Hall of Fame

The Valiants

JOSEPH P. SPERENO HALL OF FAME AWARD WINNER

The Valiants: Original Members:

Salvatore "Sam" Domicolo (lead singer & music director)

Daniel "Dan" Kraft (drummer)

"Buzz" Vandergrift (sax)

Richard "Dick" Hillman (lead guitarist)

Jack Connolly (rhythm guitar) 

James "Jim" Losurdo (bass)

Paul "Bud" Murray (lead)

Robert - Bob, "Bobby" Shannon (rhythm)

  

1959…Oswego, NY…Jack Connelly and Jim Losurdo wanted to form a band but they needed more musicians. Sam Domicolo filled the bill for lead singer along with Dick Hillman on lead guitar. The next additions, Danny Kraft on drums and Buzz Vandergrift on Sax, completed the group. The Valiants had formed! 


For four wonderful years, 1959-1963, The Valiants played high school dances and musical events. As their popularity grew, The Valiants were invited to play the “Teen Canteen” at Three Rivers Inn. The band opened for such well-known artists as Bobby Vinton, Gene Pitney, Jay and the Americans and Carl Dobkins Jr.


The Valiants members changed a bit over the years. In 1962, Jack Connelly and Dick Hillman moved on, replaced by Bob Shannon and Bud Murray. The “new” Valiants not only continued their musical success playing for teens throughout the Oswego area, but also did shows for WNDR radio and WSYR television. The Valiants also wrote their own original music and it was recorded under the Riposo record label.  The song titles were "Lonely in Blue", and "Hully Gully Pretty Baby".  The end of 1963 was the final curtain call for The Valiants until today…October 2018.


The Valiants attending the ceremony will graciously and gladly accept the Joe Spereno Music Hall of Fame Award on behalf of the entire Valiants band. They promise to put forth their most “valiant” effort that evening to recreate their music of long ago! 

Who Were The Valiants?

James Losurdo

I was born in Oswego, NY to James and Mary Losurdo on May 23, 1946. I grew up on the west side , known as the flats. Around the age of 10, I picked up a guitar. After listening to Sam Domicolo and the late Joe Spereno at Sam's mother and father’s house on Dorcus St, I was hooked.  With help from Sam Domicolo, Dick Hillman, the late Buddy Murray and the late Dave Rebbeor I was good enough to start a band at the age of 12.

The Valiants was co-founded by Dick Hillman and myself. The original members were: Sam Domicolo as lead singer and music director,  Dan Kraft, drummer, Buzz Vandergrift, sax player, Dick Hillman  lead guitarist, Jack Connely, rhythm guitar and myself as bass player.


We were fortunate enough to back up Jay and the Americans at the old Three Rivers Inn. We play several times on TV and radio shows and several high school and college sorority gigs.  After high school the band went several directions to pursue careers.


In 1966 I married Carol Lagoe, we were married 38 yrs when she passed. We had two daughters, Angela Snyder and  Jennifer Maitland.  I now have 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

In 2007 I married Cindy Orr from Baldwinsville, where I currently reside.


No more children, just traveling where we want.

I retired from Oswego Speedway Press in 2007.  Now I practice everyday hoping to get out there and play a solo gig. In the summer time you all know where to reach me,  on the water.

Richard Hillman

  

It started with my "Brother Chuck's" record collections. Sam and I would sit for hours playing 50's rock & roll records. A "Stella" guitar and love for music and we were on our way.


We listened to local bands as well: The Rockin Hi Lows, The Twin-steppers, Billy & The Barons and many more. I started playing with "The Valiants" around 1957/ 1958. 


We played sock hops, WNDR radio, Teen Canteen at Three Rivers Inn.


I still play today, more as a hobby and for the fun and enjoyment.

Richard E. Hillman

Salvatore "Sam" Domicolo

Sam was inducted to the Oswego Music Hall of Fame, for the first time in 2016. 

 Read his full personal bio and listen to some great clips here.


Paul "Bud" Murray

Paul “Bud” Murray was born in Oswego  to Paul and Helen Murray and shared their home on 12th Street with his sisters Mary Ann, Shirley and Judy. When his sister Mary Ann received a guitar for her birthday she could never find it because Bud was always  sneaking it out of her room - that's when it all began at age 12.. With an innate love for music and newly developed guitar skills, Bud started playing in bands as a teenager. He often remembered performing at high school and college parties by the time his was 15 years old.  Bud also had a few music teachers say he might want to consider another avenue as he could not carry a tune  in a bucket


Bud’s musical career included playing with The Valiants and several local bands over the years that spanned musical genres including rock, pop, country, and jazz. Always seeking to expand on his horizons, he learned how to make guitars and with his many skills, he went on to build several, including a beautiful Gibson L-5 jazz guitar replica and one that was dedicated to his mom. 


