In 1999, Tony McDonald, a member of the Westerville Symphony, formed the Westerville Ragtime Band, made up from members and friends of the symphony.
Using the orchestration of the Red Back Book, an historic set of Scott Joplin rags that were arranged for small band, the group consisted of violins, piccolo, clarinet, cornet, trombone, tuba, piano and drums. Based on that model, McDonald formed his own band, Dr. Tony's
Original Ragtime Band, in 2004 with a slightly modified instrumentation,
substituting saxophone for the violins. He serves as director, chief arranger and trombone player of the group.
Members of Dr. Tony's Original Ragtime Band:
- John Vermuelen - saxophone
Orchestra director with the Westerville City Schools, former lead
sax with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and current lead alto sax with
Vaughan Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra.
- Leslie Maaser – flute/piccolo
Instructor of Flute at Denison University and principal Flute of the
- Melanie Richards - clarinet
Teacher of instrumental music in the Columbus City Schools
for 14 years and currently teaches elementary band and strings at
four elementary schools on the south and east side of Columbus, also
a freelance musician playing solo & chamber music recitals and
- Richard Scranton - trumpet
1st trumpet with the Westerville Symphony and the Scioto Valley
Brass and Percussion Company.
- Tony McDonald - trombone
(see About Dr. Tony)
- Tony Zilincik - tuba
Assistant Professor of Tuba and Theory at Capital University, former
director of the Central Ohio Brass Band, a member of the Brass Band
of Columbus, and director of Merry Tuba Christmas.
- David Freedy – tuba
Principal tubist with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio
Capital Winds, and an accomplished guitarist specializing in blues
- Nathan Hamm - piano
Nathan makes his living in music mainly as a Choir Accompanist. He plays regularly with the Columbus Gay Men's Chorus, The Delaware Chorus, and with the choral programs of Westland and Central Crossing High Schools. Nathan is also the accompanist and pianist of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, where he plays music for services and participates in various other music programs there, occasionally gives full-length recitals.
Rick Soriano - drums
Drummer with Tim Dvorkin Trio, The Silky Ray Band, keyboardist with
Inner City Blues Band, and freelance
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