Band Directors


John Puster
Jr. High & High School Band
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John Puster, JH and HS band director, began teaching at Triway Local Schools in the 1995-96 academic year.  Mr. Puster received his HS diploma from West Holmes Local Schools in 1987, his Bachelors of Music Education degree from The College of Wooster in May of 1991, and his Masters of Music Education degree from The University of Akron in December of 1994.  Before teaching at Triway, Mr. Puster was a band director at Jackson Local Schools for two years. He is excited that the Triway administration has allowed the band program to use the ‘team-teaching’ model – beginning the 2018-19 academic year.

The Triway band program is founded upon 3 pillars: Musicianship, Character, and Service.  The program’s vision statement is: Make Music. Make a Difference.

Mr. Puster enjoys time with his family, wife Melissa and daughter Anna, and his dog Katie.  He also enjoys golfing and fishing and working outside with landscaping.


Melanie Donnelly
Elementary Band

Melanie Donnelly is the Assistant Band Director for Triway Local Schools, teaching grades 5-12 instrumental music.  She graduated from North Ridgeville High School in 2006 and then attended Lorain County Community College for a year.  Melanie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ashland University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  While at Ashland, she student-taught at Triway under Mr. John Puster.  After graduation she taught one school year in Cleveland before coming to Triway in 2012.  Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband and her many pets.  She continues to enjoy playing her flute in community area bands.  The highlight of Melanie’s performance career was playing in the Sydney Opera House in 2006 with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony.