Please allow me to start out by thanking all of you for your kind wishes, texts, email and phone calls. Lynne and I are 100% back and feeling well. Even Eddie the “Wonder Dog” is happy to have us both up and running at full steam!

I’d also like to thank Jaime, Bev and Cal for keeping rehearsals and classes going and our preparation for performances on schedule. The support of our Board of Directors and Volunteers is unsurpassed and whole heartedly appreciated!

OK, LET’S GET GOING!! We have two very important FULL REHEARSALS at the F.E.C. this week. News about upcoming PERFORMANCES, MORE NEW MUSIC, and lots of notes to play! “IT’S FUN, FUN, FUN, now that DADY TOOK THE T-BIRD AWAY!!!!” I’m excited and pumped up! Don’t miss either of these special rehearsals! In addition, please don’t forget that there are no classes or rehearsals on Wednesday evening the 29th. Come on out to the Huston Pub and catch the “Dukes of Darrowville”. The rehearsal schedule for July will be posted this week. The staff will be sharing Rehearsal and Class responsibilities as we are all very busy with Camps, Performances and vacations this month. We are asking for your continued cooperation with attendance and preparation as we all prepare for our busy recital and Concert Calendar!

Our first SUMMER Lawn Chair Concert is at the Emmanuel Church of Christ 16 Eastern Rd. in Doylestown on Sunday July 10th. The concert begins at 3:00 and your call time is 2:15. We will be wearing our Blue Shirts but please dress for summer comfort. (hats, shorts, sunscreen, drinking water, etc.). Remember that if you invite 3 , 0 come. Invite 5 you will get 2. Soooooo invite 10!!

Our second Summer Concert in something special that we have not experienced for a long time. On Saturday evening August 27th we will be performing on stage at the “Foeder House Royal Crown ” 2668 Easton Rd. NE N. Canton. This outdoor Concert will pack the house so please begin now to invite your friends and family. Fine Food and Excellent Kraft Beer! You don’t want to miss this one!!!!!

Our third Summer Concert is an “Oldy but a Goody” as we return once again to the Barberton MumFestival on Sunday September 25th.

Number four is what I call “A keep your fingers crossed performance”. As you know this event has been cancelled twice now and I believe that the third time is a charm! Please keep Sunday November 13th open for “The Festival of Trees” at the Knight Center.

We have not made any firm commitment for our Christmas Concert as of yet, but I do know that several potential hosts have interest in our return. I will book this December performance date in August or October so if you have a potential prospect, please have them contact me soon!




Every year my husband and I venture down to Lock 3 in Akron for some of their concerts. It is so much easier to do than I ever thought it would be. We have never paid for parking. Most of the concerts are free. If you do not want to bring your own lawn chairs you can rent some. Refreshments are available to buy. Just in case some of you would like to reminisce to some 70’s-80’s music I am going to post the schedule. On a balmy summer night, it’s a really good time.

The City of Akron’s Lock 3 Announces Summer 2022 Rock the Lock Concert Schedule

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Lock 3, in partnership with 97.5 WONE, are thrilled to share Lock 3’s Rock the Lock summer concert series on the iconic Cleveland Clinic Akron General Stage. The season kicks off on Friday, May 27 with Into The Blue, an ELO Tribute, with Sunflurry. Lock 3’s full summer 2022 event schedule including additional concerts, jazz nights, festivals, movie nights, and more will be released on April 25.

“I’m excited to announce this year’s ‘Rock the Lock’ concert schedule,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. “Each year, this concert series brings thousands of Akronites and guests into Akron’s ‘central park’ to enjoy good music, good company, and good times. We can’t wait to entertain you again this summer so mark your calendars and come on down.”

Fridays beginning May 27 and continuing through Sept. 2, Lock 3 will host your favorite tribute bands, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and concerts beginning at 7 p.m. There will be some special concerts on Saturdays and Sundays as well. All listed concerts are presented in partnership with 97.5 WONE. Concerts are free unless noted otherwise. See the full schedule below:

