Keith Wilder, Singer of Acclaimed Funk Outfit Heatwave, Dead at 65

Keith Wilder (second from left, front row), singer of the influential Seventies funk outfit Heatwave, has died at age 65. Fin Costello/Getty Images

Keith Wilder, the singer of the influential Seventies funk outfit Heatwave, died Sunday at the age of 65. Les Spaine, the group’s manager, confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone. Wilder’s cousin and bandmate, Billy Jones, told that Wilder was suffering from health problems and died in his sleep.  No specific cause of death has been revealed. Keith Wilder, singer of the influential and beloved Seventies funk outfit Heatwave, has died at age

Aviation Lecture Series, Aerospace Nursing


WHO: WACO Historical Society
WHAT: Aviation Lecture Series
WHERE: WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373
WHEN: Thursday, October 19, 2017–doors open at 6:30 p.m., speech at 7 p.m.
CONTACT: Nancy Royer, 937-335-9226

Aerospace Nursing
On Thursday night, October 19th, Scott Rhoades, will open the 2017-2018 WACO Aviation Lecture Series with a presentation entitled, “Project Breckinridge: The Reduced Gravity Flight Research Experience.” Rhoades, Founder and Chief Nursing Officer for the Center for Aerospace Nursing Excellence, will and give an overview of the principles of reduced gravity flights, as well as highlight his personal experiences during this research project
Scott’s 30 years of service includes emergency medical services, emergency, flight, wilderness, and aerospace nursing at patient care, education, and administrative levels. His experiences include a graduate internship at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, the development and coordination of a regional Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Medical Center, and providing medical support for airshow operations with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, The United States Navy Blue Angels, The Canadian Snowbirds, and other flight demonstration teams. He also served as a Nurse Reservist for 4 Space Shuttle launches, including the final flights of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and Endeavor. He has served as a Subject Matter Advisor to NASA Medical Operations and is a representative to NASA’s Health and Human Performance Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he has participated in training astronauts and cosmonauts on medical procedures for spaceflight. Scott also serves as a volunteer for the National Museum of the United States Air Force and the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio.
Parking and admission are free and open to the public. The lecture is scheduled to last one hour with a time for questions to follow. It will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. . Donations will be accepted to benefit the WACO Historical Society. For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit


Welcome to Oshkosh 2017

Welcome to Oshkosh

By Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board

July 23, 2017 – Welcome to EAA’s 65th annual fly-in convention and our 48th consecutive year in Oshkosh. For more than two generations on these grounds, the word “Oshkosh” has meant so much to so many in aviation — a homecoming, a reunion, history, innovation, and technology.

This year is all of those things. We are celebrating several anniversaries, including 25 years of the Young Eagles program. Eight astronauts will join us Friday as we celebrate a half-century since the start of the Apollo program. We are also very excited to have two flying B-29s – FIFI and Doc — here this week.

There is also a significant amount of new technology and innovation to see on the AirVenture grounds this year. For example, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, drones, the Kitty Hawk flying platform at the EAA Seaplane Base, and flying car concepts. Also, NASA is back in a big way, with more directors of NASA flight centers attending this year than ever before.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will have full demonstrations on Friday and Saturday, marking the first time that has taken place here. Several World War II bombers, including B-17s, more than a dozen B-25s, the B-29s, a B-52, and a B-1 will be on display. And, a B-2 flyby is planned for this weekend.

And so much more.

My personal thanks to all of the volunteers who helped get everything ready for opening day, and to those who will contribute their time during the week. More than 5,000 volunteers make this possible, so be sure to thank them when you see them.

We’re here to celebrate personal flight, so let’s do that while remembering the Oshkosh Rules of Paul Poberezny – high standards, courtesy, and cleanliness on the grounds.


Wings in a Week

July 24, 2017

General Aviation Rallies Against ATC Privatization

July 24, 2017

Havoc’s Hallowed History

July 24, 2017

International Visitors Tent is its Own Community

July 24, 2017

Stratos Unveils Long-Awaited VLJ

July 24, 2017

History of Independence Day

The Dayton Times

The Torch of Freedom

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

– John Adams July 3, 1776

Source: History of Independence Day

Juneteenth Celebration and Opening of the Fourth Annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show

Sat., June 17, 2017 • 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Join us on Saturday, June 17, for the opening of the Fourth Annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show. The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) and the African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG) of Dayton, Ohio, will host the fourth year of the art show, which will run through Saturday, January 13, 2018. 

The Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show celebrates mixed media highlighting the diversity, beauty and power of African American visual artists from across Ohio and the nation. The judges for this year’s show are artists Dr. Peggy Blood, Professor Kevin Harris and Brenda Joysmith.

In addition to the exhibit opening, NAAMCC will celebrate Juneteenth. Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

The schedule for the June 17, 2017, opening includes:

  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast reception with the artists and judges
  • 11:30 a.m.–Noon Opening Celebration and Artist Awards Ceremony
  • 12:30–2 p.m. Beads, Beads and More Beads!!! Design and create unique, colorful beads using paper. Experiment with shape and size to create a strand of cool jewelry. Facilitated by Columbus art educator Lynn Grimes.
  • 2–4 p.m.  Live musical performance from S.T.A.R.S. Worldwide, a musical art youth program based in Columbus and Cincinnati.

    Riddle’s Ribs and Bar-B-Que of Springfield, Ohio, will set up on the museum grounds 11 a.m.–4 p.m. for lunch.
    All program activities are free with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members. Questions? Call 800.752.2603 or visit

    Supporting the Arts

    For the last four years, the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center has partnered with the African American Visual Artist Guild to present a national juried art show. The exhibit has included a remarkable variety of art, including paintings, quilts, sculptures, lithographic prints and many other forms of art. In addition to featuring contemporary art by African-American artists, this show includes cash prizes funded by the two partnering institutions.

“The Main Event” Dayton Metro Library



By April M. Alford

6:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Contributing Writer Timesmedia



The library has experienced a lot of growth and improvement since I was a child. My mother signed me up for my first library card when I was four-years-old. Growing up I can remember trips to the library to load up on new books to read, or to do research for a paper. Fast forward to today, and there are so many programs and events put on by the library (not to mention all the technological advancements) that it has become a catch-all for the community.

Not only can you find a great summer read or research the latest information on the effects of homelessness in society, but you can also visit the Genealogy Center, sign up for GED classes, sign your teenager up for a Job Searching Skills seminar, take your child to story time and interact with some of the newest technology such as 3D printers; all while sipping on a green latte smoothie from Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar.

I was very excited when the levy to fund new library construction was passed by the voters of Montgomery County in 2012. I have always been a supporter of the local library, and I believe that the library is for all of us, and every citizen plays a part in the advancements that the library makes.

As talk began to brew about the fundraiser (The Main Event) that the Dayton Metro Library Foundation planned to put on, I became very excited. This fundraiser would be an opportunity to come together with other members of the community to see the new library before it opens, and to experience some great food and entertainment. Although the levy had passed, I know that it is necessary to continue a fundraising effort so that as technology advances and new programming becomes available, we can continue to improve the function of the local library.

Nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced as I walked down the red carpet and into the doors of the new Main Library. The first thing that I saw was a beautiful piece of art that I later found out is called Fractal Rain and it was created by Terry Welker. This piece is described in the Main Event booklet as, “A large, kinetic sculpture of stainless steel wire and acrylic prisms…” I love the fact that the library will showcase artwork from local artists. As I moved through the library over the evening, I was delighted to see the amount of detail and hard work that has gone into creating a place that the citizens of Dayton can be proud of.

Over the course of the evening I realized that the volunteers (Team 17) thought of every detail when they were planning this event. The food, which was prepared by Chefs Jenn Disanto, Matthew Hayden, Anthony Head, Anne Kearney and Maria Walusis was nothing short of amazing! There were performances by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Black Box Improv Theater, Sierra Leone, the Femme Fatale Silk Aerialists and Dancers, the Soul Fire Tribe and Steffin Johnson (Pianist and former Stivers School for the Arts student), just to name a few. WYSO’s “Behind the Groove” host Basim Blunt was the DJ for the evening, and he had us dancing late into the night.

As I interacted with some of the attendees there was a resounding theme to what each had to say about the new library. Some stated how breathtaking it is, and that it reminds them of a museum. Many spoke of how open and inviting the space is, and how they cannot wait for the grand opening so that they can see the library in its entirety. I spoke with Dale Robinson, a 17-year-old student from Dayton Early College Academy (DECA). Dale was a volunteer host at the event working to complete some of his community service hours. Dale stated how excited he is to see the new space, and he is thrilled about all the new technology that will be housed in the new facility.

