College of Arts News
H. Scott Curfman Appointed Interim Director of BandsPosted Jun. 1, 2010
The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music has named H. Scott Curfman as the Interim Director of Bands. Mr. Curfman will assume these duties and continue as the Director of Athletic Bands, upon the retirement of Dr. Wayne Gorder, who has served with distinction as the Director of Bands for the past 23 years. Working with Mr. Curfman will be the newly appointed Interim Assistant Director of Bands, Mr. Marcus L. Neiman. Mr. Neiman will assume the leadership and conducting duties for the Kent Concert Band and will assist with the band department's administration, recruiting projects, and outreach programs. According to Dr. Denise Seachrist, Interim Director of the School of Music, "the appointment of Mr. Curfman, assisted by Mr. Neiman, will ensure that our mission to provide professional training and academic excellence for all our students will continue at the highest levels."
Prior to his arrival six years ago at Kent State, Mr. Curfman served for 27 years as band director in the public schools of northeastern Ohio, most recently in Cuyahoga Falls. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, BME, and earned his MME at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Mr. Curfman will be the primary conductor of the Kent Wind Ensemble and the Kent State "Marching Golden Flashes," teach a variety of conducting classes, and serve as the administrator for the University's Band Department.
Mr. Neiman served for nine years as high school band director and 30 years as arts supervisor and administrator for the Medina County Schools Educational Service Center. He is a graduate of The University of Akron, BSME, earned his MME at The University of Michigan, with additional post-graduate hours at Kent State University. In addition, Mr. Neiman has been the conductor of the Medina Community Band since 1973 and is the founder and artistic director of the professional Sounds of Sousa Band. Neiman remains active in Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), having served as state president from 1998-2000. He is the recipient of the 2010 OMEA Distinguished Service Award.
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