Concert Announcers

  Morris Stulberg a local business owner, was Marshall Rotary Band program MC and announcer for 30 years. He was a member of the Marshall Rotary Club since 1953, and he was on the original Rotary Club committee that adopted the sponsorship of Marshall Community Band in 1979. Morris's brother, Julius, was a very talented violinist, and Morris says about the rest of his family, "The rest of us are musical....but not that musical." Morris was first chair trumpet in the Marshall High School Band and Marshall High School Orchestra and graduated from there in 1940. He did not pursue a musical career while attending MSC (MSU before WWII) or U of M , but he was called upon occasionally as a bugler in those days. Morris is a natural on stage and was cast in the first Marshall Civic Players production in 1949. Altogether, he was in 25 productions of the Marshall Civic Players playing many characters, including his most memorable portrayal of the Jewish papa, Tevye, in Fiddler on the Roof. Morris retired from his Marshall Rotary Band announcing duties three years before he passed away in 2012. He will long be remembered and adored for his wit and humorous remarks.

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  George Youngdahl started singing in church choir at age 6, and he has sung in church choirs ever since. Ever since he was called upon to sing the National Anthem at the Calhoun County Fair in 1973, that has been among his most frequently requested performances. George is an on-stage performer, and he has played lead roles in several Marshall Civic Theatre productions including Finian's Rainbow (Woody), Mame (Beau), Guys and Dolls (Sky), and Annie Get Your Gun (Charlie). He has participated in many singing groups over the years; here are a few: Dickens Carolers (MHS), First Presbyterian Church Choir, United Methodist Church Choir, Marshall Community Follies acts, Marshall Civic Players choruses, and United Methodist Barbershop Quartet. George's bold baritone voice is often requested for public celebrations and events as well as private weddings, anniversaries, and memorials. George sings the National Anthem at the annual 4th of July Celebration at Brooks Fountain every year.

  Tim Lake works for a living as Senior Claim Representative for State Farm Insurance Company. He works in Kalamazoo but lives in Marshall. Tim has performed vocal solos for MCB several times. He has sung at Michigan Battle Cat games, Michigan K-Wing games, Relay for Life, Oklahoma City Memorials, Battle Creek Food Festivals, Vermontville Syrup Festivals, Michigan Week Programs, Junior Miss, Capitol City Car Club, Marshall Chamber of Commerce functions, Marshall Community Follies, cruise ship talent shows, State Farm Company celebrations, hospitality Classic, weddings, funerals, and community theaters in Bellevue and Marshall. Tim performed with The Love Handles for years. Tim is often a featured singer with Marshall Rotary Band, and he is the program MC each year for the annual 4th of July Celebration at Brooks Fountain.

Alan Elliott was raised in Coldwater where he enjoyed singing and performing in musicals. He has been a featured singer with Marshall Rotary Band and joined the announcing rotation in 2016. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his master's from Michigan State University. He enjoys performing with the Marshall Civic Players and other local theatre groups. He has worked professionally for Tibbits Summer Theatre, Cornwell's Dinner Theatre, What A Do Theatre and the Great Escape Stage Company. He owns Aetistry Technologies, a web application development firm. He lives in Marshall with his wife Dawn and their three children.

Brian Hice graduated from Marshall High School in 1968. He earned his BA in Music Education from Graceland University in 1972 and was as a music teacher from 1972 to 1976. Brian has directed many church choirs over the years including an Easter performance of the Faure Requiem. He and his family owned the Wolverine Motor Supply in Marshall for decades. The business was sold in 1999. He and his wife, Ricka, live in Marshall. They were married in 1994, but they met for the first time as students at Crary Elementary School. Brian has been a statewide youth minister in the Community of Christ Church for many years, and he is also a Christian summer youth camp director. He is also a former congregational pastor and an administrator over ten congregations in southwest Michigan. Brian is a Kellogg Community College Trustee in his third six- year term. Brian was also a founding member of the Kellogg Community College Foundation Board where he served as board chair. Brian has successfully campaigned for countywide office three times (KCC) and have also unsuccessfully run for county commissioner. Brian is a member of the executive committee of the Calhoun County Democratic Party. Brian is a member of Marshall Rotary Band, Marshall Brass Quartet, and many church instrumental and vocal ensembles. He has been doing church youth work for so long that he is now having the children of my former youth involved in the same activities I provided for their parents. His maternal grandmother was a square dance caller, and his paternal grandmother was a member of her family’s mandolin band. Brian is a great speaker and has done announcing for MCB for special pieces.

  Dan Stulberg is a 1970 graduate of Marshall High School, where he played cello for two years in the MHS Orchestra under Rotary Band trumpeter/director, Ross VanNess. “My parents had a rule that we had to play a musical instrument until we’d become proficient. So as soon as I reached proficiency, I retired as a musician, and became a full-time jock.”
  A math-education major from Alma College, Dan spent two years teaching high school math before accepting an offer from his father, Morris, to join him in the scrap business. (“It was an offer I could refuse, but didn’t, and I’ve never regretted it.”) Dan coached girls basketball at MHS for 18 years while he worked first at Marshall Iron & Metal Company and then Marshall Metal Products. In 1996 he and Nancy opened Marshall Activity Center, which they continue to own and operate.
  Dan made his “final career move”, accepting a position as Marketing & Public Relations Director at Oaklawn Hospital, and he retired from that full-time position in 2012. He has been a Rotarian since 1982 and when his dad said he was going to retire from the Rotary Band emcee position, and wanted Dan to audition, like a good son, Dan agreed.
  Dan and Nancy have two grown daughters, Anne and Jennifer. Anne is teaching dance and acting in Las Vegas, while Jennifer is a dancer in New York City. To quote their father, Dan, “those who can…do, those who can’t…emcee.” The Rotary Band is pleased to have Dan following in his father’s footsteps, announcing each year for some Marshall Rotary Band concerts.

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