Donna Deaven, Conductor
Donna J. Deaven has more than 12 years of experience in conducting bands,
orchestras, and small ensembles, and 15 years of experience as a private
teacher and professional musician.
Ms. Deaven graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education
and a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from West Chester University,
where she studied with Ted Hegvik.
Ms. Deaven is also the Assistant Conductor of the New Cumberland Town Band,
a founding member and baritone saxophone player in the Keystone Saxophone Quartet,
a member of the Flutes of Fancy Flute Ensemble, and a performing member of the Wednesday
Club. She is also Music Director/Conductor of the Harrisburg Chamber
Ensemble. In addition, Ms. Deaven leads a combo called "Donna and the
Ms.Deaven's previous affiliations include the New
Singer Band of Mechanicsburg, the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the
Hershey Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Area Community College, the Harrisburg
Community Theater, and York Little Theater.
In addition to conducting, Ms. Deaven's education and experience include studying and
performing on the saxophone, flute, clarinet and percussion. She also maintains
a private woodwind teaching studio in Camp Hill.
John Hope, Assistant Conductor
John Hope has always regretted not learning to play the piano when his
mother was teaching other children in their Philadelphia home. He did,
however, take drum lessons in elementary school and played in the elementary
and junior high school orchestras.
Later, he played in the Ursinus College
band for two years. More of his time was spent, however, as a member of the Meistersingers,
the college touring concert choir, for which John was the student conductor in his last
three years in school.
He joined the Keystone Concert Band percussion section more than 15 years ago.
A few years later, conductor Donna Deaven asked him to lead a march at rehearsal while
she dealt with another issue. He is now the band's assistant conductor,
leading one or two numbers at each concert and taking over for Donna
when she is unable to be at a rehearsal or concert.