This past summer I spent a lot of time at the library researching the history of our Barberton High School band. I learned about our directors, our students, our traditions, and some awesome performances. For my first entry, I’d like to share a timeline of our Barberton High School band directors, and some facts about them. If you were in the marching band, feel free to share which director you were led by, and what they were like! Share some facts and stories about them!
EDIT (07/13/2020): Previously, the 1926-27 school year was marked unknown. However, I was finally able to see a yearbook from that school year, and Mr. George Bowen was the director. This makes his tenure as Barberton High School Director of Bands 1926-1935, not 1927-1935. Nine years, not eight. I have updated my list, and now it is complete!
1923-1924: Mr. William Boden 1924-1925: Mr. I. M. Snyder 1925-1926: Miss Maye Custer 1926-1935: Mr. George Bowen 1935-1945: Mr. William Tritchler 1945-1947: Mr. Myron McKelvey 1947-1966: Mr. Robert Hofstetter 1966-1976: Mr. Eugene Sharick 1976-1981: Mr. William Curtin 1981-1985: Mr. Jeff Waggoner 1985-1995: Mr. Philip Sauvageot 1995-1999: Mr. Greg King 1999-2000: Mr. Rich Kibler 2000-2002: Mr. Don Opsitnik 2002-2014: Mr. Dan Fleischaker 2014-Present: Mrs. Celeste Wagner
I am a life-long resident of Barberton, Ohio. I graduated from Barberton High School in 2018, and am currently studying at Kent State University to become a middle or high school music teacher and band director. I am happy to be a contributor to the Barberton Journal!