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Glen Oaks to host Third Annual Variety Show – Friday, April 17; event to feature tribute to former music professor Robert Gray

Friday, April 17, promises to be an exciting musical evening at Glen Oaks Community
College when students, faculty and staff will be sharing their talents in the Third Annual Variety Show,
sponsored by Chords in the Community, the Glen Oaks Music Club.

A number of performances will highlight music from the 60’s in recognition of the college’s 50th
anniversary celebration. Also featured will be the Checkmate Blues Band.

As part of the evening’s highlights, a special tribute will honor former Glen Oaks music faculty member,
Robert L. Gray, who was employed at the college for 31 years. Hired on as one of the original charter
faculty members in 1967, Gray is credited with starting the music program at the college.

During his years of service, Gray directed the band and choir, taught music theory and appreciation
classes, and gave individual lessons in trumpet and piano. Gray wrote the words and music for the
Glen Oaks Alma Mater. He is a professor emeritus of the college, who retired in 1998.

The show is free and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Nora Hagen Theater. Parking is free.

“We have a lot of talented students and employees at Glen Oaks,” said Lori Hatfield, professor of
English and advisor of the Glen Oaks Music Club. “This is an opportunity to showcase those talents and
provide inexpensive entertainment for the students and members of the community.”

Glen Oaks invites students, alumni, family, friends and members of the community to come out and
enjoy the show.