Jon P James was the Conductor/Director for the
Sterling Municipal Band. Jon took over the
baton in 2003, after serving 10 years as principal
chair trumpet in the band. He received his
Bachelors Degree in Music Education from
Western Illinois University in 1992 and is a
member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity
of America - Kappa Psi Chapter.

In 2014, Jon accepted a position with Amboy
Jr. High (Amboy, IL.) as Band Director. Jon
was Band Director in the Polo School District
from 1992 - 2014. He is a member of the
National Band Association (NBA), National
Association for Music Education (NAfME), the
Illinois Music Educators Association  (ILMEA)
and the Association of Concert Bands (ACB).
He is also active as an adjudicator in the State of

Mr. James has been the principal chair trumpet
in the Dixon Municipal Band and the Sauk
Valley Community College Concert Band since
1994. He and his wife Cathy organize and play
with the Rock River Jazz Band and the Ain't
Misbehavin' Jazz Combo. He continues to
perform in several area community events
including musical pits, church services and

Since taking over as conductor, Jon  continued
to bring in guest conductors and soloists from
throughout the United States to perform with the
band. He also took the band to perform in
Naperville, IL in 2003 at their Municipal Band's
Grand Opening of their new performance center
and again in 2009 for their band's 150th
Anniversary. In 2008, the band performed in
Dixon, IL as part of an exchange concert with
their Municipal Band. In the summer of 2010,
the band was invited to perform at the National
Community Concert Band Sousa Festival in
Washington D.C. with five other municipal bands
from around the United States.

Jon and Cathy have been married for 23 years
and live in Sterling, Illinois. You may contact Mr.
James at -
Jon P James
The leadership of the 2018 Sterling Municipal Band cared about the band like family. They believed that the
most important component
of a professional musical organization are the dedicated musicians who give of
their time, energy and talent for little compensation, for the love of creating beautiful music. Kudos to
all of
our players over the many years we were with you!
Cathy L James served as Travel Manger
and Guest Liaison for the Sterling
Municipal Band and prior to being
appointed as Band Manager, she served
on the band commission for 13 years.
Cathy joined the Sterling Municipal
Band in 1988 and has been solo chair
clarinetist since 1999. In addition to the
Bb clarinet, Cathy has performed on
stage with the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and
Bass Saxophones, and the E-Flat and
'A' clarinets.

Cathy started playing the clarinet in 5th
grade at the age of 10. She played in
every musical group offered in high
school and while in high school, she
played clarinet in the Kable Concert
Band for two years and then joined the
Dixon Municipal Band in 1974 and
continues to this day as their solo-chair
clarinetist and Band Manager.

Cathy was also a member of Local 525
of the American Federation of Musicians
and served as Sergeant-of-Arms for 17
years in the Dixon and Rockford locals.
In addition to the two municipal bands,
Cathy regularly plays: in area pit
orchestras; in the Sauk Valley
Community College Concert Band on
Clarinet, Tenor Sax and Oboe; Class
Act II Big Band on Baritone Sax,
Clarinet, and Flute; and Bob Bullard's
Big Band on Clarinet and Baritone Sax.

Cathy and her husband Jon manage
several groups on their own including
The Rock River Jazz Band and the Ain;t
Misbehavin' Combo. Cathy also
manages Saxophonic Sounds, a versatile
group that can perform a variety of
musical styles.

Cathy has subbed in with the Johnnie
Kaye Orchestra, John Smith and
Shenanigans, and spent 11 years playing
in Prime Time West and the Night Time
Horns, a popular local band that
performed throughout the Sauk Valley
and Iowa. She also plyaed with the Sauk
Valley Community College Jazz Band
and Orchestra.

Cathy completed the Medical Lab
Technician and Registered Nursing
programs at Sauk Valley Community
College, and she worked with Sauk
Valley Pathology, Ltd. for 11 years.
Cathy completed the course of study
and testing to become a Certified
Restorative Rehabilitation Nurse
(CRRN) and earned a certificate in
Forensics. Cathy is a Notary Public and
Notary Signing Agent. Cathy completed
her BSN and MSN in Nursing
Education with Chamberlain College of

Cathy is a member of the American
Nursing Association (ANA), and the
National Association of Nurses (NAN),
the Association of Clinical Pathologist
(ASCP), the Association of
Rehabilitation Nurses (CRRN), the
International Honor Society-Phi Theta
Kappa (PTK), and the International
Honor Society of Nursing-Sigma Theta
Tau (STTI), and the National Notary
Association (NNA). Cathy has recently
been chosen to be a member of the
International Women's Leadership
Association (IWLA).

Cathy and her husband Jon are
dedicated to the performance of live
music and have been married for over
23 years. They live in Sterling with their
beloved pets.

You may contact Cathy at
Cathy L James
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Patrick Sheehan was  the Announcer or otherwise
known as "the voice" of the Sterling Municipal
Band. He served as Business and Personnel
Manager of the band from June of 2014 through
November of 2017. Patrick joined the clarinet
section of the Band playing “E-flat” (the little one)
in 2009.

After growing up in the south suburbs of Chicago
and attending Marian Catholic High School, he
studied Music Education at Northern Illinois
University, and then began to work at The Historic
Dixon Theatre as Assistant Musical Director and
rehearsal accompanist for stage musicals with
[now] composer Rob Deemer.  From 2005-2013,
he was a member of the music and theatre faculty
at Woodlawn Arts Academy and Sterling Public
Schools, where he tutored in instrumental music,
worked as the piano accompanist for the high
school vocal program, and served as Music
Director for stage musicals at Centennial
Auditorium and Sterling High School.

In late 2013, Patrick dedicated all of his time to be
at home to teach his private instrumental and vocal
students, and to devote more time to his contract
work as an arranger and music copyist.  Along
with working for many band directors in northern
Illinois and the Midwest, Patrick has written
arrangements for The Glenn Miller Orchestra,
Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois
University, the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and
Sarasota, saxophone soloist Lou Marini, and pop
singer Kenny Cetera.  He has also produced
custom editions of printed music for flute soloist
Sir James Galway, composer Roger Cichy, and
has written over seventeen complete volumes of
transcriptions for the rock supergroup
CHICAGO.  Beginning in 2014, he started
collaborating with saxophone soloist Rich Moore
to produce a collection of transcriptions and
recordings of jazz ballads for solo saxophone(s)
and orchestra, a genre of music unheard for over
50 years.  Each February, he conducts the clarinet
choir at NIU’s annual Clarinet Cornucopia.

Patrick is an adjudicator for IHSA music contests
and is an accompanist for IESA solo & ensemble

From 2003 to 2016, Patrick was an announcer on
Northern Public Radio (WNIJ) in DeKalb, an
NPR affiliate station.  There, he was also the Blues
Director and host of “The Saturday Blues”, a
weekly program from 1-4 p.m.

Patrick was handed the microphone to serve as
the announcer for the Sterling Municipal Band in
June of 2012.

As of June 2015, Patrick is a Notary Public of the
State of Illinois.

In between time, Mr. Sheehan serves as an
independent voiceover artist for the largest web-
based voice-seeker marketplace in the United
States, which provides voiceovers for corporate
training videos, promos, internet advertisements,
telephone menus, and commercials for radio &
television markets across the country.

Patrick has lived in the Sauk Valley since 2005
with his two beloved animals, and is constantly on
the search for a personal secretary.

You may contact Patrick at
 Patrick Sheehan