Bud’s love of music was fueled by a deep passion for learning and connecting with others. He often talked about his mentors in music and the people who influenced him. He would speak with reverence of his mentor Dave Rebeor and marvel at the energy of the godfather of Oswego music – Fred Greco. He was in awe of the musical genius of Gary Illingworth and respected the raw talent of Redd Swindells.  There are many others  on that list, but being a part of the Oswego music community filled him great pride and joy. 


Music and classic cars, especially his 1957 Thunderbird, were his passion along with his interest in ham radio but above all, he was a family man and a people person.  He dearly loved his wife of 47 years, Janet, his three children (Brian, Brenda and John) and five grandchildren.  He loved using music to allow others to have a good time, whether at a local bar or with the Reunion Band at Harborfest or in the kitchen playing "I Still Write Your Name in the Snow" to his grandkids.  His kids still talk about the house shaking as bands practiced in the basement of the house and they still call out ‘Bud Murray special’ as they hear a tune on the radio that they remember him playing.


He created lifelong friends through groups such as the Valiants, The Fugitives, The Thunderbirds, The InnKeepers, Halfway to Nowhere and others.  If he were here, he would most definitely dedicate this honor to his family, friends, and all of the fine musicians who he had the pleasure to work with.  And Janet feels so very fortunate that many of these people still remain close and keep Bud's memory alive!


THIS PAINTS A PICTURE...BUT THE REAL THING WAS A MASTERPIECE TO US.  


THE MURRAY FAMILY

Robert "Bob" Shannon

I was born in Oswego, NY to George and Katherine Shannon on March 25, 1946, the eldest of eight children.  I was an "East Sider".


My interest in playing guitar started in 1960-61 listening to The Ventures and Duane Eddy on radio and 45 RPM records purchased at Gentile's Music Store.  I watched Ozzie & Harriett on TV, not to listen to Ricky Nelson's vocals, but to James Burton on lead guitar.


Things got musically serious for me around 1961 when my cousin, Jim Dillabough invited me to watch and listen-in on rehearsals for 'The Thunderbirds' at his eastside home.  I first heard Paul "Buddy" Murray playing lead guitar and I was hooked.  I recall clearly Joe Spereno's vocals and sax playing.


I transferred, as a sophomore, from Fitzhugh Park School to Oswego High School when I was fifteen.  My first guitar teacher was Dave Rebeor, lead guitarit for Billy & The Barons.  My nearly three year musical journey with The Valiants started when Jim Losurdo invited me to join the band, playing along side my guitar idol, 'Buddy' Murray.  I played rhythm with my '61 Sears Silvertone and later my '62 Fender Stratocaster.  


I took a thirty-five year musical hiatus after high school to pursue an electrical engineering degree at Syracuse University, marry my high school sweetheart  and raise two children, daughter (Kristen) and son (Brad).  My three grandsons are Nickolas, Merritt and Nathan.


The hiatus also included a rewarding thirty year career, in various engineering positions with Alcan Aluminum and a twenty year stint with the U.S. Army Reserves as a combat engineer officer plus earning a black belt in Korean Tang Soo Do.


Upon retirement from Alcan in 1999, I resumed playing guitar as a serious hobbyist, mentor and collector.  I currently play various acoustic jam sessions and open-mics in the Greenville, SC area.  


A previous musical high water mark was studying Jazz guitar with Steve Watson, Director of Jazz Studies at Furman University and a former L.A. "first call" session guitarist in the '70's.  


The 2018 induction into The Oswego Music Hall of Fame with 'The Valiants' sets a new personal musical high for me.


I will be accompanied by my girlfriend of thirty years, Elaine Bowers at the induction ceremony.  

