Free Online Music Theory Course

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Submitted by Mike Hoeprich (Violin)

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) infections on the rise in Northeast Ohio

Here is info from the CDC website.

Northeast Ohio health officials warn that RSV is spreading earlier and faster this year than previous years. We are seeing a higher than normal membership reporting RSV-like symptoms.

RSV-infected adults typically have mild, cold-like symptoms only. These include:

  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

RSV is especially worrisome among immunocompromised adults. The CDC warns that people with preexisting conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure, should be especially cautious during RSV surges. 

Member Reflections

Hello my friends and band mates, I wasn’t able to make it to practice because I have MS, which is exacerbated by the weather, however, I just wanted to share with you all my excitement about the strings performance on Monday, I enjoyed each song, especially Tocatina(I hope that’s right) and the band as well, I am looking forward to making beautiful music with you all, I also want to thank each of your help at various times.

Fellow music lover, Abyemabi

Member Reflections & Transitions

Dear NHBSSC family,

I would like to announce that I have accepted a research fellowship in Silver Spring, MD, and will be relocating by the end of the month. While my NHBSSC membership and association will remain as they are, you will see much less of me at rehearsals and concerts. I will keep in touch with Connie for materials to work on. Whenever possible, I will attend virtual rehearsals and major in-person performances.

I must thank the teaching faculty, and all past and current members of the Board of Directors for making this experience possible. The camaraderie of all other fellow NHBSSC members who, like me, find themselves on their own noble musical journeys, is much appreciated. Lastly, this is an excellent opportunity for me to express my immense gratitude for the personal guidance and encouragement I have received from Jim over the years. I will be reporting my musical progress to him in the years to come as well.

Thy humble music seeker,
Iskinder (alto sax)

NHIMA Band Camp 2022

This NHIMA band camp was a two-day camp consisting of one ensemble, that of a full concert band. There were five full band rehearsals, one set of sectionals, one session set aside for free time each day, and a final evening concert. There was one ensemble at this band camp, with no breakout sessions as is usual in a longer camp. A free time period was available for each of the two days.

There was a great deal to do during free times. The venue is centrally located so there is easy access to shopping and exploring. In addition, the Chautauqua schedule of activities is full, so there were opportunities for entertainment and involvement.

Lakeside Chautauqua is located on the Marblehead Peninsula in Ohio on the southwestern shore of Lake Erie. It is one of only a few continuously operating Independent Chautauquas that persist into the 21st century. It was formed in 1873 by members of the Methodist Church and remains a church-affiliated vacation resort. Lakeside is a cultural and educational movement that thrives as a place for all people to grow through lifelong learning. The entire community, approximately one square mile in size, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Here are some photos of the members who attended the camp.

Carrie Cunningham, JoAnne Turner , Kathy Jesser, Jim Adkins, Joy Hart, Kathy Whalen, Lee Nielsen

Music at the Arboretum: Hot Potatoes! Blues and Swing with a Big Easy Touch

Friday, August 19, 2022 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

John Streeter Garden Amphitheater, 2122 Williams Road, Wooster, OH 44691

Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) continues its collaboration with the Friends of the Secrest Arboretum with Hot Potatoes! Blues and Swing with a Big Easy Touch on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691

The program is free, but registration is recommended.

About the Musicians

Kerry Kean (lead guitar, fiddle, vocals) grew up in southern Ohio. His fascination with music led him to study piano technology. He opened a piano service and rebuilding business and served as Kent State University’s resident piano technician for 16 years. Over the years he has performed in various groups including folk trios, dance and show bands, as well as jazz ensembles. In recent years blues, ragtime, folk tunes and writing his own music have become his primary focus.

Bobby Patetta (rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals) is a singer-songwriter specializing in blues, rock and folk, and has been performing and recording on guitar, harmonica and vocals for over 50 years. Born and raised in New Jersey where he started out singing and playing in rock bands, he has also worked extensively along the Gulf Coast of Florida, playing harmonica and washboard with Rosie O’Grady’s Dixieland Band in Pensacola, guitar and blues harp in the greater Tampa area and in Ohio since 1990. He is currently performing with the Hot Potatoes band, as well as making many solo appearances. He is also known for making a joyful noise on Sunday mornings at many Unity and UCC churches in the area.

Tim Akin (upright bass, vocals), based in Hudson, has played with many bands including The Legends Band, The Descendants, The Akin Family Band, The Reunion Band and Akin for Jazz. He can be seen regularly performing throughout Northeast Ohio and has been a staple at many ORMACO performances over the years. Tim studied music at The University of Akron and with many private teachers over the years.