  • May 27  Into The Blue ELO Tribute with Sunflurry
  • June 3   Draw The Line The Endorsed Aerosmith Tribute with Lady Lyre
  • (Sat.) June 4   Donnie Iris and The Cruisers with Ravenwood Tickets available at The Akron Civic Theatre
  • June 10   Fleetwood Macked Fleetwood Mac Tribute with Kerosene
  • June 17   Dirty Deeds The AC/DC Experience with Akron’s Magic Alex *($5 Admission)*
  • June 24   Satisfaction International Rolling Stones Tribute with The Twistoffs
  • July 1     E5C4P3 Journey Tribute with Monica Robins & The Whiskey Kings (RWB Fest)
  • (Sat.) July 2       Bruce in The USA World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with Sinners and Saints (RWB Fest)
  • (Sun.) July 3      The Best of Queen featuring The Georgia Players Guild with Xcess featuring Andrea (RWB Fest)
  • July 8      Best of Times A Tribute to STYX with The Michael Weber Show
  • July 15    Double Vision The Foreigner Experience with Blue Hour *($5 Admission)*
  • (Sat.) July 16    Who’s Bad The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute with Umojah Nation A LOCK 3 EXTRA!
  • July 22    Atomic Punks The Tribute to Early Van Halen with Neil Zaza
  • July 29    Hard Days Night  A Beatles Tribute with The Angie Haze Project
  • Aug. 12   Full Moon Fever  Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tribute with Ben Gage
  • Aug. 19    Hotel California The Original Tribute to The Eagles with Walking in Circles *($5 Admission)*
  • Aug. 26  Straight On The Heart Tribute with The Ladies Night
  • Sept. 2    ZOSO The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute with Ravenwood (Pizza Fest)

Sponsors and foundation underwriting keep all concerts free or at deep discounts.

Lock 3 thanks our sponsors Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron Civic Theatre, Downtown Akron Partnership, Tramonte Distributing, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, Thirsty Dog Brewery, The Knight Foundation, Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau, Roetzel, Pritt Entertainment Group, WAKR, WONE, WQMX, and Courtyard Marriott Downtown Akron.

Food and alcohol are available for purchase in Lock 3. You are welcome to bring your own food to concerts or enjoy your lunch sitting at Lock 3 but outside alcohol is not permitted. Outside food and drinks are not permitted during the festivals. We accept cash, MasterCard, and Visa. There is open seating for concerts. Bring your own chair or blanket and find a good spot to enjoy the show. For a full list of FAQs click here.

Concert and event information will be posted as it becomes available at

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NHB Move Team – Thank You!

The following people volunteered their time and muscles to help relocate stands and instruments from the MAPS Air Museum to storage in Wadsworth.

  • Jim Dotson – First Evangelical Church Member
  • Mike Lewis – First Evangelical Church Pastor
  • Jim Adkins – Director
  • Iskinder Arsano – Saxophone
  • Marilyn Katzmark – Board Member, Violin
  • June Kelley – Board Member, Clarinet
  • Rodger Ramsthaler – Board Member, Euphonium
  • Connie Stinnett – Music Librarian, Cello
  • Kathy Whalen – Oboe
  • And —
  • Roger Ream -Tuba


Hello all! We are very happy to welcome four new members to our ever-growing Band of Happy Musicians. Please visit our “Caring Corner” which will soon include a brief introduction of these new members.

I am so excited about our return performance at the “Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park” 8005 Cleveland-Massillon Rd. in Clinton, Ohio 44216 on May 30th. Call time is 1:00 pm. We will move to performance PLACES at 1:10. Warm Up with Jaime at 1:20, and the Concert will begin at 1:30. Please wear your ROYAL BLUE ENSEMBLE SHIRT, but otherwise dress for comfort in the SUN! You may wear hats, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen! BRING DRINKING WATER!!!!! You must also bring your own music stand and music which you have prepared to combat the wind and can be raised and lowered for the finale piece “Stars and Stripes for Ever”. Here is the Concert Music Order:

  • National Anthem
  • Ukrainian National Anthem
  • Knights of Destiny
  • Liberty Bell March
  • Amparito Roca
  • God Bless the U.S.A.
  • Marches of the Armed Forces
  • God Bless America
  • Wreath-Laying Ceremony (U.S. Army Drum Cadence and Taps)
  • Stars and Stipes Forever.

Please bring family and friends understanding that this is a “LAWN CHAIR PERFORMANCE”. Chairs will be provided for the Musicians (performing Members of our Ensemble), but the audience must bring their own folding lawn chairs.

It is a great HONOR to be asked to perform in recognition of those Americans who have made the greatest of all sacrifices protecting and preserving our Liberty! I believe that this is the most important and most prestigious performance of the year. Thank you all for joining me in preparation for our absolute best effort!

