City Talent Show, Airforce Big Band Here in March

We’ve just received word that U.S. AIR FORCE BAND OF LIBERTY Jazz Band will perform at the Music Pier on Sat., March 6 at 7 p.m. One week later, March 13, the 7th Annual City Talent Show is set for the Pier starting at 6 p.m.

The Air Force Jazz Band is currently touring the East Coast. You can expect an exciting program ranging from the traditions of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington to the contemporary jazz-pop sounds of today. The program is free but you must pick up complimentary tickets in advance. This has been the case with all of the Service bands we have hosted in the past. Free tickets will be available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 609-525-9300.

Based in Hanscom Air Force base outside of Boston, the 18 member big band has been featured in jazz festivals throughout New England and has shared the stage with numerous jazz stars including Maureen McGovern, Jack Jones and Ann Hampton Callaway. You can expect a show of the same high caliber that the Navy Big Band performed here in November at the Tabernacle.

It may not be American Idol, but the OCEAN CITY TALENT SHOW has been a springboard to bigger things for many local performers. Divisions include instrumental, Vocal, Dancing, Performance Art and Best of Show. Tickets are $5.

Show producer and emcee, John Walton, is quick to point out that past winners have enhanced their careers by participating in the events. Talented young magician, Chad Juros, was “discovered” on the Music Pier stage, notes Walton. Because of his outstanding performance, he was booked for First Night and many other appearances. He went on to be featured in Las Vegas, on national TV and throughout the country.

Ocean City musician, Rob Swift, was selected for a major motion picture by a producer in the audience and singer-pianist, Andrew Finnerty, graduated to the Tweeter Center and independent film work after being discovered in Ocean City.

Last years Best of Show winners, the Push Forward Dance Crew, have been contacted by NBC’s Got Talent officials on the West Coast.

“We expect talent scouts and producers to be with us again this year,” said Walton.

“We’ve also found that young ladies use the show to hone their talents and get stage experience before entering area scholarship pageants and the Miss New Jersey competition.” But it’s all not about becoming a star,” says Walton.

“Many youngsters who have not had the opportunity to display their skills receive reinforcement and joy just by being able to perform before a live audience at a legendary venue like the Music Pier.”

The Talent Show is open to performers of all ages. There is a $10 entry fee. Those interested may register by contactingocnjtalentshow2010@yahoo.com or by stopping at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., 609-525-9300  or at the show’s sponsors, the Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury, 609-814-0308.

All funds raised by the show will benefit the Arts League’s special events and community outreach and art educational programs, reports Joanne Bernardini, League manager,as well as City special events.

The program will be taped and shown on You Tube. “That’s how Push Forward was discovered by NBC,” said Walton. “they saw our video on You Tube.”

VALENTINE’S DAY IS UPON US! Both of our Theater Companies are presenting specials: The Ocean City Theater Company offers I Love New York, featuring Love Songs from the Great White Way. One night only. Sat., Feb. 13 at the Music Pier. Doors open 7:15 p.m. for a dessert reception with the program at 8 p.m. Tickets purchased before Feb.13 are $10, at the door $15.

NOTE: The Moorlyn Terrace entrance area is now being renovated. There will be no entrance to the boardwalk from Moorlyn Terrace until April. Park at 8th or 9th Street lots to reach Music Pier. Parking is free. Get tickets on the web at ocnj.us/boxoffice, at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., or call 609-525-9300.

The Ocean City Repertory Theater presents its third annual Romance through the Ages by Candlelight at 7 p.m. on Sat., Feb.13 and at 2 p.m. on Sun., Feb.14 at Plymouth Inn, 710 Atlantic Ave. Program features expressions of love with songs and words from Elizabethan times ‘till today.

On Saturday, enjoy a chocolate lovers tasting following the show, on Sunday a delectable afternoon tea. For information, call 609-231-3263.  Cost is $10.

Speaking of chocolate, there will be a CHOCOLATE JAMBOREE today, Thurs., Feb.11 at the High School from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the sweets, check out the vendors and the music of the talented 1-2-3 Draw. Tickets are $6. Proceeds benefit the High School Key Club Scholarship Fund and Manna at the Shore.

The American Red Cross will hold its BLOOD DRIVE on Tues., Feb.16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City’s Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk.  Call 609-525-9365 or 609-399-6111 for an appointment.

THE OCEAN CITY HUMANE SOCIETY, named one of the outstanding shelters for its size in the country, needs your help. Tight economic times have put a strain on this fine organization. The facility is working to capacity as additional dogs and cats have been put up for adoption. They could use trash bags, towels, linens and laundry detergent and of course cash donations. The Society is located at 1 Shelter Road off Bay and Tennessee Ave., 609-399-2018.  You can always find a friendly dog or cat to adopt from this well run organization.

The OCEAN CITY DOG PARK ASSN., another fine group with the best interest of you and your pets at heart, will run a series of free seminars about how to safely enjoy the Dog Park. The first will feature Lee Mann, a Certified Master Trainer. The topic will be Dog Park Rules and Regulations. It will be held at the Port O’ Call, 15th and Boardwalk, on Sat., Feb. 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to ttwags@comcast.net.

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