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Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. September 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Street musician.  Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. September 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Re-posted from September, 2015.



BLOSSOM DEARIE  “It Might as well be Spring”  (performed in French)


“I’m as busy as a spider spinning daydreams
I’m as giddy as a baby on a swing
I haven’t seen a crocus or a rosebud
Or a robin on the wing”


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Choir Festival in the Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger. © To order metallic coated professionally made prints, contact Blogfinger@verizon.net. Choir Festival in the Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Undated.


We have learned from a CMA official that the events mentioned above will return this season “as they were before the pandemic.”

We don’t know if that means no distancing, masks, etc, but there will still be some constraints coming from Trenton this summer.

However, this is good news assuming it is all done according to Health Dept. guidelines.



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The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NewJersey. by Paul Goldfinger. 2012

The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. by Paul Goldfinger. 2013

You know, coming to a show in the GA this summer would be a lovely way to spend an evening. You bring your favorite person, take a walk by the ocean and then have a casual stroll through the Pathway gardens. You catch a breath of moonlight and then you enter this remarkable building to enjoy the music.


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Cello soloist in the OG Great Auditorium. Photo by Paul Goldfinger

Cello soloist in the OG Great Auditorium. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger. 2017.   Click to enlarge.


* Quote from Radar O’Reilly in the TV series “M.A.S.H.”



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Choir Festival rehearsal. July 12, 2010. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Click to enlarge.

Choir Festival rehearsal. July 12, 2010. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Click to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net

This is what a Choir Festival rehearsal looks like–this photograph is from July 2010.   The OGCMA Choir Festival is one of the most incredible musical events in America.  Don’t miss it.

It will be a challenge to prepare safely, but everything ought to be fine by the new date of August 30, 2020 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

This will be the 66th Annual Festival.

Below is a sample of the sort of sound you will hear, although this version is by a choir from Germany.

There are no recent professional recordings of the Ocean Grove Choir with orchestra, but if you know of any, please let us know.


ST THOMAS CHOIR LEIPZIG.     “Psalm 42   Op.42”  Mendelssohn

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Harry Eichorn will conduct the Atlantic Wind Ensemble on Saturday, May 25, Memorial Day weekend. 8 pm in the GA. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Re-post from 2013.    Harry Eichhorn will conduct the Atlantic Wind Ensemble on Saturday, May 25, 2013.   Memorial Day weekend. 8 pm in the Great Auditorium.  This will be his 61st summer season.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Harry Eichhorn grew up spending summers in Ocean Grove. His family owned a house here for over 100 years.  As a high school student, he was a lifeguard at South Beach. “The South Beach was less crowded and a better place to meet girls,” said Harry, who is 86 years old and will be entering his 61st season as conductor of the Ocean Grove Summer Band, which appears on Wednesday nights at the Boardwalk Pavilion. There his 65 musicians play everything from Berlin to Beethoven.  The sound of their music bubbles up and out over the beachfront, harmonizing with seagulls,  surf and summer breezes.

Harry has his fans who don’t fail to miss one of these summer concerts and Harry doesn’t disappoint them.  He’s always wearing pressed pants, shirt and tie. He always has a joke or two, and the “boys in the band”  (and ladies too) humor him because there’s something touching and reassuring about traditions and music that have staying power despite time passing by.  The beach, the boardwalk, ocean and even the town of Ocean Grove itself  also echo that theme.

Summer Band musician warming up by the Pavilion. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Summer Band musician warming up by the Pavilion. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

On Saturday, May 25, in the Great Auditorium, Harry Eichhorn will be conducting the Atlantic Wind Ensemble in a free Memorial Day concert.  The Ensemble is smaller than the Summer Band and it performs all year round.   All the musicians are from the “shore area” and many are professionals–including 8 music teachers.  Unlike an orchestra, there are no strings.  Clarinets  and flutes help take the place of violins, and there is only one person per part, although they double up in the trumpets and clarinets.

Harry likes to vary his programs, but there is a certain similarity  to prior concerts.  There are always a few Sousa marches, two major works by a classy composer like Beethoven, and two Broadway medleys, one of which is current.  This year he will be doing “Les Miserables.”  In fact, there is a song in Les Mis which could be Harry’s theme song.  It’s called “Master of the House.”  They will also perform “The Armed Forces Salute,”  “The Spiritual Rhapsody” by Yoder and “Five Spirituals for Piano” featuring first clarinetist Linda Freilick on piano.

The concert will include the Festival Chorus, a group that has about 45 vocalists.

