Todd Reagan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. While at Otterbein he performed many leading roles on the main stage, and with the Opera Theatre and the Summer Stock Theatre. He was the recipient of the coveted Burrell Musical Theatre Award, given annually to one graduating senior by the Otterbein Departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, recognizing outstanding achievement in musical theatre performance.
Mr. Reagan is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has worked in film and television for 20th Century Fox, Paramount and NBC. Including film roles in “Mischief”, “The Jesse Owens Story” and television’s “Unsolved Mysteries”.
While living in New York City he worked with the Hughes Moss Casting Co. on several of their projects including Broadway productions of “42nd Street” and “My One and Only”, and was a co-producer with Dabble Productions for Viacom Television and “Gimme a Break” with the late Nell Carter.
Reagan was a featured cabaret singer abroad the M/S Nordic Prince for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line/Miami, Florida. He is now living in the Pittsburgh area singing with the Glass City Swing Band and performing solo work at various venues.
Vocalist, Heart of Glass Trio
Caryn comes from a family of very talented musicians and is herself proficient in vocals and French Horn and has been known to play the piano and trumpet on occasion. Caryn currently works in Latrobe as secretary for the Christ United Church of Christ, is the worship leader at Harvest Assembly Church in Derry and is a pit musician and costumer for area musicals. She is very blessed to be part of the Glass City Swing Band. Caryn’s most rewarding role is as daughter, mother and wife. Caryn resides in Derry with her family.
Vocalist, Heart of Glass Trio
Coreen Poklembo is a 1983 graduate from Seton Hill University with a BM in Music Education. She taught music at Aquinas Academy for 32 years. She currently is chant instructor at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, cantors at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Bradenville, is a private voice instructor and is a soloist for weddings and community events. She resides in Derry with her husband, Jeff, and her daughter, Sarah.
Vocalist, Heart of Glass Trio
Lydia Hull is a professional violinist, artist, theater and music lover. She has been involved with musical theater for as long as she can remember, either playing violin in the pit or performing on stage. She currently is working as an entertainer at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, a violinist for weddings and special events and violinist for high school and community theater. Lydia is very excited to be singing along side her aunts as part of the Heart of Glass vocal trio with the Glass City Swing Band.
Jill graduated from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. Jill studied with Kathleen Campbell and Marino Galluzzo and is on the Community Music Division Staff at Seton Hill University as well as maintaining a music studio at home. Jill has over 30 years of experience performing in diverse groups such as the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds where she served as principle saxophonist and featured soloist. Jill has also been involved with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds Jazz Ensemble where she was featured often as soloist. Jill peformed with the Westmoreland Symphony and McKeesport Symphony Orchestras in which she had the opportunity to perform works such as Ravel’s Bolero. Jill is a former member of the Seton Hill University Faculty Saxophone Quartet and has played numerous musicals for area theater companies such as The Theatre Factory, Greensburg Civic Center, New Kensington Theater and Applehill Playhouse. Jill is very excited about her current project as Co-Founder and Director of Philanthropy for GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness. She also is lead alto saxophone with the Glass City Swing Band.
Jesse graduated from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He is currently the music teacher at Serra Catholic High School where he directs the marching band and musical program. He also assists the McKeesport Area High School Marching Band. Jesse currently performs with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds and the J. McCall Band.
Musical Director, Glass Half Full
Tenor Saxophone, Glass Half Full
Kevin has been a member of the Glass City Swing Band for a little over a year and has thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Currently, he is also a member of the Penn-Trafford Community Band. Prior to his twenty-year layoff from playing, Kevin was the saxophone section leader in the University of Pittsburgh concert, pep, and marching bands. He graduated from there in 1991 with a degree in electrical engineering. He also has been seen on stage as an actor, performing for Little Lake Theater, The Theatre Factory, Applehill Playhouse, and Greensburg Civic Theater. When he’s not dreaming of becoming a performer, he works with information technology and lives in Irwin with his wife and son.
Valerie “Val” Uschock is a Board Certified Music Therapist and owner of Music Therapy Progressions, a private contractual company serving Southwester, PA. Val received her B.S. in Music Therapy from Duquesne University’s School of Music in 1993 and completed her internship at Norristown State Hospital in 1994. Prior to developing her business in 1998, Val worked at Wightman Rehabilitation Center in Squirrel Hill and Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with clients of all ages and disabilities, specializing in Neurologic Rehabilitation, Autism Spectrum Disorders and most recently in Hospice Music Therapy.
