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ANNUAL SUMMARY

 

2017

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CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Edward O'Rourke

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR
Michael Poole

ANNOUNCER
John Folmer

EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT: Jim D'Addario
VICE PRESIDENT: Scott Baxendell
SECRETARY: Terry Mingle
TREASURER: Sharon Detzer
BUSINESS MANAGER: John Folmer
LIBRARIANS: Terry Perkins, Terry Mingle, and Colleen Thomas
MEMBERS AT LARGE: Dick Martin, Colleen Thomas, and Cheri White

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
PROPERTY MANAGER: Scott Baxendell
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER: Dick Martin (with help from Mary Ann Fadale)
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER: Terry Martens
WEB/DATABASE MANAGER: Terry Mingle
SOCIAL DIRECTOR:
Jane Hunter


Chairman's Report/Summary
(by Board President, Jim D'Addario)

To be submitted at the end of the 2017 season.

Jim D'Addario
11-16-17

Dick Martin

 

 

2016

CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Edward O'Rourke

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR
Michael Poole

ANNOUNCER
John Folmer

EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT: Jim D'Addario
VICE PRESIDENT: Scott Baxendell
SECRETARY: Terry Mingle
TREASURER: Sharon Detzer
BUSINESS MANAGER: John Folmer
LIBRARIANS: Terry Perkins, Terry Mingle, and Colleen Thomas
MEMBERS AT LARGE: Colleen Thomas, Dannette Tomlinson, and Cheri White

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
PROPERTY MANAGER: Scott Baxendell
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER: Dannette Tomlinson
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER: Terry Martens
WEB/DATABASE MANAGER: Terry Mingle
SOCIAL DIRECTOR:
Jane Hunter


Chairman's Report/Summary
(by Board President, Jim D'Addario)

End of season summary is forthcoming.

Jim D'Addario
11-17-16

Dick Martin

 

 

2015

CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Edward O'Rourke

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR
Michael Poole

ANNOUNCER
Margaret Perfetti

EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT: Jim D'Addario
VICE PRESIDENT: Scott Baxendell
SECRETARY: Terry Mingle
TREASURER: Sharon Detzer
BUSINESS MANAGER: John Folmer
LIBRARIANS: Terry Perkins, Terry Mingle, and Colleen Thomas
MEMBERS AT LARGE: Jim Reagan, Dannette Tomlinson and Cheri White

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
PROPERTY MANAGER: Scott Baxendell
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER: Dannette Tomlinson
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER: Terry Martens
WEB/DATABASE MANAGER: Terry Mingle
SOCIAL DIRECTOR:
Jane Hunter


Chairman's Report/Summary
(by Board President, Jim D'Addario)

To be submitted at the end of the season.

Jim D'Addario
11-19-15

Dick Martin

 

 

2014

CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Edward O'Rourke

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR
Michael Poole

ANNOUNCER
Margaret Perfetti

EXECUTIVE BOARD
PRESIDENT: Mike Poole
VICE PRESIDENT: Scott Baxendell
SECRETARY: Terry Martens
TREASURER: Sharon Detzer
BUSINESS MANAGER: John Folmer
LIBRARIANS: Terry Perkins and Terry Mingle
MEMBERS AT LARGE: Jane Hunter, Terry Mingle, and Cindy Spencer

COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
PROPERTY MANAGER: Scott Baxendell
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER: Terry Martens
WEB/DATABASE MANAGER: Terry Mingle
SOCIAL DIRECTOR:
Jane Hunter


Chairman's Report/Summary
(by Board President, Mike Poole)

Firstly, I would like to congratulate the band for another outstanding season. Both Ed and I presented you with a number of extremely challenging pieces, and you all rose to the occasion. Reception from the community continues to be strong, so you should all rest assured that your hard work and dedication have paid off.

The Executive Board and its subcommittees have similarly done an outstanding job working to make sure our band is successful as an organization. Your tireless efforts are much appreciated.

Thanks to the efforts of Jane Hunter, we were able to organize not one but two parties at Commandos this year. Thanks to everyone who attended, and thank you Jane for setting it all up for us! We certainly look forward to more events like this in the future.

Our publicity committee was able to successfully get the message out about our end-of-the-year concert without cost to the band. Their efforts clearly paid off, as attendance at that concert was quite good. Looking forward, we hope that an increased emphasis on public outreach and advertising will result in growing attendance rates at our concerts.

