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Welcome to the 37th Glenn Miller Festival Schedule of Events Thursday, June 7 8:15 a.m. Scholarship competition (instrumental), H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $5 members, $10 non-members. 9 a.m. Exhibits at high school open. Free admission. 10 a.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum opens. 1 p.m. Nodaway Valley Historical Museum opens. 1 p.m. Scholarship competition (vocal), H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $5 members, $10 non-members. 4 p.m. Nodaway Valley Historical Museum closes. 5 p.m. Kick-Off Picnic at Clarinda Academy. Tickets: $10, must be purchased in advance. 6 p.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum closes. 8 p.m. Tamana Girls’ High School Band, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 9 p.m. Exhibits at high school closed.

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Friday, June 8 9 a.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Society business meeting, H.S. Commons 9 a.m. Exhibits at high school open. Free admission. 10 a.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum opens. 10 a.m. Nodaway Valley Historical Museum opens. 10 a.m. Tamana Girls’ High School Band, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 1 p.m. Toronto All-Star Big Band, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 4 p.m. Panel of Glenn Miller historians, authors, collectors fielding questions from audience, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: Free to members, $5 nonmembers. 4 p.m. Nodaway Valley Historical Museum closes. 6 p.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum closes. 7:30 p.m. The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (Show A), H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 7:30 p.m. Exhibits at high school closed.

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Saturday, June 9 7 a.m. Big Band Breakfast, featuring Toronto All-Star Big Band, Clarinda Fire Department. Tickets: $8. 9 a.m. Exhibits at high school open. Free admission. 9:30 a.m. Stage Show, featuring 2012 Scholarship Winners and Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Big Band, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $15. 10 a.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum opens. 10 a.m. Nodaway Valley Historical Museum opens. 1 p.m. Omaha Big Band, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 3:15 p.m. Portrait: Glenn Miller by Dr. C.F. Alan Cass, H.S. Commons. Tickets: Free to members, $5 nonmembers. 4 p.m. Nodaway Valley Historical Museum closes. 4:30 p.m. The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra (Show B), H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 6 p.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum closes. 8 p.m. Tamana Girls’ High School Band, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 8 p.m. Big Band Dance, featuring Toronto All-Star Big Band, Clarinda Lied Center. Tickets: $20 for 8Midnight, $10 for 10-Midnight. 10 p.m. Exhibits at high school closed. Sunday, June 10 11:30 a.m. Pasta Luncheon, H.S. Commons. Tickets: $10, must be purchased in advance. Noon Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum opens. Noon Exhibits at high school open. Free admission. 2 p.m. Tamana Girls’ High School Band, H.S. Auditorium. Tickets: $22. 5 p.m. Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum closes. 5 p.m. Exhibits at high school closed.

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Frankham rearranges schedule to get to 37th Festival Actor idolizes Glenn Miller, band members EMILY GOWING Staff Writer The big band leader who traveled the world and hit the top of the charts for over 40 years is still bringing together a world of cultures through his brilliant music and unforgettable story. Former BBC broadcaster and Hollywood actor David Frankham has admired Glenn Miller since his early teens and, after 71 years of listening and loving from near and afar, Frankham will attend his first Glenn Miller Festival this June which, to him, will be “the ultimate dream come true.” When Frankham first visited Clarinda this March, he toured the museum and the birthplace home. He also bought every book available for purchase as well as two notable items which became a highlight of his trip. Copies of two journals of Glenn Miller and the U.S. Air Force Band’s day-by-day goings-on during World War II were for sale in the museum gift shop. Frankham purchased both journals and said, “They were quite expensive, but worth every penny.” While talking with Marvin Negley, the president of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society, Frankham learned about Clarinda’s annual festival and made plans to attend as soon as he could. He left Clarinda with hopes of attending next year’s festival due to an already-booked schedule during the early days of June this summer. With only minor rearrangements to his travel dates, however, he was able to