While at Duquesne, Val studied classical saxophone under Marino Galluzzo and performed in Jazz Combo Groups under the direction of David Budway. Along with Glass City Swing Band, Val continues to be an active performer with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds and serves in music ministry via flute, saxophone and hand bells at the First United Methodist Chud of Greensburg. She is a former member of the Pastime Consort (recorder ensemble), and the Friday Evening Music Club.
Val also believes in the education and mentoring of our young people. She has supervised numerous Music Therapy Practicum students, taught flute and saxophone to traditional students, adapted music lessons to children on the Autism Spectrum and Music Together programs for young children and their families. She serves in Christian Education through teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible Study and directing the Transformer Children’s Choir at her church.
Throughout high school, college and her professional career, Val has received awards for service and citizenship. As a student, Val served as Treasurer of MuPhi Epsilon, Music School Senator of the Student Government Association of Music Therapy Students. As a professional member of the American Music Therapy Association, Val served as an Assembly Delegate, Local Co-Chair and Public Relations Chair for regional conferences and chair of the PA Task Force on Occupational Regulation. While a member of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, Val served as the Recital Chair of the Westmoreland Chapter and as the Local Grants Facilitator on the state level.
Val was born and raised in Norwich, New York. She attended Norwich High School where she feels fortunate to have had a rich musical environment. Active in several bands, coir, musicals and serving as drum major of a competitive marching band, Val credits her band director and mentor, Don Burke, who is also a Duquesne Alumni, for her passion to pursue a career in music. Val lives in Greensburg with her husband Rich of 19 years and their two cats, Mr. Hamilton and Nutmeg.
Diane resides in Latrobe, PA. She is married with three college age children. Diane graduated from Charleroi High School in 1982 and earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Seton Hill University in 1986 and earned an Elementary Education certificate from Saint Vincent College in 2005. She has taught Kindergarten and music at Grace Bible Academy. Past musical experiences include Tiny Fries Dance Band (1981-1985) playing alto and bari sax with that group, MARS and Mon Valley Community bands (1979-1986) playing 1st clarinet, and principal clarinet for the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds (1986-1991). Other musical endeavors include playing clarinet and sometimes bari sax for many local high school musicals, bari sax for Westmoreland Symphony pops concert under Kypros Markou, substitute organist/pianist for Latrobe area churches, Stage Right pit (clarinet) when needed, Sheffler Family Quintet (clarinet), part-time pianist for Old Salem Church on Rt 982, and of course giving private music lessons (clarinet, sax, flute and piano) from her home. She has substitute taught in every subject, every grade in Derry, Latrobe and Ligonier School Districts. She is currently working for Derry Area School District as a PCA in their middle school. She plays flute with Kiski Valley Community Band and bari sax/clarinet for Glass City Swing Band and enjoys every minute of it!
Nieko is the newest member to join the Glass City Swing Band! Nieko has always enjoyed music but jazz was what he found to be his absolute favorite. He is a senior at Norwin High School and during his time in the band program there, he has served as one of two trumpet section leaders of the nationally acclaimed marching band for two years. He also has served as the principal trumpet in the wind ensemble, as well as the lead trumpet in the jazz band for 3 years. He has also been in numerous ensembles outside of school such as the Newlonsburg Youth swing band as well as the Pittsburgh Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Joy Procida graduated with a degree in music performance with a concentration in trumpet from Seton Hill University in 1989. While at Seton Hill, Ms. Procida studied with Karen Sloneker. She also has studied with Roger Sherman.
Ms. Procida has received such honors as the John Philip Sousa Award, performer for the Pittsburgh Arts Festival Ensemble in Residence Brass Quintet as well as being selected as a semi-finalist in the Butler Symphony Solo Competition.
Ms. Procida has taught trumpet privately from 1990-1998, provided aid in musical instruction for the Greensburg Salem High School Marching Band and Jazz Band, 1990-1992 and co-instructed the teen choir and youth praise band at the Hempfield Church of Christ, 1991, 2007-2008.
Ms. Procida has played in various ensembles including The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds for over 25 years, The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds Jazz Ensemble, The Jubilee Brass Quintet, The Keystone Brass Quintet (currently), The Jeannette Community Band (currently), Applehill Playhouse musical pit as well as many high school musical pits and soloist for various church services, weddings and musical organizations in the area.
Ms. Proicda co-founded GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness in 2015 and is the musical director of the Glass City Swing Band with whom she plays the trumpet.
Steve is a 1983 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. In Music Education, and a trumpet concentration. While there, he performed with a brass quintet, the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Jazz Band and the famed IUP Marching Band, where he was a Drill Instructor, Section Leader and Commanding Officer.
