May 30, 2017
By John Greitzer
Photos by Bob Nelson
The East Bay Banjo Club entertained a small but enthusiastic audience at Stoneman Village, a seniors’ residence in Pittsburg, with a Memorial Day program on May 30 at 2 p.m. The program started with a song recognizing each branch of the military – “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” (for the Army), “The Air Force Song,” “The Marines’ Hymn,” “Anchors Aweigh” (for the Navy), and “Semper Paratus” (for the Coast Guard).
These were followed by standards such as “Five Foot Two,” “Bourbon Street,” and “Bill Bailey,” to name a few. Bud Pearce handled the announcing duties and Bob Malucelli set up and worked the sound system. Some 22 club musicians and singers participated, including Guy Black, Rich Combs, Betty David, Clyde Dedmon, Alex Dongallo, Bob Ehrhorn, John Greitzer, Don Granberg, Karen Hefter, Red Higgins, Ardie Jarrett, Doug Johnson, Garry Kerr, Chris Lardge, Bob Malucelli, Dina Melamed, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce, Larry Risner, Jan Ruzicka, Slava Ruzicka, and Sheila Welt. Other club members attending were Bob Nelson, Diane Risner and Cathy Dongallo. The audience was smaller than anticipated, possibly due to the cloudy weather, but they had fun, clapping and singing on familiar songs. EBBC thanks Stoneman Village for inviting us back for another Memorial Day performance.