Jack Connolly

John Joseph Connolly, AKA Jack, was born September 8th 1943.  He  is a self taught musician who started playing guitar at an early age.  There wasn’t a lot that Jack was passionate about in his life except his  music and his family. He has 2 sons and one daughter that he loved very  much. His music was his therapy and helped him persevere through tough  times. He loved playing guitar so much that no obstacle could stand in  his way. One unfortunate evening Jack suffered a nasty cut to his chord  playing hand. The Dr informed him that he may never play guitar again  due to the fact that he tore through a tendon in his hand. He never  regained full mobility to his fingers but he adapted, and re taught  himself how to play. He kept playing all the way until he passed away  December 16th 2002. Luckily his music still lives on through his nephew,  and local musician John Luber, who he taught how to play guitar. 

Bayard A. "Buzz" Vandegrift III

Greetings to all citizens, all my fans, and current and recent inductees.


All good biographies include a place of birth and date.  It was February 2, 1946 in Wilmington Delaware.  I started school in Oswego, NY, my brother had just taken up playing the trumpet and my parents asked me what I was interested in.  I told them the clarinet, which is the instrument that most saxophone players begin with.  I attended a sock hop in my first year in high school.  At the sock hop, was a group playing.  A man by the name of Sunny Castiglia was playing the sax, which I found very interesting.  Years later I met up with him and thanked him for being such an inspiration to me, which is true by the way.   The first tenor sax I played was rented.  Later on after, I met Jimmy Losurdo, Jack Connelly, and Danny Kraft, with whom I became a fellow band member with.  The band was called The Valiants.  Little did I know then, that was the start of a lucrative career for me.  

 

I left Oswego after high school and enrolled in Delhi Institute of Technology, near Oneonta, NY.  That did not stop me.  Just as in high school, I performed at many college smokers (frat parties).  I did not graduate from Delhi, but then entered the Air force.  Here is where it gets interesting.  I carried my saxophone with me.  It became a permanent piece of luggage.  I entered an electronics school in Denver, Colorado.  While there, I heard about a favorite group of mine that was going to perform at a Natural Amphitheater, in Red rock, Colorado.  I am pretty sure that everyone will know the name of the group: Earth, Wind, and Fire.  The lead man in the group was Maurice White.  I had the opportunity to meet him backstage and asked if I could sit in on the show, and the answer was yes.  


At the end of my schooling in Denver, I was deployed to Germany, for what I learned would be for the next four years.  All I could think of was what an opportunity.  Just after I arrive, I met four musicians that were starting up a group.  We called that group, The Illusions.  I was the only horn player.  I decided to purchase the kind of sax's (The Selmer).  I guess you would call it the Porsche of saxophones.   I acquired the horn from one of the four people I had just met who was an employee of a music store.  We soon became very popular through word of mouth.  Our first gig was at the Heidelberg University in Bavaria, Germany, otherwise known as The Black Forest.  From there we obtained a gig playing every weekend at a town on the Mozel River.  At this point, we started to be known internationally.  I remember performing on the beach in Barcelona, Spain.  The stage that was set up was absolutely beautiful.  There must have been hundreds of people there.  The next gig was in the Metz, France, right outside of Paris.  All of these gigs had to be oriented around the weekends of the Mozel.  One morning I found a note on my bunk that the base commander wanted to see me.  All I could think was, what have I done wrong?  This guy was a full bird colonel.  When I got to his office, he said to me, I hear that you perform in a group, is that right?  I said yes sir, it is.  He told me, do not give it up.  You are forming good relationships with the German people.  I would like to hear that you are continuing to perform.  The base commander arranged a base wide party with not only the base I was on, but members of three other bases in that area.  


In August of 1969, I returned to the states.  Before leaving Germany, the lead guitar player of our group asked me to come down to the Carolina's where he was from and we would try and start up another group.  This is exactly what I did.   When I got to the Carolina's, I met up with him.  He had made arrangements to go to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City Tennessee.  So, I enrolled in the school as well.  There were many student musicians there.  Along with three other students there, we started a group called the Illusions.  We began to acquire many gigs, most of which were for the school.    We performed at a sports arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  


January 18, 1996, my life and career in the music industruy changed drastically.  I could no longer perform due to a stroke leaving me unable to use my entire left side.  The stage has become a thing of the past for me.  It saddens me that I am unable to perform with everyone tonight (October 21, 2018 Induction ceremony), but I am honored to have been chosen to be an inductee into the Oswego Music Hall of Fame and share my career adventures with all of my fans and fellow musicians.  


Thank you.     

Entertainment Awards

Barbershop

Joseph Bosco Sr. (deceased)

For as long as we can remember song has always been a great memory in our lives.  Our dad, Joe Bosco, Sr., always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart.  I can still hear his rich baritone voice which was so distinct in a crowd.  


