Theatre Organ Society of San Diego Events

Program Series for 2017

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 Trinity Facilities • 3902 Kenwood Drive • Spring Valley, CA 91977

NOTE: All Chapter Events and Program Series subject to change without notice – however, we will do our best to inform all ticket holders and members of any foreseeable changes in venue and/or scheduling well in advance of the event date.

There are no advance ticket sales.  Tickets sold at the door on event date.  Box Office opens one hour prior to event time.

Silent Movie Night Wings (1927)                     Russ Peck in Accompaniment                                 Saturday February 11, 2017 6PM 


We begin our 2017 series with Russ Peck at the Mighty Wurlitzer accompanying the 1927 Paramount Pictures classic silent film, Wings. The film stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Gary Cooper appears in  a role in the film which helped launch his career in Hollywood.

Please note we are starting this show earlier than regular shows….this classic film is a full-length feature and we want everyone to enjoy it without making the evening too late for our guests.

Wings is the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Engineering Effects at the inaugural Academy Awards in 1929.  Set in WWI, this romantic action war picture is filled with drama and thrilling action, and set the bar for future aviation films.  Over 300 pilots were involved in filming the aerial scenes and the process caused production of the film to be delayed beyond normal films at the time.    

Russ Peck, is a Theatre Organ Society member and home town favorite.  In addition to his skill as a theatre organist and percussionist, he is also valued member of TOSSD's organ crew, keeping the Wurlitzer maintained to peak performance.

Russ specializes in developing and performing musical scores for accompanying silent films along with performing lively concerts.

He is the Resident Organist for San Diego’s Balboa Theater and performs with the San Diego Symphony for their silent film programs. He also accompanies silent films and is frequently a guest artist for the weekly Sunday concerts at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

 We invite you to bring family and friends to view this cinematic treasure as it was shown when first viewed in 1927 with authentic accompaniment by our very own skilled chapter member..

Rosemary Bailey and David Marsh in Concert                  Saturday March 4, 2017 at 2PM                                                                        

 We are pleased to announce the return of Rosemary Bailey to the bench of our Mighty Wurlitzer.  Ms. Bailey has enjoyed a career as a touring artist which started for her at age nine.  Her electronic organ tours took her to various countries including Canada, South Africa, Australia, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, Denmark, Portugal, Germany and Japan.  She continues touring playing electronic and theatre pipe organs.  She is currently a demonstration artist for Lowrey Organs and is a skilled musical arranger.  Her impressive theatre organ resume includes performing in some of the most prestigious theaters in the country: the Chicago Theater (Chicago, IL.), Rialto Theater (Joliet, IL.), Senate Theater (Detroit, MI.), Orpheum Theater (Los Angeles, CA.), Paramount Theater (Oakland, CA.) and the Nethercutt Collection (Sylmar, CA.),  Rosemary is a member of TOSSD and a San Diego resident.

David Marsh is a name not yet well known in the theatre organ world nationally, but we believe that will change.  In 2016 David became the president of the Orange County Theatre Organ Society (OCTOS) at the age of 20.  He is a skilled organist at both electronic and pipe instruments, and very dedicated to his art form and the theatre organ.  David is Director of Music Technology at Villa Park High School and the Director of Worship and Organist for St. John’s Lutheran Church in El Segundo, California.  In addition, he teaches organ and piano in the Southern California area.  We are excited to introduce our members and friends to the face of the future of theatre organists!

            We are pleased that these two performers have agreed to work together to arrange an enjoyable program, and display each of their considerable talent for what promises to be a very special afternoon on the Mighty Wurlitzer!

     The Scarecrow and Putting Pants on Philip

      Bill Campbell on the Mighty Wurlitzer 4/24 

                Saturday April 8, 2017 6PM

We continue our 2017 film series with Bill Campbell at the Mighty Wurlitzer accompanying the Laurel and Hardy short, Putting Pants on Philip and the Buster Keaton short, The Scarecrow.  The program will also feature mini-concerts of theatre organ music. 

         Bill Campbell has been the artist at Paramount Iceland Skating Rink in Paramount, CA since 2012.  He is a member of the Los Angeles Theatre Organ Society, the Orange County Theatre Organ Society, and TOSSD.  Bill is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been playing theatre organs like the Mighty Wurlitzer installed at the Paramount Iceland since high school. He was the organist at the Avalon Theatre in Milwaukee for about 25 years. He has played many concerts for the American Theater Organ Society. 

Bill plays a great variety of music for open skating sessions. His selections include music from Disney, Broadway plays and Hollywood movies, classic music from groups like the Beatles, selections from the American Song book by composers such as Gershwin, Porter and Berlin, along with an eclectic selection of music from the 1920’s that you may have heard when these Mighty Wurlitzers organs were in theaters across the United States. 

The Scarecrow is a 1920 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. One of the more memorable scenes of the film is the opening, where Buster and Joe Roberts share a small one room house that is filled with many space and labor-saving Rube Goldberg-type devices.  Many uncredited actors appear, including a young Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) and Keaton’s real father, Joe Keaton, who plays Joe the Farmer.


 Putting Pants on Philip is a silent short film starring Laurel and Hardy. Made in 1927, it is viewed as their first "official" film together as a team. Critics note the transformation and evolution of their roles in the team as “Stan and Ollie” began from this movie.

