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The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby of the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.

Included in Hall of Fame experience is a 90-foot frieze depicting Pittsburg’s cultural history created by internationally known artist and Pittsburg native Dr. Ronald McDowell. 

An interactive display will provide you with an up-close-and-personal look at members of the Hall of Fame.

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The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame seeks to recognize local musicians, performers, artists and writers, commemorating their achievements and impact upon the cultural life of Pittsburg in hopes of  educating and inspiring the youth of Pittsburg to use and expand their creative abilities to enrich the community.

MIC GILLETTE

Bay area horn player Mic Gillette can hardly wait for the San Francisco Giants’ Opening Night.

 That’s because he’ll be playing a solo version of the National Anthem before the Giants’ first home night game of the year on April 9.

 “Any time you play it, it’s a big deal,” says Gillette, who has played at the Seafood Festival the past two years and did a benefit concert at the Creative Arts Building in December for the Pittsburg High School Band’s trip to London.

Playing the National Anthem is becoming old hat for Gillette, who played it prior to Willie Mays’ 80th birthday celebration at a Giants’ game. He’s played the anthem before A’s and Raiders’ games and also before a NASCAR.

 The National Anthem is known as a tough song to sing, but it is not tough to play on a trumpet said Gillette. “It’s easier to play than ‘Taps.’” he says.

The former lead horn player who played for the original Tower of Power now has his own band, MGB, which features his daughter, Megan McCarthy on percussion and vocals. MGB has already applied to play at this year’s Seafood Festival.

 Gillette played briefly with Blood Sweat & Tears and locally with Cold Blood and Sons of Champlin. He is also a sought-after session musician, appearing on albums by Santana, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Huey Lewis, Jefferson Starship, Quincy Jones, Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart and the Doobie Brothers.

 Though he’ll be playing to a packed stadium on April 9, it will be a piece of cake after his first solo National Anthem.

It goes back to July 4, 1984, when Gillette was invited back to Washington DC to back up the Beach Boys at the National Mall.

 Introducing the Beach Boys to the crowd of 700,000 was a fellow Southern Californian, President Ronald Reagan.

“My daughter, Megan, was only 12 days old, but I was hired to play background, and it was a pretty good-paying gig,” said Gillette.

 “President Reagan brought the Beach Boys out and asked them if they could play the National Anthem,” said Gillette. “They talked it over for about three minutes and didn’t feel they could.

 “I was talking with sax player Lenny Pickett (a Tower of Power alum who currently heads the Saturday Night Live Band) and said I could do it. He told me to volunteer, and I did.”

Moments later, Gillette was standing beside the President of the United States preparing to play the National Anthem in front of 700,000 people.

If there was ever a me-and-my-big-mouth moment, this might have been it. 

But Gillette was unfazed.   

“If you accept pressure, it’s no problem,” said Gillette. 

Except there was no pressure. 

Gillette closed his eyes and began playing, not for 700,000 people in the audience, not for President Reagan, but for himself as he always does in big musical moments. 

It went off without a hitch, although Gillette was in a bit of a daze. 

“I’m pretty sure the Beach Boys thanked me,” he said, but then it was on to the good vibrations of a vintage Beach Boys’ set. 

Gillette, whose father played with the Escovedo brothers, Coke and Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Famer Pete, is actively involved in mentoring now in addition to his musical career. 

He works with individual students as well as school bands and has provided invaluable information as PEAHOF works with the Pittsburg Unified School District to create an Arts Mentor Program for local junior high school students. He has even indicated interest in working with local schools through the program. 

Anyone interested in becoming part of the PEAHOF Arts Mentor Program as a participant or sponsor should contact PEAHOF at pittartshall@gmail.com.

  

 

 

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