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June 11, 2017 - Springsation Patriotic Musical Event

Bonita Center for the Arts, San Dimas, CA

 

57 springsation 2017 ww1 commemmorationSpringsation 2017 World War 1 commemoration featuring representatives of all branches of the U.S.military, and re-enators in authentic WW1 uniforms including Doughboys and a Salvation Army Doughnut Dolly.

Official emblem of the California WW1 Centennial Task ForceAn event indorsed and approved by the California WW1 Centennial Task Force to commemorate, honor, and educate the citizens of the Great State of California.

 

Once again, the musical spectacular that was Springsation, a memorable extravaganza of music and dance, performed by non-professional as well as professional youth and adult artists from many Southern California communities, churches, and schools was presented at the gorgeous new Bonita Center for the Arts in San Dimas on June11.

The two performances of the show’s usual large vocal choirs and three handbell choirs, accompanied by an incredible orchestra were again directed by Martene Craig who gathered the musicians from Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, along with some from out of state. This year’s gala focused on family encouragement in addition to recognizing the 100th anniversary of World War One.

The first portion of this year’s Springsation featured the theme of Uplifting the Family utilizing celebrated tunes from musicals carefully selected for their lessons of reassurance for family. Director Craig pointed out that the music of movies and stage provided a wonderful resource for her to draw upon for the theme. Pianist, Judy Smith noted that it’s been a tough year for many in the cast already, but the members of Springsation are a family, “and we support and pray for each other.”

One number emphasized the point of family when the singing siblings, the Pritchett brothers, joined their step-father Dennis Blom for “A Place in the Choir” accompanied by fiddle and banjo.

springsation 2017 cal ww1 cent task force display table 1During intermission the audience had springsation 2017 cal ww1 cent task force display table 2the opportunity to peruse the WW1 Centennial Task Forces' display of artifacts from the war including items actually carried by our soldiers and a complete Doughboy uniform. On the walls were recruitment posters of the time and original maps of battles fought. Reenactors from the Great War Historical Society were also on hand to answer questions and explain who the individuals were that they portray. There was even a "Doughnut Dolly" from the Salvation Army Hut.springsation 2017 cal ww1 cent task force reenactors at display wallRe-enactors from the Great War Historical Society stand ready to serve at Springsation 2017.

 

The last third of the program, was devoted to the American patriotic spirit, and acknowledged the centennial of the Great War, and commemorated the Americans who served in World War One. It began with a rousing patchwork of notable George M. Cohan tunes of the time, 100 years ago, called “Grand Old Yankee Doodle Extravaganza.”

springsation 2017 jeff mellard grand old yankeeJeff Mellard Sings a George M. Cohan medley springsation 2017 yankee doodle dancersPatriotic Yankee Doodle dancers - the Tyree Twins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 irving berlin sings god bless america screen shotThe audience was informed that though Irving Berlin did not use “God Bless America” as was planned in 1918; in 1938, when Kate Smith needed a patriotic song to mark the 20th anniversary of Armistice Day, celebrating the end of WWI, he offered her this song, and history was made.springsation 2017 choir god bless americaThis was followed by the inspiring hymn of the homeland written by an American Doughboy whom the Army had enlisted to write music for the cause. The combined choirs sang Irving Berlin’s, “God Bless America” as the La Verne Lutheran High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ color guard proudly presented the national and state standards.

 

The patriot’s heart was further charged when U.S. Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, and Air Force personnel all participated in the Armed Forces Medley, a salute. While the Springsation combined choir sang, Boy Scouts from San Dimas and La Verne troops carried in the banners of each respective branch of service. These were springsation 2017 armed forces marchaccompanied close behind by re-enactors dressed as WW1 Doughboys who bore flags of all the service organizations that attended to the troops in France over there at the time. The YMCA, The Catholic War Council, the YWCA, The Jewish Welfare Board, and The Salvation Army were all so honored. It all springsation 2017 closeup ww1 commemmorationadded together for an exciting standing ovation as the audience witnessed the peak of emotion as the WW1 Centennial was commemorated at the song's end. 

Patriotic élan soared again with the singing of the emotional “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” with handbells, orchestra, and choreography.springsation 2017 mine eyes have seen the glory full stage

The program ended with the powerful “Highland Cathedral” accompanied by the combined handbell groups, the orchestra, and soloist bagpiper.

 

 

 

 

 

springsation 2017 martene two handbell choirsMartene Craig, founder & conductor of the Arise in Arts handbell choirsspringsation 2017 pritchett bros dennis blomThe famous Pritchett Brothers & Dennis Blom 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

springsation 2017 cal ww1 cent task force five reenactors at display wallSpringsation 2017 Wartime Relief Banner Carriers - Robert Maxwell, Durrell Chamorro, Sandra Maxwell, John Akridge, Damian Stellabottspringsation 2017 bill betten on banjoBill Betten on bluegrass banjo

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

springsation 2017 advanced handbells during overtureThe Advanced handbells during the overture springsation 2017 advanced handbells closeup during overtureSpringsation's Advanced Handbel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

springsation 2017 brass overtureThe Springsation 2017 Orchestraspringsation 2017 martene conductingSpringsation's Martene Craig conducting 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

springsation 2017 martene conducts kids choirMartene conducts the Springsation Kids Choirspringsation 2017 dave champagne on bagpipesDave Champagne closes the ceremonies on bagpipe 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

springsation 2017 cal ww1 cent task force reenactors & director bill bettenSpringsation WW1 reenactors with California WW1 Centennial Task Force Co-director Bill Bettenspringsation 2017 judy smith my tributeSpringsation pianist Judy Smith performs a solo, "My Tribute" 

 

 

 

 

For more photos and information visit Springsation 2017 - A Memorable Event.

 

 

 

California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

Managing Board Co-Directors

Bill Betten
Sal Compagno
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Hugh E. Crooks, Jr.
Mike Hanlon
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.)
Prof. Jennifer Keene, Ph.D
Courtland Jindra
Dennis Matarrese
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Anthony Powell
Lester Probst
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.
Col. Fred Rutledge 

Northern California Committee

Sal Compagno
Mike Hanlon
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Nielsen
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)

Anthony Powell
Col. Fred Rutledge
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.

Southern California Committee

Bill Betten
Maria Carrillo
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.) 
Courtland Jindra
Lester Probst
Jeff Sharp

 Education Committee

Bill Betten, Master of Arts in Education, (Retired teacher DUSD, OUSD, AGUSD)
Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Scott Corbett, Ph.D, Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Chapman University
Michael Powelson, Ph.D., Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jonathan Roth, Ph.D., Professor of History, SJSU, Burdick Military History Project Director [Committee Chair]
Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, CSUB

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Bill Betten

 

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