Here are the tentative Summer and Autumn Performance Dates:

  • June 26th – Akron Cooperative Farm, Akron
  • July 10th – Emmanuel/Johnson Churches Concert, Doylestown
  • August 27th – Royal Docks Summer Party Concert; Canton
  • September 25th – Barberton MumFest; Barberton
  • November 13th – Festival of Trees; Knight Center, Akron

WE NEED HELP! If you own a Truck or large Van, please CONSIDER meeting us at the MAPS museum next Tuesday, May 17th at 2:00. We will be moving our music stands and timpani from storage at the museum to a rental facility in Wadsworth. Should only take about 2 hours! Thanks!!!!


Lost – Trifocal Eyeglasses in a black leather sleeve

Lost – A Pair of Trifocal Eyeglasses in a black leather sleeve. The brand name is “Randy Jackson” on the inside of the arm.

Where – First Evangelical Church

When – April 25, 2022 (Wedneday)

Contact – Harvey Jackson –


NHIMA Lakeside Chautauqua Music Camp (Ohio) Registrations is NOW OPEN!

Pre-registration for NHIMA members opened on the 22nd and over 40 applications have been accepted. Pre-registration for non-members opens on the 29th. This two-day camp will be held on the shores of Lake Erie at historic Lakeside retreat on AUGUST 22-23, 2022. The camp is for winds and percussion (sorry no strings) and will end the two days of rehearsal with a concert performance. Instructional fees for NHIMA members $125.00; non-members $145.00. Conductors Linda Hartley (University of Dayton) and Ozgood Cowsnowski (me), have selected a concert repertoire of some of our combined GREATEST HITS. Food and housing arrangements at the onsite Historic Hotel are available at very reasonable cost and are your best Chautauqua experience! Come on out and meet Roy Ernst the founder of NHB as he will be sitting in on flute! It is a great opportunity to meet and perform with musicians from all over the county. For more information and registration please go to click on events, look for NHIMA Lakeside Chautauqua Music Camp.

Lynne and I are super busy packing and moving to what we are affectionally calling our Vacation Home. Please understand that my schedule is very full and over the next two weeks you will be seeing far less of me in person. We are very excited about the Spring Recital which you may all attend either in person or on Zoom this Thursday evening the 28th at 6:00 in the Sanctuary of the F.E.C. Please find the Zoom meeting numbers posted on the webpage. The “Dukes of Darrowville” are playing at the Houston Pub from 7:00 to 9:00 Wednesday the 27th so after the dress rehearsal join us! Also please remember that that there are no Wind Orientation or Novices classes that evening. I WILL BE AT LIVE REHEARSALS THIS EVENING, AND THE MAPS REHEARSAL AND CONCERT ON THURSDAY! Jaime, Bev, and Cal will be conducting FULL REHEARSALS next week. Jaime will covering her normal schedule however, all of my classes will be cancelled for the week!

Thanks, Jim


Our Spring rehearsals have been going exceptionally well and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work and cooperation. We have been accomplishing growth through attracting new members and contemporizing our organization. Your preparation through following our practice, class participation, and rehearsal instruction is a large part of our accomplishment. Thank you for welcoming Bev and Cal O’Conner to our staff. Please take a moment to personally welcome and thank them for sharing their talents with all of us at your earliest convenience.

We have been trying very hard to overcome the continued situations that we have with our Zoom broadcasts. These situations will be cleared up so please, please, PLEASE hang in there with us! An important part of this Virtual programing is the SPRING RECITAL that is coming up on Thursday, April 28th at 6:00. We want to fill the Sacturary of the church with an audience so if you are not already a performing member that night please attend live or on Zoom. Here are the planned performing ensembles:

ORIENTATION STRINGS; NOVICE STRING ENSEMBLE; PERCUSSION TRIO; THE ENTIRE BRASS SECTION. The Orientations Strings will be demonstrating their new musical abilities by performing the “Greatest Hits of Book One”. Novice String have prepared several of our “Favorite Tunes”. The Percussion Trio will perform a famous drum trio composed by two of the most famous percussionists of the 60’s Rot Burns and Saul Feldstein entitled “Three to Go”. The Finally of the recital is our entire BRASS SECTION performing the 18th centry classic “The Prince of Whales” known today as “Trumpet Voluntary”.

String performers will continue their preparation for this recital in Dress rehearsal during regularly schedule classes on Wednesday the 20th and Wednesday, the 27th. The Percussion Trio and Brass Section selection will be rehearsed as part of regular rehearsals on the 21st, 25th(F.E.C.) and 28th. (MAPS). AS ALWAYS I’M EXCITED!!!!


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