Grace College Breaks Ground on Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex

March 24th, 2017
The future Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex rendering at Grace College

Rendering of the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex

Grace College broke ground today on the $8 million Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex on its Winona Lake campus.  The complex is part of the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, a $37 million campaign announced yesterday to empower the next generation to lead and serve well.

The Science Complex will renovate 22,500 square feet of existing space and create 13,000 square feet of new space for Grace’s growing science and math programs.  The new complex will equip students with upgraded laboratories and modern classrooms; it will provide a contemporary hub for lakes and streams research and additional office and multi-purpose space.

For nearly 40 years, Grace College students in the Department of Science and Mathematics have studied in the Cooley Science Center to become physicians, researchers, mathematicians and medical professionals.  In those four decades, the department has grown sixfold and now includes 13 different science majors and 11 pre-professional tracks.  Simultaneous to growth in science programs, Grace has added environmental studies, exercise science and a nursing program in partnership with Bethel College  The Cooley Center has also housed the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams since its founding in 2007.

“As we have advanced as an institution, the sciences have become a critical part of our mission to mold servant leaders,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary.  “Our growth in health and environmental science and pre-medical fields has necessitated that we build modern classrooms and purchase updated equipment.  The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex will be a state-of-the-art facility, with the latest in labs and equipment, to train world-class biologists, chemists, engineers and medical professionals at Grace College.”

The new science complex is named after Dr. Dane Miller, co-founder and 39-year president and CEO of Biomet.  Dane was a Warsaw and Winona Lake resident for nearly 40 years.  Dane and his wife Mary Louise have invested substantially in the local community, including at Grace College & Seminary.

“The Millers have generously given of their time, wisdom, and resources to Grace College over the course of our friendship,” said Katip.  “We are delighted that Mary Louise allowed us to name this complex in memory of Dane,” he said.

“Dane would be elated about the new complex and deeply honored that Grace would recognize him in this way,” said Mary Louise Miller.  “This is the greatest visible tribute to Dane’s legacy in our community,” she said.

At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, a bust of Dr. Dane Miller was unveiled.  The bronze bust, donated to Grace by friends of Dane, will be displayed in the foyer of the new Science Complex.

Dr. Bill Katip announced that more than $7.1 million has been raised to date toward the $8 million goal for the Science Complex.  This total includes a lead gift from Mrs. Mary Louise Miller, a significant contribution from Zimmer Biomet, and a $1 million grant from the K21 Health Foundation to fund new space and laboratories for the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams.

For more information or to give to the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex and the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit grace.edu/aspire or call (866) 448-3472.

The attached photo pictures Grace College officials and community leaders at the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony.  (L to R): Bill Burke, Chairman of the Board, Grace College & Seminary; Dan Hann and Greg Sasso, former Biomet executives and personal friends of Dane Miller; Dan Williamson, Group President Joint Reconstruction, Zimmer Biomet; Mary Louise Miller, Honorary Chair, Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary; Dr. Bill Katip, President, Grace College & Seminary; Rich Haddad, CEO & President, K21 Health Foundation; Hayden McCloskey, Grace College environmental studies student; Dr. John Lillis, Provost, Grace College & Seminary.

Grace College officials and community leaders participate in the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony.  (L to R): Bill Burke, Chairman of the Board, Grace College & Seminary; Dan Hann and Greg Sasso, former Biomet executives and personal friends of Dane Miller; Dan Williamson, Group President Joint Reconstruction, Zimmer Biomet; Mary Louise Miller; Dr. Bill Katip, President, Grace College & Seminary; Dr. Ron Manahan, Past President, Grace College & Seminary; Rich Haddad, CEO & President, K21 Health Foundation; Hayden McCloskey, Grace College environmental studies student; Dr. John Lillis, Provost, Grace College & Seminary.

The Dr. Dane Miller bronze bust will be displayed in the Science Center foyer.

The Dr. Dane Miller bronze bust will be displayed in the Science Center foyer.

Dozens gathered for the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony on March 24, 2017.

Dozens of Grace College friends and supporters gathered for the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony on March 24.

