The Westerville Community Bands is a non-profit organization located in Westerville, Ohio comprised of more than 80 individuals from all walks of life that share a common love of music. We're teachers, nurses, programmers, music-educators, bankers, engineers, small business owners, recruiters, IT professionals, and stay-at-home moms and dads. Some of us are still in college while others retired many years ago.
Unlike many community bands the Westerville Community Bands give performances throughout the year. Our four main concerts, Fall, Holiday, Children's and Spring Concert, are usually held in the Westerville Central High School Auditorium. Most of our summer concerts are given at the Alumn Creek Amphitheater.
The mission of the Westerville Community Bands is to:
Larry Klabunde graduated magna cum laude from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in 1979 and earned his Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in instrumental conducting from The Ohio State University in 1985. He studied conducting with H. Robert Reynolds, Elizabeth Green, Craig Kirchhoff, Stanley E. DeRusha, Timothy Swinehart, and Carl St. Clair.
Since 1980, he has conducted bands, choirs, orchestras, as well as having taught general music and AP music theory in various schools.
Since 1988, Larry has taught music in the Worthington Schools. He founded the Thomas Worthington High School Wind Ensemble to perform Class AA literature, and that ensemble earned consecutive OMEA District and State Superior ratings under his leadership. He conducted the TWHS Wind Ensemble at two OMEA State Conferences, and led the band to a Superior rating at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational.
Larry is the proud father of Joshua, Jonathan, and Hannah.
Victoria Straub attended The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education. She also holds a Master of Education from Marygrove College.
Victoria began her teaching career in the Marion City School District where she was the Edison Middle School Band Director. She also taught elementary band and was the Harding High School Assistant Band Director. In 2005, Victoria became the Director of Bands at Olentangy Shanahan Middle School.
Victoria and her husband, David, are the proud parents of two young boys Lucas and Owen. Currently Victoria is a stay at home mom.