Wednesday, December 8, 2010

See you January 11th at rehearsal

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Great Concert!

Thank you to the audience and everyone involved - it was a great concert and a lot of fun.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Special thanks to "Sons Of LaGrange"

Please visit and listen to new and archived shows of the Sons of LaGrange (11-15-10) program. Jim Mackiewicz, Sr. was a special guest on this program.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Polish National Anthem

Mazurek Dąbrowskiego (Polish pronunciation: [maˈzurɛɡ dɔmbrɔfˈskʲɛɡɔ], "Dąbrowski's Mazurka") is the national anthem of Poland. It is also known by its original title, Pieśń Legionów Polskich we Włoszech ([pʲɛɕɲ lɛˈɡʲɔnuf ˈpɔlskiɣ vɛˈvwɔʂɛx], "Song of the Polish Legions in Italy"), or by its incipitJeszcze Polska nie zginęła ([ˈjɛʂt͡ʂɛ ˈpɔlska ɲɛzɡiˈnɛwa], "Poland Is Not Yet Lost" or "Poland Has Not Yet Perished").

The song is a lively mazurka with lyrics penned by Józef Wybicki in Reggio nell'EmiliaCisalpine Republic (now in Italy), around 16 July 1797, two years after the Third Partition of Polanderased the once vast country from the map. It was originally meant to boost the morale of Polish soldiers serving under General Jan Henryk Dąbrowski in the Polish Legions, which were part of the French Revolutionary Army led by General Napoléon Bonaparte in its conquest of Italy. The mazurka, expressing the idea that the nation of Poland, despite lack of political independence, had not disappeared as long as the Polish people were still alive and fighting in its name, soon became one of the most popular patriotic songs in Poland.

The song's popularity led to a plethora of variations, sung by Polish patriots on different occasions. It also inspired other peoples struggling for independence during the 19th century. One of the songs strongly influenced by Poland Is Not Yet Lost is Hey Slavs, a former national anthem of Yugoslavia. When Poland re-emerged as an independent state in 1918, Mazurek Dąbrowskiego became its de facto anthem. It was officially adopted as the national anthem of the Republic of Poland in 1926.


English Translation

Poland has not perished yet
So long as we still live
That which alien force has seized
We at 
sabrepoint shall retrieve

March, march, Dąbrowski

From Italy to Poland

Under thy command

Let us now rejoin the nation

Cross the Vistula and Warta
And Poles we shall be
We've been shown by Bonaparte
Ways to victory

March, march...

Like Czarniecki to Poznań
After Swedish occupation,
To rescue our homeland
We shall return by sea

March, march...

Father, in tears
Says to his Basia
Just listen, it seems that our people
Are beating the drums

March, march...

Monday, November 8, 2010

PAC Band Concert Reminder

This concert will feature Father Paul Kwiatkowski of the Toledo Diocese conducting and playing violin with the Toledo Polish American Concert Band.


Lourdes College

Sylvania, Ohio

Sunday, November 28
Polish American Concert Band 
2 p.m.
Tickets: 419-241-9537


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You are awesome

Great rehearsal.  Things are really coming together.  Looking forward to this upcoming concert and new things on the horizon.


Thank you,


Nathan Pienta


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tom Topolski

Thomas W. Topolski, 73, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, September 27, 2010. He fought bravely for over a year, but finally lost his battle with cancer while under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. He was the youngest child of Maryanna and Frank Topolski of Toledo, OH. He was a graduate of St. Teresa Grade School in 1951 and Macomber High School in 1955. He received a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1960, a Master of Education in 1970, and an Educational Specialist Degree in 1976 - all from the University of Toledo. Tom met his wife, Carol, while both were music majors attending the University of Toledo. They recently celebrated 49 years of marriage. Together they raised four wonderful children and a granddaughter. Tom taught for 30 years in public schools - 17 years in music education and 16 years in elementary education. After he retired from public schools for 7 years, taught private music lessons, and was a substitute teacher for several years. Tom also served as a gallery guard at the Toledo Museum of Art. He played sax, clarinet and flute in an instrumental trio for 35 years. He was a member of the Polish American Concert Band and past Band Master for the Zenobia Shrine Band. Tom was also a former member of the Blissfield Lion's Club and served as vice-president and president. He was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his love of music, Tom enjoyed reading, writing poetry, attending baseball and football games, and collecting jazz music albums. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Carol; children, Richard (Jamie), Amy (Tad) Peterson, MaryBeth, Alan (Mandy); sister, Mary Francis Kozlowski and grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda, Marnie, Thomas, Darbi, Hadlee, Angela, Erica and Jacqui. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death are his parents and three brothers, Frank Jr., Martin and Richard. Friends are invited to visit from 2:00pm until 8:00pm at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, OH, Thursday, September 30, 2010, where the Barton Smith Masonic Lodge F & AM will conduct a service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at the Memorial Lutheran Church, Toledo at 11:00 am, Friday, October 1st where Tom's body will lie in state one-hour prior. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Hospice of Lenawee or the Memorial Lutheran Church.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Father Paul conducting