He was the first baby to arrive in Oswego, on January 1st, 1926.  Dad was the youngest of Salvatore and Mary Bosco's six children.  He was educated at St. Mary's and Oswego High School.  His first introduction to music,  came from his father.  Who played several brass instruments, and was a member of Nick Sterio's Italian American Band.  Papa taught both our uncles to play instruments, but our father never had the patience to learn, so he made up for it with lots of singing!  


Dad joined the St. Mary's Boys' Choir in the early 1930's with his life-long friends, Bill Joyce and Mike Dehm.  They called themselves "The Big Dogs", later adding Bill Hoefer and Jack Reidy to the group.  Anytime they all got together you could always count on songs being belted out.  Dad continued with the choir at St. Mary's until 1943 when he joined the National Guard.  He returned from Europe in 1945 and was discharged in 1946.  At that time he resumed his membership in the St. Mary's Choir.  


Our parents married in 1954 and we started showing up shortly after that.  Dad continued with choir throughout our childhood and also began to sing with the Barbershop Quartets.  Dad sang with the Snowbelters and supported the organizing throughout the 1990's and always attended their shows.  Some of my earliest memories are of him practicing with the Quartets in the front parlor of our home.  One memory that sticks out in particular was a routine about, "Dino the Dinosaur", in which Dad dressed in a homemade "Dino" costume while singing the song for the Flintstones.  


It didn't matter whether Dad was with the Wednesday lunch gang in Canale's or in a car driving down Broadway in NYC, he was always ready to break out into song.  Dad would be very excited and honored to know that he has been inducted into the Oswego Music Hall of Fame.  Thank you from all of us for Dad!

Big Band

Charles "Charlie" Loschiavo

Charles Loschiavo was best known in his music profession for playing saxophone and clarinet in Nick Sterio’s dance band. He had a great love of big band music and it gave him joy for more than 30 years, performing swing, jazz, and big band music throughout Central New York. The band members were lifelong friends and became like family. 


Charlie was born 9/8/20 to Joseph and Josephine Loschiavo, immigrants from Sicily, who put a high value on music lessons for their son. He took lessons on clarinet and saxophone at a young age, while spending summers working on the family muck farm. By high school, Charlie was the student director of the first band to march at football games at Oswego High School in 1937. At that same time, he became a charter member of the Oswego City band playing until the 1990’s. He spent many of those later years as Master of Ceremonies. He played under the direction of Slim Gross, George Cupernal, and Don Goodness. Charlie compiled and wrote a history of music, orchestras, and the city concert band of Oswego in 1990.


His music accomplishments also include playing in the Oswego State band, orchestra, and dance band from 1938-42. He played with the Army Air Force Marching Band and dance band, entertaining the troops with celebrities including comedian Jack Carter and Shirley Temple. Charlie played for many musicals at Oswego State, including “Guys and Dolls”.   


Charlie was an advocate and volunteer for the Oswego High School music program - band, orchestra, and chorus for 20 years, while teaching English and Journalism.   He passed away at 91 years old on 9/11/11 after continuing to play and entertain in various groups when he retired to Arizona.

 

Along with the many ways he shared his talent, one of the most memorable was his saxophone solo of “Silent Night” played from the balcony during the meditation at Christmas Eve Mass at St. Joseph’s Church for almost 20 years. It was a moving rendition that made the night even more special. 


Charlie was the brother of Angelo Loschiavo, another Oswego musician, and Rosemary Skillen. He was married for 52 years to Mary Loschiavo, an art teacher in the public and Catholic schools for almost 50 years. Charlie and Mary raised 5 children -  Christine, Joe, Chuck, Tom, and Meg. They both instilled a love of music and art in their children and their sons continue to play professionally today. 

Country

Dick & Dixie Proctor

It all started at a barn dance in Scriba in 1960, when Dixie Miller and Dick Proctor met. The Three D’s, siblings Dolores, Danny, and herself were playing there along with featured soloist Dick Proctor. The love they shared for music started the conversation that led to their marriage on March 31, 1962. 


Dick and Dixie played in may bands throughout the years. Dixie was known for her lead vocals and playing of bass guitar and Dick for playing a four string tenor guitar and vocals. Dixie was known for her country and blues vocals. Dick was known to sing Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, and The Mills Brothers to name a few. The first band they formed together was the Silvertones. Best known, however; as "Dick and Dixie", their harmonies and Dick's smooth, honey tenor voice was known throughout the community. 


