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Good Morning Saline from Joseph Labuta, 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Today's greeting is from the founder of the New Horizons Band.

Today's Good Morning Saline greeting is from Joseph Labuta.

Labuta, Professor Emeritus of Music and former Associate Chair of the Music Department and Director of Music Education at Wayne State University, is best known locally as the founder of the New Horizons Band. He was selected as winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012 by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

Labuta is one of several people who will be honored during the event, to be held 5:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 13 at .

The annual event, sponsored by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, also honors Youth of the Year, , Citizen of the Year , the George A. Anderson Vision Awardee Cindy Czubko, and Chamber Community Spirit Awardee Stan Poet.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. After April 6, tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Dinner will be served by the Saline High School Culinary Arts students.

Register and buy tickets for the event by visiting the chamber's website.

For more news about Saline Salutes, see our special page dedicated to Saline's best and brightest.

Marjorie Shelton April 11, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The Saline New Horizons Band is a totally volunteer band under the direction of Dr. Joseph A. Labuta and several associate conductors. We are dedicated to learning, experiencing the joy of music making and serving our community. Joe and Mary Labuta have changed the musical scene in Saline in spectacular fashion! Upcoming events include a joint concert with the Saline High School Wind Ensemble (see if you can pick out SNHB members in the crowd) on April 26 and an Armed Forces Day Concert May 19 at Liberty School with featured guest artist, Saline's own Penny Warmanen. SNHB salutes Dr. Labuta--my personal thanks for converting me from a music parent to a music maker!
Dave McDonagh April 11, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I’ve met a few people who I felt are inspirations because they are enthusiastic about what they do. Joe and Mary Labuta top my list when it comes to inspiration and enthusiasm. It was my good fortune the day I met Joe and Mary. I am honored and fortunate enough to call them friends as well as fellow musicians. Joe and Mary I believe that Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best, "Enthusiasm is the engine of success." I would add "...keep up their your great enthusiasm...it's motivating and catching..." Jeanne and I aren't able to attend the Saline Salutes event because we are traveling, but we will be there in spirit. Congratulations to you and keep up the great work.
WILLIAM SMITH, JR. April 14, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Congratulations Dr. Manufacture on your award! Great trumpet performance last night!

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