WESTFIELD - Eason Hall in Westfield was the venue for a performance by members of the Deutschmeister's Band on Saturday, Oct. 27.
There were 23 members of the now "retired" music makers on hand who played during the final half hour of an event which honored living and passed on members of one of Westfield's most famous exports.
The back of Eason Hall was crowded with fans from 2 through 4:30 p.m. The performance by the Deutschmeister's capped an afternoon of happy recollections.
Photo by Dave O’Connor
Members of the Deutschmeister’s Band were honored Saturday, Oct. 27 at Eason Hall in Westfield. Starting in front from left to right are: Mike Mathews; Bob Davies; Roxanne Wood; and Bill Bills. In the second row from left to right are: Bob Reese; Dick Davies; Jeff Briggs; Eugene Stebbins; Sy Caruso; Bill Stratton; and Ron Catalano. In the third row from left to right are: Kelly Mathews; Fred Young; John Rough; Kevin Norton; Jeff Young; Harry Ward; Lou Barresi; Rich Hartman; Jerry Owens; Sam Seggi; Herky Porter; and Al Holbrook.
Memorabilia on display reminded everyone of the bands' many accomplishments including a trip to Germany to perform there and demonstrate the cultural influence of the German people in the New World.
The event was officially dubbed "Tribute to the Deutschmeister's 50 Years" according to Julie Ward-Holland.
Ward-Holland said the tribute was arranged by what she called "a team of Deutschmeister kids," - herself, David Ward, Jim Scarpine, Bruce McAllister, Cindy Mathews, Rick Mathews and Kelly Mathews. All of "the kids" had a parent who played with the band, Ward-Holland explained.
"We grew up with weekends, Fourth of July picnics and all sorts of activities featuring the band," she said.
The Eason Hall tribute will be included in a documentary now being produced by Westfield's local cable access Channel 5, according to Ward-Holland.