squeeze in another trip to Glenn Miller’s birthplace for this year’s festival. After a Memphis, Tenn., reunion with former co-stars of the 1960 Disney film “The Ten Who Dared,” Frankham and his right-hand-man, Jonathan Dixen, will journey to Clarinda hoping to arrive just in time for the opening picnic at the Clarinda Academy on Thursday, June 7. He said he is astonished by the number of people who attend, the countries represented and especially the young musicians. “I certainly want to be there on time to hear the Japanese musicians,” he said. “I can hardly wait to hear the music. Some of it live, I’m assuming.” The biggest part of his idolization of the Glenn Miller Orchestra sprung from the many concerts he attended at Disneyland. “I went every single night, whenever Tex [Beneke] was there,” he said. “I was living the dream.” He remembers three particular instances when he felt like one of the guys, or in one case, one of the wives. Frankham was “really so touched” when he was made an “unofficial orchestra wife” because of the fact that, during each Disneyland performance, he sat on the side of the audience next to the band members’ wives. Another instance was when he was invited to “pass the flask” prior to a concert in order to keep the energy up in between songs. “I found that an enormous compliment that they would include me in that,” he said.

Frankham’s third, and perhaps fondest, memory of his times at Disneyland is when he was welcomed on stage to do a sound check for “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” “I got to sing with Paul [Tanner]. I can’t sing,” Frankham said. “That was such a thrill.” There have been many thrilling times in Frankham’s life, and many emotional times, as well. Although he’s been to hundreds of concerts and heard the songs thousands of times, there are several songs that never cease to bring a tear to his eye. Listing off his favorites, he said, “They are all wonderful songs. ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ was the last song recorded before Glenn went out to war.” “I get a tear in my eye whenever I hear ‘Moonlight Serenade,’ he added. “Every evening it was overwhelming to hear it played live,” he said. “Any orchestra starting off with ‘Moonlight Serenade’ will certainly get me going.” Aside from the live bands and the memorable tunes, Frankham is eager to reunite with his old friends from the band. “One of the highlights will be meeting Norman Leyden, if he can make it. I loved the army band. With the strings it was just the ultimate,” Frankham said. “If Paul is there it will be so exciting to me. I haven’t seen him since 1969.” Frankham’s lifetime of adventures and stories is being compiled into a biography, “Which One was David,” which is set to be published in August.

British native David Frankham first heard Glenn Miller’s music as a teenager, and became a lifelong fan of the famous big band leader. Frankham later moved to the United States, and vowed to one-day visit Miller’s hometown, a goal he fulfilled earlier this year. He will be in Clarinda for the 37th Glenn Miller Festival, which will be his first ever. (Herald-Journal photos by Bob Eschliman)

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Glenn Miller Festival Chris Mann, seen here performing “Ave Maria” during the semifinals of the NBC-TV music competition “The Voice,” is no stranger to regular attendees of the Glenn Miller Festival. He placed second in the Glenn Miller Scholarship vocal competition in both 2000 and 2001 before pursuing a career in operatic performance. Mann was a finalist on “The Voice,” finishing fourth in the live-television competition. This year’s scholarship performances are slated for Thursday, June 7, with the instrumental contestants performing at 8:15 a.m. and vocal contestants performing at 1 p.m. Scholarship winners will perform again during the annual Stage Show, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9. (photo submitted)

‘The Voice’ finalist’s two visits to festival remembered Chris Mann was runner-up in Glenn Miller Scholarship vocal competition in 2000, 2001 EMILY GOWING Staff Writer From a humble high school audience to a nationally televised event, the career of one Glenn Miller scholarship winner has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. Chris Mann from Wichita, Kan., won scholarships as a high school senior in 2000 and again the next year as a college freshman. He recently starred on NBC’s second season of “The Voice,” and won fourth place. Although he couldn’t be reached for an interview, Jane Kelly recalls Mann’s auditions for the scholarship she spon-

sors and her reaction when she first saw him on the big screen. “The Voice” premiered immediately following the Super Bowl this year. When Kelly saw a young man auditioning with a strong operatic voice, she thought he looked familiar but didn’t think twice about it until much later in the season. It was down to 16 contestants before Kelly flipped through the channels again one night and saw Mann performing. “I saw him and thought, ‘I know who that is,’” Kelly said. “I researched it and found out that I did know him. It

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was by total accident that I found out.” After that night, Kelly was as avid a fan of “The Voice” as she is of Glenn Miller’s music. “I watched every show,” she said. His semifinal performance was Kelly’s favorite. “When he sang “Ave Maria” it was gorgeous,” she said. “The white suit and white smoke was just gorgeous.” When, at the prompting of vocal coach Adam Levine, Mann returned to his roots and proved himself as an opera singer, he reached the final four. It was a “proud moment” for Kelly. The Glenn Miller

Scholarship competition brings in a pool of talented young artists from all over the country. After sorting through numerous audio audition tapes, the judging panel selects 10 musicians to perform live at the scholarship competition in Clarinda each June. The number of scholarships available has grown over the 16 years Kelly has been sponsoring and now include three vocal and three instrumental. It was the Jack and Harriet Pullan scholarship that Chris Mann won two years in a row, named in honor of Kelly’s parents.

