2006 – Les Susi
2006 Founders Award & Emeritus Membership
Adjacent photo: L-R, Tim Jameson, Les Susi and former Band Chairperson Lisa Galvin on the occasion of presenting the 2005-2006 Dr. Paul Droste Founder’s Award to Les.
As a trumpet player, Susi joined the musicians union at age 14. Over the years, he played in the Chuck Selby, Henry & Ray Cincione, Don Crawford, Francis Carl, Ned Mapes, and Doc Everhart bands, as well as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He served as conductor and music director of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, and was cofounder and co-conductor of Columbus Concert Band. For many years, he taught in the Columbus Public School system, notably at Whetstone High School.
During his legendary days as a prominent Central Ohio musician, Les was found performing beyond his BBC role in such local venues as the Gayety Theater, Club Alexander, The Dugout, Palm Garden, Gloria, Riviera, Deshler-Wallick, The Neil House, Southern and Virginia Hotels—most locations now a part of Columbus history.