Music Teacher, Westerville City Schools
Member Since: 1992 | 1999-present
Diana Droste Herak is currently an elementary and middle school strings teacher in the Westerville City School District (Westerville, OH). She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1992 with a B.M.E. in music education and again in 1999 with an M.A. in Music Education.
While at Ohio State University Diana played baritone in the all-brass Ohio State University Marching Band. She played euphonium in the All-Star Brass Band and later both the baritone and euphonium in the Ohio Collegiate Brass (OCB) / Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB). Diana won the NABBA adult slow melody soloist competition on euphonium in 1996 and on baritone in 2006. She joined the BBC in 1999 playing baritone and euphonium. She is also a member of the the Athena Brass Band, an all-star women’s brass band and the Dublin Silver Band.
During the 2004-2005 school year Diana took a years leave of absence from Westerville to pursue her brass banding career. During this year she had the opportunity to be the solo baritone and assistant musical director of the Welwyn Garden City Band (London & Southern Counties), as well as a member of the Travelsphere Holidays Band (Midlands) which included one of the highlights of her year abroad, playing in the National Championships of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall where the band came in 6th. She also had the opportunity to substitute with some of Britain’s other great bands including Aveley & Newham (LSC), Tongwynlais Temperance Silver Band (Wales) and Leyland Band (Northwest).