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Directors: Jim Bennett Dean Streator (in memory)and Max Gonano (left to right)

Directors: Jim Bennett(in memory), Dean Streator (in memory), Max Gonano (left to right)" Jim (in memory) Director of Bands and Chairman of Fine Arts for the Upper St. Clair School District.

Max joined CBS is 2015. He is the retired director of bands, chairman of the music department and professor emeritus at California University of Pennsylvania.


James M. Bennett (IN MEMORY)

  • Co-founder, Co-director of Community Band South
  • Director of Band at Upper St. Clair High School 1971-2003
  • Band Director, California (PA) junior high and elementary schools 1966, 1968-71
  • Curriculum Leader of Fine and Performing Arts of the Upper St. Clair Township Schools
  • Theater Facilities Director of the USC schools
  • Chairperson of Fine and Performing Arts - Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair 1995-present
  • Member of Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair 1995-1999
  • With Dean Streator, "Outstanding Volunteer," Bethel-St. Clair Rotary 1997
  • Visiting Professor of Music at West Virginia University 1985
  • Music and Marching Band Adjudicator Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland
  • Member ASBDA, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Graduate Assistant West Virginia University 1967-68
  • MMEd. (66) & MMEd. (Eq 70) West Virginia University
  • Graduate Washington High School
  • Married to Terry Marsteller Bennett
  • Son, James Christopher Bennett, Teacher, Baltimore, MD
  • Son, Jonathan Matthew Bennett, Computer Wizard, San Fransisco, CA 



  • Max Gonano was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from South Hills High School in 1965.
  • Attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he studied trumpet with Anthony L. Pasquarelli.
  • He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1974.
  • He served as a trumpet player and Director of the Brass Ensemble with the United States Continental Army Band From 1970 to 1972.
  • Band Director at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, VA. where his groups were consistently rated Superior by the VBODA.
  • In 1982 he began teaching at California University of Pennsylvania where he directed the Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands, supervised the smaller ensembles, taught non-performance music courses and served as Department Chairman. He also coordinated the California University Marching Band Camps, the PMEA Adjudication Festival and was the Co-Founder and Director of the California Jazz Experience.
  • Has served as an adjudicator and guest conductor in a five state area. He has served on the State-wide Adjudication Committee, the PMEA District I Curriculum and Instruction Committee and has served as local host to both the PMEA State-Wide In-service Conference and the MENC Eastern Division Conferences.
  • In 1999 he was the District One recipient of the PMEA Certificate of Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2000 he received the California University Faculty Professional Development Award for Service and Service Learning and in 2002 he received the Presidential Faculty Award for Teaching.
  • As a university professor, Mr. Gonano was affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including Association of Pa. State College and University Faculty, the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Beta Mu - International Bandmasters Fraternity, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association.
  • He currently is the Conductor for the Monongahela Valley Community Band and one of the conductors of the Community Band South. He has served as Rehearsal Conductor for the Ron Levi Monongahela Valley Jazz Ensemble. He is a Bugler and one of the Assistant State Directors with Bugles Across America and is a member of the American Legion. He is also a member of Local 592 of the American Federation of Musicians. Mr. Gonano is also a member of the Heinz History Center Ambassador Jazz Committee and serves as Executive Producer of “Steel City Grooves,” a video project that salutes the lives of Jazz Legends from the Pittsburgh Area.
  • He resides in Washington, PA. He and his wife, the late Juliet V. Gonano, have two children: Christina, an Interior Designer and faculty member at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. and Max, a professional Firefighter with the Virginia Beach, Va. Fire Dept. and a practicing attorney.


    C. Dean Streator (IN MEMORY)

  • Co-founder, co-director of Community Band South
  • Music Director of Pittsburgh's Syria Temple Shrine Band
  • Bellevue Jr./ Sr. High School - all music, grades 7-12 , 1953-1967
  • Director of Instrumental Music, Bethel Park High School 1967-1986
  • Adjunct Professor of Music Education, Duquesne University 1987-1992
  • Visiting Professor of Conducting, Carnegie Mellon University 1991
  • Pennsylvania State Chairman for PMEA Music Booster Affiliates 1985-1998
  • Recipient of the "Mr. Holland's Opus" Award 1996
  • With James Bennett, "Outstanding Volunteer," Bethel-St. Clair Rotary 1997
  • Music adjudicator Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, West Virginia. New York
  • Director of church choirs 1950-1998
  • Honorary Life Member of Pittsburgh Musicians Union (50 years)
  • Professional percussionist - concert and dance bands.
  • Member of ASBDA, MBA, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • BFA ('51) & MFA ('61) Carnegie Institute of Technology
  • Graduate of South Hills High School ('45)
  • US Navy - 1945-46, US Army - 1951-53
  • Daughter, Lynn Streator Dunbar of the Addison Gibson Foundation
  • Son, Devin Streator, a Las Vegas pianist/arranger
  • Married to Lois Luebbe in 1953. She was a pianist, accompanist, and teacher
  • One perfect grandson, Jonathan Joseph Streator in Boulder City, Nevada
  • Constant companion: Charlie Streator, wire hair terrier extraordinaire. 

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