GM Hires New Music Teacher

Posted on March 21, 2014, in Band

 The General McLane School District Board of Education approved and hired Jacob Malec Wednesday night for the Open Music position at the General McLane High School for the 2014-2015 School Year.

“I am looking forward to watching Jake interact with our students and staff,” said GMHS Principal Daniel Mennow. “I can’t wait to see, in time, how Jake puts his own stamp on the music program here at GM.”

Malec has been the Music, Visual and Performing Arts Director at Cathedral Prep for the last five years. He spent four years in the United States Army Band System performing in numerous locations, including Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has also assisted at both GM and Edinboro University with the marching bands, as needed, since 2009.

Malec earned his Bachelors of Arts in Music with a teacher’s certificate from Edinboro University and his Master’s of Music Performance in Trumpet from Carnegie Mellon University.

“Jake has experience working with marching bands, and he is a superb jazz player,” Mennow said. “He is a mild-mannered man, who is well-known and highly regarded in the local music community.”

The position opened with the retirement of John Marszalek, who was with the District for 39 years. Under Marszalek’s direction, the General McLane Marching Band grew from 25 students to the largest marching band in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Numerous students have earned the privilege to play in Regional, State and All-Eastern Bands, and the GM Marching Band also took first place on eight occasions in the Open Class at the Lakeshore Marching Band Association Championship. Marszalek also started the Jazz program, which has achieved numerous accolades at various jazz festivals in the tri-state area.

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