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Patty Wiemken teaches middle school music at Tinora Middle School and accompanies the THS choirs. Although she has directed musicals and been involved in performances throughout her career, her passion is teaching general music and working with people.
She participates on the praise team at Crossroads Napoleon and helps with the youth program there. Patty grew up in Loudonville, Ohio, where the small community enjoys a revitalized downtown theater. Patty believes that the Cultural Center of Henry County holds an even greater opportunity for our community in Northwest Ohio. The bonus in Napoleon is that this building offers more than a theater; it offers a location to focus several community endeavors that is also near downtown for coordinated events.
Mark Schwiebert is a lifelong resident of the Hamler, Ohio area and farms in Henry County. He and his wife Donna have two grown children and recently welcomed the birth of a second grandchild. Mark has participated in several musical and theater productions and would like to see a venue in Henry County that hosts the performing arts.
Larry Lyne has been involved in instrumental music since the 4th grade when he was introduced into playing a trombone in elementary school band by Max Treier, Director of Band at Cambridge City Schools. In the eighth grade, he started playing in the community Jazz Band under the direction of Howdy Max.
After graduating from high school, he attended Bowling Green State University. While at the university, he had many individuals who influenced his life, but the top two were David Glassmier and Mark S. Kelly, director of University Bands. In his final semester, Mr Lyne student taught in Napoleon under the direction of Roger King, who became a life long friend. He was one of the founding members of Mr. King’s Community Band, which is still performing in Napoleon. After graduation from BGSU, Larry accepted a teaching position as Director of Instrumental Music at Liberty Center Local Schools, where he spent the next 35 years of his life as band director to over one fourth of the school’s population. He started students in the 4th grade and taught them until graduation from high school. The best part of teaching was having his son, Zachary, as a student. Both he and his wife, Janet, attend St. Paul Lutheran church. Mr. Lyne has been involved in most community functions involving music in the schools and community of Napoleon. He retired from teaching in 2009, but is still active in the music world. When asked what was one of the best things about retirement, he replied: Not having to ride a school bus on Friday night!
Janet Lyne has been greatly involved in the choral music world since receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano and choral music education at Bowling Green State University under the guidance of Richard Mathey, Dr Ivan Trusler, Dr. William Skoog, Dr. Barbara Lockard-Zimmerman, and Dr. James Paul Kennedy.
She is retired from teaching vocal music K-12 and college level courses. She has been a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, American Choral Directors Association, Phi Delta Kappa-Education Honorary, Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, and Kappa Delta sorority. She also studied voice under Lester Freedman, founder of the Toledo and Dayton opera. She is the founder and director of the Henry County Chorale, an adult community choir. Janet is equally active in musical theatre, having served as director, assistant director, choreographer, vocal director, accompanist and/or conductor for 60+ shows at school, church, college and community theatres. Originally from Bryan, Ohio, Janet has also been a church organist/pianist/vocalist since the sixth grade. One of Lyne’s proudest accomplishments is her son Zach, who is a dispatcher for the Henry County Sheriff and fireman/EMT for Florida Fire & Rescue. She is also married to Larry Lyne, retired director of the Liberty Center High School band program.
Julie is married to Marv – owner/operator of M.D. Painting. Together they have 3 sons – 2 of them are married and live in Columbus, and the youngest one lives in Brooklyn, NY. They also have a 2-year old granddaughter and a 7 month old grandson who are the light of their lives.
Julie works for the Campbell Soup Company, celebrating 40 years in April 2-021. Julie is a not a graduate of Napoleon nor did she ever attend school here (Marv and Julie are both graduates of Patrick Henry); however, all 3 of their boys are alumni. Between the 3 of them, there were many, many hours spent in JLJ – plays, musicals, choir concerts, band concerts, jazz choir shows, award ceremonies – you name it. Julie's husband is also a musician and played percussion for many of the high school and MVCT musicals. That beautiful venue is a huge piece of Napoleon history and she can’t bear the thought of seeing it destroyed.