Financially, our band remains in very strong shape, thanks to the efforts of our treasurer and the rest of the Executive Board. We've received a number of extremely generous donations over the past year, and our board will continue to plan how to make the most of these meaningful gestures from the community.

Despite some unexpected maintenance needed on our library copier, our band was still able to have a financially-successful season. As such, we will be looking to invest in some much needed improvements to our ensemble, including expanding our repertoire and percussion holdings, and will continue to give back to our community though scholarships and other donations.

Work on our music library database continues to progress, thanks to the efforts of our librarians and the library subcommittee. Our location at the Homer Mason Lodge is working out extremely well, and we are grateful to the Masons for generously granting us use of their space.

Once again, I would like to that all of our members for what they do for the band. Whether they work behind the scenes with our board or contribute musically in performance, your efforts make our band what it is today.

Mike Poole
01-29-15

Dick Martin

 

 

2013

CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Edward O'Rourke

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR
Michael Poole

ANNOUNCER
Margaret Perfetti

STEERING COMMITTEE OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: Mike Poole
VICE PRESIDENT: Scott Baxendell
SECRETARY: Terry Martens
TREASURER: Sharon Detzer
LIBRARIANS: Terry Perkins and Karen Wickert
BUSINESS MANAGER: John Folmer
EQUIPMENT MANAGER: Scott Baxendell
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER: TBD
MEMBERS AT LARGE: Dick Martin, Terry Mingle, and Cindy Spencer
WEBMASTER: Terry Martens


Chairman's Report/Summary
(by Board President, Mike Poole)

I would like to first congratulate the band on an absolutely outstanding season this year. We programmed a set of extremely varied and challenging selections, and you all performed brilliantly. I’ve received numerous compliments from the community, and many comments on how great the band sounds. You should all be very proud.

We had an excellent reception after our November concert at Commando’s. The food was great, and it was a very enjoyable way to end our concert season. Thanks to Jane Hunter for organizing the event.

Jane has also been instrumental in acquiring band hats and jackets to complement our band uniform. We hope to be able to order more in the future should the need arise.

At our annual membership meeting, our treasurer Sharon Detzer reviewed the band’s 2013 expenses and presented our 2014 budget. We hope to explore new means of generating revenue for our band over the next year, and are looking at different ways to drive membership in the band and encourage musicianship in the community.

This past year, our band acquired a new set of timpani. They have been restored to playable condition, and are a great addition to our band. New covers were also purchased to protect our new investment.

Our library of sheet music and scores continues to expand—so much so that over the last year we began to outgrow our storage space in the Center for the Arts. With the help of Terry and Rusty Perkins, we were able to secure a new location to house our music library in the Homer Mason Lodge. The area in the lodge suits our needs well, providing a comfortable setting, much more storage space, and plenty of room for our library staff to work in. Our special thanks go to the Homer Masons, for providing us with such a wonderful space to house our music.

>Work on organizing our music library continues. The task of managing the many hundreds of pieces in our inventory is a difficult one, and our librarian Terry Perkins and the rest of our library subcommittee have worked tirelessly to help complete this important work.

As progress is made organizing all of the music in our library, we’ve recognized the need to find useful and efficient ways to manage our extensive collection of music. Terry Mingle has been working in conjunction with several other members to create an electronic database of all of the music we currently have in our inventory. Once completed, we will be able to maintain a searchable list of our entire repertoire, allowing us to quickly find music, plan programs, identify missing parts, and more.

I hope that all of our members had an enjoyable year playing in our band. We accomplished a great number of things over the past year, and I look forward to what we can accomplish in 2014. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication.

Mike Poole
02-27-14

Dick Martin

 

 

2012

CONDUCTOR/MUSIC DIRECTOR
Edward O'Rourke

ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR
Michael Poole

ANNOUNCER
Margaret Perfetti

STEERING COMMITTEE OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: Dick Martin
VICE PRESIDENT: Barbara Jo Williams
SECRETARY: Terry Martens
TREASURER: Jim D'Addario
LIBRARIANS: Terry Perkins and Karen Wickert
BUSINESS MANAGER: John Folmer
EQUIPMENT MANAGER: Scott Baxendell
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER: Barbara Jo Williams
WEBMASTER: Terry Martens


Chairman's Report/Summary
(by Board President, Dick Martin)

What a year it’s been. At the end of the 2011 season our conductor of many years, Donna Yacavone, announced her retirement. She will be missed. The band, citing it’s rich history and value to the community, assembled a group of members to find a new director and form an organization that could share the many tasks necessary to keep the band active and filling a vital role in Cortland and the surrounding community. In the past, Donna had performed all of these tasks by herself. After countless meetings at the Perfetti’s dining room table and many other locations, a “new” Old Timers Band emerged. It has been a year of many changes and a few growing pains, but a success. Collectively, we have taken a look back at our history, our present service to the community and looked forward at how we fit into 2012 and beyond. We have welcomed several new members into the group and one very special member has returned to us. Donna now plays bass clarinet instead of waving the baton.

