Marietta College reaches out to Wood County alumni

Marietta College is making a special effort to welcome Wood County alumni to football games and other activities this year.

And the local alumni plan to turn out in force for the Marietta College Pioneers’ football home opener on Sept. 21 against Capital University at Don Drumm Stadium. That Saturday night game has been designated as “Wood County Pioneer Day” at the stadium.

Pre-game festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. with Wood County residents getting the chance to visit with classmates and friends at a tailgate party. For $15, county residents will receive a ticket to the 7 p.m. football game and pre-game appetizers and beverages at an end zone tent inside Don Drumm Stadium.

The Parkersburg High School Big Red Band will perform at halftime of the football game.

“There’s so much excitement over coach Andy Waddle and his team that we thought it would be a great opportunity to fire up our local Wood County fan base,” Marietta College Director of Athletics Larry Hiser said. “We have a core group of very supportive Wood County alumni and friends, and this is a great way to expand the network and cheer on the Pioneers.”

A Wood County Alumni Day committee, chaired by Gene Haynes of Parkersburg, has been meeting for six weeks to make plans for Pioneer Day and get the word out to area residents. Haynes is a 1953 graduate of Marietta College, where he majored in history and political science and played fullback on the football team.

There are an estimated 800 Marietta College alumni living in Wood County and more than 3,000 living in a 50-mile radius of the campus, MC Alumni Association officials said.

Ann Bailey of Vienna, a 1987 graduate of Marietta College serving on the Wood County committee, said she is enthused about the new football coach and the prospects for a successful season. She attends the MC football games and follows the basketball and baseball teams.

Others serving on the Pioneer Day committee include Smoot Fahlgren (Class of 1953), Ray Pyles (Class of 1970), Betty Camp (Class of 1962), Seth Cressey (Class of 2010) and Ralph Chambers, who attended Marietta College in 1956 and 1957 before going to work for Borg-Warner Chemicals.

Marietta College alumni from Wood County can contact Cheryl Canaday in the alumni office, 740-376-4709, or Hiser at 740-376-4665 for tickets to the Pioneer Day celebration.

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Titus Canbe Band’s summer of 2013 has been a memorable one and the performances are about to end, said band member Bruce Edward Haas of Marietta.

Haas has been there since the beginning, as a lead singer, guitarist and fiddle player, when Titus Canbe started playing classic rock ‘n’ roll from the late 1960s and ’70s in the summer of 1990.

The four-person band – Haas, Mike Starkey on keyboard, drummer Joe Wright and bass player Anders Bush-will play for the last time at the New Year’s Eve party at the Lafayette Hotel. The band is splitting up because of family obligations and other interests, said Haas, who works at the Bureau of the Public Debt.

Haas and Starkey will continue to perform as an acoustic and vocals duo.

Titus Canbe averaged 40 performances a year, Haas said. They have played at the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, the Parkersburg Homecoming, Tyler County Fair, Belpre Homecoming, Belleville Homecoming, dance parties, wedding receptions and many other community events.

The band has been known for its “good, strong vocals,” Haas said.

Haas said a highlight for him was playing at his 40th Marietta High School class reunion in July at the American Legion in Marietta. “We had a blast,” Haas, 58, said. “We played music for four hours.”

Haas felt honored that Titus Canbe opened for Blue Oyster Cult at the Tyler County Fair on Aug. 9 and for America on Aug. 18 at the Parkersburg Homecoming. The crew and band members of these two famous bands were nice and complimentary to Titus Canbe, Haas said.

Titus Canbe Band will be playing at 7:30 tonight at the Sternwheel Festival in Marietta. Starkey turns 60 years old today, Haas noted.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com