The Naperville Municipal Band would not function without the aid of various staff members. These people play a vital part in the day-to-day operations of the band. And as the band meets year round that's almost a full time job!
Ann (Good) Lord
Ann Lord, concert moderator for the Naperville Municipal Band, began her love for band music as a third-grade student learning to play the clarinet. Elmer Koerner was the only band instructor in Naperville; and, as did many others, Ann Good went to Naperville schools, through high school, playing under his direction. She continued in the band for two years at Grinnell College in Iowa. During six summers of high school and college, she played in Naperville’s Municipal Band. The last two of those years found her announcing the numbers, also, going to the microphone from her band chair to do so.
With a major in speech and theatre from Grinnell College, Ann moved into a career path of broadcasting, becoming Women’s Program Director for CBS-affiliated station KGLO AM/FM/TV in Mason City, Iowa. She wrote commercials and produced programs, often appearing in them on-air.
At KGLO she met and married John Lord, station announcer and director, who often directed her shows. They became a well-known performing team at the station and throughout the area. John’s acceptance of a position with an industrial film company in Chicago brought them back to Naperville where the Municipal Band found Ann again and asked her to become its concert moderator, a position she has held for 57 years! With John as sound engineer for the band, the life of the Lord family, including their three children, has always been very involved with band concerts. During those years, Ann earned a Masters Degree in speech and taught at Naperville North High School for 20 years. Commenting on her long time with the band, Ann says, “If you stay in the same place, and continue to do something you love, the years move on easily and surprise you.”
Violet Kurylak has been a member of the NMB since 2000. She began studying clarinet in grade school, and played through out high school and college, and in several honor bands. She also played with various civic bands. Violet helped launch a community band when she lived in north-central Iowa, and has played with many informal groups. She also sings with the Sts. Peter and Paul Choir and Choral Scholars.
As NMB historian, Violet maintains documents about the Band's activities, including concerts, publicity, recordings, and awards. She also preserves a photo record of the band, assembled from informal and formal sources.
Ice Cream Social
Rebecca started playing clarinet over 50 years ago in the Wilmington, IL school system. Becky graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in music education. Her first job was band director of grades 5-12 at St Anthony Schools in Effingham, IL. She stayed in Effingham for 5 years and then moved back to this area in 1977, which is when Becky joined the Naperville Municipal Band. She gave private lessons in the evenings for clarinet, flute & saxophone while doing office work during the day. Besides playing in the band now, she also plays my clarinet at church, St Timothy Lutheran, almost every week at the Saturday evening services.
When Ken Kalina was president of the band, he asked Becky to take over the duties of the ice cream social chairman. This duty commences in January when she send out a news release for the papers, asking for non-profit organizations to send in a request to be part of the lottery for the ice cream social sponsors for each concert during our summer season. The lottery drawing is usually held in April, with letters going out to all the groups by the end of the month. A few weeks before their sponsored concert, Becky will usually contact each group to make sure their plans are going well, and if necessary, give them some helpful suggestions. At each concert, she checks to make sure the ice cream socials are running smoothly. She then gets feed-back questionnaires from the groups after their socials, which are used to help future groups with their planning.
Lynn Walter (French horn journeyman) was introduced to the Naperville Municipal Band (NMB) in the spring of 1958 by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity brother at Northern Illinois University, Ronald J. Keller. Lynn performed with NMB during the summer concert seasons 1958-1960.
He enlisted in the US Army as a musician, and after 8 weeks of basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC, & 20 weeks of advanced individual training at the US Navy School of Music in Washington DC, performed consecutively (1961-1963) with 5th US Army Band, Ft Sheridan IL; 1st Infantry Division Band, Ft. Riley KS; 8th US Army Band attached to the United Nations Command, South Korea; & 50th AG Band attached to the Continental Army Command, Ft. Monroe VA.