While all of the artists that Kelly sponsors are talented, and many continue to succeed in their musical careers, few have been as successful as Mann. Others come with stories as moving as their voice, like the contestant who won Kelly’s scholarship last year. Coming from a home of little money but a lot of talent, the vocalist had been granted a full-ride scholarship to the prestigious fine arts boarding high school in Interlochen, Michigan. She started her first year of college at the Manhattan School of Music in 2011. Funds were tight, but her voice was as powerful as ever.

She auditioned for and won Kelly’s $1,000 scholarship, competing against the son of her college professors. “It’s amazing, we get people from Julliard and Manhattan, and it costs to go to these schools,” Kelly said. Seeing a former scholarship winner become as successful and nationally recognized as Chris Mann “should be good for our scholarship,” Kelly said. The scholarship competition takes place Thursday, June 7, in the high school auditorium. Winners will be presented at The Stage Show, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.


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Miller expert gets CU community’s acheivement award Dr. Cass dedicated to Glenn Miller Festival as well EMILY GOWING Staff Writer With a long line of family ties to the University of Colorado, Dr. Alan Cass has made a lifetime commitment to serving and bettering the university – and now has achieved the goal he set out to reach. In February 2012 Cass was awarded the Boulder Camera’s Pacesetter award for Lifetime Achievement. It’s an award given annually to a Boulder, Colo., community member who has changed the pace of Boulder life for the better through their commitment to the town and the university. Dr. Cass has not only dedicated years of his life to the University of Colorado, but also to Clarinda’s Glenn Miller Festival. As the years have passed, he’s seen the two overlap, collide and nearly become one. From 1963 to 1999 he held a permanent staff position at the university, working in different administrative positions and even being recognized as the voice of the Buffaloes for announcing over 2,000 sporting events. Among his most notable achievements, however, is the reason he calls Clarinda a home away from home: Glenn Miller. Both Glenn Miller and his wife Helen were university alumni and had called Boulder home for many years. “Boulder was a refuge for Glenn,” Cass said. “It was a very special place to him.” From the time Cass began working at the university,

decades of students came and went and Glenn’s presence on campus began to slip away until it was almost all but gone. “As of 1969, students were coming to campus who had no idea why the [Glenn Miller] ballroom was named after Glenn Miller,” Cass said. “They thought he had ‘funny music.’ They didn’t know he was a musical icon.” This saddened Cass, who was not only a fan of Glenn’s music but a distant relative through marriage. As assistant director of the university’s memorial center, Cass set out to give Glenn Miller’s name and fame a rebirth on campus, but had no idea of what lay ahead of him. Working with donations from Helen Miller to put a small display case of Glenn Miller artifacts in the corner of the ballroom, Cass started off small and assumed it would remain that way. When the collection began to grow and artifacts began piling in from all across the nation, Cass transitioned the collection from a display case to an archive room. “I thought about three years after we started we would be complete,” Cass said. “I thought by the mid70s we should have everything.” Now, some 40 years later, Cass is still working as the archive curator. “Hardly a week goes by that we don’t have something new show up,” he said. “We can’t wrap our arms around what we have.” Within the four walls of the largest Glenn Miller

archive can be found Glenn’s very first trombone and a “gorgeous” cigarette case signed by all the members of the band. The most valuable item, according to Cass, is Glenn’s gold record. It was the first gold record ever to be given to an artist. Glenn’s was given for his song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” which sold more than 1.2 million copies. “One cannot put a price on its value, because it’s priceless,” Cass said. Although the complete music collection and one-ofa-kind items have found their home in the archive room, personal items such as a signed napkin or autographed picture are still making their way to Colorado. “We’re at a very unique time period,” Cass said. “If we wait too long before these things get preserved, they might disappear. Preservation is our number one goal: to preserve the music for future generations to enjoy.” Just as he’s seen the archive grow and grow, Cass has been with the Glenn Miller Festival from the very beginning. He’s watched it grow from an evening-picnic with 10-15 attendees to today’s four-day festival with global reach. “My wife and I have had the wonderful experience of seeing it grow into what it is today,” said Cass, who has been attending and presenting at the festival since 1977. “I’m encouraged because there are young people who really enjoy the music,” he said.“It displays the universality of the music.” Cass has dedicated his life to preserving the memory of

