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.”
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.
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
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.