Fifteen months ago, several Band members began meeting to develop plans for the 2012 concert season. First, we needed to find a new conductor to replace Donna Yacavone, who would retire in December. We also felt strongly that some organizational re-structure was necessary to allow a future Director to concentrate more fully on the musical-performance mission of the Band.

Thus was born the informal volunteer group of band members called the “Steering Committee”. This group of approximately 13 dedicated band members has provided the transition to a shared organizational approach for managing the numerous functions of the Band. I would like to share with you some of the more significant achievements to date:

1. Conductor Search Committee - Led by Ken Briggs, his committee conducted an organized and professional assessment of interested conductor applicants. Five months later, armed with auditions and band member inputs, they announced the selection of an energetic and talented Music Director, Edward O’Rourke. In addition, they appointed our own Michael Poole as Associate Conductor. We are extremely fortunate to have this unique team relationship, which is bringing praise and pride to this new era of the Band.

2. Personnel Enhancements - Considerable effort has focused on building a proud and tight family of musicians. This has been demonstrated by a) holding more band social events, organized by Jane Hunter, which helps newer members get acquainted; b) member recognitions, such as Honorary and Life member appointments; c) recognition of past Civic Band members whom have helped establish our roots, and d) providing new and colorful uniform shirts to Band members to increase our Band’s recognition (thanks again to Jane Hunter).

3. Organizational Documentation - After many meetings( including Dave Perfetti, John Folmer, Ken Briggs and Jim D’Addario), and hours of discussion and drafts, a comprehensive Charter was created to establish a structure under which the band organization will operate in the future. The ratification/approval of this Charter will be voted upon tonight. Also, a Members Handbook was created to provide detailed guidelines on membership and attendance requirements, to inform members on rehearsal and concert procedures, and to provide contact references to Band Officers.

4. Financial Changes - A restructuring of the Band’s financial plan was made possible by discontinuing the yearly member-payout stipend. This permitted the Steering Committee to focus on our long-term needs for a music library, public relation projects, purchase of percussion equipment and uniform shirts. Our Treasurer, Jim D’Addario will provide more details later in the program.

5. Music Library - Established After several weeks of searching, a physical library facility was graciously offered to the Band at the Center for the Arts of Homer, and we moved in on a frigid Sunday afternoon last December. With the purchase of a used copier, we were in business to support the initial rehearsal requirements by early February. Karen Wickert and Terry Perkins have organized the Librarian duties and supported Ed’s rehearsal requests in a very professional and efficient manner. They are currently managing some 220 music files.

6. Band Asset Management - The need for a convenient, accessible and inexpensive storage facility was provided by Scott Baxendall (at no cost) at his home. He also is providing transport and stage set-up of the equipment at our concert sites….a major commitment from Scott.

7. Electronic Media Launched - The Band has finally entered the 21st century with our own WEB-site at www.cortlandoldtimersband.org. Terry Martens has used her many talents and versatility to create our public relations home, and with the assistance of Terry Mingle’s connections, we went operational this Fall.

8. Archival Music Recovery - Nearly 400 old music scores rescued from destruction several years ago by Donna Yacavone have been inventoried, cataloged, and documented for condition and completeness. This monumental effort involved over 10 committee members and others, exposing themselves to dust and mold. The titles are now listed on our WEB-site and include many band scores dating back over 100 years. We envision the incorporation of some of these selections into our active repertoire for future concerts, and also making them available to other bands at nominal fees, if requested.

As chairman of the Steering Committee, I want to thank the committee members for their cooperation and willingness to meet frequently, and repeatedly volunteering their time over the past 15 months. I feel confident that the Band’s structure and accomplishments will support a seamless transfer of responsibility to our newly-elected officers.

I also want to thank Ed O’Rourke, on behalf of the Band, for bringing his talent and enthusiasm to our community. The Cortland Old Timers Band is growing musically under your leadership, and this kind of growth is inspiring new levels of excitement and pride by its members.

Dick Martin
11-15-12

Dick Martin

 

 

 

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