistow. There is no cost to join. All are welcome at any time! The group performs at select local venues and at the annual Timberlane Guitar Festival. There may also be recording opportunities.
Please visit the Timberlane Community Guitar Orchestra’s Facebook group to check out demo recordings, performance videos and pictures. To join, or if you have questions, please contact John Zevos at JohnZevos@Excite.com.
Conductor, Timberlane Community Chorus - Robert Finch
Robert Finch was born and raised a Maine-ah. After growing up in Wells. He attended the University of Maine (B.M.E 2006). He also has a Masters of Music Education from Gordon College. Robert joined the faculty at Timberlane in 2017 where he teaches choir (6th -12th grade). Prior to Timberlane, he spent 9 years as a music educator in Dover Middle School.
In addition to teaching, Robert is an active conductor and performer in the New England region. Past conducting experience includes: The instrumental chorus at The UNH Jr. SYMS camp, honors festivals which include Vermont District 6, NH Lakes Region and Maine districts 1,2,3 and 6 as well as being the assistant conductor of the Seacoast Community Chorus, York, ME (2014-17). Past performance experience: Seacoast Community Chorus, Portsmouth Pro Musica, Portland Community Choir, Community Choir of South Berwick and Dover 4th Street Jazz and was in the choir for Ogunquit Playhouse’ production of, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (2016).
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