Peninsula Music Festival Announces Contenders for Battle of the Baton

Virginia Eades

For the past five years, the Peninsula Music Festival has held the Battle of the Baton competition as a fundraiser for its Wisconsin Public Radio Broadcasts. Local community leaders have competed for a chance to conduct the Star Spangled Banner on opening night of the Festival.

Ginka Cohn

This year, the winners of each of the previous competitions will try for a chance to get on the podium again in the “Battle of the Baton All-Stars.” Instead of conducting the Star Spangled Banner on opening night, the winner of the “Battle of the Baton All-Stars” will conduct John Philip Sousa’s Washington Post March on Thursday, August 14.

JR Jarosh

The contenders for the 2008 Battle of the Baton All-Stars are Ginka Cohn, Sue Daubner, Virginia Eades, Pat Hickey, and JR Jarosh.

Pat Hickey

Voting is simple. Read the campaign platforms of each contender in a brochure or on the festival Web site. Then, make your choice; you can vote as often as you like in any $5 increment that you choose. Each $5 contribution to the Peninsula Music Festival equals one vote. The person with the most votes will take the baton and conduct the Peninsula Music Festival as they play the Washington Post March.

Sue Daubner

Ballots are available from the Peninsula Music Festival office in Ephraim, Potter’s Wheel in Fish Creek, Edgewood Orchard Gallery on in Fish Creek; Sister Bay Café, Passtimes Books in Sister Bay; and at Gibraltar School in Fish Creek. A downloadable ballot is also available on the Festival’s website at

The Battle of the Baton All-Stars fundraiser will help ensure that the WPR broadcasts of the Peninsula Music Festival can continue for many years to come. As a thank you for your vote, the Festival will send a $3 off coupon good for the purchase of two tickets during the August 2008 season.