Tom Topolski died very early yesterday.

please make sure everyone is aware that Tom passed. There will be a viewing Thursday at Reeb in Sylvania.(2 until 8) There will be a Masonic service at 7 Thursday night.  Service at Memorial Lutheran Church at 11 AM Friday. (Douglas and Monroe streets)

Monday, September 20, 2010

recording session this Tuesday

We will be recording some of our summer folder this Tuesday, and sight reading some new pieces. See you then..

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

great concert - great summer season !

I’m really proud of our group. Great summer concert season!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Get your German On!

Great concert, no practice until after labor day.

See you then,

Monday, July 26, 2010


“Community Pig Roast

Motorcycle & Classic Car

Cruise In”

Saturday; July 31st, 2010

from 3:00 till 9:00 PM

Come help us show our Community

that we care!

There will be lots of free food, games for all

ages, prizes will be given away every hour,

and lots of live entertainment all day for

all ages to enjoy!

Bring the entire family!!

Just for the kids—animal balloons,

bounce house, clown, games & prizes

toddler zone, face painting, and more!!

At the end of he day join us in a

spectacular “Lighted Kite”

display presented by a renowned

kite flyer!

Mark your calendars


Saturday 7/31/2010 4:30pm -6pm

This Saturday is the much anticipated Pig Roast and Motorcycle show at the Calvary Bible Chapel (where we rehearse).   We will be playing from 4:30 - 6pm.  Stands will be provided.  This will be outside, under a large tent.  Make sure to invite your family and friends, this is a community event and it should be a lot of fun.  Other groups will be performing before and after us, so our ability to quickly set up and teardown will be challenged.



Thank you,




Friday, July 23, 2010




Tuesday, July 20, 2010

PAC Band working on confined space performance certification


Concert this Friday from 6:30-8PM

At the community Pool, located at the corner of Parkview Dr. and Holly Dr.  in Walbridge, OH


Her is a link to the location:,+oh++parkview+dr.+at+holly+dr&sll=41.67709,-83.5525&sspn=0.245402,0.417137&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Parkview+Dr+%26+Holly+Dr,+Walbridge,+Wood,+Ohio+43465&ll=41.592819,-83.484657&spn=0.015358,0.026071&z=16


·         I-280, take Exit 4  East on Walbridge/E. Union St.

·         travel ½ mile.

·         Turn north on Parkview Dr.

·         Travel 2 blocks and arrive.


Thank you,




Monday, July 12, 2010

Lagrange Street Polish Festival 2010

Great concert! Everyone did a wonderful job. We played really well, perhaps that fact that we had about twenty beer tickets left had something to do with it.

We will have rehearsal this Tuesday. Would like to work on Victory at Sea and the beginning of Orpheous - along with playing some show tunes. Hopefully Bob and Jim will conduct these.

Also note: The concert at Calvary Bible Chapel (Pig Roast and Motorcylce show ) on July 31st is going to be from 4-5:30pm.



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wildwood Concert

Great job last night.  I had a lot of fun playing music with all of you.  Remember to wash your uniforms.  No rehearsal tonight.


Thank you,




Monday, June 21, 2010

Lake township concert location change

The Lake Township concert is still going to happen on July 23rd, however the location is changing to Walbridge, OH at the municipal pool (corner of Parkview Dr and Holly Dr.).  More details to follow.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Directions to Luther Home of Mercy


Concert this Tuesday 6/15/2010.   7-8pm.


Luther Home of Mercy
From Toledo take route 51, Woodville Rd., east, to route 579, at theWoodville Mall. Go left (east) on 579, travel about 7 miles into thetown of Williston, go right on Main Street, travel about 1/4 mile,you'll see the Administration building on the right.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010


