70's Alumni



Patty (Roy) Madsen  email:   pattim55@yahoo.com             Instrument: clarinet

Favorite piece of band music: Rhapsody in Blue, Every time I hear it play I think of the great experience I had playing in the OHS band.

Favorite Band Trip: Anyone playing in the band around this time will never forget the trip to Walt Disney World. For many of us it was a first for alot of things. Course you have to remember the torrential downpour that canceled the main parade (the first time in it's history at that time), but we were able to play later. And can anyone see a bake sale and NOT think of all the ones we had to raise funds for the trip?

Presently living in:   I live in Lynnwood, Washington(suburb of Seattle) with my husband Jeff, a video producer and my daughter Stephanie,just graduated from high school with no clue of what she wants to do! I moved here after graduating from SUC at Oswego. I worked many years for a printshop, but have returned to my first love, education. I teach ESL (English as a Second Language)at an elementary school.


Thomas J. Syrell  email: tsyrell@buss>com   Instrument:Percussion

Favorite piece of band music:  Trittico

Favorite Band Trip:  My favorite trip was the 1973 Marching Band Trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. My favorite memory was the time the cymbal detached from the hand strap during our performance of Trittico. It was at a Tri-Band Festival and we were being conducted by the composer of the piece, Vaclav Nelhybel. When I crashed the cymbals, one cymbal flew straight up in the air! Luckily I caught the cymbal as it came back down without anyone getting hit!!

Presently living in: I'm living in Oswego with my wife, the former Barbara Phillips (1976 OHS graduate and OHS Band Member). We have two children, Natalie and Elizabeth. Natalie has graduated and was also in the OHS Band and Chorus. Elizabeth is currently participating in both the OHS Bands and Choral programs.

After OHS, I attended SUNY Canton. I have worked at C&S Engineers for my first 3 years after college, Niagara Mohawk for the following 16-1/2 years, Yankee Atomic in Massachusetts for 2 years, and now for Cooper Bussmann for 3 years. Both Barb and I are OHS Band Parent Boosters and attend all the various field band performances and band and choral concerts faithfully. I also sing with the Humble Men Plus One, a men's vocal music group that sings for senior citizens, nursing homes, etc. in the area. I can't forget that I also sing in Barb's Choir at the Minetto United Methodist Church!!


Lynne (Brewer) Glerum Email: lglerum@yahoo.com  Instrument: Flute

Favorite piece of band music: 1812 Overture 

Favorite Band Trip: Going to Disney World in 1973. Marching down Main Street was the greatest. My funniest memory was of Karen Janice locked to the fence. She was always getting picked on....

Presently living in:   I am in Oswego. I am married to Rick Glerum who graduated in 1974 and have two children who were both in band. Joe who played Alto Sax in Marching Band and Tenor Sax in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band and Aimee who played Clarinet in Symphonic Band. We were both chaperones for many trips and enjoyed it a great deal. The kids were great!!!!  Working at a gift shop (Harbor Towne) and loving it...With both Joe and Aimee in their 20's I don't have to worry "toooo much" abut them.

Karen (Dashner) Ohman    Email: kdocpapc@hotmail.com  Instrument: Colorguard

Favorite piece of band music:

Favorite Band Trip:  Walt Disney world. Had a wonderful time. Esp. ordering the take out pizza.

Presently living in:    Camillus, NY.  Married with daughter and son. Jamie is a senior at Edinboro University in PA majoring in Animation and Spanish. Brian is a senior at WGenny planning on playing football at Hobart or Brockport. Neither were in band but played sports instead. Husband Fred just took early retirement from Verizon. I work part time at a local wholesale floral supply as their accountant.

Karen Heckethorn  Email: Khecketh@oswego.org Instrument: Trombone

Favorite piece of band music: Russian Christmas music

Favorite Band Trip: We were the first OHS Marching Band to march down Main Street USA in Disney World in 1973. I have so many fond memories of when the High School was an "Open Campus" and hanging out in the band room and practice rooms. The trips on the bus. Yes, and we got to eat food with our uniforms on! I really liked wearing those spats, too!!

Presently living in:  Oswego, NY

I am married to Andy Heckethorn, who also graduated in the class of '76. We have two kids, Ben and Janice. Ben, is currently in the OHS Marching Band! Things have certainly changed since I was in it!

Colette Losurdo  Email: nocode@dreamscape.com  Instrument: Flute

Favorite piece of band music: Rhapsody in Blue

Favorite Band trip: 1973 trip to Disney World. So many memories and special times I never would have had without band (even though I was not the best flautist !

Presently living in Oswego. I am the mom of 3 one in Marching band and wind ensemble never got that far!) I am also an R.N. working in cardiac rehab.

Barbara Phillips Syrell   Email: bsyrell@oswego.edu Instrument:
Oboe (Wind Ensemble) Flute, Piccolo, Trumpet in MB

Favorite Band music: In Wind Ensemble, "Trauersinfonie" by Wagner and "Festive Overture" by Shostakovich were incredible, ans as for Marching Band, it didn't matter what the show was - the Color Presentation ALWAYS got to me! Colette Cappell and I always got misty, no matter how many times we played it! (Saps!) I really miss that portion of the show, now that the bands no longer do it.

Favorite Band Trip: Marching down Main Street, USA in Disney world!! it was my first plane trip, my first visit to Florida, and an all around WONDERFUL experience!