In looking back over the years, Harry recalls growing up in East Orange.  His father was a musician, and Harry received his BA at Montclair State College and his Masters at Rutgers and Trenton State.   He taught  music at Neptune H.S. for a few years and then 36 years at Manasquan High.  Some of the current musicians were his students.  Two of his children play in the group.  Harry’s main instrument was the trumpet, although now he mostly conducts.

Summer Band (undatet---probably 1950's) Harry is on the right, back row.

Summer Band (undated—probably 1950’s) Harry is on the right, back row.  Click right for more detail. Courtesy OGCMA

There is only one musician left in the Summer Band who was there in 1953 when Harry started the tradition.  Her name is Cleta Weber White, and she plays the trumpet.  Harry says that when he began, he had a vocalist in his chorus who sang with John Phillip Sousa.   Oh, and speaking of Sousa, of course Harry will conclude with America’s March:  “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”   And as for Sousa, his ghost will probably be having ice cream in Days while tapping his toes to Harry’s beat and listening carefully to that Stars and Stripes piccolo solo penetrating the salty night air.

The Memorial Day free concert begins at 8 p.m. and donations will be accepted.

—Paul Goldfinger, editor @Blogfinger

UNITED STATES MARINE BAND:  John Phillip Sousa’s  “Washington Post March.”     (Reminder:  Visit Sousa’s portrait at the Historical Society of Ocean Grove on Pitman Avenue.  Sousa is still hanging around in the Grove.)

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Re-posted from 2012 by popular demand.   At that time,  Father Alphonse Stephenson, conductor, presented a concert in the Great Auditorium honoring Marvin Hamlisch, who scored the music for A Chorus Line.  Hamlisch died in 2012

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Father Alphonse Stephenson  is well known to Ocean Grove audiences.  He and the Orchestra of St. Peter’s By the Sea have appeared many times before in the Great Auditorium.  Father Stephenson worked with Marvin Hamlisch while conducting “A Chorus Line” on Broadway—something Father Stephenson did for nearly 3,000 performances.

Father Alphonse Stephenson

The tribute for Hamlisch  included an “Overture to A Chorus Line.”   The show never actually had an overture. In addition, an unpublished song, called “The One Song,”  written by Mr. Hamlisch, with lyrics by the Bergmans, will be sung by Chris Pinella, with Father Alphonse at the piano.

This concert, sponsored by the OG Camp Meeting Association, was presented on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Here, from the original cast album is “One”–from “A Chorus Line.”

—Paul Goldfinger

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Paul Eichlin still making his “carousel music” on the OG side of the North End boards. Some day the area behind him will be filled with stores, condos and a hotel. Paul Goldfinger photo. Oct. 2019. ©

Link to a 2018 post about Paul:

Paul Eichlin Blogfinger post 2018.




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Suzie Neustadter entertained the Cabaret audience downtown. 9//28/19 Paul Goldfinger photos and videos.  Click image to enlarge the scene.


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

For a long while, it seemed that the Chamber of Commerce only had eyes for the blues when it brought the same musical groups downtown for their various festivals.

But this time, seemingly out of the blue, came a wonderful musical program at Main and Pilgrim Pathway, with no street closures, only music of the sort that we have not heard before here:  Broadway, Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, jazz, Gershwin, Amy Winehouse, Beatles, and others, and it was so refreshing and professional.

An Ocean Grover, Lou Parisi, brought the  program that included well known  jazz pianist Art Topolow and a variety of terrific Jersey singers and musicians.  We’ll try to get their names.

And this is the sort of programming that we at Blogfinger have been craving:  something joyful and personal that could connect with a small crowd of locals and without the parking glut and tourist mob scene that we usually see in the  Grove.

I often kid the Chamber of Commercials, but there was nothing commercial about this 3 hour program which was relaxing and great  fun.  Even the traffic going by seemed to add a sense of spontaneity to the music, and that is a desirable quality.

I  tried to find out from a Chamber member as to what bright light ignited this wonderful surprise, but all he could say was, “We wanted a change.”

I’d like to think that this program reflects a new awareness of our community of residents and its needs.


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Ocean Grove Summer Band in the Boardwalk Pavilion. 7/5/15. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger.net staff. ©

Ocean Grove Summer Band in the Boardwalk Pavilion. 8/5/15. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger.net staff. ©    Click to enlarge

Re-post from 2015.   “Around Town With Jean:”

“Harry Eichhorn’s Summer Band is a treasure. It is reminiscent of days gone by.
Where else can you hear a rousing song, feel the ocean breezes, then stroll for ice cream?”

–Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.

Here is a link to a 2013 article which we posted about Harry :     Wild about Harry


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