The Grand Traverse Academy Secondary bands invite you to their eighth annual Jazz ‘n’ Joes dinner & music fundraiser, set for Thursday, March 14 in the school’s main gymnasium. One hundred seventy-one 7th-12th grade musicians will perform throughout the evening, with the Cadet & Concert Bands playing at 5:00 pm and the Varsity & Symphonic Bands at performing at 6:00. Featured will be popular music with heroic themes, and music that has developed a following with a movie series, such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Star Trek,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “Superman,” “Star Wars,” “Batman” and more!
A sloppy joe dinner will be served in the school’s multi-purpose room and small gymnasium before and after the performances, from 4:30-7:00 pm, and will also be available for take-out. Proceeds from the event will go toward a scholarship fund for private lessons or summer music camps for students and the purchase of additional instruments for the school’s popular and growing band program. The cost is just $5 per person and tickets are available from any Grand Traverse Academy Junior High or High School band member, or in the school office at 1245 Hammond Road East in Traverse City.
Petoskey Middle School Robotics Team
To build a robot, you need to be able to solve many problems. The next problem the Petoskey Middle School Robotics Team needs to solve is how to get to the Super Regionals in Iowa.
The team, Geeks, Gears and Gadgets, or G3, earned the honor of competing at the Super Regionals by winning the State Qualifying Tournament in Marshall in December. The Super Regionals will be held at Carver Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City April 3 through 5.
A parent committee working with the team estimates it will cost about $12,000 in tournament fees and travel expenses to take the team to this competition. Parents will be contributing a portion of the costs, but they are going to the community to seek the rest of the funding.
“Earlier this year we raised money from sponsors, businesses, and friends and family members to fund the program,” said Team Coordinator Mary Jean Meyerson. “But we didn’t anticipate the need to fund a trip out of state,” she added. Meyerson says her committee is now looking at new sources of revenue to reach their new goal.
One means the committee will try is “crowd funding,” a new trend in fund-raising that uses technology and social media. “We see crowd funding as a way for extended family members, robotics supporters, and the community as a whole to get behind the team,” Meyerson said. She noted that crowd funding is designed for people to make small, affordable donations with the hope that a vast number of people will be making contributions.
“The challenge will be to get the word out,” said Cheryl Tallman, the team’s media coach. Tallman’s student media team will be leading the charge to get the team members, the coaches, the parents, and friends and relatives to spread the word through email and social media. “These kids have accomplished something that’s quite impressive, and I think everyone will want to get behind them and help them out in some small way,” Tallman said.
To make a contribution to the team’s crowd-funding effort, supporters can visit www.razoo.com/story/g3robotics. This special crowd-funding site has been established for people to support the G3 team with donations of $10 or more.
While the fund-raising campaign is underway, members of the G3 Design, Build, and Programming teams will be making adjustments to the robot to get it ready for the next level of competition. “The robot performed very well at the state level,” said team mentor Jon Coveyou. “But we know we’ll be facing a higher level of competition in Iowa and we need to be ready,” he added. Coveyou says the team has their eye on advancing to the World Competition in St. Louis at the end of April.
Craft Month at the Kalkaska Library
March 6th, 6-8PM: Hand Applique with Jan Parker
March 8th, 11AM-1PM: Beaded Necklace with Beverly Fields
March 15th, 10AM-1PM: Basket Weaving with Marilyn Coville
March 20th, 6-8PM: Stone Decor (your choice of Birdhouse, Beach Foot or Mirror)
March 22nd, 11AM-1PM AND April 2nd 6-8PM: (two session event: Beer Brewing & Beer Bottling with Ben Birgy
March 27th, 6-8PM: Art of Making Biscotti
For more information call the Kalkaska County Library at 231-258-9411
JEFF HAAS QUINTET with MARCUS & JOAN BELGRAVE
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich – Traverse City’s favorite jazz personality, Jeff Haas will perform a tribute to his father, legendary radio host Karl Haas, on Sunday May 4, 2014 at City Opera House. With his popular jazz quintet and very special guests, jazz legend Marcus Belgrave and acclaimed vocalist Joan Belgrave, Jeff Haas & friends will perform an afternoon of jazz classics and new original compositions in celebration of the Karl Haas’s 100th birthday anniversary. The concert will feature the Traverse City premiere of a 30-minute documentary about Karl Haas produced by Jeff and his sister Alyce. Jeff will perform on the fully restored 7-foot concert grand piano that Karl Haas played at the WJR studios in Detroit. The piano was recently discovered by Jim Evola of Evola Music, who fully restored the historic piano and gifted it to Jeff.
“My dad played that piano live on the air every day at WJR ... I made my debut on Adventures in Good Music playing a Mozart duet with my dad. It will be such a thrill for me to play that piano and celebrate the 100th anniversary of my dad’s birth with my longtime colleague, legendary trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, for my hometown crowd!” – Jeff Haas
Karl Haas changed the musical landscape of the Motor City and the rest of the country during the 44-year run of Adventures in Good Music (AIGM), the most widely distributed classical program in the history of radio. AIGM was carried on over 650 radio stations in the US, Australia and New Zealand with an average daily listenership of 3.6 million people. Karl Haas remains the only classical music host to be inducted into theRadio Hall of Fame, and one of only two radio personalities to receive two Peabody awards, the other being Edward R. Murrow. In 1991, the Haas family went to the White House where Karl received the Charles Frankel Award for promoting humanism through the arts from President George H.W. Bush.
Jeff Haas is nationally known for his personal and engaging musical voice that combines jazz, Judaic and classical music. Legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck said, "In combining these great musical traditions, [Haas] has created a soulful music that transcends ethnic barriers.”
