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History

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.  The ragtime band has appeared all over the greater Columbus area, including these venues:

  • Lunch on the Lawn at the Springfield Museum of Art

  • The Sounds of Summer Series - Westerville

  • A Classical Affair at Tuttle Crossing Mall

  • The Abbey Theatre of Dublin

  • The Upper Arlington Library concert series

  • The Columbus Arts Festival

  • Sunday Summer Concerts on the Green - Worthington

  • First Night Columbus

  • Summer Sizzle – Grove City

  • Jazz and Ribs Festival

  • The Mayor’s concert Series – Newark

  • Music in the Park – Whitehall

  • Park of Roses – Clintonville

  • Celebrate New Concord

Personnel

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 Newark-Granville Symphony
  • 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 musicals.
  • 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 and rock.
  • Joyce Stonebraker - piano
    Former choir director at Westerville North High School for 30 years, now staff accompanist at Otterbein University and an employee of Stanton's Sheet Music.
  • Rick Soriano - drums
    Drummer with The Groove Palette, The Silky Ray Band, After Hours, and freelance drummer/pianist/web designer.

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