Fourth of July celebrates
by Marion Herrman
Light the candles and bring out the cake! Combining
Sedonas 100th Centennial birthday with Americas 226th, a huge
celebration will take place July 4 at the Georgia Frontiere Pavilion
of the Sedona Cultural Park. Free to the public (except for on-site
parking charges), the event will be co-produced by the Sedona
Centennial Committee, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon Lions Club, and
Sedona Cultural Park and promises to be a blast!
Starting at 5:00 p.m., constant music, with appearances
on the grand Pavilion stage by such local favorites as Joe Palmers
Youth Band, Jeannie Carroll and the Sedona Concert Band with a
rousing audience sing-a-long, the Canyon Singers, Red Rock Echoes
Barbershop Quartet, Native American Dancers and all of Sedonas
beloved Grannies topped off by the popular Sammy Davis. Emceeing
the proceedings will be two of Sedonas most erudite and mellow-voiced
Johns John Conway and John Wade.
Joe Palmers Youth Band is well known in the area.
Comprised of talented 12 to 19 year old students who play on a
solidly professional level, this swinging big band has delighted
audiences whenever they have performed in such places as Disneyland,
Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Santa Fe, and various
jazz festivals and community events. Conductor and coach, Joe
Palmer, has a prestigious history in the music industry and credits
ranging from the big band era, ABC network staff to presently
fronting the Glenn Miller Alumni Orchestra. Palmers not-for-profit
young band has provided musical experience and opportunities to
a vast number of students, besides bringing new-found and nostalgic
joy to their audiences.
Founder and Director Sandy Reids Canyon Singers
enjoy a reputation for fine community choral performances. Sponsored
by the Adult Community Center of Sedona, this group of men and
women have been exploring the musical spectrum for more than a
decade. With their accompanist, Kathie Jossie, they have entertained
at major community events, retirement centers and formal concerts
and are much in demand.
Red Rock Echoes is one of the many quartets formed
from the chorus Harmony on the Rocks. This chorus is the newly
formed Sedona Chapter of SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation
and Encouragement of BarberShop Quartet Singing in America). Under
the direction of lead singer Charlie Lyman, the quartet is comprised
of Eric Williams (tenor), Tom Doeller (baritone), and Don Tautkus
(bass). The sound is strictly a capella, with no need for instruments.
There will be a plethora of Grannies to entertain
one and all. Ranging from 57 to 85 years old and sponsored by
the Adult Community Center of Sedona, the original Red Rockin
Grannies have been kicking up their heels for almost 13 years.
They have appeared regularly in the St. Patricks Day Parade, at
the Tlaquepaque Fiesta and Luminaria celebrations, the Sedona
Winds Retirement Community and many other events.
Pamela Zahnzinger has been their choreographer
and her talents range from ballet, tap, jazz, African dance, to
todays cool hip hop. Author and Director Bobby Leahys premiere
senior performing troupe is comprised of dancers, ranging in age
from 53 through 80. The Grannies on the Rocks with their Sugar
Daddies have been singing and dancing their way into thousands
of hearts for the past 12 years. Leahy has produced nine musical
comedies and the Senior Awards Dance Revue and Competition for
No one ever goes away disappointed from watching
a Grannies on the Rocks with their Sugar Daddies performance.
Their shows are packed with everything that makes an evening of
entertainment a unique experience.
Sedonas own Concert Band, directed by John Fifield,
will play a program of music designed to work the audience into
a patriotic fervor, leading to a community sing of traditional
sing-along tunes. Created in 1976 by Victor Sterzing to provide
a quality concert band for the Verde Valley area and, in addition,
promote musical education in local schools, the Sedona Concert
Bands versatility has proven to be a boon to the Verde Valley.
Its appearances at many parks, City Plaza, retirement homes and
innumerable other venues have always been enjoyed.
And how can you say too much about Jeannie Carroll?
Vocalist, teacher, director of musical shows, karaoke presenter,
D.J., M.C., and wedding planner, Carroll will again be singing
with the Concert Band and leading the sing-a-long in her own inimitable
The dynamic Sammy Davis will involve the audience
with his warm personality and wide variety of musical styles from
the 60s through the 90s. Having performed the nightclub circuit
from Las Vegas to Atlantic City and throughout the United States,
Canada, and Europe, Davis has appeared with the Emotions, Bill
Cosby, Fats Domino, The Temptations, Paul Revere and The Raiders,
Mary Wilson and The Supremes, Chubby Checkers, The Coasters, and
The Drifters. The only act that will be able to follow him will
be the pyrotechnical display.
As if all this were not enough, a raffle will
be awarded with fabulous prizes, food concessions will be available,
plus an audience Parade of Costumes depicting Sedonas history
or Americas patriotic spirit, with prizes for the best and most
original costumes (young and old).
The celebratory bash culminates with the Lions
Club annual aerial or ground display of fireworks (depending on
forest conditions) at 10:00 p.m.
Parking passes will be sold for $5 each after
June 25 at Tlaquepaque and Bashas. All vehicles entering the parking
area will need a pass to gain admittance.
The Lions, The Centennial Committee, and Sedona
Cultural Park invite one and all, locals and visitors, to their
Grand Fourth of July/Sedona Centennial Birthday Party. Its sure
to be a fun-filled afternoon and evening in the good old American
For more information, call Dr. Serge Wright: 282-4126,
Josif Bean: 282-0122, or Jim Graif: 204-5672.