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  • jazzpianist
    I will relay that to Ted Lemen, who wrote the announcement. I did not proofread it, or that would have been altered. Bill Edwards
    Message 1 of 3 , May 1 5:58 AM
      I will relay that to Ted Lemen, who wrote the announcement. I did not proofread it, or that would have been altered.

      Bill Edwards

      --- In EliteSyncopations@yahoogroups.com, Richard Dowling <pianistnyc@...> wrote:
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      > I can't help myself, so please forgive me for mentioning this!!!
      >
      > Common misspelling pet peeve: "ukelele" instead of ukulele (correct spelling)
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      > On May 1, 2012, at 6:29 AM, "jazzpianist" <perfbill@...> wrote:
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      > > This Just In from http://oldtimepianocontest.com
      > >
      > > NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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      > > PIANO CONTEST SLATE FULL
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      > > THREE COUNTRIES, 14 STATES REPRESENTED
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      > > FIVE-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN PEORIA MAY 24-28
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      > > The field of 16 contenders in the 38th Annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival is set with Ragtime and honky-tonk piano players from three countries and 14 fourteen states.
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      > > More than $4,000 in prize money awaits the champion, junior champion and winner of the New Rag Contest. Other Regular Division prospects can go on a waiting list for entry providing all 10 Junior Division spots aren't filled by May 12, a contest deadline for revealing a program of up to six tunes.
      > >
      > > Field of Regular Division players in order registered: Bobby van Deusen, Pensacola Fl; Jacob Adams, Champaign IL; Joe Mankowski, Depew NY; Alexander Poyner, Kenosha WI; Four Arrows, Fortuna, Mexico; Ethan Uslan, Charlotte NC; Diana Stein, Memphis TN; Samuel Schalla, Tűbingen, Gemany; Monty Suffern, Waco TX; John Remmers, Ann Arbor MI; Dan Mouyard, Bethesda MD; Will Perkins, Riverbank CA; Bill Edwards, Ashburn VA; Martin Spitznagel, Alexandria VA; Damit Senanayake, Bellevue WA; and William McNally, Rego Park NY. Field of Junior Division Contestants: Morgan Siever, Carlyle IL; Spencer Andrews, Crete IL; Daniel Souvigny, Hampshire IL. New Rag Contest entries: Brett Youens, Tűbingen Germany; Monty Suffern, Waco TX; William C. McHarris; Gale Foehner, St. Louis MO; Bill Edwards, Ashburn VA; Martin Spitznagel, Alexandria VA; Michael Kazenel, Canton MA; William McNally, Rego Park NY; and Jacob Adams, Champaign IL.
      > >
      > > Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May 24-28 as "Old-time Music Preservation Weekend" in Illinois to honor the Old-time Music Preservation Association, Inc. (OMPA) effort to preserve and perform music of the Gay 90's, the Ragtime era and Tin-Pan Alley through 1929. More than just competitions, the event has become a five-day festival of piano music and tries to mix in instrumental and vocal involvement that is piano friendly, this year with ukelele virtuoso Ian Whitcomb leading the "Old-time Orchestry", which seeks volunteers.
      > >
      > > The group will start rehearsals at a local eatery, Sky Harbor Steakhouse Thursday night, at a huge music party and buffet, and plays on the Saturday Night Sing-along at the Four Points by Sheraton. Local musicians who would like to join Whitcomb Thursday night for rehearsal should bring their instruments (horn, banjo, fiddle, accordion, etc.) to earn a free buffet and make music with this Grammy-award winning performer.
      > >
      > > A sold-out Spirit of Peoria Riverboat cruise on Friday morning with a dozen piano players on board sails at 11 a.m. and then activities begin at the hotel with a late afternoon workshop with Ragtime legend Johnny Maddox, famous for his "Crazy Otto" medley. Friday evening the New Rag Contest for aspiring composers takes place at 7 p.m. with a free public screening
      > >
      > > Over 500 piano players from five countries and 33 states have competed in the group's competitions, which started as a fund raiser for the Monticello Railway Museum in 1975, sharing over $50,000 in prize money.
      > >
      > > Competitions take place all-day Saturday for a mixture of up 26 to Junior and Senior Division players, and the junior champion is crowned late Saturday afternoon. Current champion Martin Spitznagel of Alexandria VA plays for a dinner after the competitions, and a stage and sing-along show starring Johnny Maddox, Ian Whitcomb and three-time champ Adam Swanson follows.
      > >
      > > The champion is selected Sunday afternoon as the Top Ten play down to the Final Five and the winner is announced after a play-off. Musical party rooms are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights after competitions are over. A coffee-based brunch takes place Monday morning with Sue Keller at the piano as a send-off.
      > >
      > > Free tickets for the screening of a documentary about the contest are available at four Peoria-area locations. The 90-minute film, "The Entertainers" won the audience-voted First Place at the wisconsin Film Festival in Madison a week ago and competed in the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival April 28 in its documentary division.
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      > > Potential spectators can get an all-event ticket beginning Friday evening or individual tickets are available for each event.
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      > > Complete details available at OldtimePianoContest.org.
      > >
      > > Pick-up points for the free documentary tickets available at the Spirit of Peoria riverboat office at the waterfront, Aqua-Tech pool supply in Morton, Slim Clippins' barbershop and Sky Harbor Steakhouse.
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