After honorable discharge from active duty on October 30, 1963, returned to civilian life at home in Aurora, employed at Barber-Greene Co. Upon returning to NMB discovered that its music library had never been cataloged. He volunteered through conductor Elmer Koerner to catalogue the music library using a system acquired from service with 8th US Army Band. He began cataloging January 1964 (initially 2,100 compositions) & in November, 1964, was appointed NMB music librarian by the board of directors - a position that has never changed hands. Since 1965 he has also maintained a personal paper history of the NMB. He retired in 2013, after 37 years, from the voluntary position of NMB color guard commander. He also performed for 8 years with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Lynn has been married since 1966 to the same lovely lady from San Francisco, Carol Ann (Jacobsen), a graduate of Valparaiso University with a double major (youth leadership & mathematics); adopted 2 children - Elizabeth Joy & John Mark. Lynn has 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In 1973 he finally completed a BA in industrial management at Aurora College.
Cindy has been a member of the Naperville Municipal Band since 2006. Her love of music started as a young child. Cindy's dad was a music teacher and her mom was also a musician, so Cindy was exposed to a wide variety of musical concerts and classical and jazz recordings while growing up. Both her parents taught private music lessons in their home, which is where she first learned to play the flute. Cindy also took piano lessons and played her grandpa's violin. During the 8th grade, Cindy changed instruments and began playing the clarinet; the instrument she plays today in the NMB.
Cindy studied music and was a music education major until her junior year in college. Although Cindy changed her major to psychology at that time, she continued playing in many ensembles and gave a senior recital upon graduation. In addition, she combined her love of music and psychology by developing treatments for musical performance anxiety for her master's thesis.
Today, Cindy works in the marketing research industry, but thoroughly enjoys playing her clarinet and is honored to be a member of the Naperville Municipal Band.
Grand children Macy Fleury, Tim Kasprzak and Sarah Kasprzak help distribute programs at every concert!
Dr. Richard Pugliese has been a member of the Naperville Municipal Band’s Saxophone section since 1976. Currently playing the Baritone Saxophone, he also serves as the Band’s Manager of Special Projects. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and the Loyola University of Chicago School of Dentistry. He also served two years of overseas active duty as an Army Transportation Officer and Company Commander from 1965-1967.
Dick retired from his active Naperville practice of Family Dentistry in 2008, after devoting 37 years to that profession. One of the key contributions to the NMB was his serving as Chairman of the Band’s 150th Anniversary activities throughout the year 2009. Having also served as the Uniform and Equipment manager for 5 years, and three two-year terms on the Band’s Board of Directors, his primary area of concern now is with the Band’s many special projects that occur. That position oversees activities ranging from enlisting and coordinating sponsors and program preparation for each of the NMB’s summer season concert audience drawings, to gathering small groups of about 20 Band members each year for Naperville’s Downtown Festival of Lights parade in November benefitting the Little Friends local charity. A full Band trip and joint concert with the University of Notre Dame’s community band was also organized under Dick’s Special Projects duties as a finale to the 150th anniversary celebrations.
Other occasional requirements of the Band such as outfitting each member with the Band’s summer “Red Shirt” attire and its blue and white casual band jackets have been accomplished under the area of “Special Projects.” Buffet dinners at the Community Concert Center honoring visiting dignitaries and guest musical organizations along with similar receptions for returning NMB Alumni for reunion concerts have highlighted Dick’s Special projects tenure. It is hoped that as the Naperville Municipal Band continues to grow and expand its own musical horizons, that other important “special projects” will present themselves.
Steve grew up in Louisville, KY and started playing the clarinet in the 5th grade. Throughout middle and high school he was active in school band and orchestra programs along with the Louisville-Jefferson County Youth Orchestra and several all-state and all-county bands. He attended college at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science with a minor in Music. He participated in both band and orchestra during college. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for graduate school and received a master’s degree in Mathematics. Steve moved to the Chicagoland area in 1988 and started playing with the Naperville Municipal Band in the fall of 1989. Since moving to the Chicagoland area he has worked as a software engineer in the telecommunications industry.
Steve is the attendance coordinator for the band. He is responsible for collecting attendance information from each of the section leaders and making the collected information available to the treasurer to pay stipends to members. He also answers questions on attendance as needed from the directors, officers, and board members of the band.