Dick once played for "The Taverneers" throughout the south and Dallas ,Texas. Dixie, before meeting Dick, performed with her father Ray Miller who was known for his one- man –band. Together, Dick and Dixie also preformed and played in "The New Taverneers" and "Family Traditions ".


Dick and Dixie sang harmonies on radio stations, made recordings, played with many local musicians and national recording artist like Marvin Rainwater. They played many venues throughout NY State, best known locally "The Cabaret” and "The Legend ". One of the recordings “Carmel by the Sea”, an old Kitty Wells tune, was a proud accomplishment. They both won many awards throughout their career. Dixie won several female vocalist awards. Dick won best male vocalist in the Cortland country music hall of fame. 


As business partners, they opened the "Farm Tavern"and hosted many music festivals and jamborees. They believed in paying it forward and did so by entertaining at many free events and charitable causes. 


Most of all, the love of this couple gave us Richard and Kent Proctor who have kept their parents love of music alive. As children, they were in a band with their cousins, traveled with their parents playing and singing, and have gone on to continue music in some aspect as adults. Richard has been an active marching band and drum core instructor with local high schools and Kent owns Proctor Entertainment and has a band PEP, and an acoustic duo and trio.


Dick and Dixie have left quite a legacy of music and that is why they are so honored and loved by family, friends, and community.


They never got to know their grandson, Gabe; we await what he will bring to music inheriting those powerful genes. 

Listen to dick and dixie

DJ/ Announcer

Robert Hageny

Bob Hageny’s fascination with radio deejaying surfaced in the when he was twelve or thirteen years old,

at the same time he began assembling his collection of 45 rpm records. Bill Foley, a family friend, who

at the time worked at Oswego’s WSGO, AM-1440 as news director offered to give him and his mom a

tour. Hageny was introduced to his favorite announcers; Sam Fredericks and Rich Stewart. He

remembers being in disbelief upon meeting them because their faces and physiques did not match their

radio voices. Bob Gessner, station manager and owner of WSGO, introduced himself. Hageny recalls

how proud Gessner was of the popular Oswego station. Gessner was a smart businessman, Hageny

recollects, “probably his best investment was filing for a license and putting the FM station (105.5) on

the air. Even before its popularity, Gessner knew the ‘static free’ FM band would eventually win over

audiences even though all the top stations at the time were on AM.


While touring the station at 333 E. Seneca St. on that warm summer afternoon in 1976, Hageny was

fascinated by the control room, seeing shelves of records, turntables, tape cartridges, stacks of cart

machines, the audio console, and a rack full of broadcasting equipment with meters moving and

indicator lights flashing. When Rich Stewart turned on the mic and began announcing, Hageny recalls

himself thinking “This is something I want to do.” Before Hageny graduated from high school, Bob

Gessner hired him to work weekends as an announcer. He considered WSGO his second home for the

next thirteen years as he was employed both full and part-time. His radio air-name was ‘Just Plain Bob.’

“Some of my greatest memories on-air were working with News Director Tom Herbert, Sports Director

Jim Lowery, Evening Personality Johnny Gage, Morning Man Rolly Jolly George Hoffman, and

Meteorologist Bob Sykes, “Seemed like we were always able to drum up good, clean, and funny

conversations,” Hageny recalls.


During those years Hageny learned a lot about the broadcast industry. He also made a lot of friends

with listeners and those who worked at the station. Kevin Velzy was one of those people. Velzy worked

at WSGO, both on-air and in sales while attending SUNY Oswego. The two, along with mutual friend,

Bob “Bubba” Nicklin launched Soundtrack Music and Entertainment, a mobile music deejay business

active for 30 years. Weddings, anniversary parties, and high school dances were their specialties.


Hageny remembers the evening he, Velzy, and Nicklin were getting organized. They went out to buy

sound equipment with money they had pooled together from their savings accounts. “We bought a

little 4-channel audio mixer at Radio Shack in the Oswego’s Midtown Plaza, a pair of 75-watt Jensen

speakers purchased at Service Merchandise and cassette tape players sold to us by our friend Jack who

worked at Superior Sound in Syracuse. The audio amplifier was a 100-watt Techniques tuner my parents

would let us borrow from their entertainment center. Not really sure where the mic came from, but I

remember it was a wired mic with a little black on/off switch.”


