Friday, July 17, 2015

Piqua Civic Band Concludes Its Summer Season on Thursday, July 23rd

The Piqua Civic Band Concludes Its Summer Season by Saluting “The Musicians of Piqua, Ohio” The Piqua Civic Band concludes its summer concert season on July 23, 2015 at Hance Pavilion under the direction of conductor, Mr. Brett Poling. The band will be saluting some of the great musicians who have called our city home. Selections will include Light Cavalry Overture, Song of the Bells, The Old Pavilion March by Robert Hance, Hang on Sloopy, Highlights from Jersey Boys, and much more. The band will be joined by vocalists from Music Warehouse for a tribute to The Mills Brothers. The band’s cornets will be featured in Leroy Anderson’s popular Buglers’ Holiday. Bring the entire family out for an evening of music and fun!

Mr. Jim Oda will serve as the band’s guest announcer for the evening. He will lead the audience on a journey through the musical history of our town. The band will salute such great Piqua musicians as Phil Gates, Robert M. Hance, The Mills Brothers, and Matt Bogart.

James C. Oda received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Wight State University. He currently serves as the director of the Piqua Public Library. Mr. Oda’s current community activities include serving as chairman of the Piqua Downtown Design Review Board, chairman of the Piqua Planning Commission, chairman of the Miami County Planning Commission, choir director of St. John’s Lutheran Church and service on the boards of the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, the Western Ohio Television Consortium and the Miami County Foundation. Past activities includes serving as president of the following organizations; the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mainstreet Piqua Association, the Access Piqua Television Association (Channel Ten/Five), the Piqua Arts Council, the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency Board and the Piqua Historical Society. Oda has worked for over ten years in archaeological field studies and excavations in New Mexico. He is also the author of dozens of books and articles on local and state history, including the award winning Encyclopedia of Piqua, Ohio.

The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. and admission is FREE. Please visit the band’s website at for more information and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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