Fulton Community Band and Dixieland Band to Perform at Memorial Day Salute

The Fulton Community Band formed twenty–three years ago in February of 1992. Paul
Sherman, an Art Teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School and a performer of many
musical instruments, sent out a notice to all teachers hoping to form a faculty band. Due to lack of interest and available talent, Paul talked to Carol Fox about the possibility of forming a community band and thus there was a beginning.

Community bands, over the past many years, have been springing up all over the country — such as in late l800’s, early l900’s with Sousa bands, etc. In our immediate area, there are community bands in Baldwinsville, Red Creek, Phoenix and Fulton. Some of the performers play in all the groups.

Members of the Fulton Community Band are from Red Creek, Oswego, Phoenix, Chittenango, Cicero, Liverpool, Fairhaven, Parish, Baldwinsville and Fulton. Included are active and retired teachers, people from all walks of life ranging in age from high school students thru those in their 70’s.

The band is active all year and has performed at local functions such as Memorial Day Salute, Church Bazaars, Annual Christmas Concert, Historical Society Ice Cream Social, Community Band Festivals, Bishop Commons and the new Pavilion Summer Series of Concerts. The Fulton Community Band will take the Memorial Day Salute stage at 5:30 PM on Saturday, May 23rd.

An offshoot from the Fulton Community Band is the Dixieland Band composed of seven members of the Community Band. They have performed several concerts at venues such as Memorial Day Salute, Snowfest at City Hall and they are part of the Summer Series performing at the downtown gazebo. The Fulton Dixieland Band will be playing at 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 23rd.

New members are encouraged to join — even if one hasn’t played in many years. Dust off that instrument and join us! Jammin’ meetings are Thursdays at 7 pm in the high school band room. Those interested in having either the Community Band or the Dixieland Band perform for an event, or if you have any questions, please call Carol Fox at 342-2294.


The Billionaires are one of the very best and most experienced bands in Central New York. They feature both male and female lead vocalists, and a tight rhythm section. The music is expertly performed R&B, soul, ballads, rock & roll and standards. The band members are experienced musicians, professional, and skilled at entertaining people of all ages. They always provide excellent sound, good music and a great time.

Anna Marie White – Vocals and Percussion

Anna Marie White was born in the Bronx, NY and grew up in Florida where she began acting and singing. She worked for nearly a decade at The Walt Disney World Company, and her career led her into an impressive amount of television, stage, band and theater work. Anna had roles in many stage productions including Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound Of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, and Footloose. Now a resident of Syracuse, we are fortunate to have Anna in the Billionaires to showcase her lovely voice. In a typical Billionaires performance, Anna will treat you to the music and vocal stylizations of Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Etta James, and even some Gretchen Wilson. When Anna is not singing you can catch her pouring wine at Colloca Estate Winery in Fair Haven, NY.

Rob Hoston – Guitar and Vocals

Rob Hoston, Guitarist and vocalist of the Billionaires is a veteran of the Syracuse music scene. He spent five years in Los Angeles, CA playing showcases, songwriting, and seeking a recording contract. Rob worked as a professional musician, doing extensive recording in L.A. and locally. His solo CD, “Until That Time” was released in 1996. Rob’s guitar influences include Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Robben Ford, and Buddy Guy. His Vocal influences range from the stylings of Marvin Gaye, Sting, Sinatra, Bennet, and Pendergrass. His versatility in both guitar and vocals have trademarked Windsong’s sound for over 13 years.

Andrew Jordan – Bass and Vocals

Andrew Jordan, Originally from Rome N.Y. now resides in Syracuse, NY. He’s performed in Central New York with many successful bands, including Vinnie and the Butchers, the Critics and Ivory Tower to name a few. He has played everything from Country to Hip Hop. His influences are each and every person he has played with. “Where there’s a Groove there’s a Sway”.

Daryl Hunt – Drums

Daryl Hunt is an outstanding drummer. Originally from Clinton, NY and now residing in Oswego, Daryl fits in perfectly with the Billionaires because of his simple, effective philosophy about playing music. (quote) “Just groove it. 95% of the countless people I’ve played with appreciate it.” One of Daryl’s favorite drummers, Herrman Matthews of Tower Of Power has the same style and approach.

Kimo Cortini – Keyboards and Vocals

Kimo Cortini is an amazing versatile keyboard player. He can do jazz, funk…YOU NAME IT! Not only can Kimo play but he’s a great vocalist and he’s fun to watch with his comical expressions. Kimo is originally from Fulton, NY and has played for many years throughout the Central New York area. You may know of Kimo from the Cortini Bros. where he plays with his brother Joey.

Memorial Day Salute

From left are: Bob Weston, Lions; Laurie Greeney, Rotary; Veteran of the Year, John Young; Mayor Ron Woodward; Holly Carpenter, Kiwanis; Larry Macner, MDS Chairman and Dennis Goss, Sunrise Rotary. Absent from photo is Gail Holmes, Lions.

The Memorial Day Salute is an event that was created and is now carried on by representatives of the four Fulton service clubs: Rotary, Sunrise Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions.  The service clubs are assisted by the Fulton Veterans Council.  Pictured are the presidents of the service clubs, the Mayor, the Veteran of the Year and the Memorial Day Salute committee chairman.  This year the 34th Annual Memorial Day Salute will be held on Saturday, May 23rd.

Memorial Day Salute in the Planning

Standing from left are: Carol Vescio, Zack Menter, Dick Kemmis, Sandy Farrands, Charrise Kidd, Doug Stevens and Larry Macner. In front are: Jim Myers, Tom Mirabito, Judy Young and Carl Nylen. Absent from photo are: Holly Carpenter and Cathy Trowbridge.

Plans are underway for the 34th Annual Memorial Day Salute event to be held Saturday, May 23rd at the Fulton Community Center. The theme for the celebration will be “REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVED.” John Young, Veteran of the Year, will serve as Grand Marshall of the Saturday parade.
Entertainment for Saturday will be announced soon. The entertainment will be followed by the fireworks.
The Memorial Day Salute Committee is made up of representatives from the Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Sunrise Rotary Service Clubs, along with the Veterans Council of Fulton. Chairman of this year’s planning committee is Larry Macner.