His first teaching job in 1985 was at Lock Haven High and Junior High Schools where he directed two concert bands, the jazz band and the award-winning marching band. While in central PA, he also performed with the Millbrook Summer Stock Theatre pit orchestra and the Lock Haven University Community Orchestra, as well as a variety of high school musicals each year.
In 1995, Steve landed a position on the music faculty of the Greensburg Salem School District, in a strong music program he knew of from his college years. He came on board as the director of three concert bands, the jazz band and the Golden Lion Marching Band. The fast pace of his duties allowed little time for outside gigs until a move to the district’s elementary technology program in 2002 opened his schedule a bit. From 2003 through 2007, he worked as the Assistant Band Director of the McKeesport High School Marching Band and picked up some playing gigs along the way, including the jazz-pop band, PowerPlay.
About that time, he joined the pit orchestra for the Stage Right Theatre Company in Greensburg, playing trumpet for several shows each year. In 2010, he moved into the Elementary Instrumental Music position at Greensburg Salem and enjoys working with 4th and 5th grade musicians every day. In the summer of 2013, he joined the Westmoreland Symphony Summer Philharmonic and the Glass City Swing Band and continues performing with school and community pit orchestras throughout the area.
Steve lives in Greensburg with his lovely wife and his dog, Oscar.
Jeremy is a graduate of Clarion University with a BA in Music Business. By day, Jeremy can be found repairing instruments or traveling to schools as an educational representative for Volkwein’s Music.
In addition to the Glass City Swing Band trumpet section, Jeremy plays cornet with the 105th Wildcat civil war brass band, various freelance work, and always seems to be playing a musical. Jeremy has also played or subbed with the Brozeski Big Band, Gibbons Big Band, Classic Brass Quintet, Clarion Brass Quintet, Powerplay, Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, and Westmoreland Summer Philharmonic.
Trumpet, Glass Half Full
Paul has been playing trumpet for over 35 years. His enthusiasm for music started at Penn-Trafford as a member of their music ensembles. He continued his music career at Penn State as a member of the Marching Blue Band, the Symphonic Blue Band and the jazz band. He even played his trumpet while earning his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh. Paul is currently a member of the Penn-Trafford Community Band (PTCB) and serves as the co-director of the PTCB’s jazz band, the Jazz Warriors. Throughout Paul’s musical career, he has always been comfortable playing any genre of music, from classical to symphonic to big band. However, he always had a fear of jazz improvisation. Several years ago, Paul decided to conquer his fear by studying jazz improvisation with a local professional jazz musician. After years of hard work and practice, Paul is happy to have conquered his fear and is excited to have the opportunity to share his improvisation talents with anyone who will listen.
Trombone, Glass Half Full
Frank has been playing trombone for over 56 years. He graduated from Monessen High School in 1967. During his junior and senior years at Monessen, Frank was selected to perform with the District Band, Regional Band and Mid East Honors Band. He then attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1967-1971, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education as a trombone major. At IUP Frank played in the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Brass Choir, Orchestra, Theatre Orchestra, Trombone Ensemble, Swing Out Pit Orchestra, Mellowmen Jazz Band, Men’s Glee Club, University Chorale and the Hickeybones Trombone Jazz Sextet. He was also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Honorary Music Fraternity. After student teaching at Penns Manor School District under the direction of Bruno Pino, Frank started his teaching career in the Yough School District in 1971 and then went to the Belle Vernon Area School District in 1973 where he retired in 2006 after 35 years of teaching as a band director and instrumental instructor. Also during those 35 years Frank worked at Trombino’s Music Center, Mon Valley Music Center, Washington Music and Ruzzuto’s Music Center as a private instructor of winds and percussion.
Frank studied trombone privately with Julius D’Alfonso, Ed Ruzzuto, Matty Shiner, Bill Stegman and Richard Thorell. Thorell was a student of Emory Remington. Emory Remington and Matty Shiner were the two preeminent trombone instructors in the U.S.
During his teaching career Frank belonged to the Westmoreland County Music Educators Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Also he was a member of the Mon Valley Musicians Union and the Pittsburgh Musicians Union.
Frank has performed with Doc Severinsen, Stan Kenton, Sammy Nestico, Harry Watters, The Temptations, Bob Newhart, Norman Dello Joio, William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, William Revelli, and Robert Page.