I spoke with three elected officials during the event about their thoughts on the new space and what it means for our community. County Commissioner Dan Foley spoke of his gratitude to the citizens of Dayton for stepping up and approving the levy when it was put on the ballot. He went on to say, “The ability to help the next three or four generations have a library to learn and advance is an awesome thing. Libraries are community places for people to come together, share, learn and grow.”

I asked City Commissioner Jeff Mims his impressions of the new library. He stated that, “It is a great situation for the city of Dayton, and the citizens of Dayton as a whole. It brings so much vitality to the entire city.” When asked if the new library reflects the diverse interests of the downtown community he replied, “I believe that it does. We increased the amount of local and minority contractors who worked on the library downtown. I worked with Tim Kambitsch [Executive Director of Dayton Metro Library] to make sure that we did a better job on that [hiring minorities] than we did in the past. From that perspective, it’s good. Every time you put additional dollars into citizens of Dayton, west Dayton, or other parts of Dayton, it’s more money for them to take care of themselves and their families. Also, the library is the type of place where learning goes on significantly, and there are so many venues and avenues that our citizens will have within the new library, and that’s from our young people to seniors. They will have so many opportunities for educational growth. It sends a signal. Every time we have something good happen in any part of Dayton it sends a signal to the community as a whole.”

City of Dayton School Board Member Hazel Rountree spoke about the importance of having a community library that serves the whole community. Her words sum up the role that every community place should serve. “It is my hope that the library will continue to be a place for those who are marginalized in our society, and not just the privileged. I hope that EVERY citizen will be welcome, and that their knowledge will continue to grow each time they walk through those doors. If this continues to be the case, then I believe that the library has served its purpose.”

I see the library as a community partner. A place where child development happens, where teenagers can learn life skills, a place where citizens can learn about the arts and so much more. I see the library as a place for citizens of the community to come together to explore the unknown, to interact and learn more about one another and to imagine a future that is better than the present. I believe this new library is a step in the right direction, and I hope that you all will continue to help it grow, and to bring the vision to life.



WGI Sport of the Arts Percussion and Winds World Championships April 20-23, 2017




April 19, 2017    WGI Media Contacts: Jessica Redden or Elizabeth Coomer, BohlsenGroup, 317-602-7137 Bart Woodley WGI Director of Operations and Sponsor Relations cell phone 937-231-2241

WGI UD Arena Office # 229-5184. Crystal Walker, WGI Bev Rose, Dayton/Montgomery County CVB

Director of Marketing & Communications 937.226.8226 cp 937-470-6261, Jacquelyn Y. Powell, CVB President & CEO 937-226-8267



WGI Sport of the Arts

Percussion and Winds World Championships April 20-23, 2017

Brings Approximately 30,000 and $9 million to Dayton

WGI Celebrates 40th Anniversary



WHEN:        Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23, 2017

        Percussion Championships—Thursday, April 20—Saturday, April 22, 2017

        Winds Championships—Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23, 2017


WHERE:     Percussion Competition Venues:

Thursday – April 20

UD Arena, Wright State University’s Nutter Center, Millett Hall, Oxford, OH, BB&T Arena @ NKU
Friday – April 21   

UD Arena, Wright State University’s Nutter Center, Millett Hall, Oxford, OH, BB&T Arena @ NKU  

Saturday – April 22

UD Arena

    Winds Competition Venues:

        Saturday – April 22

Wright State Nutter Center
Sunday – April 23

University of Dayton Arena

WHAT:    WGI Percussion & Winds Championships

    Competition Classifications:

All WGI contests provide two divisions of competition:

Scholastic – units whose membership comes from the SAME High School or a school that feeds to that particular High School.
Independent – units whose members are not necessarily associated with a particular school.

The units are then further divided into classes:

  • A Class – Beginning programs and performers.
  • Open Class – The intermediate developmental level of performers.
  • World Class – The most advanced programs and performers.

Percussion also has Scholastic Concert Classes for units who do not include marching in their programs.


