Mercer Community Band
"Best Free Entertainment on a Friday Night"
Mercer, Pennsylvania


The Mercer County Bicentennial Band was formed to celebrate Mercer County's 200th anniversary. The band was under the direction of Dr. Hendley D. Hoge, Director of the Mercer Community Band; Dr. Edwin Arnold, Director of Grove City College Band and Mr. Donald White, Director of Bands at West Middlesex High School. The 90-piece band was comprised of outstanding high school, college and adult musicians from throughout Mercer County. The Mercer County Bicentennial Band marched in eight summer parades throughout the county and concluded its schedule with an appearance in the "Celebrate the Season" Parade on November 25 in Pittsburgh.

Representing the Mercer Community Band in the Mercer County Bicentennial Band were:

Jeanetta Antus, trombone
Brent Barnett, trombone
Jim Bennington, percussion
Doug Butchy, tenor saxophone
Lee Caldwell, tuba
Lori Callahan, flute
Shelly Campbell, clarinet
Michael Conlon, trumpet
Sean Conlon, trumpet
Shannon Conlon, flute
Jennifer Crivello, clarinet
Kyle Daley, tuba
Becky DeLorenzo, clarinet
Brian Dick trumpet
Sue Emery, flute
Wendy Ferguson, clarinet
Ken Jewell, horn
Nancy Jewell, clarinet
Danielle Larocca, alto saxophone
Heather McConnell, trumpet
Saralyn Miller, horn
Michelle Morris, trumpet
Josh Noble, saxophone
Ted Patrick, trumpet
Jayson Portman, alto saxophone
Jonathan Portman, trombone
Cheri Runninger, flute
Sam Shilling, clarinet
Bill Shutes, clarinet

The Mercer County Commissioners recognized the members of the Mercer County Bicentennial Band at a special banquet on September 24, 2000.

Congratulations to all on a job well done!

Bicentennial Album
Banner Carriers, Lindsay Runniger (L) and Rachel Hoge (R) along with Director, Dr. Hendley Hoge and other band members, prepare for a performance.
(L-R) Lee Caldwell (tuba) and Brian Dick, Ted Patrick, Sean Conlon (truppets)
(L_R) Dr. Edwin Arnold (Grove City College), Nancy Jewell (clarinet), Ken Jewell (Assistant Director), Dr. Hendley Hoge (Director) and Carl Jewell (Mercer Community Band Staff)

Dr. Arnold and Bicentennial Band members march in the Pittsburgh parade.
Mike Conlon (trumpet), representing Slippery Rock University
Mercer Community Band members Nancy Jewell, Wendy Ferguson and Shelly Campbell, marching with the Bicentennial Band.
Bicentennial Band Co-Director, Dr. Hendley Hoge, enjoying the moment in Pittsburgh.
Concert Schedule
Ice Cream Socials
Founding Highlights
Audience Comments
Past Pictures
Bicentennial Band
Patrons &
2001 Highlights
2002 Highlights
2003 Highlights
2004 Highlights