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Center Stage Jazz Band

Center Stage Jazz

Center Stage Jazz is an all-volunteer big band comprised of musicians from the Plainville Wind Ensemble of Plainville, Connecticut. Led by Damon Coachman, CSJ performs big band music in the styles of swing, latin, rock, funk and more, for charity events around the central Connecticut area.

Director – Damon Coachman

Center Stage Jazz

Richard Santanella is the Director of Bands at Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School in Southington, CT where he conducts three Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, and teaches courses in music technology. Rich also serves as director of the Center Stage Jazz Band, a sub group of the Plainville Wind Ensemble. As principal saxophonist of the PWE, Rich has been featured as a soloist in past concerts. He can also be seen performing as a woodwind doubler in musicals around the state.

Rich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Bachelor of Science degree in music education from the University of Connecticut, and has completed coursework for the Master Science degree in music education from Central Connecticut State University.

Rich has studied saxophone with Carl Knox, Greg Case, and Ken Nigro.
In his spare time, Rich enjoys cycling and spending time with his wife Heather, and children Hailey (7) and Owen (4).


Tom Johnston
Kevin Connolly
Dave Griszkauskas
Len Paplauskas
Lynn Rotatori Sheridan


Dave Zoni
Scott Kern
Mike Boncimino
Kevin Rowe


Jim Caplik
Joe Hahn
Ankur Jhaveri
Mark Levandowski

Rhythm Section

Peter Marseglia (drums)
Victoria Scavone (bass)
Connie Scavone (piano)
Rich Gordon (guitar)

CSJ Committee – Mike Boncimino, Ankur Jhaveri, Len Paplauskas, Lynn Sheridan, David Zoni


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