Written by Dagmar Fors Karppi Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00There has been a change of venue for the reunion of the Oyster Bay High School classes of the late ’60s and early ’70s. It is being billed as the Battle of the Bands and was to take place at the OBHS PAC auditorium but now will take place at the Italian-American Club on Oct. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Maria Santangelo emailed us the information and explained how this idea got started. She wrote:
It all started with Jeff Wasserman... On a sunny spring day in 2011, a former Oyster Bay High School student and professional singer and clarinetist, Kim (Shea) Chamberlain, class of ‘72, was perusing Facebook. Hmm. Let’s check in and see what Jeff Wasserman is up to. Jeff, a fellow musical classmate, appeared to be quite busy and successful as the founding member of Jeffery and the Free Radikals, recording and concertizing throughout Norway, Europe and beyond. Kim clicked on a recent YouTube performance and was amazed. She then recalled how several Oyster Bay alums, had gone on to become professional working musicians, recording artists, and performers.
One simple Facebook post led to another and then led to a fireball of responses from Oyster Bay graduates. The post was, “Remember the Battle of the Bands? Maybe we could have another ‘Battle’ featuring the former musical talent of Oyster Bay High School from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.”
That was all it took to get responses from Oyster Bay musicians from across the country and the globe. From Randy Langione, master guitarist and teacher to John Berenzy, who is listed in the book Who’s Who of Rock‘n’ Roll, to John Bruschini, who has performed in many of the city’s popular clubs and performance spaces, to Nancy Sirianni, who has performed at major festivals: Woodstock ‘99, and Mountain Stage New Song Festival, to name a few, to David Scadin of The Blu Mojo Band, a Rocking six piece blues band with over two decades of playing power, to many more, these former members of Indigo, Manic Depression, and other legendary bands from The Battle of the Bands, decided to come together to carry on the musical tradition that had started four decades ago.
Working tirelessly, behind the scenes, former Oyster Bay students, Maria Santangelo, Scott Becker, Terry Beccarino-Haney, Sandy Sach, Ellen Fleury, and her husband, Matt Harris (musical sound man), Danae Flood and many more, have been planning this event for almost two years. The weekend will include a “Battle of the Bands” Concert on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the Italian American Club and an open mic on Friday night, Oct. 5, at the Homestead.
Highlights will include performances by coloratura soprano, Joan Petrella, traditional jazz by Kim (Shea) Chamberlain, the original music of world-renowned Jeff Wasserman, a folk-tinged set by Todd Evans and Craig Beilharz, blues, rock and more. Be prepared for a high energy jam at the end of the concert and an open mike at the Homestead on Friday, Oct. 5.
Oct. 6, Italian American Club From 1 To 4 p.m.
1. Bright Moments Jazz Duo- Kim (Shea) Chamberlain (vocals and clarinet) with husband, David Chamberlain (guitar) Years of attendance: 1968-1971.
2. John Berenzy (guitar) Jazz, Blues, Originals. (1971)
3. John Bruschini (guitar) Jazz (Graduated 1971)
4. Manic Depression-Randy Langione (guitar) (1968) Playing with Louie Mayhew (1968) and may be joining John Berenzy
5. Blu Mojo Band David Scadin (1971) (guitar) (7 piece band)
• Instrumentation and names of band members Rick Jacobs (vocals) Ron Beccarino(drums) Jeff Leoni (keys) Dave Sacrestano (guitar) John Giordino (bass) Dave Scadin (guitar)
6. Todd Evans and Craig Beilharz (1972)
7. Jeff Wasserman- guitarist, vocalist, songwriter (1972) His band is called Jeffery and the Free Radikals, but they are from Norway... so, he is playing solo and with Nancy Sirianni.
8. Joan Petrella Broadway and show tune vocalist (1973)
9. Nancy Sirianni -vocalists and guitarist (1974).
10. Ron Beccarino (drums) backing up many of the above-mentioned bands.
What a great lineup of performers. Just think, they all got their start at OBHS. What a wonderful kudo to all the teachers who helped those students get their start in music.
It all goes to show that Oyster Bay is truly a wonderful place to live, play and go to school.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00
The weather outside was frightful, but the gala inside was delightful as 250 guests braved the cold, driving rain to celebrate the centennial of Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The house was decked out in its finest, with an enormous Christmas tree at the entrance. As guests walked past lighted garlands, waiters with silver trays of chilled champagne flanked both sides of the hallway leading to the great room, where music filled with house from the newly restored Steinway piano.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Over the years, Long Island has fostered a wide variety of musicians spanning various genres—including everyone from Billy Joel and Public Enemy to Brand New and Blue Oyster Cult. This trend continues strong today. Currently, there are hundreds of musicians littered across the island. Among them is East Norwich pop singer Steven Rodriguez.
Originally from Brentwood, Rodriguez moved to East Norwich after serving in the US Navy. Upon arriving home from service, Rodriguez’s friend heard him singing and encouraged him to pursue music more seriously.
“When I returned home from the Navy, a good friend heard me singing one day and encouraged me to sing with a band his friend was putting together.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Residents can take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Adult Co-Ed Badminton Volleyball Programs. The programs are open to town residents 18 and older, and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center.
The badminton program starts on Sunday, Jan. 5 and will be held on Thursdays and Sundays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The volleyball program starts on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and will be conducted on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The programs, which are 12 weeks in duration, are $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Proof of residency is required.
For further information, contact the Hicksville Athletic Center at 516-733-8406.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
The Town of Oyster Bay’s Holiday on Ice Show, which has become a holiday tradition for town residents, will again be presented at the Town of Ice Bay Center in Bethpage. The popular show, now in its fourth year, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but in keeping with “the season of giving,” those attending the show are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to the show, which will be collected by Island Harvest, an organization committed to ending hunger on Long Island.
“‘Holiday On Ice ‘ is an event that our residents eagerly look forward to each year, and I am delighted that our town’s residents and their families will once again be able to enjoy this special presentation,” said Councilman Chris Coschignano. “Some of the finest skaters in the nation will be performing and showcasing their talent.” The supervisor added that students of the town’s figure skating program will also be performing.