Hageny recalls the countless hours which were spent dubbing songs from records to cassette tapes.

“This made the most sense since we didn’t have room in our vehicles for boxes and boxes of records.

Records would also tend to skip and jump on a shaky floor. Over time we did invest back into our

business by upgrading our sound equipment, wardrobe, and taking out radio and newspaper ads. I’m

sure we booked close to 1000 shows over the years and that doesn’t include all the nights I worked deejaying at Buckland’s, Broadwell’s or Nunzi’s. I will save those stories for another time.” Hageny still

holds onto the sound equipment and music and still books a job here or there.


In the early nineties Hageny left WSGO to work at Public Radio WRVO (FM 89.9) at the SUNY Oswego

Campus. “My duties were different at WRVO” according to Hageny. “I started out as radio producer,

then moved to a program host position and operations manager. I hosted Evening Edition and The

WRVO Playhouse.” John Hurlbutt, veteran announcer and local host of Morning Edition on WRVO

became a mentor to Hageny as well as a good friend. Hageny recalls spending quite a bit of time in the

studio with Hurlbutt. “John and I had a lot of laughs, fortunately most of them took place off-air. We

had good talks as well.” After five years at WRVO, Hageny went back to college. Later when he earned

his second college degree in the technology field his resume was noticed by a search committee at SUNY

Oswego in the Dept. of Learning Resources. Hageny accepted their offer and began working as a

Technical Support Assistance, coincidentally headquartered was just down the hall from his recent

stomping ground (WRVO.)


Hageny is still employed at SUNY Oswego in the area of classroom technical support, now in his

eighteenth year. He acquired his Master’s Degree in 2006. “I love what I am doing now and I loved

what I did then,” adds Hageny referring to his years working in radio and as a party deejay. “I was

fortunate to have started young, and that is thanks to those who gave me the opportunity. I’ve worked

for and with some of best and have met so many other great people being out in the public spotlight.”

Hageny is very grateful for all that he has and most thankful for being recognized and being granted this

award.

Timothy John "Weasel" Smith

Founding Member Frostbit Blue: 2017 Joseph P. Spereno Hall of Fame Award

9/21/55 - 3/11/02


Timothy John Smith was born in Oswego N.Y. to Frederick and Patricia Smith. He had two brothers, Frederick and James, and four sisters, Judy, Lori, Janet, and Patricia.


Tim loved music, and often dreamed of having a guitar of his own.
When he was about 13 years old, his mother and father bought him his first guitar and amplifier for Christmas at the Easy Bargain Center.


Jimi Hendrix, and other famous guitar players became major influences in his career of music. He couldn't read music, so he learned to play by ear. He started playing in small time bands such as Edge of Time, Shadow East, Shadow Fax, and Minds Eye.


Then the Barry James Band was formed, and Tim started playing the bass guitar. BJB's first big gigs were at the Oswego Theatre with the Good Rats, and Mona Ray in 1977, and the 1000 Islands Music Fest in 1979. They recorded a 45rpm, but their biggest hit was Lake Ontario Twilight which carried on for decades. After almost ten years of trying to make it big in the band, sadly, Barry James McCaffrey lost his life in a car accident. After that, the band dwindled.


Then Tim dabbled in working the soundboard for awhile for some famous names as Nancy Kelly, Chic Corea, and more...


Around 1987 Frostbit Blue was formed. Tim was one of the founding members, along with Nick Gravelding, Tom McCaffrey, John Bletch, and Michael Place.  They had numerous gigs up and down the east coast. They also played at Woodstock '99. FBB recorded two albums, Ice Breaker and Just What The Doctor Ordered. They were going stronger than ever when Tim was diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer at the age of 38. But that didn't stop him from playing.


His nearly eight year battle with cancer had a major impact on everyone, and Tim's loving family, and dearest friends were always there to comfort and support him.


Tim had a wonderful sense of humor, and played countless pranks on the other band members as they also did to him. He made friends easily wherever he traveled, and is still very well known as Weasel, a nickname that he got as a young boy. 


Tim loved his precious daughter, Stephanie, very much. She was his pride and joy. He spent 25 years with his beloved wife, April. She was part of the road crew for the Barry James Band and she also sold the merchandise for Frostbit Blue. 


Tim was very involved with his family, and very happy when his biological son, Tim, came into his life a few years before his passing. 


Tim liked going to concerts, camping, fishing, softball, and he loved playing golf.