The plot involves Laurel as Philip, a young Scot newly arrived in the United States, in full kilted splendor.  Philip is attracted to the ladies and during the film suffers mishaps involving the kilt.  Philip’s uncle, the wealthy Piedmont Mumblethunder, played by Hardy, meets him at the docks and, shocked by Philip’s appearance, quickly realizes that the kilt needs to be replaced. 

We have asked Bill to include some of his arrangements of popular music in his repertoire as mentioned above to enhance the program experience.  In addition, our friends from the Antique Automobile Club of America will join us with a display of their vintage cars. 

 Please bring your family and friends to this delightful double-short feature and mini-concert and welcome Bill to the bench of our Mighty Wurlitzer!  The box office and vehicles will be on-hand at 5PM, with the film and concert starting at 6PM.

               TOSSD with SAPS at SEA                                  Saturday October 28, 2017  7PM

 We continue our long-standing tradition of teaming with the local Laurel and Hardy club, the San Diego Tent of the Saps at Sea, for a combined program produced by John Field, their Grand Sheik.  Past performances have been well received and this Halloween themed program promises to delight with a variety of programming accompanied by Russ Peck, a Saps member, and some special effects by John.  I am including his well-written invitation:  

“BOO! Scare Ya? If not, come to our next gathering and you might be! The Saps at Sea have joined the esteemed Theatre Organ Society of San Diego (TOSSD) to present a very Special Halloween themed Program. Our very own Musical Magician Russ Peck performs the scores for our program on the 4/24 Mighty Wurlitzer. First, Felix the Cat in SWITCHES WITCHES (1927) that crazy cat annoys a Witch while searching for his Lady Love. Then Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in DO DETECTIVES THINK? (1927) are hired to protect Judge Foozle (James Finlayson) from the Creepy "Tipton Slasher" (Noah Berry). We will also screen a SURPRISE Laurel and Hardy film. Our guest comedians are the Three Fatties (Yes, that is their names!) in HEAVY LOVE (1926). One of the funniest shorts I have ever screened. 

 At intermission, a fund-raising Youth Group is selling tasty treats. After the break, we will see the Silent Feature THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927). This scary thriller stars lovely Laura LaPlante who arrives at a Haunted (?) Mansion to hear the reading of a will. Strange and SPOOKY things start happening.  A great evening is assured for all Saps, TOSSD people, and anyone who loves movies and organ music. We will be meeting in the Trinity Facilities next to our usual Williams Hall venue. Come early to see the fantastic display of Classic Cars!   

See you Scare, I mean There. 

John Field 

Your Grandest of Sheik” 

Break out your Halloween costumes, bring your family and friends, join our friends from the Antique Automobile Club of America and Saps at Sea, and come to this very special Halloween themed presentation of silent film, cartoons, shorts and features accompanied as they were when first shown.  Box office and cars at 6PM, show starts at 7PM.  See you there! 

                 Cheryl and Wayne Seppala in Concert                     Sunday, November 19, 2017  2PM

The TOSSD board is very pleased to announce an afternoon concert by Cheryl and Wayne Seppala to conclude our 2017 series programming.  Both are charter members and big supporters of TOSSD, and have held office in this chapter in the past.   Cheryl and Wayne are extraordinary musicians in classical, liturgical and theatre style musical offerings.  

Cheryl began organ lessons at age 7.  As a teenager, she studied with noted theatre organists Bill Thomson and Richard Purvis.  She began her career as a church organist at age 15.  In addition to her church work, Cheryl offered organ instruction to private students and was a staff organist at the Organ Power Pizza restaurants in San Diego.  She continues to offer private and group instruction and has served St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chula Vista as their Organist since 1975.  

Wayne began organ study at age 6.  At the age of 9, Wayne performed on the Don McNeil radio program in Chicago, and since that time has performed many theatre and sacred concerts throughout the country.  He is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in music and marketing.  He, too, studied with Bill Thomson and was a staff organist at Organ Power Pizza.  After a 35 year career as Organist/Music Director at NAS/MCAS Miramar Chapel, Wayne is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in La Mesa. 

Cheryl and Wayne celebrated 40 years of marriage (and making beautiful music together) this year and next year will celebrate 40 years of owning Organ Stop Music store in San Diego County. Their musical programs are always lively and entertaining with each performing on the theatre organ and piano in solo and duet arrangements.   

We invite you to bring your family and friends to this very special afternoon of music presented by this talented and delightful musical couple.  The Box Office will open at 1PM and the music begins at 2!       See you there.


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Open Console Dates

Open console is the opportunity for TOSSD members to personally play our Mighty 4/24 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Each member must reserve a time slot by calling Mike at 619-270-7981. Open Console opportunities are generally the last Saturday of each month unless marked with an *.

If you are a member of another Chapter and are visiting in the area, please give us a call and we will try to make arrangements for you to try our Mighty Wurlitzer while you are in town. Please call the same number as above.

Open console dates for 2017 are:

January 29th (Members Meeting)

February 25th

March 25th

April 22nd

May 27th

June 24th

July 29th

August 26th

September 30th

 October 21st

November 18th

December 16th

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