Education Through The Arts

For over 30 years, the West Branch Music Depatment has brought the fine arts to the students of the West Branch Local School District. Currently led by Mr. John Zamarelli, the Music Department features multiple chamber choirs, multiple band ensembles, a holiday show choir, and produces three to five stage productions each year.

Meet Our Director

John Zamarelli has been leading the WB choral and theater students since 1993. John received his Bachelors degree in Music Education from Mount Union College in 1987, and completed his Masters degree in Music at Youngstown State University in 1993. He led the band at Columbiana Schools from 1987 to 1990, the band at St. Paul Catholic School in Salem in 1990-91 and taught vocal music at Marlington from 1991-1993. Since 1993, John has been using his talents, passion, and dedication to help vocal and theater students at West Branch, directing multiple chamber   choirs,   the   Young  and   Alive  show  choir, and multiple theater productions every year. Beginning in 2015, John added Director of Bands to his many titles, bringing a third group of students into the family. John has been a tremendous asset to our programs and has helped countless students excel in the fine arts.

John can be contacted at: or by calling his office at (330) 938-4442.

Staff Members

Krista Clay

Middle School & Assistant High School Vocal |

Since 2009, Krista has served as our Middle School Vocal Instructor, and recently added Assistant High School Vocal to her titles. An alumna of the Music Department, Krista has never lost her love of music throughout the years.

Bryan Stehura

Middle School Band |

Joining the department in 2005, Bryan is a source of energy for the entire Middle School. Leading the Middle School Bands, Bryan shows his drive for education and making music fun.

Chris Brown

Assistant Band Director |

Joining us in 2015, Chris brings an unmistakable passion for Band. He assists with all Band activities from Marching to Concert Band and Solo and Ensemble.

Victor Trimmer

Audio Engineer |

Another student-turned-staff member, Victor has built and maintained our in-house and touring sound systems (along with many other technical marvels) since 2006. You can find him in the Control Booth at nearly every production.

Eric Waggoner

Technical Director |

First stepping backstage as a student in 2006, Eric has now been involved with almost every production and event since. Eric is responsible for our computer and ticketing systems, website, and generally keeping all of our technology in order.

Rebecca Zeisler

Marching Band Flag Instructor |

While her day job is in the Vocational Agriculture Department, Rebecca joins the band every fall as our Flagline Instructor! With years of experience with flags and band auxiliary, Rebecca has been a great asset to the department!

Diane Uyselt

Marching Band Majorette Instructor |

Diane can be found during the day in the High School front office, but by night she leads the Majorettes of the Marching Band! Diane has been a staple at West Branch for years and her presence in the Music Department has been wonderful since she joined us.