He was a certified electrician by trade which was very helpful to his bands. He worked at Tri County Heating and Air Conditioning, and was a former member of Laborers Local 214.


He took bass lessons from the late great Rafael Ortiz, who played with Cabo Frio, Chet Catallo and the Cats, Prime Time Funk, Dave Hanlon's Cookbook, and more. 


His mentors were the legendary Stanley Clarke and the world's most famous bass player, Victor Wooten. 


Tim passed away on March 11, 2002, and his legacy will live on in our heart's, and our lives forever.

lake ontario twilight tribute to tim smith

Jazz

Richard L. Germain, Sr.

My music training began around 1939-40 on a weekly purchased Conn cornet (including lessons) at Oak Hill School.  


About 1942, my family moved to the west-side of Oswego (Kingsford Park School District).  My first experience with a band was playing at Kingsford Park School as a cornetist.    


Shortly after, the band leader suggested a change to the drum section, sighting my feel for rhythm.  Through 9th grade at Kingsford Park School I was in the band as a snare drummer.  


Upon moving to Oswego High School, I was welcomed as a member of the Oswego High School Band (under the direction of Leonard Lambert).  I played with the band until completing my senior year there in 1950.  


In 1948, Chuck Putnam, an excellent trumpet player formed a dance band.  I was invited to be their drummer, if I could acquire a trap drum set.  There were nine (9) members of our group and as of 2016  there were seven (7) members of our group still with us, all in their 80's.


This experience with the dance and marching band brought me to the A.F.M./ City of Oswego Summer Concert Band as a bass drummer and cymbal player.  Concerts each Wednesday in the parks.  


My being part of the American Federation of Musicians brought me in contact with some of the best instrumentalist Oswego has ever had.   Thus, I became part of numerous 305 piece groups that played clubs, weddings, social events of all kinds around the area.  Two (2) trio bands that I have had a long association with were the RAE Trio (myself, Ralph Pauldine, Eddie Miner) as well as a super long connection in the Ange Spano Trio. 


My longest, most fulfilling group was when I joined the Nick Sterio Dance Band.  These jobs consisted of 8-15 sidemen playing arranged Big Band tunes.  This association lasted twenty-six (26) years as a drummer, vocalist.  


Upon leaving the big band in 1984-85, I was fortunate to a be guest drummer with numerous groups, "Rythmaires", "Soda Ash Six", "MiMi's Music Makers" and "Eddie Fagen & Friends".  Many sit-ins brought me in contact with some of the best, Dick Fellows, Will Alger, Jim Gannon, Ferguson, Taylor & Rogers (North Country), Double V's (Paul Vandish and John Bletch).


My years of local music brought me to be associated with the Goodness family, Ken, Lee, Bill, Eddie and Don.  All great musicians!


My hope is that my years in music (78) will still allow me to continue my association with the great musicians of Oswego.  


Thank you for this honor, 

Richard L. Germain, Sr.

(Dick)

Vocalist

Joanna Nix Jewett

Joanna Jewett’s musical path started in musical theater during high school and college.   Joanna is best known for her soulful vocals, professionalism, and sunny disposition.


Joanna has shared her vocal and songwriting talents with many artists and recording projects over the years and has performed with many area groups. She was the lead singer of Syracuse area party band, The Critics. During that time, Joanna opened for Eddie Money, The Turtles, and Three Dog Night.  After 9+ years with The Critics, Joanna formed The Cat’s Pajamas, then J.A.K.K., and worked with The Cortini Brothers and other well-known groups.


Currently, Joanna is one-third of acoustic trio, The Mix Tapes, and the lead singer of Funkadelphia. Joanna is the co-creator of “Ladies Night at The Palace” with her Red Shoes Black Bag Productions partner, Julie Briggs. Joanna is the creator of “Crystal Visions” which showcases the music of Fleetwood Mac and “Ruby Throated Sparrow” which celebrates the gorgeous harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.  Earlier this year, “Babylon Sisters: The Music of Steely Dan” drew a sold out crew.  The show will be presented again this fall.  All three shows feature the vocal talents of Donna Colton, Maureen Henesey, and Joanna, as well as some of CNY’s finest musicians. “The Disco Ball” which was produced in May of this year featured the sounds of Studio 54 in a live show that had CNY shaking its groove thing!  


Joanna is extremely proud to be inducted into the Oswego Music Hall of Fame, and would like to thank her family for their constant support!