Dr. Alan Cass, renowned expert on the life of Glenn Miller, was awarded the Pacesetter Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boulder Camera newspaper for his dedication to the community and Colorado University. He will host forums about the legendary big band leader throughout this year’s festival. (photo submitted) Glenn Miller and has been blessed by his partnership with Clarinda’s annual festival. “As I look back on this, it’s incredible how many people have come together and love to listen to the music,” he said. “I can’t begin to tell you how many people have come back to Clarinda for the festival. We’ve had the chance to hire people, very supportive

people, that I’d only read about.” His years spent in Clarinda are echoed by his love for Glenn Miller and his commitment to Colorado University’s archive. These were among the very things that won him the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. “It was very humbling,” he said. “I delivered papers when I was 12 years old. To have

something like that happen to me was quite extraordinary. Other people have done far more extraordinary things than I have, so it was very humbling.” During this year’s Glenn Miller Festival, Cass will present his program, “Portrait: Glenn Miller,” on Friday, June 8, at 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 9, at 3:15 p.m. in the high school commons.

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Sister City, Sister School to be represented at festival Tamana Girls’ High School Band making its 11th trip to United States to perform in Clarinda EMILY GOWING Staff Writer People have come from all over the world for the Glenn Miller Festival, and what started with a performance has sprung into a long-lasting friendship. The Tamana Girls High School will be making their 11th journey to Clarinda, having performed at the festival bi-annually since 1990. Over the past 22 years, the band has seen many changes and has continued to grow, but the pristine performances and stunning full-brass sound has only gotten better. “Our band is not a Big Band style,” said director Shinichi Yoneda when talking about the difference between the girls’ band and the festival’s other performers, “but it is a regular school brass band style which you can see at any high school in Japan.” Although the Tamana Girls High School band will perform the crowd’s favorites such as “Moonlight Serenade” and “In the Mood,” the audience will have the opportunity to hear music much different than any other they will hear played at this year’s festival. “We will play ‘Sakura Song’ meaning ‘Cherry Blossom Song’ and a marching music named ‘Silver Lining in the Sky,’” Yoneda said. “The former one is very Japanese and the latter one is a very vivid one. I think people will enjoy them both.” Because these two songs are among the music set for the All Japan High School Brass Contest of 2012, the band has been rehearsing

The Tamana Girls’ High School Band has been thrilling audiences at the Glenn Miller Festival every other year for 20 years. This year will make the band’s 10th appearance at the festival. The students also will perform alongside its “sister band” at Graham-Kapowsin High School near Seattle during their trip to the United States. (Herald-Journal photo by Bob Eschliman) them all year long. And, while their music is certainly a huge reason why so many people attend their concerts, Clarinda and Tamana have forged a strong relationship that runs deeper than performing at the Glenn Miller Festival every other year. After their first performance in 1990, the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offered to host two Japanese students for the American school year. From this, a sistercity and sister-school relationship formed. Over the years, many Tamana and Clarinda residents have made the

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9,000-mile journey to visit the towns and meet the friendly people. “Clarinda is so close to us psychologically, not physically though,” Yoneda said. The 61 students and numerous staff who will be attending the festival will make the most out of the trip to America with a second stop, at a second sister host. The Graham-Kapowsin High School band in Graham, Washington has been sisterbands with the Tamana Girls High School band since their first meeting in 2008. Paul Bain, who is the band

director at the high school located 30 miles southeast of Seattle, toured with the University of Washington wind ensemble in 2007 and met Tomio Yamamoto through whom he was connected with the Japanese band. Yamamoto asked Bain if his students would like to perform a joint concert with the Tamana Girls’ High School Band. It was Yamamoto’s vision that sparked a friendship and started the sisterband relationship. “I traveled to Japan by myself to conduct on their

