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Nick PauldineNick Pauldine

Nick Pauldine is a Cortland County native and attended Homer Central Schools. He received his BM in Music Education from Ithaca College, and his MA in Conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

After a short time of public school teaching in Cortland and Tompkins counties, Nick took a position as a Musician Supervisor and Bandleader in the vacation entertainment industry, where he directed an 11-piece show band six nights a week in a wide variety of different musical settings. In 1997, Nick returned to Ithaca and accepted a position with a destination marketing company called Cariba!, and later worked as Sales Manager for the Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

At this time, Nick also took over as Musical Director for the Ageless Jazz Band in Ithaca, NY, an 18-piece big band made up of adult members from the greater Ithaca community and dedicated to the preservation and performance of traditional and contemporary big band and swing dance music. In this capacity he has led the group on 18 tours to the Caribbean island of Aruba where the band performed at numerous world-class resorts and hotels. He has also overseen the production of two CD recordings, and commissioned a composition for the band titled Catch Phrase, by Steve Brown.

Nick has performed on tour with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, Guy Lombardo orchestra, performed with Diane Schuur, Nell Carter, Ann Hampton Callaway, John Pizzarelli, and many other artists. In addition to performing with the Ageless Jazz Band, Nick serves as Musical Director for the Ti-Ahwaga Performing Arts Center in Owego, NY, and performs regularly with Jeff Dovi's JazzHappensBand in Cortland NY, Joe Cavallaro's Dixieland Band in Elmira, NY, the Scott Freeman Band, and the Revival Horns from Binghamton, NY, as well as being involved in other contracted, professional music work.

Nick is thrilled to get back to his roots with the Cortland Old Timers Band, as that was where he honed his clarinet playing skills as a youth. As Principal Conductor, he is looking forward to carrying on the traditions of this historic ensemble.

Nick currently resides in Ithaca, NY, with his wife, Kerry, son Riley, and daughter Isabella. He is an avid golfer and volunteer coach for the Ithaca Youth Hockey Association.



Michael PooleMike Poole Conducting

Mike is Associate Conductor and a trombonist in the Cortland Old Timers Band. He received his Bachelor's degree in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and has studied music theory at the University of Buffalo. He performs in numerous other classical and jazz ensembles across central New York. Mr. Poole directs the resident brass ensemble in Cortland's St. Mary's Church, and is a founding member of two other local performing groups - the JazzHappensBand and the Crown City Brass. He is also a prolific music arranger, transcribing and arranging music for the ensembles in which he performs.


(most recent listed first)

Edward O'Rourke - 2011 to 2018  (Ed still conducts the band now and again!)
Donna Yacavone - 1994 to 2011
Dr. Sam Forcucci - 1972 to 1993 (Listen to Sam's "Paratroopers on Parade" march HERE!)
Frank Crisara - 1967 to 1971 (Directed Cortland Civic Band from 1937 to 1958 and other Cortland bands previous to that.)



John Folmer - 2015 to present

(most recent listed first)

Margaret Perfetti - 2009 to 2015

John Folmer

Note: Not all players are able to be present at every concert.

Barbara Bridgers (when available)
Alex Cottrell (when available)
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Fitzgerald
Jane Hunter
Terry Mingle
Nan Pasquarello
Jeanine Rose

Jackie Baxendell
Cathy Bertini (when available)
Breanna Jones
Brandon McLaughlin
Edward O'Rourke
Bella Pauldine
Nick Pauldine
Terry Perkins
Kaitlyn Rude
Amanda Stutzman
Lindsey Taube

Nick Pauldine (when possible)
Kaitlyn Rude

Brandon McLaughlin (when possible)
Peter Rothbart
Amanda Jaye Steinhoff (when available)
Noah Stroka

Sharon Detzer
Emma Gage
Colleen Thomas
Dannette Tomlinson

Nicholas Darling
Patrick Perfetti

Lizzie O'Donnell
Jim Reagan


Mark Baxendell
Charlie Bertini (when available)
Rick Burdt
Meredith Corey
Kiana Herr
Zach Johnson
Dick Martin
Natalie Miner
Vincenzo Perfetti
Gary Shiffer
Owen Thomas

Corinne Bennett
Paul Diem
Liz Eleck
Rachael Hutchinson
Lauren Kiley
Kim Sanderson
Karen Wickert

Jim D'Addario
Jim Lowe
Michael Poole
Phil Rumsey
Bob Sarachan

Bill Abdallah (B.C.)
Eileen Allen (B.C.)
Scott Baxendell (B.C.)
Ken Briggs (B.C.)
Vince Faraoni (T.C.) (when available)

Bob Fisher
Jeff Magacs

David Alexander
John Diem
Tim Diem
Brian Mingle 
John Sanderson


*ATTENTION PAST MEMBERS - As we say...."Once an 'Old Timer'....ALWAYS an 'Old Timer'!" Please feel welcome to come back and play some music with us!


Cathy Bertini
Ken Briggs
Jim D'Addario
Jeff Dovi
Joe Dovi
Francis Endler
Mary Ann Fadale
Vince Faraoni
John Folmer
Dr. Sam Forcucci
Jane Hunter
Anthony Julian
Dick Martin
Jerry Natoli
Edward O'Rourke
Guy Passeri
Nicholas Pauldine Sr.
Terry Perkins
Jim Reagan
John Stevens
Ralph Tirabassi
Barbara Jo Williams
Robert Wright
Donna Yacavone

Charlie Bertini
Donald Canterbury
Ann Circio
Col. Arnald Gabriel (US Air Force Ret.)
Margaret Perfetti
Rusty Perkins
Dale Underwood
William Yacavone




The Cortland Old Timers Band is an equal-opportunity organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, marital status, age, disability, or sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy applies to the eligibility for membership and all benefits entitled by membership in the organization. For those wishing to support the band, please also note that we are now a 501(c)3 organization, and therefore any donations made to the band are tax-deductible.



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