Posts Tagged ‘Meramec’

Barbara Higbie – Free

December 1, 2013


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September 7, 2013

I started my fall piano lessons Thursday at Meramec Community College. On the way to my class I passed the below sculpture presumably done by a Meramec art student. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share it with you.


Meramec Spring Park

August 23, 2013

I visited Meramec Spring Park yesterday outside of St James Missouri and it is beautiful. Below are some pictures I took; they should enlarge if you click on them. the Park has the 5th largest spring in Missouri with an average daily flow of 96,000,000 gallons of water per day. It is one of four trout parks in Missouri and allows fishing. It is not a state park but is privately owned by a foundation and is also the home of the 19th century Meramec Iron Works. The cost to enter the park is $5.00 per car.














Paul Winter free concert at Meramec

April 26, 2013



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Philip Wesley

October 12, 2012

I went to see Philip Wesley in casual concert yesterday at Meramec. He started playing piano at Meramec then transferred to a larger college to finish up. His first instrument was the guitar but he said it was a loveless relationship and he found musical love in the piano; I understand. He not only plays beautifully but most of what he plays he has written. There is a short clip below I made with my little camera but it does not do Philip justice so please check out his professionally made website where the sound is much better. I have no illusions about ever becoming anywhere near as good as Philip. Like the lady told me last year at the St Louis Jazz club while watching Pat Joyce, another great pianist, “You will never live long enough to become that good”. You know what? I don’t care I still enjoy it.

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Meramec band rehearsing for their free concert 4/29/12

April 29, 2012

Before my piano lesson yesterday I happened to catch the Meramec band rehearsing for their free concert today: Sunday, 4/29/12, at 3:00 PM. Click below for a short sample and know it was recorded on a phone camera; they sound much better than the video.

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More information about the concert:

Meramec Music Department Presents “Cartoon Symphony” April 29

The Music department at St. Louis Community College-Meramec presents “Cartoon Symphony” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the Meramec Theatre.

The Meramec Symphonic Band will perform works by Percy Grainger, Vaclav Nelhybel and Rimsky-Korsakov, a new work by Jefferson County R-VII band director Ron Sikes entitled “Illumine” and “The Cartoon Symphony,” written by Meramec Symphonic Band conductor and composer Gary Gackstatter. “The Cartoon Symphony” features the silent cartoons of the 1920s from Max Fleischer Studios, an early innovator in animation.

The Jazz Lab Band, directed by Bob Boedges, is also featured on the program. The band will perform a set of big band standards featuring solos by band members.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 314-984-7639 or email

Barbara Higbie Concert at Meramec

April 22, 2012

Barbara Higbie ( joins the Meramec Orchestra, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Voices of Magic in a concert of her original music. The performance is FREE and open to the public.

The artist will also present two FREE workshops on Friday, May 4 in Humanities West 102 on the Meramec campus:

12:00-1:00pm – Meet the Artist
2:00-3:00pm – Songwriting

For a sample of her great music click link below her image:


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Meramec Mardi Gras Concert: Simply Wonderful

March 5, 2012

Meramec Community College* Symphonic Band and The Funky Butt Brass Band combined to present a superb Mardi Gras Concert on March 4, 2012. The first section of the video is a song about Mardi Gras. In the middle of the video is a bit of a jazz funeral march. It starts with a somber funeral dirge as the mourners accompany the family to the grave site. The somber music ends after the body is buried and the band breaks out into a chaotic spirited style to celebrate the beauty of the life of the deceased and the release of the soul from the body. The last section of the video is an old fashion hand clapping gospel which brought many members of the audience to their feet. The concert was truly wonderful.

 *Where I take my piano lessons

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Free Concert

February 29, 2012