Presently living at 16 Castle Drive Oswego, NY 

I will graduate from Oswego State in May, 2000 with a BA in Music and a minor in Museum Studies. I am currently Director of Music at Minetto United Methodist Church and Director of the New Horizons Band, a band for people ages 50 and older who either used to play when they were younger or always wanted to and never had an opportunity. It's great fun, and the members absolutely love it! I am married to Tom Syrell (the drummer, not the French horn player) and we have two amazing daughters - Natalie, age 21 and Elizabeth, age 15. Natalie is a former Marching Buc (mellophone) and Beth is currently a member (mellophone last year, trumpet this year.)


Elissa (Eli) Cupelo (Pierce) Email: ecupelo@hotmail.com   Instrument: French Horn

Favorite Band Music:  Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Favorite Band trip: Pittsburg

Presently:  I am living in Johnson City with my husband(a West Genny grad) of 21 yrs . 2 kids 17 & 13, both active in the Johnson City Grammy Award winning music dept!  I work for New York State as a Quality Assurance Analyst for Workers Comp for the past 21 yrs. My Husband is the MIS director for Endicott Johnson also for 21 yrs.

Edward Downs Email: Edward.Downs@prodigy.net  Trumpet

Favorite Band music:  West Side story

Favorite Band trip: Exchange concert in Penn.

Presently living in Houston, Texas.    Degree in Health Care administration and the CEO of a Health Care organization.

Matt Flumerfelt  Email:  Mattflumerfelt@bellsouth.net Instrument: Trumpet

Favorite piece band music: Brahms Academic Festival Overture, R. Strauss Don Juan

Favorite Band Trip memory:  It's hard to say. Probably all the fun times I had with friends around the lake, acting nutso. Riding with Karl on his snowmobile to Andy Sorenson's house at night and hearing Bill Chase's album for the first time.

Presently living in Valdosta, GA with my wife of 6 years and two step-kids--daughters--13 and 15. Working as a dinner pianist at a local restaurant, teaching developmentally disabled people during the day and writing books in my spare time.

Karl Janice  Email: kjanice@nycap.rr.com  Instrument: Trumpet

Favorite piece band music: Pines of Rome, Buddy Rich's West Side Story

Favorite Band Trip memory:  Getting Mugged in Chicago

Presently living in Albany, NY  Working with Networking and Data Security


Cindy Leavens Winston   Email: cwinston122@centurytel.net Instrument Baritone

Favorite Band Music :   Fanfare for the Common Man

Favorite Band Trip:  Too many to count. Riding the buses to band competitions were lots of fun.

Presently:  I am living in Gordo, Alabama about 25 miles west of Tuscaloosa. I have been happily married for 25+ years. We have one daughter who is 23 and I have a step-son who is 34. We live a quiet life but a busy one. We are very active in our church and mission organizations. Presently, I am working for an orthodontist as a treatment coordinator.

Todd Syrell  Email: syrtara@aol.com   Instrument: Percussion

Favorite piece band music: Festive overture                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Favorite Band trip  Chicago, Midwest national band and orchestra clinic

Presently living and working in sunny Oswego.  married, 2 boys.   Now I'm a band parent and looking  forward to the trip to Arizona!


 Robert Glick  Email: maleebooo@gmail.com  Instrument Timpani/ Triple

Favorite piece band music:Cadence

Favorite Band trip Mexico City, with out a doubt, one of the best memories of the few I have left.

Presently living and working University Park, Florida Managing a fleet of mobile MRIs and building shovelheads. Should have stayed in school. Much love to all that care and even those that don't.

David Price  Email: dlynnent@yahoo.com Instrument: Woodwinds

Favorite piece of band music: Fanfare for the Common Man

Favorite Band trip: MidWest National Band Clinic, Chicago, 1975.

Presently living in Knoxville Tennesee.  Married to Linda Beeler from Knoxville, TN. 4/30/83 Four children: Jessica, Shannon, Rachael, Jacob. I am a Registered Nurse at ST Mary's Hospital, Knoxville.

Thomas F Syrell   Email: tsyrell2@twcny.rr.com   Instrument  French Horn

Favorite Band Music :  Pines of Rome, although Macarthur Park ranks a close second.

Favorite Band Trip:    The sweet taste of Pineapples when we reached our hotel in the sweltering heat of Mexico City.

Presently:   Living in Constantia with my wonderful wife Alicia, and our children Steven, Brendan and Alexis.

Cheryl (Todd) Wood  Email: cwood2860@adelphia.net
Instrument: Many different clarinets & Marching Band Drum Major

Favorite music: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Favorite trip:  Definitely Mexico City was my favorite trip. My favorite memories come from the numerous marching competitions which were tiring but fun and always eventful. I wish I could do it all over again.

Presently:  I reside in Williamsville, NY (outside Buffalo) with my husband Bob who is also from Oswego. I have been happily married for 26 years. Bob and I have two daughters Melissa (24) and Stephanie(21) who make us very proud. I am employed as a Computer Support Assistant for Williamsville South High School. Coincidently my girls attended school here as well and when Ed Lisk was a guest conductor at Williamsville South on several occasions, my girls were both very fortunate to meet him and perform under his direction. What a thrill that was for me to observe him teaching and directing my girls in their bands. He is the same man we all new and loved back in '74 - '78. See all you '78 grads at the reunion next year.

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