Meet the Members of the Performing Arts Division

Randy Webb, Director of Bands

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Randy Webb, Director of Bands

Q. What drew you to your profession? 

A. My love for music and how you can express all emotions through it. Music is something that changes every time you perform.

Q. Who is your role model?

A. My first role model is my mother, when my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s she stayed by his side all the way through it to make sure he always had the dignity and respect he deserved. My other major role model was my high school band director. He taught me that every note we play is there for a reason and each one should be given that respect. Also, to push myself when others said it can’t be done. That is one of the reasons this job is so wonderful. The challenge of building something from the bottom is what drives me every day.

Q. What have TMC students taught you? 

A. TMC students have taught me that they too, want to be visionaries and leaders, to see and make great things happen! The founding members of the marching band work so hard to show the positive impact it has on them and how that impact can help their future. They are also great recruiters.

Q. What impact would you like to have at TMC?

A. I hope the band continues to grow and be a great asset to TMC and the campus. I hope that when students graduate that they can take a little bit of the TMC band with them as they start in their chosen field and be able to have those friendships that they formed while in the band maintained throughout their lives.

Greg Procaccino, Director of Theatre/Villa Players

Greg Procaccino, Director of Theatre/Villa Players

Greg Procaccino, Director of Theatre/Villa Players

Q. What drew you to your profession? 

A. I have always enjoyed being a part of a collaborative project, especially one that is artistic and creative in nature. Theatre is all of that and when you add the audience into the mix, their reactions, response… well it just makes it the most exciting thing one could ever experience.

Q. Who is your role model?

A. I could never choose just one role model that inspired me to go into this profession.Many have influenced me. I see the dedication of people like D. Lynn Meyers and Tim Perrino in the professional ranks. I admire the energy and tenacity of educators like Dr. Ron Mielech and Ken Jones. Directors like Michael Haney and Richard Hess and Michael Burnam have been a guiding light in showing me the way to put a show together.

Q. What have TMC students taught you? 

A. The TMC students show me everyday that no matter what the size of the school, program, or task at hand, just give them a chance, maybe instruction or some plain old-fashioned encouragement and they will take off like a rocket toward it’s completion.

Q. What impact would you like to have at TMC?

A. I look forward to seeing everyone in the TMC family being part of the TMC/Villa players world either by taking part in the productions or watching the shows.I want them to tell friends and family to come see the shows. I can’t wait to see people from all over the community filling up the seats and then saying as they leave, “Boy, I am coming back to the next show here at TMC .” The word will spread!

Rebeccah Schaffer Wells ’83, Director of Choirs

Rebecca Wells, Director of Choirs

Rebecca Wells, Director of Choirs

Q. What drew you to your profession? 

A. With both parents working in church/commercial music and teaching, I avoided it as long as possible, but it drew me continually and consistently. Music inspires so many people. Many have their favorite style/type, that fascinates me. Turns out, alot has to do with science (sound waves/physical responses), culture (sound-memories), and creation (the human kind).

Q. Who is  your role model?

A. Are we allowed several? My parents, Dr. Bob Schaffer (former TMC music faculty), and Rita Avram Schaffer. Founders of “Cathedral Concert Series” at Covington Cathedral Basilica, involved us kids in live music performance from about age 9 on, for work ethic they rocked. We should add my late brother, Mark Andrew Schaffer. Jazz/Commercial Saxophonist Peggy Gilbert. Always hardworking, bluntly honest, and creative in work and music.

Q. What have TMC students taught you? 

A. I think one of the best aspects of working with TMC students and with TMC faculty is that the faculty generally understand that we are so darned lucky to teach and we always learn from our students. They want to share their ideas and hopes with us faculty and staff. Best we listen and respond!

Q. What impact would you like to have at TMC?

A. TMC has always had a huge potential to be THE college in NKY–perhaps now in our entire Tri-State region–to be a welcoming, comfortable venue presenting excellent music to serve our region! From Mom and Dad’s 1970s choral concerts to my work with non-major students in spring 2010 to create the first Instrumental offerings at VMC/TMC ever. Having worked with several different Administrations, Academic and Student Life, this is truly a blessed time for TMC to step out in our region and the world, to offer our students the most excellent opportunities in Performing Arts.

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