Grace College & Seminary Announces $37 Million Aspire Campaign

March 24th, 2017
Aspire Gala

Aspire Campaign Chairman Greg Dosmann announces the largest campaign in Grace College & Seminary history at a Thursday evening gala. The $37 million Aspire Campaign has garnered $27.08 million to date.

 

Grace College & Seminary publicly announced its $37 million comprehensive campaign Thursday night at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake.  At the evening gala, Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, announced to a crowd of friends, alumni and supporters that the Aspire Campaign has already garnered $27.08 million.  A special celebration will also take place Friday morning at the campus chapel service for Grace students, faculty and staff.

Aspire Campaign Chairman Greg Dosmann, an alumnus and principal partner at Edward Jones Investments, emceed the gala.  “We believe God is calling Grace to be an exemplary, Christ-centered educational community characterized by innovation, affordability and real-world preparation,” he said.  “The Aspire Campaign is about funding that vision.”

Mary Louise Miller is the honorary chair of the campaign cabinet, a position she assumed after the passing of her late husband, Dr. Dane Miller, in 2015.  Dr. Miller previously served on the campaign cabinet.

The Aspire Campaign is intrinsically tied to Grace’s new strategic priorities, which were unanimously approved by the Board of Directors Thursday afternoon.  It will enable Grace to deliver on four priorities: Educational Excellence, Connected Community, Culture of Innovation and Sustainable Affordability.

“We have entered a new era of growth and vision at Grace College and Seminary,” said Dr. Katip, referring to record student enrollment and steady expansion in academic programs and degree options. “While our mission will never change, we must continually refine our methods to prepare students to serve in our ever-changing world.  The Aspire Campaign is the newest chapter in our story of remarkable faith, growth and positive change.”

The $37 million Aspire Campaign is the largest campaign in Grace history; it is four times greater than any past fundraising effort. The campaign encompasses a comprehensive plan to grow the college academically, spiritually and financially.  Specific campaign goals and projects were highlighted with videos and speakers at the Thursday night gala.

In response to market demands, several new academic programs are in the works at Grace College & Seminary.  Pending Higher Learning Commission approval, a new Mechanical Engineering program will prepare students for multifaceted, promising careers in engineering.  An innovative Grace Seminary competency-based education model, Deploy, is also planned pending Higher Learning Commission approval.  Deploy will provide much sought-after leadership training on site at churches.  Other new academic programs, including Agribusiness and Worship Arts, are in the early stages of implementation on campus.

Construction projects announced include the future Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, set to open in the fall of 2018.  The creation of third spaces – areas specially designed to provide collaboration, study, dining and fellowship space for students – are planned for the future.  The newly renamed Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams was also announced.

Campaign projects already completed include the recently renovated and renamed 1st Source Bank Soccer Field and the newly completed Bernard and Linnie Key Track & Field Complex.

Drew Flamm, V.P. for Advancement at Grace College & Seminary, concluded the gala by saying, “We aspire to give every student access to an excellent, biblically grounded education marked by ingenuity, vibrant community and intentional career preparation.  With the help of our friends and alumni, we will.”

For more information or to give to the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit grace.edu/aspire or call (866) 448-3472.

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Public Invited to Day of Worship, Communitas and Spurgeon Lecture at Grace College

March 22nd, 2017
Grace College student Kody Carpenter

Student Kody Carpenter participates in worship service at Grace College. Day of Worship will take place March 29 at Grace College.

Grace College welcomes the public to three special events on campus March 29 and 30.  Grace’s Day of Worship and Communitas will take place on Wednesday, March 29.  On Thursday, March 30, Dr. Christian George, assistant professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will lecture on the life of Charles Spurgeon.

Day of Worship will take place on March 29 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake.  Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Church in Silicon Valley, Calif., and president of the Kainos Movement, will be the keynote speaker.  Loritts is a prolific author, most recently of “Saving the Saved,” and is well-known for his passion for the multi-ethnic church.  Following Loritts, the public is invited to join in student-led prayer and worship.

