Concert still on as of 5pm

As of 5 pm, Aug 3, our concert is still on. Radar models indicate we could get a little rain prior to the concert but it appears that there is just as good a chance that the clouds will go around us. Here’s hoping! If it rains a little at 7:00 but looks like it’s going to end quickly, we will still try for the concert even if we have to start a little late. If it rains at 7 and doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, then we may have to call it off.

Here’s hoping!!

DC

About our August 3rd Soloist, TC Chandler

TIMOTHY “TC” CHANDLER

KEYBOARDIST / MUSICAL DIRECTOR

 

Born and raised in East Saint Louis, IL, TC has been musically inclined since the age of 2.

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“My man pots and pans biscuits and gravy” is a phrase he consistently utters to no avail; a vague expression probably derived from the fact that he used “pots and pans” as percussive instruments during his early morning jam sessions as a child. These skills manifested in his development as a drummer with his grade school and junior high school concert, marching, and jazz bands.  At the age of 15, however, the necessity for a pianist with his Mother’s choir at his Father’s church inadvertently created a fork in the road of his musical journey, thereby diverting his full and unadulterated attention to the piano and keyboards.

TC has been a part of various musical ensembles ranging from classical, jazz, and R&B to blues, rock, and SKA.  Upon completing his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s of BusinessAdministration in Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he was a mechanical engineer by day, and moonlighted as a pianist only on the weekends.  His passion for the piano led him to eventually leave Corporate America behind to pursue a full-time career as a musician in Las Vegas.  His musical credits include playing behind national recording artists Trenyce of American Idol fame, R&B great Tony Terry, The Village People featuring original lead singer Victor Willis, Richard Street’s Temptations, Cherelle, Alexander O’Neal, The Calloway Brothers of Midnight Star, and The Hitzville Show of Las Vegas.  After performing in Las Vegas for 7 years, he spent 2 years as a cruise ship musician.

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Currently residing in the St. Louis metropolitan area, TC has recently completed his second Bachelor’s, and third overall degree, from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Music concentrating on Jazz Performance for Piano.  In addition to the aforementioned credits and responsibilities, since June 2014 to the present, TC is currently the first chair Pianist/Keyboardist for 6-time Grammy Award winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Edwards and his Temptations Revue while simultaneously serving as part of the fantastic EMP Productions studio team alongside producer Eugene Patterson.

Concert at Staunton Fine Arts and Crafts Fair — 9/18/16

Don’t miss the band’s concert as part of the Staunton Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in Staunton’s Duda Park. The concert will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 18. We’re very pleased to be part of the festival and hope everyone will come out and enjoy us and the other musical and artistic presentations.

(Band members should check the rehearsal calendar)

Sad farewell to “Rosie”

Dear band members and band fans:

It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of our longest-serving band member, Darwin “Rosie” Rosenthal. One of the great privileges of being the band’s director (itself a privilege) is the chance to get to know each of you over time. Rosie set a great example for all of us in terms of dependability, being on time and dedication to the band. I can say for certain that if Rosie  missed a rehearsal or a concert it was because he was physically unable to make it or he needed to care for his wife. What a great band ethic he set for everyone. In the last year or two his sound got a bit fainter but his dedication never wavered. I’d like to challenge all the band members to work as hard and be as dedicated as Rosie.

Had he made it with us another season, it would have been his 75th year in the band. Nevertheless, there are few people who can lay claim to dedicating themselves to 74 years of anything.

Thanks, Rosie. We’re really going to miss you.

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