President's Newsletter

May 2, 2021

Welcome to May, LCCBers!

A big thanks to Carolyn Christy and Pam Cooper who tackled the LCCB music library over in the Hargray Building on the USCB campus in Bluffton. They organized, classified, sorted, cleaned, moved furniture, and who knows what else to get our music ready for when we head back to in-person rehearsals (TBA). It’s a big job, but so important to keep the LCCB running smoothly. If you are like me, you probably still have some of our music in your possession from the last rehearsal in March 2020. Hang on to it please until we are ready to collect it. Also, continue to hang on to those LCCB music stands that many of us took when we shut down last spring. I have two, and I have to admit they come in mighty handy!

Another big thanks to Jim Rutgers who maintains our website and serves as a first contact for people interested in joining the LCCB. Thanks to Jim, we’ve had interest from at least 7 new people in joining us in the fall. A few newbies have even jumped right into our virtual concert! So even with a year of shut-downs, the LCCB is still active.

Speaking of the virtual concert, most recordings are finished and most of the songs are in the hands of the editors. We’ve completed 4 of the 10 pieces planned for the concert that we are calling United: A Virtual Patriot Concert. We hope to be ready for the July 4 weekend; I’ll keep y’all posted!

The Advisory Committee will be meeting on Tuesday May 11 at 7 pm via zoom. Anyone interested in attending can email me for the zoom link. We continue to work on securing us a rehearsal space. Two positions on the Committee are up for election in the fall: First Vice President and Treasurer. If anyone wants to run for either of these positions, please let me know and we’ll get your name on the slate of candidates.

Remember to renew your membership in the LCCB if you’ve let it lapse, especially those of you participating in the virtual concert. You can renew at

https://www.uscb.edu/lifelong_learning/osher_lifelong_learning/join_olli/index.html

or on our website at https://www.ollilccb.com/membership. And don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ollilccb/.

Best,

Jaki Fesq
President LCCB

April 1, 2021

April greetings to all, no joke! I hope everyone is looking forward to nicer weather and maybe a bit more freedom now that the vaccines are a reality. The LCCB Advisory Committee is still working on securing us a rehearsal space for the fall. As soon as I have news, I’ll let everyone know.

The Advisory Committee will be meeting on Tuesday April 13 at 7 pm via zoom. Anyone interested in attending can email me for the zoom link.

The only news for the month is that we are continuing our work on the virtual concert planned for the July 4 weekend. About half of our members have been busy recording their parts for a variety of all-band pieces and smaller chamber pieces. Jim Rutgers is working on the sound and video for 3 brass ensembles (with a solo singer!). Assistant Conductor Dave Hershey is doing sound editing for selections by a flute choir, a clarinet quartet, and a sax quartet. And our Conductor Dave Carbone is busy sound editing our recordings of the all-band pieces, including Americans We and the National Anthem. By the end of April, we hope to complete all recordings of The Stars and Stripes Forever and On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss. So even if you aren’t participating, please view the concert online when it becomes available in July. And talk your friends and family into watching! It's shaping up to be wonderful!

Remember to renew your membership in the LCCB if you’ve let it lapse, especially those of you participating in the virtual concert. You can renew at

https://www.uscb.edu/lifelong_learning/osher_lifelong_learning/join_olli/index.html

or on our website at https://www.ollilccb.com/membership. And don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ollilccb/.

Stay well!

Jaki Fesq
President LCCB

March 1, 2021

March greetings!

March 10 of this month marks the one-year anniversary of our last in-person rehearsal. Some of you might remember that Petri dish rehearsal we had in the log cabin out in Jasper Park last year. We are kinda lucky we didn’t become a super spreader event that night! Within a few days after that, the country went on lockdown…and thus began our new life living with Covid-19. Yes, it has been a trying year, but there is light on the horizon. I am hopeful that we will have a new home and can begin rehearsals again in the fall. Stay tuned. But until then, stay well, stay safe.

Work is currently underway for our second virtual concert planned for the July 4 weekend. Its theme will be “United”, and it promises to be more ambitious than the December concert. We will still have chamber groups of brass and woodwinds, but we also plan on presenting 4 pieces that will use all 35 people who have agreed to participate. This is a major undertaking, and our conductor, Dave Carbone, has created sound/click tracks and conducting videos for these pieces. I also realized that I need to keep track of 140 different videos (35 x 4)…yikes!!! So wish us luck as we try to put this together piece by piece.

Remember that we have yearly dues of $40 to be a member of the LCCB/OLLI. If you let your membership lapse or are joining us for the first time, please consider becoming a member for 2021. OLLI is the official sponsor of the concert, and the dues help to offset costs such as providing the platform for viewing and advertising for the entire OLLI community nationwide. (We had OLLI members from around the country viewing the holiday concert!) To pay your dues, go to the following website and click on the box that says “Become a Member”.

https://www.uscb.edu/lifelong_learning/osher_lifelong_learning/join_olli/index.html

In addition to playing in the LCCB, membership dues allow you access to many other OLLI courses that are available, both in-person and online. Note that dues are waived for any high school students who perform with us.

You can also join through our website at https://www.ollilccb.com/membership. Don’t forget to visit the members-only page (LCCB to get in).

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ollilccb/.  

Enjoy March! Nicer weather is coming....

Best,

Jaki Fesq
President LCCB

December 12, 2020

Greetings LCCB!

It is December already! Our concert is next week, Tuesday Dec 8 at 7 pm.

Virtualosity: A Holiday Concert Event

Be sure to Zoom in! In the next few days, you will receive an email invitation to the link for the concert and its program. Feel free to forward the email/link to your friends and family. Everyone is invited! You’ll need the Zoom app to watch, so remember to download it if you don’t yet have it.

Remember to visit our website at https://www.ollilccb.com/. Check out the members-only page (LCCB) and verify your information. Any corrections should be sent to Jim Rutgers.

Like us at https://www.facebook.com/ollilccb/. And share us!

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee is Tuesday Jan 5 at 7 pm via Zoom. Anyone interested in attending can contact me and I’ll send you the link. At our November meeting, we appointed Dee McNair as VP of Financial Development. Thank you Dee!

I don’t have too much else to report. We are exploring two possible rehearsal spaces, but nothing can be firmed up until the pandemic is over. After all, we are a large group that produces a lot of aerosols, so safety protocols are a major concern. Please know that your Advisory Committee is on top of this and we will let you know as soon as we have news. Our trigger date of Feb 23 (date to begin rehearsals for spring concert) remains unchanged at the moment. We will reassess early next year.

For now, enjoy the holidays! See you on Tuesday! Stay safe, stay well, and here’s to a new start in 2021!

As ever,

Jaki Fesq
President LCCB