Monday, September 29, 2008

President's Own Marine Band

The Marine Band is in our area this month.


The Toledo Show is sold out, but if you call ahead they may still have tickets in Ann Arbor.


Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor, MI

Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan

League Ticket Office

911 N. University, 128 MI League

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

(734) 764-2538


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Basses on a Rampage

Japanese war tuba

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

photograph featuring two Japanese acoustic locators mounted on 4-wheel carriages, taken in the 1930s The Japanese war tuba is a colloquial name sometimes applied to Imperial Japanese Army acoustic locators due to their visual resemblance to the musical tuba. The name derived from a misidentification, probably in jest, of a historical photo from the 1930s featuring the Japanese emperor Hirohito inspecting the acoustic locators with anti-aircraft guns in the background.

Acoustic location

Acoustic location was used from mid-World War I to the early years of World War II for the passive detection of aircraft by picking up the noise of the engines. It was rendered obsolete before and during World War II by the introduction of radar, which was far more effective.

Many examples of acoustic location mirrors can still be found on the seacoast of Britain to this day.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

St. Hedwig's to host symphony

The Toledo Symphony will launch its Medical Mutual of Ohio Neighborhood Concert Series at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 with a performance in historic St. Hedwig's Church, 2916 LaGrange St. Initiated by St. Hedwig's organist Shirley Czyzewski - a former Toledo Symphony staff member - the concert commemorates the 69th anniversary of the German Third Reich's invasion of Poland. St. Hedwig's was organized on Oct. 16, 1875, by the Toledo Polonia (Polish community), many of whose members had fled their homeland because of domination by German ruler Otto von Bismarck and Prussians in Poland. Resident conductor Chelsea Tipton II will lead an all-Polish program with music by Frederic Chopin and Henryk Gorecki. Toledo soprano Carol Dusdieker will be featured soloist in Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs." Proceeds from the concert will go toward repairing the church's 101-year-old organ. Tickets are $10 at the church, which will open at 2 p.m. for listeners.



Monday, September 15, 2008

Handbell Choir

On Sunday November 30th our band will be having a concert at Lourdes College, and we would like to invite bell choirs to join us.  The music will be provided in advance and we would have a dress rehearsal on the Tuesday before. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Joyce Folta

Joyce was our band mom.

Joyce served this band for many years, and on Saturday Stan Czerminski told me, “she could make a gourmet meal out of anything.”

She cooked for us, she talked us through tough times, and she taught us many things.

Just having her around made things a little better,  hopefully we don’t spoil in her absence.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rehearsal Tonight

Hope to see you tonight at the Point Place VFW.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Frances Joyce Folta

Frances Joyce Folta, age 71, of Toledo, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2008, in The Toledo Hospital. She was born on March 8, 1937 in Toledo to Stanley and Mary (Pokrywka) Gajewski. Formerly known as Sr. Mary Leonard, Joyce was a member of the Franciscan Community for 26 years, working as a teacher and administrator in schools throughout Ohio and Michigan. She was a longtime parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church where she taught in the Elementary School and was a member of the church's Altar Rosary Society. Joyce married the love of her life, Richard Folta on June 9, 1979. She loved Polish music and was a strong supporter and "Band Mom" of the Polish American Concert Band. She was also a member of the "Old Timers Breakfast Club" and personal secretary for her husband, a former Grand Knight and 4th Degree Honor Guard with the Knights of Columbus. An angel to her family and friends, Joyce always put the needs of others before her own. Proud to be called "Busia", she was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren who were her favorite hobby, and her five furry granddogs. In addition to her loving husband, Richard, Joyce's survivors include her daughters, Sherrylynn (Victor "Skip") Taylor of Doylestown, PA and Susan (Keith) Snyder of Sylvania, OH; grandchildren, Sean, Stacey, and Christopher Taylor, and Danielle and Matthew Snyder; and brother, Leonard (Mary) Gajewski. Her parents, Stanley and Mary; brother, Daniel Gajewski; and sister, Sr. Mary Grace Gajewski preceded her in death. Family and friends may visit on Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114-128 East Alexis Rd., where members of the Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence Council will lead a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will begin on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. and continue with the Funeral Mass in St. John the Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Toledo. Memorial donations may be given to the Polish American Concert Band. Please view and offer online condolences at