WHO:    High School and Independent Percussion and Winds Units from across the nation, and around the world



  • WGI celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. The 2017 World Championships will mark the 31st year out of 40 years of competition that the event has been hosted in Dayton.
  • The WGI Sport of the Arts World Championships collectively over two weekends bring in approximately 60,000 people including performers and spectators (Dayton hosted WGI Color Guard World Championships April 6-8; April 20-22 Dayton hosts WGI Percussion World Championships, and April 22-23 Dayton hosts the Winds World Championships)
  • *The combined estimated direct spending economic impact of the two weekends of event is $19 million.
  • WGI Sport of the Arts is the world’s premier organization producing indoor color guard, percussion, and wind ensemble competitions. As a non-profit youth organization, WGI serves as the leading governing body of the winter guard and indoor percussion and winds activities. It is called the Sport of the Arts because it brings music to life through performance in a competitive format. WGI competitions combine the athleticism of an Olympic event with the pageantry of a Broadway stage performance.
  • WGI Sport of the Arts has committed to hosting both or at least one (either Color Guard or Percussion) of their World Championships Events in Dayton through 2019




WGI Sport of the Arts World Championships cont’d


  • Local high school percussion units competing include—Centerville High School, Urbana High School, Lebanon High School, Bellbrook High School
  • Local high school competing in the Winds World Championships—Miamisburg High School
  • WGI–Indoor Percussion
    • An indoor percussion ensemble or indoor drumline consists of the marching percussion (also called battery) and front ensemble (also called pit) sections of a marching band or drum corps. Indoor percussion marries elements of music performance, marching, and theater; thus, the activity is often referred to as Percussion Theater. Although most indoor percussion ensembles are affiliated with high schools, there are also many independent groups that draw participants from a large area.
  • WGI—Winds
    • Continuing the Sport of the Arts tradition of performance and competition, WGI Winds is a unique form of the marching music activity. In fact, Winds doesn’t mean “winds only.” Groups can include anything found in a concert band or orchestra as well as color guard and percussion performers. Winds is a natural extension of the WGI organization and will complete WGI’s support of the total band program.
  • Winter Guard—Color Guard
    • Winter Guard is the sport of indoor color guard. Modern Color Guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance and other interpretive movement. Color guards can be found in high schools, middle schools, some universities, and also some independent organizations some of which are related to drum corps.


WGI’s Purpose

  • WGI Sport of the Arts provides a venue for young people to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition


WGI’s Mission

  • Organizes high-energy and enjoyable color guard and percussion events
  • Provides leadership through education to constantly improve the quality of ensembles
  • Develops our judging systems and adjudicators to ensure fair competition
  • Partners with corporations, educators and others to increase awareness and recognition of our art forms.

Did You Know…?

  • Winter Guard, Percussion and Winds are the fastest growing of the marching arts.
  • Winter Guard now exists in the United States, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Germany, England, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Africa.
  • WGI’s educational materials serve as the curriculum in many schools that have classes in equipment and movement.
  • WGI’s artistic direction is fully controlled by the units.
  • WGI has awarded over $500,000 in academic scholarships to students from competing units.
  • More than 600 volunteers staff the regionals and World Championship contests.
  • More than 150,000 spectators enjoy the activities at WGI Regionals and World Championships annually.
  • Many of the percussion companies are now developing instruments specifically for the indoor activity.
  • Hundreds of high school marching bands benefit from the skills developed by winter programs.
  • WGI headquarters are located in Miamisburg, Ohio


WGI uses a competition-based approach for organizing events in order to showcase youth activities in pursuit of high standards of achievement. Events include about 42 Regionals and Elite Events, which lead to the three-day World championships that evaluate nearly 350 guards, 233 percussion ensembles, and 35 wind groups from across the nation and around the world. For more information and detailed competition schedules log onto

The Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau, an independent non-profit organization funded by a county-wide customer hotel/motel bed tax, serves as an economic catalyst by marketing and promoting our community as
Ohio destination and providing services for tourism events, conventions, leisure and business travel and advocacy for destination development.



*The Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau utilizes the DMAI Event Impact Calculator from our industry’s international association, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). The models and platform were developed by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Company. In January, 2016 we began utilizing both the sports and convention impact calculators which are customized to represent the local tax rates. The numbers reported represent Direct Spending only and are based on data provided by the event planner.