Communitas will immediately follow Day of Worship and continue through the evening. This annual event is sponsored by the Grace College Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship.  It is a campus-wide, interdisciplinary event aimed at showcasing student scholarship in all forms.

“The event kicks off at noon with entertainment provided by the Worship Arts Program and Remnant drama outreach team,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Grace College Languages, Literature and Communication Department.

Student presentations will take place from 1:30 – 5 p.m.  The complete schedule of sessions can be found at www.grace.edu/communitas2017.  A launch party and literature reading for Inkspot, Grace College’s new literary magazine, will take place at 6 p.m. at Jazzman’s Café on campus. Free coffee and copies of the magazine will be available for all student and community members in attendance.

“Communitas is an interesting day on campus full of diverse expressions of student learning and interests,” said Rich.  “You don’t want to miss it.”

On Thursday, March 30, Dr. Christian George will speak on the passionate, unapologetic life of Charles Spurgeon and the importance of Spurgeon’s ministry. Dr. George serves as curator of The Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on a 12-volume edition of Spurgeon’s earliest, unpublished sermons on which his lecture will be based.

“Dr. George will expand our view of the man known worldwide as the ‘Prince of Preachers,’” said Dr. Tiberius Rata, chair of the Grace College Biblical Studies Department.  “He will discuss whether Spurgeon’s theology, preaching and rhetoric have changed over the years or remained constant.” The 7 p.m. lecture will take place in McClain Hall Auditorium and is open to the public.

 

Northern Indiana Lakes Festival Memorial Day Weekend

March 21st, 2017
Community members enjoy the Lakes Festival celebration.

Participants enjoying the water during last year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival.

The annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival is this May 26-28, Memorial Day Weekend, at Center Lake Park in Warsaw.

The Lakes Festival is an annual celebration of our local lakes and waterways. Festival admission is free and activities include a Friday evening concert, food, live animal show, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, Saturday fireworks over Center Lake, and more!

Scheduling the Lakes Festival for Memorial Day Weekend is an effort to kick off the summer in a fun way with local lakes in mind. For many, Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to the summer and the Lakes Festival can provide activities and new traditions to enjoy with family and friends living in or visiting Kosciusko County.

Commercial vendor and food vendor applications are now being accepted through April 3. Applications and other festival information can be found online at lakesfestival.org.

This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet. Additional sponsors are still being sought.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit lakes.grace.edu.

Book Signing for Ecclesiastes Commentary Scheduled

March 21st, 2017

Ecclesiastes-coverTiberius Rata and Kevin Roberts, authors of the new interdisciplinary commentary, Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes, will sign copies of the book at a reception at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 24. The event, which lasts until 4:30 p.m., will be held in the lobby of the William Male Center, 999 College Ave., Winona Lake.

Rata is a professor of Old Testament Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, while Roberts is a professor of Counseling at Grace College, both located in Winona Lake.

The commentary looks at the words of Solomon, the wisest man in history, who was Israel’s third king. His words challenge and encourage the reader to live as if his or her time were short and to fear God in all things.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes will be available for purchase at the book signing at the discounted rate of $10. It generally retails for $14.99 and also is available at BMHBooks.com, amazon.com, and other online retailers, or may be ordered at any local bookstore.

There is no charge to attend.

The reception is co-sponsored by BMH Books and Grace College and Theological Seminary.

Grace College to Host Senior Art Exhibit

March 17th, 2017

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Grace College senior art majors will showcase their cumulative and thesis work at two art shows on campus this spring.  The first Senior Art Show will take place March 20 – April 8 at Mount Memorial Gallery, 808 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m.  A public reception will take place Friday, March 24 from 7 – 9 p.m.

 

“The senior show showcases students​’ endeavors to offer creative solutions to today’s societal problems,” said Richard Wanjema, assistant professor of visual communication design and program director of media arts at Grace College. He encourages the community to visit the gallery.

Nine seniors from the Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts will display their work at the first Senior Art Show. They are: Megan Barge, Joshua Dudeck, Cambria Godsey, Olivia Kent, Katlyn Knuver, Abigail Moellering, Riley Smith, Matthew Stephens and Keri Koenig.

