New Odyssey part of Community Concert series

Globe — The Globe-Miami Community Concert Association has the pleasure of offering six concerts for the 2017-18 Concert Series. This will be the 63rd season.

The multi-talented New Odyssey will be the fifth performance on March 23, 2018 at the High Desert Middle School Auditorium.

New Odyssey is a cover band from Chicago playing all types of music from across the decades, including today’s top hits (playing everything from the Bee Gees and Beethoven to the Blues Brothers and the Beatles). These songs are performed on 30 different musical instruments, including a pocket trumpet, accordion, sousaphone, melodica, banjo, and bass trumpet, just to name a few.  

They have been together for more than 30 years, playing venues as diverse as performing arts theaters and corporate events to festival beer tents.  New Odyssey is prepared for anything.

Three guys – 30 instruments – one heck of a good time.

Gary Todd, drummer and comic, has been involved in show business since age 2, when he started performing as an acrobat with his family act “The Tumbling Todds.” As well as singing and performing on more than 15 musical instruments, Gary is absolutely hilarious, outlandish, and totally unpredictable.

Michael Jay began singing and playing guitar at age 12. By the time he was 21, he was playing bass, composing music for his own bands and performing alongside national recording artists. Michael has done TV and radio commercials, was musical director of a local play, is involved in music ministry at his church, and as a personal highlight, sang the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs. As well as playing 10 instruments, Michael is the vocal strong point of the band.

Gary Polkow began his piano training at age 7. By age 8 he was rewriting and performing traditional classical children’s pieces. His list of credits includes film credits, synthesizer sound design, music and choir director, as well as the musical director of New Odyssey.

This season will again hold three concerts in the Miami High School Auditorium (MHS) and three concerts in the High Desert Middle School Auditorium (HDMS).   All performances will begin at 7 p.m.


• Oct. 10 at High Desert Middle School Auditorium:  The Southwest Surfers - relive or learn about the Beach Boy era and those golden oldies.

• Nov. 7 at Miami High Auditorium:  We3 - a piano, violin and vocalist performing a range of styles. The vocalist is the daughter of one of the Ink Spots. 

• Dec. 7 at Miami High School Auditorium: Nathan Pacheco, our  Christmas concert, features this outstanding tenor. He has toured with Yanni and David Archuleta.

• March 3, 2018 at High Desert Middle School Auditorium: Run Boy Run, an award winning country/bluegrass group.  Some people have suggested Saturday concerts.  This is your chance! 

 • March 23, 2018 at High Desert Middle  School Auditorium: New Odyssey. Three guys, 30 instruments and pure entertainment!    

• April 17, 2018 at Miami High School Auditorium: Jared  Pierce, a master    pianist. He comes to us from BYU and has performed  throughout the U.S. and in Brazil, Portugal and Spain.

Admission to the concerts is by membership. The membership schedule includes special rates for students and for families to help make the concerts available to everyone. The membership cost is as follows:  Adults - $40; Students - $10; Families - $90; and Single Parent Families - $50. 

Season tickets are available at the desk at Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, at the White Porch in Globe, or by mailing in a membership form from the brochure. Brochures are available at both the Globe and Miami libraries, the Chamber of Commerce, both Senior Centers, the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, White Porch, Bullion Plaza Museum and Cultural Center, Gila County Historical Museum, United Jewelry, the Copper Hen and the Galleria in Miami.  More information can be found by visiting the Globe-Miami Community Concert Facebook page or by calling 928-812-1696.  Membership tickets will be handed out at the first performance on Oct. 10, 2017.

If you aren’t convinced yet about what a great deal this is, there are even more benefits.  All out of town guests are welcomed to the concerts free of charge when they are accompanied by a member. Also, there is reciprocity with associations in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado and this entitles members to attend those concerts free of charge. That $40 membership goes a long way! Come enjoy the music, meet the performers, and mingle with your friends and neighbors. It’s a great family activity! You won’t be sorry!

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