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WJMB Alumni Association
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Austintown, Ohio 44515-4993

Welcome to the Home of the
Warren Junior Military Band
Alumni Association

We are a non-profit organization for the Warren Junior Military Band (WJMB) Alumni and friends. Our purpose is to help members connect with old friends, share information and help members stay informed about our social activities.


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SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS OF THE NEW BOOK!


Alumni News and Events

Historical Presentation, 2017

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will present "Bites & Bits of History: A History of Music in the Valley" on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

From Amadeus to Zhivago and Everything in Between: A History of Music in the Mahoning Valley

Join Janne Hurrelbrink-Bias, Author of “Squire’s Warren Junior Military Band” for the monthly Bites & Bits of History lecture.

If ever there was a story to be told of a man who dedicated over 66 years to the musical youth of the Trumbull-Mahoning-Shenango Valley area, it is the story of Donald W. “Squire” Hurrelbrink. The influence Squire had on so many young people, parents, and even audiences was truly remarkable.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

- Mahoning Valley Historical Society
Book: SQUIRE’S WARREN JUNIOR MILITARY BAND by Janne Hurrelbrink-Bias



Book Published, 2017

HERE IT IS, the book entitled
SQUIRE’S WARREN JUNIOR MILITARY BAND
by Janne Hurrelbrink-Bias

If ever there was a story to be told of a man who dedicated over 66 years to the musical youth of the Trumbull-Mahoning-Shenango Valley area, this is it. The book, Squire’s Warren Junior Military Band, will be published on Monday, October 16, 2017. There are over 125 pictures from basically all the years the band was in existence. The story begins in 1927 and follows through 2010 with concerts, band camps, competitions, parades and performances all over the United States, Canada and Europe. The influence Donald W. “Squire” Hurrelbrink had on so many young people, parents, and even audiences was truly remarkable. The introduction of the book, beginning chapter pages, photos and captions tell the story. Alumni will find their time and experiences in the band and be able to see the total story before their time and after. Jim Cunningham, Alumni Association President, had the inspiration for the book with Squire’s daughter Janne doing the research and gathering of data with assistance from many alumni. The book was truly a labor of love for Squire and all the members through the years. We all hope it will bring smiles as fond memories once again come alive of time spent with Squire and the band.

Copies can be ordered now from the WJMB Alumni Association so they can be shipped immediately to you upon delivery from the publishing company. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Youngstown State Foundation, the Donald W. “Squire” Hurrelbrink Memorial Scholarship at the Dana School of Music. There is a space on the order blank if you would like to donate additionally to the scholarship fund established in 2014.

Pre-Order Book Order Form & Instructions
Once ordered, the book will be mailed to you after publication. The book cost, when ordered through the WJMB Alumni Association, includes shipping cost.

Book Announcement Post Card (Address/Back Side)

Book Announcement Post Card (Front Side) Order Form & Instructions




WJMB History Presentation, 2016-2017

In June 2017, Dr. Nancy L. Glen, a professor of Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado unco.edu, presented her research project describing the history of the Warren Junior Military Band for a national journal and a presentation at an International History of Music Education Conference. This presentation was entitled "Squire's Own: A History of the Warren Junior Military Band".

Dr. Glen, a native of Warren, Ohio, had met with several alumni over an evening on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 who volunteered their memories and thoughts on their membership in the Warren Junior Military Band. Dr Glen felt that the rest of the world needs to know all about these "gems" which represent the great music education which has gone on, often "under the radar."

Oral History Permission Statement (archive information only, research is complete)

Below is her thank you to Janne and the alumni for sharing.

From: Glen, Nancy
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2017 10:09 PM
To: Janne Hurrelbrink-Bias
Subject: WJMB Presentation

Janne,

I wanted you to know I presented my paper and the Power Point Presentation at the Oklahoma City Symposium on the History of Music Education on June 2nd. It was VERY well received, and they all loved the story of your dad and the band. We had a nice discussion and several good questions from the audience after the presentation was over, and several people commented on what a beautiful story it was. The only question I couldn't answer was why your dad decided to call it a "military band, since it hadn't been an offshoot of, or sponsored by a military branch (I imagine they weren't really thinking of the VFW and American Legion as military groups). I said it was most likely the uniform styles and the 6 to 5 military marching style they used. Maybe you know the answer to that. While I was speaking, one of the persons in the audience looked up WJMB on eBay, and found a 1965 vinyl recording of the band for $20.00! You all may want to buy it for the archives. There was also a white nylon jacket from the band, but I can't remember the price.

My presentation was one of three regarding military bands or topics. Before me was a talk on the horse mounted bands throughout history that went into battle with armies, and after mine was a talk on a time when John Phillip Sousa went to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center after World War I to train the Navy Bands. They both were really interesting.

I have submitted this same presentation to the National Music Educators National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2018, so I will keep you posted on whether I am accepted. You are very welcome to put a little blurb about the presentation on the WJMB Alumni Facebook page, so the folks I spoke with in Austintown don't think I have abandoned them. More later; thanks so much for all of your help!!

Nancy Glen




WJMB Alumni Band Created, 2015

In 2015, we were excited to create the new "WJMB Alumni Band". Though our performance scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the outdoor Amphitheater in downtown Warren, Ohio was rained out, we all enjoyed playing together again and we sounded fantasic!

We had a few practices at Austintown schools during the prior week or two and were able to get in a rehearsal that Saturday at the amphitheater before the rain poured down. We also had a very enjoyable, though wet, picnic following the rehearsal.