  • Mon 5/31 - Memorial Day - Mt. Carmel Cemetery  - down beat 9:15 am – 10:15am
  • Sun 6/6 – Corpus Christi – St. Adelbert – procession to start at 11am
  • Tues 6/15 –  Luther Home of Mercy – Williston, OH -  Tuesday  7pm-8pm
  • Sat 6/19 - 7pm - Polish American Night at Fifth Third Field
    • (PAC band not performing – tickets through PRCUA)
  • Mon 6/21 - Wildwood Metropark Ice Cream Social; 6pm – 8pm; Manor House
  • Tues 6/22 – no rehearsal
  • Sun 7/11 - Lagrange Street Festival; 12:30pm – 2pm
  • Fri 7/23 - Lake Township "Music in the Park" ; 6:30-8pm; Wood County
  • Sat 7/31 – Pig Roast & Motor Cycle Show– Calvary Bible Chapel – 1-1/2 hrs (schedule not finalized, but will be between 1 and 5pm)
  • Sat 8/28 - German American Festival; 2pm – 5pm
  • Tues 8/31 – no rehearsal
  • Tues 9/14 – Eleanor Kahle Senior Center; 7pm – 8:30pm


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Memorial services


To show solidarity with our Polish brothers and sisters in their time of mourning for the victims of the terrible plane crash of Saturday, April 10 that killed 96 people, including their President, Lech Kaczynski, the Toledo’s Polish community will gather for a memorial Mass at St. Adalbert's Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 14th, at 6:30 PM.  This mass will be a candlelit memorial for the victims of the crash and we urge all people to attend this mass. If you are not able to attend the whole ceremony, please come to sign the Condolence Book, which will be sent to Warsaw to join other condolence books coming from all around the world.

Poland’s mourning color is black. You can show your support by wearing black or the national colors of Poland of red and white. Those who have Polish flags, please bring them along. We will have some candles available, but feel free to bring your own candles as well.

Please, forward this message to all your friends and family members – help us spread the word and make this event a true commemoration of Poland’s great people, who died on their way to attend a memorial service of nearly twenty-two thousand Polish people killed in Katyn during the Second World War.

Following is schedule for the Memorial Service:

6:00    Signing of the Condolence Book starts
6:25    Laying of the wreath
6:30    Novena to Our Lady of Czestochowa followed by Mass
7:30    Reading of the names of the crash victims
            Candlelit Vigil

Lidia (Bosek) Ebersole

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"Pożegnanie ojczyzny- Polonez M.K. Ogiński - Dedykuję Przyjaciołom You Tube"

One of my favorite recordings of Polonaise Ojcyzny


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"... mistrz na koniec strunami wszystkiemi
Zagrzmiał, i głosy zdusił,jakby wbił do ziemi.
Ledwie słuchacze mieli czas wyjść z zadziwienia,
Znowu muzyka inna - znów zrazu brzęczenia
Lekkie i ciche, kilka strunek jęczy,
Jak kilka much, gdy z siatki wyrwą się pajęczej.
Lecz strun coraz przybywa,już rozpierzchłe tony
Łączą się i akordów wiążą legijony ...
... bo mistrz tony wznosi,
Natęża, takty zmienia, coś innego głosi...''

( A. Mickiewicz, Pan Tadeusz)

W podziękowaniu za możliwość udziału w konkursie dla organizatora i wszystkich współuczestników i widzów
- Natalka .

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Zampa was the name of a Pirate


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zampa, ou La fiancée de marbre (Zampa, or the Marble Bride) is an opéra comique in three acts by French composer Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold. The libretto was written by Anne-Honoré-Joseph Duveyrier de Mélésville.

The overture to the opera is one of Hérold's most famous works and is a staple of orchestral repertoire.


Performance history

Zampa was first performed in Paris on May 3, 1831 at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Ventadour), where it became popular, achieving 500 performances by 1877. In the 20th century however, it faded from the repertoire. It was also popular in Germany and Italy, in the latter the spoken dialogue was replaced by recitatives. The opera was revived at the Opéra-Comique in March 2008 under William Christie in a production by Macha Makeïeff and Jérôme Deschamps. [1]



Voice type

Premiere Cast, 3 May 1831

Zampa, a pirate


Jean Baptiste Marie Chollet

Alphonse de Monza



Camille, Alphonse's fiancée













The young Count of Monza, having dissipated the family fortune and seduced then deserted Alice Manfredi, went off to sea to become a pirate. He adopted the name Zampa. Alice Manfredi, roaming in search of her treacherous lover, was taken in and sheltered by Lugano, a wealthy merchant. Alice died shortly thereafter, of a broken heart; and Lugano caused a marble statue of her to be erected in his palace. This statue is venerated by the local people as a saint.

Act 1

Camille, Lugano's daughter, is preparing to marry Alphonse, the younger son of the Monza family, who has never met his elder brother. Just then, by the sort of coincidence beloved of opera librettists, Zampa arrives on the scene, in disguise. He is thought by everyone to be in prison awaiting execution; but in reality he has escaped, and he has just captured Lugano. Now he has arrived at the palace to demand a ransom for Lugano's release.

