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Meet Our Conductors


John Mainella Conductor
John Mainella

John Mainella is one of the esteemed conductors of the Timberlane Community Band , as well as the Director of the Pollard Elementary and Sandown Central School Bands.

He began his career at Timberlane in 1979 and has held several teaching positions in the Middle School in addition to that of Band Director. John received his Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in 1976 and also has a MM in School Administration from Rivier College.

John says he really enjoys working with adult musicians in the Community Band because it allows for a change in teaching style after working with Middle School students every day. He maintains that one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching in the same district for 34 years is that he begins to see Middle School musicians whose parent or parents were his students when they were in Middle School! He thinks it is great to see that musical influence carry through different generations.

John resides in Plaistow, New Hampshire, with his wife Trisha and their two sons – Nick, who has his MM in Jazz Performance on saxophone from Western Michigan University and Colin, who has his Bachelor degree in trumpet performance from SUNY Purchase.  Contact John

 Curt Schweiss Conductor

Kurt Schweiss

Kurt is pleased to be a part of the Timberlane Community Band in addition to his responsibilities as Timberlane’s Middle School Band Director.  As a Music Educator, he plays all instruments though his emphasis is on clarinet and woodwind instruments.  He is currently working towards greater proficiency on all instruments through playing in the Volare Jazz Band and in the Timberlane Community Band.
Kurt received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 and is currently working towards his Masters of Instrumental Education.  Prior to working for the Timberlane School District, he was the Music Director for Chester Academy in Chester New Hampshire.  In 2009, he was one of 51 music educators nationwide to be awarded the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale School of Music and in 2012 he was awarded the Outstanding Young Band Director Award from the New Hampshire Band Director’s Association.


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Nick Mainella

has his MM in Jazz Performance on saxophone from Western Michigan University.
Saxophonist and Educator Nick Mainella currently resides in Dover, NH and has recently returned from Western Michigan University, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance under the instruction of Trent Kynaston, as well as performing and teaching regularly in Kalamazoo and West Michigan.  Nick received a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of New Hampshire.  There he studied both classical and jazz saxophone with teachers such as, Clark Terry, James Moody, Stjepko Gut, Jared Sims, Mark Shilansky, Demetrius Spanaes, and David Seiler.  He has had the opportunity to perform with Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, James Moody, The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Patti Austin, The WMU Jazz Nonet, and Mark Shilansky.  Currently Nick has been a faculty member of the SYMS program at UNH, faculty at Chester College of New England, and performs regularly in and around the New England area. Contact Nick