The department’s goal is to equip graduates with the ability to communicate visually, possess professional skills and be able to analyze works from historical and contemporary cultural perspectives. Students learn to demonstrate excellence in creative work that ultimately serves in their calling as artists, Christians and professionals.

For more information, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6022 or email art@grace.edu.

Grace Professor Joins Cast of Historians Writing About Faith and the World Wars

March 16th, 2017
Image courtesy of Christian History magazine.

Image courtesy of Christian History magazine.

 

Dr. Jared Burkholder, chair of the department of history and political science and associate professor of American and world history at Grace College, recently wrote “Spreading Light in a Dark World” for Christian History magazine.  Burkholder was among the Christian history professors chosen from across the country to write for the magazine’s most recent edition, “Faith in the Foxholes,” focusing on faith during the world wars.  In Burkholder’s article, he explores how the world wars served as a pivotal time for Christian relief efforts. The following is an excerpt from the article. The full article can be read here.

 

In 1944, the same year Allied forces stormed the beaches of occupied Europe, the congregation of Boston’s historic Park Street Church began giving up some meals during Lent. They sent the money they would have spent on food to the War Relief Fund, an initiative created by the newly formed (1942) National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). They were not alone in their desire to alleviate the suffering in war-torn Europe. Now known as World Relief, this fund was just one of many new Christian service organizations spurred into being by the world wars.

The Call of the Refugees

In World War I modern industrial war disrupted trade, destroyed farms, and decimated populations of young men, all while Europe experienced harsh winters and crop failures. Throngs of people became refugees, including women and orphaned children. Prisoners of war occupied temporary camps filled with disease and lacking adequate food and basic services.

In Belgium the 1914 German invasion displaced thousands. The following year the Ottoman government systematically brutalized the Armenian population in what most experts now consider genocide. Then in 1921–1922, the Russian people suffered through one of the worst famines in history, a suffering made worse by the Russian government’s policies and resulting in approximately 5,000,000 deaths.

Protestant missionaries helped to raise awareness about these atrocities, sometimes collaborating with nonreligious humanitarian groups such as the Near East Foundation (founded in New York in 1915). Others worked with international organizations such as the League of Nations. Karen Jeppe, a Danish missionary who founded a farming colony near Aleppo, Syria, for Armenian survivors, wrote when she took on the task,

How would I supply for all these people? It is quite certain that if I have got them out of the harems, then I will also be responsible for what becomes of them. And who will finance this huge enterprise? I have very little trust in the whole affair. But it may be a vocation. Well, then I must apply myself to it, however much I resist.

Later, when the League questioned her about the work, she made the shortest speech in its history: “Yes, it is only a little light, but the night is so dark.”

“They Have Never Tasted Milk”

Some of the earliest Christians to respond to these tragedies were the “peace churches,” including the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Mennonites. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), formed in 1917, provided nonviolent opportunities for conscientious objectors to serve their countries, but also became the primary facilitator for all kinds of humanitarian efforts.

Friends made up a small army of ambulance drivers and medical personnel. They cared for orphans, refugees, and prisoners of war and were among the most active in providing relief during the Russian famine. In Austria Friends helped supply milk through a program called “Cows for Vienna.”

The New York Times reported on the “sufferings of the little children” in Austria—where many children, it said, “have never tasted milk.” The AFSC bought cows in Holland or Switzerland and gave them to farmers in Austria, who donated a portion of the milk to Quaker Infant Welfare Centers. Friends considered this a natural embodiment of their religious commitments to peacemaking and social justice. So did American Mennonites, who established the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in 1920.

Even prior to World War I, the American branch of the YMCA served among military personnel in America and abroad. Although the YMCA and YWCA mostly provided services and aid to American servicemen and women, their work extended to enemy prisoners of war held in miserable conditions in Europe. They partnered with other humanitarian agencies, such as the Rockefeller Foundation.

Prominent Methodist and YMCA leader John Mott wrote directly to oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, pressing for resources to help the 2,000,000 POWs on both sides “in grave danger of physical, mental and moral deterioration unless something is done to occupy their minds, and so far as possible, their bodies.”

