Jon P James is 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 has
continued to bring in guest conductors and
soloists from throughout the United States to
perform with the band. He has also taken 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 20 years
and live in Sterling, Illinois. You may contact Mr.
James at -
Jon P James
Patrick Sheehan has served as the Business
Manager of the Sterling Municipal Band since
June of 2014, and as Personnel Manager later
that Fall. Patrick joined the clarinet section of
the band playing the Eb clarinet (the little one)
in 2009.

After growing up in the south suburbs of
Chicago and attending Marion 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
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 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, the Pops Orchestras of  Bradenton
and Sarasota, saxophonist 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

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 festivals.

Since 2003, Patrick has been announcer on
Northern Public Radio (WNIU) in Dekalb, an
NPR affiliate station. There, he is also the
Blues Director and host of The Saturday
Blues, a weekly program from 1-4p.m. He
invites you to listen in on Sterling's repeater
station, 91.5 (WNIQ), or through a live
webstream found at WNIU. They also have
an app for that.

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, and a notary signing
agent with the National Notary Association.

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 and  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 can contact Mr. Sheehan at:
Patrick Sheehan
The Administrative staff, Conductor and Managers of the Sterling Municipal Band have  combined
music experience and expertise of more than 100 years. But the most important component, in their
hearts and minds, of a professional 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 our players!
Cathy L James serves 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 is the Director of  Nursing at
Heritage Woods of Sterling. athy and
her husband Jon are dedicated to the
performance of live music and have been
married for over 20 years. They live in
Sterling with their beloved pets.

You may contact Cathy at
Cathy L James
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