Zampa is smitten by Camille's beauty and so, in addition, he demands her for himself as the price for Lugano's life. In order to save her father, Camille is thus forced to break her engagement to Alphonse, who is removed from the scene when he, too, is captured by the pirates. Zampa is then joined by his pirates. They take possession of the palace and order Dandolo, the castle steward, to prepare rooms and bring wine for them all. During the ensuing feast Daniel, Zampa' s first mate, notices the statue of Alice. For a joke, Zampa places a ring on the marble Alice's finger and declares her his fiancée for the night. However, when he tries to remove the ring, the statue's hand closes — to the terror of all except Zampa.

Act 2

The following day, Zampa is leading Camille to the altar when — on the very threshold of the chapel — the statue of Alice appears and threatens Zampa. Again, Zampa refuses to be alarmed by the statue. Now Camille's companion Ritta comes on the scene; she is perplexed about two things: first, that Camille is, although apparently unwillingly, about to marry a stranger; and second, that neither the bride's father Lugano nor Alphonse is there. Then Ritta spots Daniel, her supposedly dead husband; this places her in a quandary, because the (much more attractive prospect) Dandolo has been courting her.

The comic sub-plot of this trio continues to weave its way through the rest of the story. Alphonse appears, having made good his escape from the pirates, and recognises Zampa as the pirate chief. As he is in the throes of denouncing Zampa to the assembled company, a pardon arrives from the viceroy: Zampa is to be given his freedom on condition that he and his men go to fight the Turks. All this notwithstanding, the ceremony goes ahead: Zampa and the heartbroken Camille are married.

Act 3

In despair, Alphonse comes at night to bid farewell to the desolate Camille. Alphonse decides to kill Zampa, but he suddenly realizes that Zampa is in fact his long-lost elder brother, and that consequently he is unable to kill him. He leaves Camille' s room.

Zampa and Camille are finally alone together. However, in the final fatal twist of the story, just as Zampa goes to take Camille in his arms, the statue of Alice Manfredi appears again between the couple, and drags Zampa down to hell. (This aspect of the plot is clearly a pastiche of the plot of Mozart's Don Giovanni.)


  • The Viking Opera Guide, ed. Amanda Holden with Nicholas Kenyon and Stephen Walsh, Viking (1993) ISBN 0-670-81292-7
  • The libretto/score of the English version by Jean and Christopher Shaw


  • The Oxford Dictionary of Opera, by John Warrack and Ewan West (1992), 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164

External links


Monday, March 29, 2010

Michał Kleofas Ogiński : Composer of famous Polonaise

Friday, March 26, 2010

Oginski Polonaise - worth listening to

In Related News: Mud Hens Add 15-Scoop Sundae To Ballpark Menu

The Toledo Mud Hens, the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, are hoping to scoop up some more business this season with some new menu items.V/Gladieux has unveiled several new food items that will be available to fans at Fifth Third Field in 2010. The star of the show is the Fifth Third Fanatic Freeze sundae--which is 15 scoops of ice cream!"Fifteen scoops of Toft’s ice will serve 1 to 8 fans, you can enjoy by yourselves if you love ice cream or share with family and friends," said V/Gladieux General Manager Craig Nelson. "Every year we compile a list of potential new menu items. The list is comprised of suggestions from our fans as well as new products presented to us from our suppliers."The Fanatic Freeze will be five scoops of three of your favorite flavors. It costs $25 and is served in a life-size batting helmet, just like the ball players wear! It is topped with whipped cream, hot fudge, rainbow sprinkles, peanuts, and cherries.Other new food items include the Chicken Caesar Wrap, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Fritos Chili Pie, We Be Ribs (a pulled pork sandwich), and a Creamsicle Float.Opening day is April 8.

Polish American Night at Fifth Third Field

Celebrate your Polish heritage and enjoy a great evening at Fifth Third Field as the World Famous Toledo Mud Hens take on the Norfolk Tides!
Saturday, June 19, 2010 AT 7:00 P.M.
All Tickets are $15.00 per person and include the following::
• A Pre-game concert by the Touch of Brass-Starts at 5:30 p.m. (Jim & Stas' are in this group)
• The Polish National Anthem will be played along with the United States'
National Anthem before the game
• Post-Game Fireworks
• One Souvenir Item
• Admittance to Post-Game party at P.R.C.U.A Hall with food and beverage
and entertainment provided by Touch of Brass

Monday, March 22, 2010

For your scrapbook

Here's a blurry photo of the band from the performance on Saturday.