[2008] New Year's concert, which was one of the most amazing times of my life,” Bain said. “They were so wonderful, both musically and personally, that I immediately felt a deep connection.” A joint concert was set up between the Tamana Girls’ High School and GrahamKapowsin band for the following summer. “They came to Seattle as a band prior to visiting Clarinda in 2008 and we have been sharing music and culture ever since,” Bain said. “In addition to performing, the students have the oppor-

tunity to experience the culture through home stays and various activities.” Similar to the exchange program that Clarinda has with Tamana, students at Graham-Kapowsin have had the opportunity to travel to Japan and visit temples and shrines that promote knowledge and learning, Bain said. Japanese students have had the opportunity to travel to the United States and visit a zoo, go bowling, and eat pizza and BBQ. “The students rehearse together and ultimately learn to communicate through music and other non-verbal ways,” Bain said. While their relationship goes beyond music and learning about another culture, it’s these two aspects that Bain has seen grow the most during their time as sister bands. “The biggest thing I have noticed is a respect for and embracing of the differences in our cultures. After spending time with the girls, my students are often not just more respectful, but more aware of how their actions affect other people and property,” Bain said. “We have become a much better band program in the past four or five years. When the students see other kids their age, sounding the way Tamana does, it motivates them to be better musicians. We have made significant musical gains since the beginning of this friendship.” The Tamana girls will first perform when they open this year’s festival 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7. They will perform with their sister band in Seattle June 11-15.


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Toronto All-Star Big Band looks to impress fans again Young performers amazed crowds last year EMILY GOWING Staff Writer A unanimous “yes” was the response from the members of the Toronto All-Star Big Band when asked to return to this year’s Glenn Miller Festival. And from the buzz around town, Clarinda residents feel the same way. The band’s first appearance at the festival last June “struck a popularity” with the audience members, said artistic director Zygmunt Jedrzejek. “The players are quite young and they’re playing music from the ’30s and ’40s, way before their parents’ time,” he said. With the majority of their audience members older than 50, the young band brings a vibrant and refreshing energy to performances. Just as the original stars of the big band era were already good musicians in their late teens, the 22 members of the Toronto band perform with talent beyond their years. “These high school kids just blow your socks off,” Dr. Alan Cass, who has attended every Glenn Miller Festival, said. Although the 15- to 22year-olds were fun to watch and impressive to hear, it’s more than youth and talent that has brought them to where they are today. The 17 instrumentalists and five vocalists have one rehearsal a week during the school year and balance their busy schedules to squeeze in nearly 80 performances. During the summer months, the students are offered a unique opportunity

for student employment and rehearse five days a week while taking workshops and master classes. “There are constant changes in the band,” Jedrzejek said, due to band members moving on after high school or college graduation. “In order to keep the music on the level it needs to be you do need to rehearse.” As a teacher, Jedrzejek knows that the musicians’ education is their primary responsibility. Therefore, he works to book concerts that are only within a three-hour drive of Toronto. “It’s unusual to leave in the middle of week to go to Midwest America,” he said, as the festival falls just one week before the students’ final exams. “It’s difficult to tour in the sense of what a professional band would do, but I do make exceptions.” Jedrzejek said the band’s first trip to the Midwest last year met their expectations of the “legendary tales of how wonderful the people are.” “There were parents waiting for the kids once they got off the bus just like they were their own children,” Jedrzejek said.“That makes the tour, the visit, so much more pleasurable than just a business trip.” While the community members’ friendliness came as no surprise to Jedrzejek, the absolute love for Glenn Miller’s music did. “I was very surprised that people who come to the festival are never tired of the Glenn Miller music,” he said. “I knew in advance that the official Glenn Miller orchestra was coming in so I did not

want to overburden the audience with too many Glenn Miller tunes.” The week before visiting Clarinda last June, the band had performed at a Toronto night club and played Glenn Miller music for three full hours. The band wasn’t lacking in selection last year, Jedrzejek promised, he just assumed there was no point in playing all of Glenn Miller’s hits. “How wrong was I,” he said with a laugh. “This year we will have a nice dose of Glenn Miller tunes,” he said. Glenn Miller Birthplace Society member Chris Gardner was delighted with the band’s performance last year and is eagerly anticipating their return for this year’s festival. “They were fabulous. I have played music all of my life and these young men and ladies really impressed me by the way that they sounded,” Gardner said. Gardner, who is the trombone player for the Birthplace Society Big Band, noted that while many young people may perform big band music, none seem to enjoy it as much as the youth from Toronto. “What impressed me the most was that they were so enthusiastic about the music,” Gardner said. “They actually enjoyed what they were doing and it was obvious.” As a volunteer photographer for the Birthplace Society, Gardner is cameraready for this year’s festival with his tickets already purchased for the Toronto AllStar Big Band performances.