In World War II when Hitler’s Final Solution became public, the plight of Jews gave Christians new reasons for activism. Though Christians often were criticized for not doing more, Catholics in Europe did take measures to rescue Jews, and American Protestants supported Roosevelt’s new War Refugee Board. In fact most of the relief agencies that continue to work globally with suffering people today had their beginnings in the years surrounding World War II: the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief (1940), Episcopal Relief and Development (1940), Catholic Relief Services (1943), World Relief (1944), Lutheran World Relief (1945), Church World Service (1946), World Vision (1950), and Compassion International (1952).

Read the entire article here.

Grace College Hosts NCCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships

March 16th, 2017

NCCAA bannerGrace College is the site of the 2012-2020 NCCAA Division I Basketball National Championships.  The men’s and women’s 2017 tournaments will take place March 15-18 at  the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, which seats over 2,000 fans. With an exciting basketball atmosphere, the MOCC is one of the premier basketball arenas in the Midwest. Grace College is proud to partner with the National Christian College Athletic Association in hosting the national championship.

Teams and fans are encouraged to visit the “Resources” section below for links to schedules, brackets, banquet information, host information and much more.

Over 100 Christian colleges and universities comprise the NCCAA involving well over 13,000 student-athletes and 850 coaches. A combined total of 25 national championships in men’s and women’s sports is sponsored by the NCCAA. The very existence of the NCCAA speaks to the need of a different game plan for college athletics in the midst of an era when the very foundations of our society are being eroded morally.

 

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Grace College and Lutheran Health Network KCH Enter Into Community Partnership to Support Health Initiatives

March 15th, 2017
Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, and Kirk Ray, CEO of Lutheran Health Network KCH, shake hands while officials from both institutions look on during the announcement of their extended partnership at the Manahan Orthopaedic Captial Center.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, and Kirk Ray, CEO of Lutheran Health Network KCH, shake hands while officials from both institutions look on during the announcement of their extended partnership at the Manahan Orthopaedic Captial Center.

Grace College & Seminary is pleased to announce that its partnership with Lutheran Health Network Kosciusko Community Hospital is expanding. Grace and KCH have collaborated on various health-related initiatives for many years, however, this new KCH partnership is a 10-year agreement that includes ongoing support to Grace for health education, wellness, academics, athletic programs and other projects. A formal announcement was made on Wednesday, March 15 during the opening night of the 2017 NCCAA national basketball championships tournament held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College.

Lutheran Health Network KCH strives to make a positive influence that extends beyond the walls of its facilities which is demonstrated every day through active participation in the wellness, growth and vibrancy of the community. Lutheran Health Network KCH officials believe the opportunity to partner with Grace College & Seminary is an exciting step in the ongoing pursuit of those goals.

“The purpose of this commitment is to improve the health and wellness of community members who we serve locally through Kosciusko Community Hospital, MedStat Urgent Care and Occupational Health, our affiliated medical staff and KCH Regional Rehabilitation Center,” said Kirk Ray, chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network KCH. “This agreement demonstrates a commitment from both entities to have a unified, long-term vision for improving the health of Grace College & Seminary students, faculty and staff.”

For many years, KCH Regional Rehabilitation Center has served student athletes through athletic training. Training will continue to be offered and sports medicine services will be enhanced. KCH’s Optimal Performance Sports program will provide student athletes with tailored performance enhancement services as an extension of Grace College’s coaching staff. Sports performance services can include injury prevention training, bridging post-surgery gap with return to sport training, on-site training for coaches on proper technique and latest research, and strength and conditioning. Additionally, a student health nurse and health education will be provided to the college.

“One of the primary ways Grace College & Seminary effectively and efficiently serves its students, faculty and staff is through the support and partnership of organizations that provide our campus with their expertise,” said Grace College & Seminary President Dr. Bill Katip. “We’re thankful for the ongoing support of Lutheran Health Network KCH and are grateful for how they are extending and expanding their support to our students. We’ll be stronger for it.”