Mark your calendars: "Music in the Park Series"

"Music in the Park"

Friday, July 23rd 6:30-8 pm

Lake Township, Wood County, Ohio

here is a link to their website:

what's a wamba?

I met Mark Moffit of the King Wamba parade on Saturday at the Sister Cities event. I had invited him to hear us perform the Wamba March. Below is a link to the parade's website and more about the history of the event. We will do some investigating to find out more about the history behind the actual music, Mark was unaware that such a piece existed.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Trivial Photo: Publishing House of our "Polish Books" ca.1910

Władysław H. Sajewski standing in the front of his music store at 1017 Milwaukee Avenue. Chicago, Illinois. Ca. 1910

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Andrew S. Majer

Andrew S. Majer
3-13-1924 ~ 3-15-2010
Andrew 'Andy' was born in Karatfold, Hungary and came to the U.S. in 1951 receiving his citizenship March 21, 1957. He married his favorite nurse Nancy (Simon) on October 10, 1953 at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Nancy preceded him in death in September of 1991. Andy worked at Nabisco, L.O.F., and retired from Toledo Public Schools. He was proud of his Catholic faith and for many years sang in the Choir at St. Stephen and St. Thomas Aquinas. He was also an usher at St. Thomas and had been an active member of the Holy Name Society as well. Andy was also a proud member of the Knights of Columbus joining Our Lady of Fatima Council 3564 and later transferring to St. Jerome Council 11450. He became a Sir Knight of the Toledo General Assembly 807 (now the Bishop Hoffman Assembly) in 1964 and was active with honor guard for many years. He was also active in the community until an unfortunate accident several years ago. He volunteered with the Area Office on Aging, the Senior Centers in East Toledo and Rossford and R.S.V.P. program with the Toledo Police Department. Andy is survived by his brother, Frank (Gizella) of Gersakarat Hungary; sons, Steve (Patti) of Toledo, Mark and daughter, Jayne, of Oregon; grandchildren, Andrew and Bridget, of Toledo; great-grandson, Clayton, of Toledo; nephews, Laslo and Frank and niece, Margaret and many great-nieces and nephews in Hungary. Friends may visit Freck Funeral Chapel, on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 from 2-9 p.m. where the recitation of the rosary will take place at 7 p.m. with 4th Degree K. of C. services at 8 p.m. Funeral services will begin in the funeral home on Thursday at 9 a.m. and continue on with the Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Lake Twp. Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On the Mall March with Kazoos | Upload Music

Some Confirmed Event Dates

  • 5/31 Memorial Day at Mt. Carmel Cemetery
  • 6/21 Wildwood Metro park
  • 7/11 Lagrange Street Festival
  • 8/28 G.A.F. Oregon, OH

Monday, March 15, 2010

International Festival update

International Festival Update


I am excited for us to play this Saturday next to the Erie Street Market for the International Festival from 11:55 to 12:30. Stands will be provided. I have been informed that the Festival has already sold 500 tickets to the event.  Local news personalities will be the masters of ceremonies and the event will be filmed.  This is NOT a political event.


The event will feature multiple groups 


TIME: Saturday 11:55 AM-12:30 PM


 LOCATION: NEXT TO ERIE STREET MARKET – DOWNTOWN TOLEDO, OH,+OH&sll=42.114792,-80.092416&sspn=0.233285,0.395164&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=ERIE+STREET+MARKET&hnear=Toledo,+OH&ll=41.645518,-83.543354&spn=0.003572,0.006174&t=h&z=18







This festival is an attempt to revitalize an old tradition of an international festival in Toledo, OH.

I met with many performers last night and think this will be a fun event.

Arrive approximately 45 minutes before our performance.  If you wish to come earlier and/or stay later, please feel free.  I believe the festival would be enhanced greatly by those of you who can stay and mingle with the public.



See you Tuesday.






Monday, February 8, 2010


Rehearsal has been canceled for Tuesday February 9th, due to severe weather. See you next week.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Delmar March

We have located the elusive Delmar March by Harold Bennett (aka. Henry Fillmore).  It is in the Bennett Band Book No. 2.  I cannot locate those books in our library, so have rented them from the Chatfield Band Library in Minnesota.  My understanding is that the Woodward HS fight song is based a section of this march.  Personally, I think it sounds like “Hike, Notre Dame.”  We’ll get the music on Wednesday or Thursday and have it ready for next week.



Friday, January 22, 2010

International Festival -SAVE THE DATE 3/20/2010

SAVE THE DATE: 3/20/2010

The Toledo Sister Cities International Festival will take place on Sat., March 20 at 12 noon, Erie Street Market.

PAC Band to perform at noon.

More Details to follow.