November 27, 2012

Owens Community College Concert Band to Honor World War II Tuskegee Airman During Holiday Concert, Dec. 9

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College will welcome the holiday season, as well as pay tribute to Northwest Ohio World War II Tuskegee Airman Col. Harold H. Brown of Catawba Island, as the Concert Band presents a Holiday and Tuskegee Airmen Tribute Concert on Sunday, Dec. 9.

The 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.

“We are eternally grateful to the brave service men and women who have defended our country’s freedom and democracy for hundreds of years,” said Fred Dais, Owens Adjunct Instructor in Fine and Performing Arts and Concert Band Conductor. “It is truly an honor to celebrate them and their heroism.”

Musical selections presented by the Owens Concert Band, which is comprised of Owens students and employees and community members, will include “Stars and Stripes for Christmas”, “Harlem Nocturne”, “A Jazzy Christmas”, “March Grandioso”, “Of Honor and Valor”, “A Hanukkah Festival”, “Winterfest” and “Merry Christmas Everyone”, among others.

During the concert, Brown will be honored for his dedication and commitment to his country. During World War II, Brown served in the 332nd Fighter Group and completed 30 missions before being shot down and held as a POW in Germany. He returned home in 1945 and served more than 23 years in the U.S. Air Force.

The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of African-American fighter pilots in the 1940s and pioneers in equality and integration of the U.S. Armed Forces. The term “Tuskegee Airmen” refers to all who were involved in the U.S. Army Air Corps program to train African-Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors and all personnel who kept the planes in the air.

For more information about Owens’ Holiday and Tuskegee Airmen Tribute 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 www.owens.edu.