Frank presently performs with Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, Glass City Swing Band, in which he has been a member of for 6 yrears, graham Grubb Swing Band, Stage Right Theatre Company, Westmoreland Summer Philharmonic and the Augsburg German Band. Other ensembles he has been a member of include, Westmoreland Community College Concert Band, Westmoreland College Orchestra, Westmoreland College Jazz Band, Undercroft Opera Pit Orchestra, Classic Brass Quintet, Scottdale Community Band, Mon Valley Community Band, Uniontown VFW Band, Too Many Tubas, Ringgold Community Band, Bobby Menear’s Maestros of Swing, The Townsmen, Yough Alumni Jazz Band, The Valley Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus, Twin Coaches House Band, Geyer Theatre Company, Bethany Players Theatre Company and numerous high school musicals in the Pittsburgh Area.
Presently, Jean is a music educator in the Brownsville Area School District. She has been teaching thee for 13 years. She received her Music Education degree from Seton Hill University in 2002. Prior to that, she was a registered Cardiovascular Technologist with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. In the course of 20 years, she worked in several hospitals in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Jean’s music career started in the Brownsville Area School District where she learned to play the French horn. After high school, she attended the Berkelee College of Music in Boston. It was there she started playing the trombone and studied with Phil Wilson. She stayed at Berklee for three years before returning to Western, PA. and pursued other interests.
In 1996, she helped to form a high school alumni band. Tis rekindled her interest in music and was instrumental in her decision to return to school and get a degree in music education. She has studied trombone with Matty Shiner, Scott Eisenreich and Randy Budd. She is presently studying with Keith Jackson, chairman of the music department at WVU.
Raised in a musical family, Carl started playing guitar (badly) at the age of 8, taking guitar lessons at Piano’s & Stuff. At the age of 12, a wise music teacher recommended he switch to trombone, based solely on the length of his arms. This fortuitous change opened up a wide variety of music for him, from orchestral classics to dixieland, swing, jazz, rock and New Age.
When Carl went to Carnegie Mellon University to pursue degrees in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, he was fortunate to continue trombone lessons with Randy Purcell, the director of CMU’s Jazz program. In addition to playing with the CMU Jazz Ensemble, Carl also played with a local swing band – George Gee and the Make-Believe Ballroom Orchestra. For two summers, he played (6 shows/day, 6 days/week) at Kennywood Park with Razmataz, a show band with singers & dancers. During this time, he also played with a dixieland band on Pittsburgh’s riverboats, and with a local New Age band, The Affordable Floors.
Lately, Carl has been playing with four bands: He’s the bass trombonist in the Big Fat Jazz Band, based in Springdale, PA. With the Chuck Cravotta Band, he gets to play dance music from the 70’s & 80’s. The Soul Merchants are a six-piece band that covers a wide range of musical genres, including blues, soul, rock, and jazz. Most recently, he started playing bass trombone with the Glass City Swing Band, and is enjoying the band’s great library of classic big band swing charts.
Piano, Glass Half Full
Cheri has a music education degree from Seton Hill College and is currently band director at Aquinas Academy in Greensburg, PA. She enjoys playing oboe for the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds and Summer Philharmonic. She also teaches privately, with a concentration in the Suzuki Method, at school and at her home in Derry. She is a freelance musician playing for musicals, weddings, nursing homes, and church and community events. She enjoys playing keyboard for her church worship team and the Glass City Swing Band. Cheri and her husband, Walter, have four children who each are active musicians in the community.
Bass Guitar, Glass Half Full
Eugene (Gene) Hudak has been playing the electric bass guitar with various orchestras in the Western Pennsylvania region for 48 years. It started in Laurel Highlands High School with two stage bands and listening to Maynard Ferguson and Doc Severisen’s Tonight Show band, which exclusively incorporated an electric bass guitar. Gene just loved the combination of all those horns with the bass guitar. At that time (late ’60’s), this was the beginning of the new groovy, swinging instrumental pop in the so-called “now sound” vein. Also, at that time, Gene was highly inspired by a live performance by Count Basie and his Orchestra at California State University.
Some of Gene’s past musical groups include Billy Price and the Rhythm Kings (regional and national), The Star of David Singers (worldwide), Uniontown VFW National Concert and Marching Band (on trombone), The Trinity Jazz Orchestra (Beaver, PA), The Tuesday Night Big Band, and many high school and community Musical pit orchestras.
Gene has a beautiful wife Susan and a cute Pekingnese doggie Lady and lives in Cheswick, PA. He currently works for Verizon Communications as a computer technician (of which he also loves).
Current swing musical groups include Big Fat Jazz (Springdale, PA), The Wayne Macuga Big Band and Combo, The Washington Jazz Orchestra, The Frank Podrosky Swing Band, and The Glass City Swing Band.
Gene loves “tithing” his musical gift to God, once a week every Sunday, along with the Worship Team and congregation at Real Life Church/Assemblies of God – in New Kensington, PA.
Drums, Glass Half Full