Surprise! Dr. Paul Droste, founder of the BBC and its Director Emeritus, celebrated his 80th birthday with a surprise concert and party. It is certainly appropriate that this important day was highlighted in an article by The British Bandsman.
“This past Sunday, a surprise party was held for him. The Brass Band of Columbus opened the celebration with a brief concert. Tony Zilincik (Eb bass in BBC) had written a fanfare entitled Circle of Friendship. Diana Herak, his daughter, premièred a new baritone solo written by Peter Meechan, entitled, pLat, and then the BBC got to Paul’s favorite composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. They first performed the 49th Parallel wih Douglas Droste (Paul’s son and professor at Ball State University) conducting, and then the Variations for Brass Band. Brian Stevens (MD of the BBC) then gave Paul the option of listening to the final piece (King Cotton) or conducting and Paul took the opportunity to lead them one more time. After the 30-minute concert, the audience was invited to a reception with music provided by the TBDBITL Alumni Band (past members of OSUMB).”
Read more via the source: http://www.britishbandsman.com/news/1080/celebration-time-in-ohio