History

The University Heights Symphonic Band (UHSB) began in 1970 as a summer-season performing group. The Band was organized by Dr. Harvey Sisler under the auspices of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education.

In 1974, the City of University Heights took over sponsorship and the Band began a year-round schedule. The City has an agreement with the Cleveland Heights/University Heights Schools that makes it possible for our band to rehearse at one of their schools during the school year. Currently, our rehearsals are held at Heights Middle School (2181 Miramar Blvd., University Heights) on Thursdays, beginning at 7:30 pm. The size of the Band varies, depending on the time of year and availability of performers, but averages about 40 – 50 members.

The Band prides itself on a wide repertoire. Concerts feature a mix of classical and light classical music, as well as show tunes, marches, and medleys highlighting a specific composer or artist. Individual members or groups within the Band are sometimes showcased in solo or ensemble performances.

Personnel are just as diverse as the music. Band members come from the greater Cleveland area, including Cuyahoga, Medina, Lake, and Geauga counties. In addition to professional musicians, performers may also be students, doctors, nurses, professors, music educators, teachers, engineers, accountants, etc. Band members share their common love of fine music and a driving interest in perfecting their performances. Auditions are open to all and are held any time during the year.

The UHSB performs several times a year at John Carroll University as well as other venues throughout northeast Ohio at concert halls, amphitheaters, music festivals, senior citizen homes, churches, and synagogues.