 

Grace College Community Wind Ensemble to Perform Spring Concert

March 15th, 2017
The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble

 

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble will perform “A Symphonic Journey” on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake.  Advance tickets may be purchased at the Grace College Campus Store (inside the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr.) and at Pottery Bayou in the Village at Winona. Tickets will also be available at the door. All ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

 

This will be the Community Wind Ensemble’s last concert directed by Martin Becker, who is retiring.  The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble has been under the direction of Becker for the past 15 years.  He has conducted band concerts for 49 years, 32 of which have been with the Warsaw Community Schools and Grace College.

 

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Marty for his years of service to the Grace College music program, and his decades of artistic contribution to our community,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary.  “He has left an irreplaceable mark on our campus and community through his love for music and dedication to developing musicians.  I hope that families and friends will gather in mass to hear and participate in Marty’s last concert with the Community Wind Ensemble,” he concluded.

 

Director Martin Becker provided the following description of the upcoming spring concert:

 

“The band has seventy musicians and the instrumentation is outstanding,” said Martin Becker, director of the Community Wind Ensemble. “It will feature some of the area’s finest musicians. The band is comprised of Grace College students, community members and professional musicians. I am looking forward to the performance and encourage everyone’s attendance; this will be one not to miss,” Becker added.

 

The performance will open with the “Radetzky March” written by Johann Strauss and arranged by Alfred Reed. It is festive and jubilant march, popular with European audiences. It was first played before an audience of Austrian officers who began clapping their hands and stomping their feet at the beginning of the performance. It is a tradition that continues in Vienna to this day.

The second piece is another popular Strauss composition, “Die Fledermaus.” The piece is widely known and performed around the world.  The wind ensemble will perform the overture which features several melodies.  The waltz plays a prominent role in this delightful work.

 

The third piece is “See Rock City.” The classically-American composition fuses elements of rock, jazz and funk styles. All sections of the band will contribute familiar riffs, grooves and melodies throughout the three-part form. The work is inspired by the southeastern United States, specifically Rock City, Georgia. “Whether standing under a waterfall or walking through a cavern full of glowing gnomes, Rock City, like this namesake piece, is pure, simple fun,” said Becker.

 

The first half of the program will finish with “On the Mall” that takes the audience to Central Park in New York City, NY. The phrase “On the Mall” refers to the mall at the Naumburg Bandshell where Franko Goldman’s band frequently performed in Central Park. In a technique identified with Goldman, the trio is predominantly sung by the band members and then repeated, after a break strain, with whistling. A great believer in public participation, Goldman encouraged audiences to sing and whistle with the band. Likewise, Becker invites the Winona Lake audience to participate in this long-standing tradition.

 

The second half of the concert will open with “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.” “The first notes of the piece alert the audience that this will be no ordinary composition,” said Becker. “A manic scream from the full band is distinctly unnerving!” How the story unfolds and ends is both comical and dramatic. The band is called upon for screams and other sound effects. Becker will also provide a hilarious slideshow to help the audience follow the comical chaos.  Some cameo appearances of famous icons like Lucille Ball, Donald Duck, Elvis Presley, Wayne Newton, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and other surprises are featured.

 

“A Symphonic Journey” continues with an arrangement of Broadway tunes composed by Leslie Bricusse, a British lyricist, and his long-time writing partner Anthony Newley. One of their greatest hits was “What Kind of Fool Am I,” for which they won the Grammy Song of the Year in 1962. “Bricusse and Newley on Broadway” was arranged for band by Warren Barker. The medley contains the delightful songs, including “On a Wonderful Day Like Today,” “Who Can I Turn To,” “Gonna Build A Mountain” and “What Kind of Fool Am I.”

 

For the final selection, Becker has chosen his favorite march, “His Honor,” written in 1933 by Henry Fillmore. Bandmaster Fillmore was the most colorful bandmaster of his time during an era that stretched fifty vibrant years. As a composer, his irrepressible talent for marches produced a string of masterpieces uniquely of his own flavor. Among the most outstanding of them is “His Honor.”

 

For more information about the spring concert, contact Martin Becker at 574-551-3550 or becker.martinandjudy@gmail.com.