The Jerabek family — Tuba Dan, Corky, Dave, Danny and Michelle — gave this community some wonderful gifts last week:
‰ Their time, talent and CD proceeds to raise $2,055 for the Ripon High School (RHS) band/choir trip next spring to New York City -— and not a single candy bar, magazine subscription or box of cookies/popcorn were sold;
‰ A showcase for RHS polka band, the Polka Dots, who performed sandwiched between the Tuba Dan Family Band and Copper Box (the high school ensemble was created and is directed by Tuba Dan);
‰ Along with Copper Box’s bassist Kevin Juneman and drummer Jason Van Ryzin, they provided the audience with a marvelous mix of polka, zydeco, traditional, Dixieland and other genres that literally had listeners clapping and dancing in their seats.
‰ Most important, they shared lessons about the power of music to inspire, invigorate, edify —and to unify families and friends.
Best non-musical moment of the evening was when Danny recounted how, upon being asked by an RHS guidance counselor what he wanted to do after graduation — college, perhaps?
He replied he wanted to make a living playing the accordion.
“Follow your passion,” was his unspoken sermon.
That’s great advice for all of us; If you do what you love, you’ll love what you do.
There’s no doubt that all of the musicians on stage last week were following their muse, and their joy was infectious among those privileged to see and hear the musical spectacle. ... — Tim Lyke
To read the entire editorial, see the Nov. 25 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.