Congratulations to two PMEA District 7 students who participated in the inaugural NAfME All-National Modern Band in Orlando, FL on November 7-10, 2019.
Jason Brown from JP McCaskey High School performed on the Keyboard.
Brendan Livelsberger from Spring Grove Area High School performed on the Drums. Brendan also sang lead vocals and performed lead guitar on his original composition This Song.
Pictured from left to right are Mr. Sam Fisher, PMEA District 7 President, Jason Brown , Brendan Livelsberger, and Mr. Dan Brenner, teacher at Spring Grove Area High School.
Diane Maclay Retired Music Educator, Cumberland Valley SD
“I first met Diane a few years ago when she was serving as the President of PMEA Distict 7. She came to the Fest that my students were participating in and impressed me with her fairness, her approachability, and her knowledge. When a colleague asked me to consider running for a position on the District 7 Executive Board, I happily agreed to it, knowing that I would have would have the great mentorship of Diane to help guide me. Since I have become an officer for District 7, I’ve worked much more closely with Diane and she has proven to me that she is one of the most dedicated music educators that PMEA has ever seen. Diane retired from teaching years ago, but has voluntarily continued to donate her time to PMEA to ensure that District 7’s students continue to get great experiences and that its teachers are well prepared for their jobs through professional development.” – Gregory Hutchison, First Vice President, PMEA District 7
Diane is retired from the Cumberland Valley School District where she taught elementary vocal music for 30 years and served as Music Department Chair during the last seven years. Prior to her position at Cumberland Valley she taught for seven years in the Mifflin County SD.
The James R. Stewart award was established in 1999 in honor of PMEA Past President Jim Stewart, the only president who has served two terms (1974-1976 and 1990-1992).
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Citation of Excellence: PMEA congratulates this year’s Citation of Excellence awardees for their outstanding work at the college/ university level and high school level.
Thomas Strohmann, Lebanon Valley College.
Teaching Area: Director of Jazz Studies, jazz band/lab band director, saxophone instruction, orchestration, class. Summer music camp instructor and Graduate studies instructor. Faculty advisor and honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Iota Kappa chapter. Private home music and woodwind lesson instructor. Also, Tom is one of the original founding members of the jazz group, “Third Stream.” It has been on of Central Pennsylvania’s primiere jazz groups for the last 50 years!
“Tom is a deserving recipient of this award for numerous reasons. Tom is someone in the music arena who set the bar high as both teacher, leader and professional musician. I don’t know anyone else who has been able to do this for as long as he has. As both a teacher and performer, Tom has touched the lives and been an inspiration to hundreds if not thousands of young musicians. As the director of the LVC jazz band, his band has performed at many Central PA high schools and middle school.