Our Music Staff
Charles “Chuck” Lauterbach founded The Music Staff in 1985 to provide band programs for a number of grade schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He received his B.S. in Music Education in 1967 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and M.Ed. from Xavier University in 1970. While teaching band, chorus and general music for the Mt. Healthy City Schools Lauterbach composed and arranged competition music for the award winning Roger Bacon High School Band. In 1977 he accepted the position as band director at Badin High School in Hamilton growing the program for six years. Since then he has continued with developing Catholic grade school bands throughout southwest Ohio. His published works include Musitraks, a general music curriculum for grade K-12 and A young Person’s Guide to the Recorder. Chuck lives in Cincinnati with his wife Jean and two rescue cats Kate and Leo. Contact Chuck via email here.
Beth Breda began her musical career in the summer after 4th grade, taking flute lessons from Mr. Charles Lauterbach! Soon after, she began to take Suzuki piano lessons and subsequently expanded her repertoire of instruments to include all of the band instruments, plus stringed instruments, such as the Violin, Viola and Cello. Beth began playing at area churches as a freshman in high school, and continues to play for liturgies and weddings. Beth has taught general music classes at Sts. Peter and Paul Academy and Royalmont Academy. Currently she teaches general music at John Paul II Catholic School. Over the years, Beth has taught band in 14 different Catholic schools in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties. Beth joined the Music Staff in the Fall of 2014. She also gives private music lessons. Beth is truly grateful to help students to develop and hone their musical talents and encourages them to give back to their family, school, and faith communities by sharing their musical talents. Email Beth here.
Nick Lorenz graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor's degree in music education. While a student at Lakota West High School, he had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of marching in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. As a student at the University of Toledo, he was a member of the wind ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, marching band, basketball pep band, tuba - euphonium ensemble, and brass quintet. When he's not teaching or practicing, Nick enjoys reading, hiking, and eating Cincinnati chili. Nick can be reached via email here.
Helen Kanaitis is currently the K-8 General Music Teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School, and Band Director at St. James School. She graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a focus in French horn. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Helen began playing and performing music at a young age, with inspiration and unwavering support from her family and friends. She has performed in marching bands, jazz ensembles, wind ensembles, orchestras, brass ensembles, woodwind ensembles, as well as numerous choral groups and honors bands and choirs. Helen has also participated in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Honors Band. When Helen is not teaching or practicing music, she is probably hanging out with her cat, crafting, playing video games, or spending time with family. Helen can be reached here.
Debbie Eaton handles many of the administrative duties at the Music Staff. A lifelong lover of music, Debbie plays the piano and can often be found at Music Hall listening to the CSO. As a proud mom of two musical kids, she has a soft spot for French Horn and Oboe and is an enthusiastic supporter of the UC Marching Bearcats. When she's not travelling, Debbie can be found studying French, taking photos, and gardening. Please email Debbie here if you need to change your contact information, need more details about concerts, or any other general Music Staff information.