Youngstown Area Community Concert Band
March 31, 2016
Kudos to you all for a wonderful performance - attendance was almost perfect -- you looked good, you played good. There were so many good comments on our performance, especially "Russian Christmas". We got a standing ovation! It was memorable experience that we won't soon forget.
Presentation Speech given to Joe by President Doug Lewis:
I am Doug Lewis, President of the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band.
This year we are celebrating a significant milestone in the history of our band. Our band became active in 1983. Joe started to conduct the band in 1990. Joe and Peggy Pellegrini are in their 25th year with Joe being the conductor of the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band.
During this quarter of a century as our conductor, Joe has learned:
It is amazing he still has a full head of hair!
In addition, he has patiently prodded us to improve musically. Joe has spent much time between rehearsals and concerts to:
Joe’s message: “I want all members, past, present and future, to know how proud I am to stand in front of the YACCB and make music together”.
I have the pleasure of presenting this Certificate of Appreciation to Joe!
Joe, thank you for all you have done and continue to do for us.
Peggy, thank you for permitting Joe to do these things for us!
Terri Madej, our Member Representative to the Board, will now present a small momento from the membership.
Joe was presented with a Certificate and a personalized conductor baton.
Update: Ted died on Friday, June 30, 2017, at his home in Youngstown with his family by his side. We remember him fondly --his great story telling, his sense of humor, his straight-to-the-point outlook on life. He loved YACCB and the comradeship with fellow musicians. He was instrumental in getting YACCB started and in mentoring it through the years. Rest in peace!
On Monday January 12, 2015, Doug Lewis and John Berthold visited Ted O’Connor and his wife Shirley at their home in Youngstown. Ted is a charter member and played in the first concert that YACCB perfomed in 1984. The purpose of the visit was to surprise Ted with an award. Ted was granted Lifetime Membership in the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band. Lifetime or Life Membership in the YACCB is a membership classification provided for in the BYLAWS “that may be awarded to any member who has contributed outstanding or distinguished service over an extended period of time as determined by the Executive Board”. Doug Lewis presented Ted with a plaque with the words reproduced below. Following the presentation, Ted shared his memories of the YACCB with Doug, and John recorded a video of Ted’s reminiscence. You can watch the 4-minute video now available.
YACCB merchandise is available to you. Only band shirts are required, the following are optional:
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