Many thanks to our volunteer director and WJMB alumnus, Jonathan Willis! He provided many, many hours of work to make the alumni band possible!

We are looking forward to attempting the WJMB Alumni Band again in 2018! Watch the WJMB Alumni Association Facebook page for future details!

2015 Important Alumni Band Information
2015 Alumni Band - Initial Letter
2015 Alumni Band Concert Program Cover & Back
2015 Alumni Band Concert Program Page 2-3 Center



Museum Display Created, 2015

A WJMB history display, including photos, memorabilia and uniforms, has been created in partnership with the historic Kinsman House museum and Friends of the Warren Heritage Center, which are both located at 303 Mahoning Avenue in Warren, Ohio.

Please take time to visit and view the display which is located on the second floor of The Kinsman House in the back half of the home. The Kinsman House is open on the first Sunday of each month from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Warren Heritage Center
Library of Congress: Judge Frederick Kinsman House

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Scholarship Created, 2014

Through the Youngstown State University Foundation and the Dana School of Music at YSU, on September 19, 2014, we officially created an endowed fund for the new scholarship named Donald W. "Squire" Hurrelbrink Memorial Scholarship.




Instrument Donation Event, 2014

An instrument donation event was held Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 am at Redex Industries, 1176 Salem Parkway, Salem, OH, 44460. See letter below and meeting minutes for details.

Letter for WJMB Instrument Donation Event

Meeting Minutes, March 29, 2014

Below is the list of organizations that attended the Instrument Donation Event on May 3, 2014. The event was very well received and many organizations have since sent letters and notes of appreciation as many band programs struggle to obtain needed instruments, equipment and supplies. Many thanks to all alumni who were involved with the event.

  • Austintown Local - Mahoning County
  • Bloomfield-Mespo Local - Trumbull County
  • Boardman Local - Mahoning County
  • Campbell City - Mahoning County
  • Canfield Local - Mahoning County
  • Columbiana Exempted Village - Columbiana County
  • Crestview Local - Columbiana County
  • Girard City School District - Trumbull County
  • Hubbard Exempted Village - Trumbull County
  • Joseph Badger Local - Trumbull County
  • LaBrae Local - Trumbull County
  • Lakeview Local - Trumbull County
  • Leetonia Exempted Village - Columbiana County
  • Liberty Local - Trumbull County
  • Lisbon Exempted Village - Columbiana County
  • Lowellville Local - Mahoning County
  • Mathews Local - Trumbull County
  • McDonald Local - Trumbull County
  • Newton Falls Exempted Village - Trumbull County
  • Niles City - Trumbull County
  • Poland Local - Mahoning County
  • Salem City - Columbiana County
  • Sebring Local - Mahoning County
  • Southington Local - Trumbull County
  • Springfield Local - Mahoning County
  • Struthers City - Mahoning County
  • United Local - Columbiana County
  • Warren City - Trumbull County
  • Weathersfield Local - Trumbull County
  • West Branch Local - Mahoning County
  • Western Reserve Local - Mahoning County
  • Youngstown Community Concert Band


Past Events and Newsletters

A WJMB Alumni Picnic was held on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at the Fireman's Field Park on Riverside Drive in Poland, Ohio at 12:00 p.m.
Thank you to alumnus Russ Beatty and his wife Tammy for planning and coordinating the always successful annual picnics in Poland, Ohio.

A WJMB Alumni Picnic was held on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at Fireman's Field Park on Riverside Drive in Poland, Ohio at 2:00 p.m.

A WJMB Alumni Picnic was held on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at the Fireman's Field Park on Riverside Drive in Poland, Ohio.

A WJMB Alumni Winter Party was held on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at Quaker Steak and Lube, 5800 Interstate Blvd, Austintown at 7:00 p.m.

A WJMB Alumni Picnic was held on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at the Fireman's Field Park on Riverside Drive in Poland, Ohio at 2:00 p.m.

A WJMB Alumni Picnic was held on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at the Fireman's Field Park on Riverside Drive in Poland, Ohio at 2:00 p.m.

Winter 2011 Party was held January 15, 2011 at Quaker Steak & Lube, Austintown, OH.

Fall 2010 Newsletter

Summer 2010 Picnic was held Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Firemen's Park, Poland, OH.

A "Winter Fling" dinner party was held on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at Quaker Steak & Lube in Austintown, Ohio at 6:30 p.m.

Fall 2009 Newsletter

A WJMB Alumni & Family Picnic was held on Saturday, June 20th, 2009 at the Fireman's Field Park on Riverside Drive in Poland, Ohio at 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Summer 2009 Scrappers Event was held August 15, 2009.

Spring 2009 Newsletter

A "Winter Fling" banquet was held on January 10th, 2009 at Donavito's Restaurant in Struthers, Ohio. Despite a snow storm that hit the area at that time, it went great for those that were able to attend. Many thanks to alumnus Russ Beatty and his wife Tammy for planning the event and making it a success, as always!

The First Annual Alumni Family Picnic was held on Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at the Fireman's Field Park on Riverside Drive in Poland, Ohio at 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This was the first official annual picnic hosted by the newly formed WJMB Alumni Association!

Spring 2008 Newsletter

A WJMB Alumni Association Board Meeting during our first organized year was held on Saturday, March 22th, 2008 at the Niles Masonic Center at 22 W. Church St. in Niles, Ohio at 2:00 p.m.