Last night (Monday, October 9, 2023) the Berea City School Board accepted the retirement request of band director, Jeff Fudale making it official that Jeff will retire at the end of the ’23-’24 school year.
Following in the footsteps of his father, James Fudale, Sr., Jeff took over the Berea High School band program in 1993 following three years as band director at Fairview High School. Prior to coming to Berea fulltime he worked with his dad as drumline instructor while also serving in a variety of other capacities with the Berea Band.
“It’s time, that’s all” said Fudale. “Thirty-four years of teaching has been a tremendous joy but it’s time to see what a Friday night at home in the fall is really like.”
Besides leading the Titan Marching Band and the Berea Marching Band, Fudale oversaw the entire band program at the high school including the concert bands. During his time in Berea Fudale helped his concert bands earn countless high ratings at contests. Meanwhile his marching bands performed at Browns games, community parades, Ohio State University, multiple television appearances and a dozen trips to Disney World to perform.
“Through it all I have been so fortunate to have worked with so many outstanding students. And to have my two sons go through the program while I was there was really special,” stated Fudale. “Some students have stayed in music, even gone on to become band directors, while others completely left music to become successful in other fields. It’s awesome to see success in a student and it’s very humbling as a teacher to be part of that success,” Fudale said. “I have also been lucky to have a great group of people who have worked with me and the bands and a booster organization that’s second to none. And of course, the support of my family means so much especially my wife, Ann who’s been very supportive over the last 34 years.”
For now, Fudale would like the focus to be, as he stated, “where it should be … on the students.” The Titan Marching band is heading into their final few performances with the concert season right around the corner.