The Jeff Haas Quintet includes Jeff Haas (piano), Chris Lawrence (trumpet), Laurie Sears (sax/flute), Sean Dobbins (drums) and Marion Hayden (bass).
This performance is presented by City Opera House and Jeff Haas. Media sponsorship is generously provided by Interlochen Public Radio and 9 and 10 News and Fox 32.
A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Building Bridges with Music. Building Bridges with Music uses the universal language of music to open hearts and minds and promote open-mindedness, understanding, and acceptance of people from different cultures, races and background. Jeff and multi-cultural quintet have visited over 600 schools and talked with more than 50,000 students throughout Michigan and beyond.
The City Opera House Heritage Association is proud to partner with Michigan State University’s renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts. City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction in the heart of the region, downtown Traverse City. Information at CityOperaHouse.org
Irish Comedy Tour
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The Irish Comedy Tour (ICT) returns to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 14th at 8 pm at City Opera House. They're Irish, They're American, and They're Not Holding Back. ICT takes the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combines it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans. The clover -- make that clever -- comedians, whose ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle, include Detroit native Derek Richards; Boston-born Mike McCarthy; Nova Scotia's Damon Leibert; and from Inchicore, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland Derrick Keane. Audiences howl at Richards' tales about his mom's dog, the holidays and dating a stripper. He has appeared on The Bob & Tom Show, XM and Sirius, and The Weather Channel's Top 10. McCarthy's no-holds-barred humor has landed him on Comedy Central and Showtime. The "comedy barbarian," as he calls himself, takes no prisoners when it comes to poking fun at society's most sensitive topics. Leibert's unique and energetic style of fiddle playing lies somewhere between the driving dance beat of Cape Breton, and the lyrical music of Ireland. His power packed performance adds an incredible dimension to the show. And finally Keane, originally from Inchicore, Derrick first distinguished himself musically when the duo in which he sang and played swept the All Ireland Talent Competition. His band, Inchicore, sets the gold standard for the Irish music scene in New England and across North America. Don't miss these hilarious Irish American comedians as they tear apart as well as validate all of the Irish myths and stereotypes. Tickets go on sale Friday atwww.CityOperaHouse.org The Irish Comedy Tour is part of the Auto-Owners Insurance LIVE at the Opera House series. The City Opera House Heritage Association is proud to partner with Michigan State University’s renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts. City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction in the heart of the region, downtown Traverse City. Information at CityOperaHouse.org
TC West Senior High Announces Spring Musical: Thoroughly Modern Millie
Style, Flair, Music, Extravagance - just a few of the words that describe the roaring twenties and the icons of 1920’s society, known as the Flappers! Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of the young heroine, Millie Dillmount, who moves to the big city to embrace this flapper lifestyle and find adventure. TC West’s Music Department brings you Millie’s story performed in full blown Broadway style!
Erin Peck, the musical’s director and choreographer says, “Thoroughly Modern Mille is energetic and fun. It is great show for the whole family. The score is full of wonderful songs that will leave humming and the dancing is fantastic! It is one of those fun shows that bring us back to the classical feel of good musical theatre.” Erin also is looking forward to working with Mr. Erich Wangeman this year, West TC West Senior High’s new Musical Director. Erin says Mr. Wangeman’s “reputation of talent precedes him and now after working with him, [she] can see why. West Senior High is luck to have him!”
Mr. Wangeman’s former high school choral program was selected as one of three programs nation-wide to receive the prestigious Weill Institute Grant from Carnegie Hall. In 1998 and 2002, and 2008, choirs under Mr. Wangeman’s direction appeared in American Choral Directors Association Regional Conferences. In 2005 his Men’s Chorale was featured at the ACDA National Convention in Los Angeles.
Mr. Wangeman has served on the board of directors for ACDA Michigan and is currently the Past President of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. He has presented at ACDA regional conferences, conducted the Michigan TTBB All State Choir, the Bradley Honor Choir at Bradley University, and the University of Michigan-Flint’s Junior Academy. Mr. Wangeman has served on the teaching staffs of the All State Program at Interlochen, and the Ohio Governor’s Institute for Gifted and Talented Students. In addition to choral music, Mr. Wangeman is an avid lover of theater. He has directed over 30 musicals and plays and regularly hosts theatrical tours to Stratford, CA, and New York.
Mr. Wangeman expressed “I am so honored be a part of the amazing music tradition at TC West Senior High School. Joining this incredible staff, and being a part of this exemplary program has been a dream of mine since I was a young man growing up in nearby Petoskey.
The musical productions at TC West are always Broadway quality and I am looking forward to working with and learning from Erin Peck and the amazing production staff. ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ is a perfect fit for our students. It is a wonderful musical in the grand style tradition. It has great music, wonderful dancing, and story which will engage audience members of any age. Folks won’t want to miss this show!!!”
Tickets $15 general, $20 premium. www.MyNorthTickets.com. Box Office at 933-7509.
Evening Performances at 7:30pm: Fridays - February 28, March 7, 14 and Saturdays - March 1, 8, 15
Matinee performances at 2pm: Saturday, March 15 and Sundays - March 2, 9, 16
Traverse City Indoor Farmers Market
Village Indoor Farmers Market
Saturdays 10:00 AM To 2:00 PM at the Village at GT Commons
Get your weekly farm fix at The Village Indoor Farmers Market! 45 local vendors will be lining the ENTIRE Mercato corridor, from Trattoria Stella, all the way to the Village General Store. You'll find fresh, local produce, fish, meats, bread & baked goods, preserves, honey, soaps, and more...INDOORS.