John Climer (High School SENIOR Honor Band)

John Climer recently completed a fourteen-year tenure as Director of University Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. Before his appointment in Milwaukee, he served as Director of Bands at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

As a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Climer has led performances at festivals, universities, and concert venues nationally and internationally including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Eastman School of Music, and the Conservatory of Music in Salerno, Italy. Ensembles under his direction have performed for four conferences of the of the College Band Directors National Association including the National Conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In the summer of 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble was selected to perform for the 16th International Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in San Jose, CA. John is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and was recently named the Phi Beta Mu Wisconsin Bandmaster of the Year. 

After a short retirement, John served as Interim Director of Wind Ensembles at Capital University in Columbus, OH and during the 2023-24 academic year, he is serving as a Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University where he teaches undergraduate instrumental conducting.


Susan Climer (Middle School RED & BLACK Honor Band)

Susan Climer enjoyed 36 years as a music educator and administrator before retiring in 2022.  She earned a bachelor of music education degree from Stetson University (FL), a master of music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a master of educational administration degree from Ohio University.

Mrs. Climer taught band and general music for 21 years in Kansas, Georgia, North Dakota and Ohio, with her longest tenure as Director of Bands in the Athens City School District (OH) before becoming a school principal in Ohio and Wisconsin the last 15 years of her career.  Her middle and high school bands consistently earned superior ratings at district and state level concert and marching band events.  Mrs. Climer served as a band adjudicator and clinician in Ohio and West Virginia, as well as the OMEA Junior High Affairs Chair, and she is honored to conduct this year’s Ohio Wesleyan Middle School Honor Band.


Tyler Husosky (Middle School BISHOP Honor Band)

Mr. Tyler Husosky is beginning his fifteenth year of teaching; and his fifth in the Lakeview School District, where he serves as the middle school band director for grades 5-8, and the assistant marching band director. Tyler also serves as the Co-Director/Conductor of the Henry H. Stambaugh Youth Concert Band in Youngstown, Ohio. In November of 2023, Tyler marched in the Band Director’s Marching Band as a part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Lakeview Middle School 8th Grade band also performed at the 2023 OMEA Professional Development Conference in Columbus. In the Spring of 2022, Tyler was also privileged to serve as the guest conductor of the Pennsylvania Music Education Association District 5 Junior High Honors Band. 


Tyler is also an active member of the Ohio Music Education Association, serving as an Adjudicator for Junior High and High School Solo and Ensemble, Junior High and High School Large Group, and Marching Band. He is also the Co-Chair of the District 5 Fall Conference, and Co-Chair of the District 5 Junior High Large Group Adjudicated Event, held at Lakeview. Tyler was also published in the Fall 2021 edition of the OMEA TRIAD. Tyler also served as the OMEA District 5 President from 2019-2020. 

Prior to Lakeview, Tyler served as the Director of Bands in the Champion Local School District from 2013-2018. The bands and ensembles were featured regularly at Youngstown State University and Hiram College football game halftime performances, The Ohio State University Buckeye Invitational, the Ohio State University Percussion Ensemble Festival, the Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble concert and Walt Disney World parades. The Champion High School Symphonic and Concert Bands also consistently participated in OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Events, consistently receiving Superior and Excellent Ratings, and also performed at the Youngstown State University Wind and Percussion Invitational, and the University of Akron Band Clinic. Tyler also taught K-6 general music and was the assistant band director in the Jackson-Milton Local School District from 2008-2013.


As an advocate for new music for junior high and high school bands, Tyler has been a part of several commission projects with Randall Standridge, Mike Kamuf, Gene Milford, and Travis Weller. 


Professionally, Tyler is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, American School Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the National Band Association. As an active performer, Tyler performs with the W.D. Packard Concert Band, Lowellville Mt. Carmel Band, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and is a freelance percussionist in the Youngstown/Warren area. 


Tyler earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University in 2008, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Kent State University in 2018.


Instrumental Staff

Randy Hester (flute, piccolo)

Adrienne Lape (clarinet)

Rick Eckler (saxophone)

Karen Pfeifer (oboe)

Jesse Schartz (bassoon)

Sarah Grosse (trumpet)

Kim McCann (horn)

Tony Weikel (trombone)

Dakota Parrish (baritone/euphonium, tuba; MS Band Rehearsal Guide)

Chris Lizak (percussion)

Administrative Staff

Richard Edwards (Festival Director)

Lisa Hill (Performing Arts Department Office Manager)