Intermission Newsletter

January 2014 issue – NOJCSC Intermission Newsletter


January 4th, 2014


In This Issue: New NOJCSC President – Revelation Jazz Band update – Membership Drive continues – Youth Jazz Band project – and more!

Please join us at our next Club meeting on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Press Box at Westminster Lanes, Westminster for an entertaining afternoon of Traditional Jazz and Swing featuring the Revelation Jazz Band, Youth Band and Club Musicians performing all afternoon!

Ray Siegele becomes new NOJCSC President

After eleven years in office, NOJCSC President John Hockins has resigned and retired. Mr. Ray Siegele, currently VP, will take over the role of President from January 1st, 2014.

John will join the NOJCSC Advisory Board and continue to be available for consultation as required.

The board extends it thanks and gratitude to John for his wisdom and his leadership in guiding the Club’s progress through the past eleven years.

— Board of Directors

Revelation Jazz Band update

For the past several years, and at no cost to the club, we have enjoyed the Revelation Jazz Band providing music at our monthly meetings — despite the time, effort and expense the band members face in attending our Westminster Lanes meeting location.

The band has proposed, and the club Board of Directors agree, it is time for this arrangement to be reconsidered. Beginning Jan 2014 the club will pay the band $210 per monthly session for their music service. The band will guarantee attendance for at least 6 sessions during 2014 and remain available to be approached for additional club engagements. Ray Siegele, our club Music Director, will continue managing our overall music program for both the Press Box (Main Stage) and Tailgate room.

For their service to the club — both past and continuing — we owe the band, under John Hockins’ leadership, our most sincere appreciation.

2014 Membership Drive

“Membership Drive” is continually on the agenda of your Board of Directors. How else is our club and the music we all enjoy to be kept alive? Keep the impetus of our club and the beat of the music energized! Spread the gospel and bring your friends and families to visit our Club at Westminster.

Consider this: Together with our donation to such as the Youth Band Project, music scholarships, visiting bands and venue room rental, every other dollar of your dues payment is returned directly to you through our lunch buffets (4 times per year) and through our meeting attendance prizes and snack bowls. With the exception of 20 Honorary Life Members who have performed exceptional service to our club, there are no free passes.

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP NOW! For the good of the club, it is never too late!

To join or to renew your membership, click here.

As John Hockins, our past president says, “Keep Classic Jazz alive. If we don’t, who will?”.

Best wishes to you all!
— Your Board of Directors

Youth Jazz Band

Our December meeting of the Youth Band included student musicians Afton Siegel, trumpet & drums; Nolan Delmer, trombone; Jared Crawford, tuba; and Brian Tyler, drums. A special thanks goes out to music educator and trumpeter Ryan Merrill, for all of his help in recruiting young musicians for the group! The Youth Band musicians performed “Tin Roof Blues” and “Down By the Riverside” during the first set on the Press Box main stage. Their performance was very well received by all!

At each monthly club meeting, college and high school-age musicians will have their own rehearsal/workshop sessions starting at 11:30 AM in the Tailgate Room. These sessions will be coached by trombonist and educator Steve Tyler. The group will rehearse and prepare two tunes to perform on the Press Box main stage during the 1:00 PM set.

This month, we will be adding “St. James Infirmary” to the band’s repertoire.

Be sure to “like” our Facebook page for videos, recordings and updates!

About the NOJCSC Youth Jazz Band Project

The ultimate goal of the NOJCSC’s Youth Jazz Band project will be to form a true, self-contained performing ensemble, able to play at jazz clubs, community events and jazz festivals, without an adult musician needed to direct them during performances.

If you know a young musician (perhaps a child, grandchild, or even a neighbor or friend) who might want to get involved, please let them know about us! We are especially looking for clarinet/sax, piano and guitar/banjo players.

Please contact: Steve Tyler, steve [at] nojcsc [dot] org, cell/text (650) 224-8094.

Stay informed of the Youth Jazz Band’s activities through the Intermission newsletter, our website, and by “liking” the NOJCSC Facebook page!

Our Monthly Club Meetings

Join us every third Sunday of every month for Great Music for dancing and listening, and a Great Place to celebrate LIFE!

The following musicians joined us in December for jam sessions on the main stage: Gene Marklevits, trumpet; Dan Merrill, clarinet/sax; Phil Andreen, trombone; Jimmy Green, banjo; Bill Keys, violin; Bill Mitchell, piano; and Paul Goldman, drums.

Each month, the Club also offers members a “Tailgate Room” set aside for musicians of all ages and skill levels to practice their instruments with direction from accomplished musicians.

Tailgate room participants in December included: Alan Shelton, Ryan Merrill and Parker Snow, trumpet/cornet; Dave Conrad, Dan Merrill and Tony Hilly, clarinet/sax; Phil Andreen, trombone; Roberto Pasquariello and Darlna Phan, piano; Travis English, banjo/guitar; and Brian Tyler, drums.

  • Live Music from 1 PM to 5 PM.
  • Large Dance Floor.
  • Bar Service
  • Big Daddy’s Cafe, offering delicious food and snacks.
  • Tailgate Room — musicians, bring your instruments for a jam session. Sign in with the music director. This room is for you!
  • Friends and Fun!

Website and Facebook

As you know our website at has been completely revised and revitalized. Please let us know what you think and any additions that you would like to see!

The Club also has a Facebook page. “Like” our page to receive updates on Facebook.

Advisory Notice to our Members and Guests:

We will from time to time use photographs and/or video taken during the course of our Club Meetings. These photographs and/or videos may be used on our new Facebook page and website. Any member or guest must inform a board member if they do not wish to have their photo taken or appear in either photographs or video that may be posted online. —Board of NOJCSC.

Join the Club!

NOJCSC is constantly seeking new members, and we’d like to encourage you and your families to become members of our Club.

The Club was formed as a non-profit corporation in 1968 and is administered by volunteers whose aim is to perpetuate the living American music art form known as New Orleans Jazz.

Join NOJCSC and get…

  • Lots of great Classic Jazz performances, dancing and an all-around good time. The music is the foundation, but our focus is fun! We aim to return every dollar of the membership fees back to the members to better their enjoyment. We have four buffet luncheons every year, in addition to door prizes and snack bowls on the tables — all at no additional cost.
  • Lots of friends who also enjoy Classic Jazz. The Club provides a venue for all members to come together once a month and enjoy the music, dancing and camaraderie. And door prizes.
  • Lots of instrument time with Tailgate Room jam sessions. The Club also provides a “Tailgate Room” where musicians at every level may play their instruments with the assistance and coaching from more experienced musicians.

“Keep Classic Jazz alive. If we don’t, who will?”

How much does it cost?

G. PATRON $100

All of the above are one-time donations for the year and include entrance to all normal 3rd-Sunday Club meetings.

Door Admission for Non-members

  • Non-members: $12 at the door for each club meeting
  • Visiting members of other Jazz Clubs: $6


To apply, please fill out and submit the short online membership application on our website.

— Your Board of Directors


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For more information about our club or to see past issues of Intermission, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact NOJCSC president pro tem John Hockins at john [at] nojcsc [dot] org.


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One Comment

  1. Bill & Frances Keys says:

    It has been brought to our attention that visiting musicians are being charged at the door if they are not members of any club. This is counter-productive as it keeps good musicians from attending. Lots of good musicians live long distances from Westminster and asking them to pay to entertain us is not right.
    They are our hope of increasing attendance and we only exist to listen to their fine music. Let’s encourage them to come to entertain us and not discourage them before they’ve left home.

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