Marcus Neiman is a part-time assistant professor of musiceducation for the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, aposition he has held since May 2010. His major responsibilities at Kent Stateare teaching the â€œMusic Teaching as a Professionâ€ and â€œInstrumental Methods forChoral and General Music Majorsâ€ courses, supervising music education studentteachers, and recruiting programs and activities for the School of Music. He was interim director of the Kent StateConcert Band for the 2010-11 academic year. Prior to taking his position atKent State, he was appointed to the position of part-time lecturer for themusic department at Case Western Reserve University with major responsibilitiesof teaching their â€œFoundations of Music Educationâ€ course and supervising musiceducation student teachers. He had thatpost from January of 2004 through August of 2011. He served The University of Akron as anassistant lecturer with major responsibilities of supervising visual artseducation student teachers for the College of Education, a post he held fromthe Fall of 2003 through Spring of 2010.
Neiman retired from his post as fine arts consultant for theMedina County Schools Educational Service Center in December of 2000, a post heheld since August of 1980. Neimanreturned to the Medina County Schools ucationalService Center in March of 2001 as director of fine arts tours and festivalsand will retire from that post in the Spring of 2010. He is also responsible for creating andimplementing the Medina County Schools' Fine Arts Tours, an annual series ofprofessional arts tours that reach out into all of Medina's seven schoolsystems. Since its conception in 1980, over 1,000,000 students have experienced"first-time" live arts performances. He was the primary grant writer for the fine arts tours and highlyregarded for his fundraising abilities for these arts programs. He was formerly director of bands at MedinaHigh School (1972 through 1980).
He attended the Akron Public Schools, received his bachelorof science in music education degree from The University of Akron, master ofmusic in music education degree from The University of Michigan, postgraduatehours at The Kent State University, and The University of Akron.
Active in local affairs, Neiman is a member of the 1993-94class of "Leadership Medina County," and has served on various artscommittee for school and community. Hewas a founding trustee and past president of the Medina County Arts Council andMedina County Performing Arts Foundation. He has served as a panel member and consultant for the presenter-touringcomponent of the Ohio Arts Council and was a fee support artist on the OACpresenter-touring roster. Neiman is apast executive board member of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network and OhioAlliance for Arts Education. He alsoserved as the director of development for the Chicago based (William D.)Revelli Foundation.
Neiman has served The Ohio Music Education Association(OMEA) as a member of the governmental relations and adjudicated eventscommittees, district president, vice-president, state chair for MusicIn Our Schools and public relations, state editor of their professionaljournal TRIAD, and state chair for their council of supervisors. He was elected by OMEAs membership to serveas state president from July 1, 1998 through July 1, 2000, and is currently OMEAsstate historian. He was awarded OMEAshighest honor, the â€œDistinguished Service Award on January 29th,2010 at the Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neiman has been published in Music EducatorsNational Conference journal MEJ, The Instrumentalist, The SchoolMusician, The Music Educator, OMEAs TRIAD, FANFARE magazine,and Bands of America Newsletter. His first book, edited for NationalAssociation for Music Education (NAfME formerly Music Educators NationalConference â€“ MENC), entitled Life in the Music Classroom, waspublished by NAfME in April 1992. He islisted in Marquis â€œWhoâ€™s Who in America (58th Edition).
Neiman has appeared with junior high/middle and high school,college and university, community bands, and American Federation of Musiciansunion professional bands as a guest conductor and in his characterization offamed bandmaster John Philip Sousa in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, NewYork, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, (state of) Washington, and Wisconsin. On October 15, 2004, Neiman conducted theVolga Concert Band in Saratov, Russia in a Sousa-style concert following aweekâ€™s residence in Moscow and Saratov. Inaddition to conducting the Medina Community Band (since 1973), he formed hisown professional touring band -- The Sounds of Sousa Band -- (in1992) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of Sousa's firstnon-military band. To this date he hasperformed for over 200,000 people in the role of Sousa. Neiman is a member Local 24 (Akron), AmericanFederation of Musicians.
Neiman continues to conduct Medina Community Band, havingserved as the conductor longer than any other of the organizationâ€™s conductors(since the 1973 season), his goal has always been to preserve the presence andcharacter of the traditional â€œtown-band.â€ There are no auditions, membership dues or fees, or chair placements inthe ensemble. Membership is open toadults who desire to continue their growth as instrumentalists. In addition, Neiman has encouraged composersto write for the band. Over the yearsthe band has commissioned works by Douglas Court, Robert Feldbush, Stuart Ling,Edmund J. Siennicki, Tadd Russo, and David Shaffer.