On the Stage: Tell Your Story

Are you a performer? Maybe you are a musician or an actor or perhaps you have some other talent that you showcase on the stage. Share your story on today's Hopkins Happenings Question of the Week. You can tell us what your talent is, when you began, where you perform, what you enjoy or even some of your most memorable performing moments. Comment below with your story and feel free to attach a picture if you like.

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Bobbie August 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Peter,
I see you were assimilated into the Borg by John the Z. My hubby was a Marching Raven all the way back to when it was the Colts band. He was a tuba player too. Ask The Z about Dennis Lyons and the Delaware Boys. John and Char have done and sacrificed so much to keep the band alive. It is a good thing for Baltimore and not just the Ravens. Love Merry Tuba Christmas here and Philly.

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Annette June 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Singing, oh what a wonderful joy!! I am not shy, well maybe a little, but I get a terrible fear when it comes to singing in public. I always wanted to sing freely to the world. I use to imagine myself winning numerous music awards and saying thank you to my fans and nonfans, LOL.

I have been singing all my life, mostly behind closed doors, LOL. I have tried so many times to overcome my fear. I decided to just put myself out there in the town and sing. Well, that only lasted for a short period of time, because the fear monster got ahold me again, LOL. I’ve been told that I have a beautiful voice. Also, someone even came up to me and said, “OMG, you are my Lady Sing the Blues.”

My most memorable times of trying to overcome my fears were when I sung at the Apollo in NY and sang for a bride who was WALKING DOWN THE AISLE on her WEDDING DAY.

When singing at the Apollo, I wasn’t worried about winning. I just prayed not to get booed and chaste off the stage. I didn’t win or get chaste off the stage, but I got much applause, LOL. Oh what a wonderful feeling.

The bride had always wanted me to sing for her since high school. The funny thing is she never heard me sing. She said she just felt I could sing, because when I talked it sounded like I could sing, LOL. What confidence from a person who never heard you sing; and twenty years later I sung for her as she walked down the aisle.

Singing for the bride was very nerve wrecking. That was her big day; and her one and only day as a bride and I didn’t want to mess up. Once I finished singing and she stood in front of her husband to be, she glanced at me and gave me the BIGGIST AND PRETTYISH SMILE to confirm that I did well; and I sat down and cried with joy to see her happy.

I still have a terrible fear and no I have not been back out there singing. The moral of this story is…. I just hope whoever reads my story gets encouraged to conquer his/her fear when it comes to anything he/she wants to do in life. Life is too short to wonder WHAT IF!

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Paul Schley May 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

For over 10 years, I've played bass guitar in a local classic rock band. I just left the group 2 months ago. I'll miss the extra income, but I have more time now.

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Bonnie C May 16, 2014 at 9:25 am

I was almost unspeakably shy for most of my childhood, and found the requirements of public speaking unbearable. However, I was able to move outside of myself when telling stories to children. I've written quite a few for family members & friends, but nothing has been published (except for a few in a local tabloid newspaper). When some of my friends from church learned about my writing skills, I was called on to write certain opening devotions and/or prayers. This progressed to my delivering the sermon at my church on a few occasions. My! How I have grown!

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Peter Zirpolo May 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

I am originally from Port Washington, Long Island, New York, joined the Baltimore's Marching Ravens band by accident after his wife, and one of my sons along with my daughter went to the Inner Harbor and saw Tuba Christmas. I got on the phone and spoke with John Ziemann, the band President, and the rest is history. My three children and I joined the Marching Ravens at the end of the 2003 season.

I was asked after just a few games to join the sousaphone section for the beginning of the 2004 season. In 2005, he became the Assistant Section Leader of the sousaphones. His leadership was seen right away and the section nick-named him “Mama Pete” and the “Den Mother”of the section. I was asked to be become Vice President of the Marching Ravens in May of 2013.

I have been playing drums since the fourth grade. I was in both the marching and concert bands in my junior high and high schools, and I was drum captain in my senior year of high school. I have performed at several venues with his high school marching and concert bands, including Disney World, Madison Square Garden, Sea World, and Boston Garden. More recently, I was a band parent volunteer at Maryland’s Parkville High School for my children’s marching band. All at the same time being a Cub and Boy Scout Leader for the Towson area.

For almost 10 years, I have been the EDI and First Pass Rate Analyst for Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Before that, I was running data centers for companies in the New York area. I have been married to my wife, Diane who also works at JHHC, for over 25 years and together we have three children, who have all been in the band. Steven is currently in the trumpet section, Marisa is in the sousaphone section, and Patrick was in the Sousaphone section before leaving to serve in the United States Army as a Specialist.

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