November 28, 2011

Owens Community College Concert Band to Honor World War II Pearl Harbor Veterans During Holiday Concert, Dec. 4

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College will welcome the holiday season, as well as pay tribute to four Northwest Ohio World War II veterans who were present when the United States was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, as the Concert Band presents its annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 4.

The holiday concert will begin 2:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. The performance is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“It is truly an honor to recognize our country’s brave men and women who have and are serving our country,” said Fred Dais, Owens Adjunct Instructor in Fine and Performing Arts and Concert Band Conductor. “America would not experience freedom as we know it without their selfless acts to defend and preserve our democracy. We are eternally grateful and Owens Community College’s Concert Band is proud to recognize them.”

Musical selections presented by the Owens Concert Band, which is comprised of Owens students and employees and community members, will include “The Star Spangled Banner”, “Under The Double Eagle”, “The Spirit of Christmas”, “Rhapsody for Euphonium”, “Happy Holiday/White Christmas”, “Christmas a la Big Band”, “A Celebration of Hanukkah”, “A Fireside Christmas”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Salute to the Colors”.

Prior to the performance of “At Dawn They Slept (December 7, 1941)”,  the remaining four World War II veterans from Northwest Ohio, who were serving their country 70 years ago at Pearl Harbor when the United States was attacked Japan, will be honored for dedication and commitment to their country. The four American service men being honored are Tom Child of Findlay, James Gilbert of Toledo, John Fox of Sylvania and Charles Kessinger of Toledo. Both Child and Gilbert will not be in attendance. Additionally, all American service men and women in attendance will be recognized during the holiday concert.

Students involved in the College’s Concert Band include Elizabeth Brandeberry of Fostoria (flute), Tina Brandeberry of Fostoria (bass clarinet), Christina Little of Maumee (clarinet), Jeff Calbert of Toledo (trumpet) and Desera Dean of Bowling Green (clarinet).

Community members participating in the musical group are Lynn Phillips of Ottawa Hills (oboe), Andrew Phillips of Toledo (bassoon), Janet Clapsaddle of Genoa (flute), Maureen Fondessy of Oregon (flute), Sandy Krichbaum of Monclova (flute), Sandy Stewart of Ottawa Hills (flute), Kathy Applehans of Graytown (clarinet), Bill Bergman of Oak Harbor (clarinet), Robert Krichbaum of Monclova (clarinet), Connie Shiple of Oregon (clarinet), Greg Thomas of Toledo (clarinet), Loren Kline of Oregon (bass clarinet), Jan Miller of Oregon (alto saxophone), Larry Spencer of Genoa (alto saxophone), Brenda Searle of Maumee (alto saxophone), Dave Ziems of Oak Harbor (tenor saxophone), Jenny Blum of Genoa (French horn), Tory McCarthy of Toledo (French horn), John Wilson of Northwood (French horn), Jeff Brenneman of Toledo (trumpet), Gloria Buck of Walbridge (trumpet), Pam Ferrera of Genoa (trumpet), Mike Toneff of Millbury (trumpet), Mark Padley of Martin (trumpet), Edwin Knepper of Walbridge (trumpet), Clayton Weis of Millbury (trumpet), Jim Myers of Archbold (trumpet), Ben Randall of Toledo (tuba), John Harris of Oak Harbor (baritone), Bill Bacher of Moline (trombone), David Beekley of Holland (trombone), Dan Buehrer of Moline (trombone), Gerald Lonsway of Oregon (trombone), Jane Brenneman of Toledo (percussion), John Lesniewicz of Port Clinton (percussion), Ron Miller of Oregon (percussion), Josh Rood of Toledo (percussion) and Alex McIntire of Toledo (bass guitar).

Owens faculty and staff involved in the Owens Concert Band include Chair of Fine and Performing Arts Dr. Doug Mead of Perrysburg (oboe), Adjunct Instructor in Fine and Performing Arts Zachary Kruez of Toledo (percussion) and Adjunct Instructor in Fine and Performing Arts Fred Dais of Genoa (conductor).

For more information about the Owens Holiday Concert, contact the College’s Fine and Performing Arts Department at (567) 661-7081 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7081.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit