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OSU Alumni Band performs for scholarship fundraiser

MOUNT VERNON - The Ohio State University Alumni Band performed for the annual OSU Alumni Club of Knox County scholarship fundraiser at Ariel Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center Sunday afternoon. The alumni band wrapped up their performance with the Armed Forces Medley and Le Regiment, the music the OSU Marching Band performs during the infamous Script Ohio.  

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OSU Band drum major John Lavange of Warren leads fans through Ariel Foundation Park's Schnormeier Event Center as the alumni band plays the music for Script Ohio, Robert Planquette’s "Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse. KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese


New Guitar store brings music back to Public Square

By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON - Marcus Brandenburg wants to bring music back to town.

"Music is my love," he said. "Apart from my children, I don't think there is anything that has brought me more joy."

Brandenburg, a Mount Vernon native, opened Brandenburg Guitar on May 15 at 37 Public Square, formerly the location of a smoke shop.

Visitors to the store will encounter drum kits, keyboards, as well as many kinds of acoustic and electric guitars lining the wall.

While he had an initial focus on guitars, Brandenburg said, the store offers "all things musical." He said he offers DJ services; he cleans and strings guitars; he gives a couple of free lessons to anyone who buys a guitar.

"I'm trying to get a feel for what the community wants. The store will become what they want." he said. "We welcome people to come in and play the instruments. Hang out and play. You don't have to come to buy."

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Marcus Brandenburg plays his favorite guitar: an Oregon Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. Brandenburg recently opened Brandenburg Guitar at 37 Public Square  KP photo



Brandenburg said that he would like to see his store become something of a community center for music: a place for bands and a place for bands to find musicians. He said he had been a customer of the two musical mainstays in Mount Vernon: Jet Music and Flynn's Guitar Store.

Flynn's closed in 2015 after more than 30 years in business; Jet Music closed in 2016 after more than 50 years in business.

"That's part of my inspiration," he said, "I would have to drive to Newark or Westerville for just about anything music-related."

Brandenburg said that much of his focus lies in offering afforable instruments to aspiring musicians who are just getting started. However, he added, he can offer an $1,000 dollar guitar to the right person and will also track down more expensive, rare guitars to those who are interested.

"Growing up here, I knew that for a lot of the musicians in this community, and it just seemed like something that the community needed," he said. "There's been a great response. People seem very happy."

Brandenburg said that he hopes to form a musician's co-op in Mount Vernon and find a local space for local musicians to come to practice.

"A while ago. I made a personal commitment to pursue music," he said. "It's part of personal reaching out to the community."

Brandenburg said he comes from a musical family in which learning classical piano was required from an early age. He played trombone in middle and high school. He studied Jazz at Kenyon College for a time. Over the years, an interest in acoustic guitar led to an interest in rock music. He said that, in recent years, he has developed an interest in electric guitar.

"I have wide musical tastes," Brandenburg said. "I'm not pretentious."


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St Vincent's honored by Diocese of Columbus

COLUMBUS - The Joe Sestitio—Kathryn Buckerfield Sportsmanhip Award, presented annually to a parish exhibiting excellent sportsmanship by the Diocesan Recreation Association, was presented to St. Vincent De Paul Parish from Mount Vernon during the pregame at the Columbus Clippers Catholic Family Night on May 17.

Representatives from St. Vincent, including pastor Father Hammond, principal Mrs. Martha Downs and Athletic Director, Mr. Doug Brenneman were joined on the field by Mr. Julius Palazzo, the Boys Diocesan Director; Mr. Jeff Martin, Boys Commissioner; and Ms. Marty Raines, the Girls Diocesan Director and Associate Director of the Diocesan Recreation Association for the presentation of the plaque to St. Vincent.

In addition, a St. Vincent student will receive a $500 grant towards their tuition.

A ceremonial first pitch thrown by Maggie Richardson. Maggie, a 4th grader, plays volleyball, basketball and runs track for the Blue Streaks.

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L to R: Julius Palazzo, Father Hammond, Martha Downs, Doug Brenneman, Marty Raines, Jeff Martin - photo submitted

Knox Community Jazz Orchestra draws large crowd to AF Park

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra concert at Ariel Foundation Park drew over 300 people Sunday evening. The orchestra is in its inaugural season and is under the direction of Ted Buehrer who also plays trumpet with the group. 

The concert featured toe-tapping music by composers including Henry Mancini, Benny Goodman and more. Some could not keep their seats and were encouraged to dance. The finale, "Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman featured a fantastic drum solo by Skip Trask. Special guest Mount Vernon native and professional trombonist Vaughn Weister performed two numbers with the orchestra. Vocalist Alison Cline sang several tunes with the orchestra including, Frederick Loewe's "Almost like being in Love."

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This talented dancing duo was among the hundreds who enjoyed Sunday's KCJO concert - KP Photo

The jazz orchestra is a revival of community jazz bands in Knox County that date back to the 1960's and the Riley Norris Orchestra. In the 1980's it was the Bob Bechtel Big Band and the Colonial City Big Band after that.

Orchestra personnel includes Buehrer, Saxophones: Ross Feller, Chuck Dettmar, Jack Eyre, Gary McCutcheon, and Bob Milnikel.

Trumpets: Dane Heuchemer, Buehrer,, Carol McCutcheon, Dan Laskin, Ethan Buehrer

Trombones: Bob Pelfry, Jim Frady, Bonnie Warren, Tracy Smith

Rythm Section: Andrew Clarkson, Jr., guitar; John Schmoll, piano; Andrew Clarkson, Sr., bass; Trask, drums.

The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) arts organization that was incorporated in 2016.




Adult and youth bands wanted for competition


MOUNT VERNON - Foundation Park Conservancy is looking for both youth and adult bands to perform in a Knox County Battle of the Bands at Ariel-Foundation Park in the Schnormeier Event Center on Saturday, June 24. The youth competition is 4 p.m. and adult competition at 7:30 p.m.

Youth band members must be between 13 and 21 years of age. Adult band members should be 22+. Bands must have 3-8 members in order to compete and should include bass, guitar and drum. Absolutely no lip syncing or tracking vocals. Bands are not guaranteed a spot. Applications will be reviewed to ensure bands meet specified criteria for Battle of the Bands.

Bands may perform up to two songs in a 20-minute time period. Songs should be appropriate for a family-oriented environment. All bands must bring their own instruments and amplifiers. One microphone with speaker will be provided. Band must be able to set up in 10 minutes and tear down in 10 minutes upon completion of the set. Management and/or judges have the right to disqualify a band at their discretion based on misconduct.

Prizes will be offered for both youth and adult categories and include $300 for first prize, $200 for second and $100 for third. A guest judge panel will judge the competition based on four elements: music, stage presence, appearance/personality and crowd support/interaction.

The band application can be found at www.arielfoundationpark.org under the Battle of the Bands event. Bands should submit the completed application along with the $25 entry fee (non-refundable under all circumstances) to Ariel-Foundation Park, P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 no later than May 30.

For more information, contact Event Coordinator Carrie Hyman at 740-501-9293 or reservations@arielfoundationpark.org.


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