The 22-member Toronto All Star Big Band nearly stole the show at last year’s Glenn Miller Festival, but aim to put on even better performances at this year’s event. The group will perform three times during this year’s festival, including at the Saturday night Big Band Dance to be held this year at the Clarinda Lied Center. (Herald-Journal photo by Bob Eschliman) While the band certainly struck a chord at Clarinda’s festival last year, Jedrzejek is working to make sure the band will sound as good, if not better this time around. “We constantly have to make sure the quality of the music is as good as it was last

year,” he said. “You’re only as good as your last performance.” With all the work he and the band have put into rehearsals, Jedrzejek hopes to see a wide variety of audience members at this year’s festival.

“There’s no question that this music can appeal to a younger generation,” he said. “Our band is living proof to that.” The band’s first performance will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the high school auditorium.

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Glenn Miller Festival Clarinda native Harry Barr flew his P-51 Mustang, “Barbara Jean” during the 2011 Glenn Miller Festival Flight Breakfast and Air Show. Barr, who now lives in Lincoln, Neb., said he looks forward to performing at the air show each year because of the relaxed atmosphere. The event also will feature a demonstration by the R/C Skyhawks, Clarinda’s radio-controlled aircraft club based at Clarinda Municipal Airport/Schenck Field. (Herald-Journal photos by Bob Eschliman)

Barr looking forward to air show Clarinda native enjoys ‘making simple stuff look spectacular’ EMILY GOWING Staff Writer It will start off as an early morning on Sunday, June 10, but certainly one for which you’ll want to get out of bed. The annual Flight Breakfast and Air Show begins at 7 a.m. with Hy-Vee catering a pancake breakfast at the Clarinda Municipal Airport/Schenck Field. The griddle will stay warm until 10:30 a.m. when the air show will officially start. Both local and out-of-town pilots will show off their skills Sunday morning, hoping to impress the audience as they have in years past. Harry Barr, a Clarinda High School graduate now living in Lincoln, Neb., has been flying planes competitively and recreationally since 1976. He

averages four contests and six or seven air shows each year. “They’re totally different environments,” Barr said. “In an air show you’re out there showing off. Competitions are very strict when it comes to handling lines and maneuvers.” As air shows are always more relaxed than competitions, shows like the Flight Breakfast are the time to “do the simple stuff and make it look spectacular,” Barr said. In the many years that he’s returned to Clarinda for the annual air show, he has wowed the crowd numerous times by landing his small, simple and light aircraft known as a Piper Cub on The Midwest’s Smallest Airport: an SUV with a landing pad. Speaking of those who have attended the Flight

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Breakfast in the past, Barr said, “They’ve seen everything I do and I don’t change much over the years.” Regardless of the seeming regularity of Barr’s performance, he knows the audience is always impressed when he “shows off in front of folks by doing things that most people don’t get the opportunity to do.” Joining Barr at this year’s show is a number of volunteer and professional pilots. Jessica Panzer is a member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team and will be performing a similar show to the one performed at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wis., according to Clarinda pilot Steve Mowery. Not only will pilots wow the audience with their stunts

and maneuvers, but spectators will be looking up for even more. The Lincoln Sport Parachute Club will also get their chance to show off their skills when they open and close the show with more than your typical skydiving. Later Sunday afternoon Mowery and other members of Clarinda’s radio control airplane club, the R/C Skyhawks, will open the sky up to anyone who wants to get hands-on experience with flying radio control aircraft, Mowery said. Breakfast costs $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. The Flight Breakfast and Air Show is sponsored by Clarinda Rotary Club. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the show.

TOP: Harry Barr’s stunt involving a Piper Cub landing on “The Midwest’s Smallest Airport” is a crowd favorite each year at the Glenn Miller Festival Flight Breakfast and Air Show. BOTTOM: A group of skydivers from the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club is expected to take part in this year’s show.


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