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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH - JACK MOELMANN
  August 2011

      Jack Moelmann was born at a very early age and originally from Oak Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, in 1965. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel in April 1991 after serving in the Communications & Electronics field for 26 years. His last assignment was at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (near St. Louis) near which he currently lives in the town of O'Fallon, Illinois.

      In addition to Jack's Air Force career, he also had a career in music and in particular the organ. Jack started in music (with the piano and soloist in the church choir) at age 8, and has pursued this avocation ever since. His main interests are classical, theatre, and popular stylings on both the organ and the piano. Jack has been a member of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) since 1967, served on their Board of Directors in one capacity or another continuously for 23 years (1983-2006), chaired several committees, and was the President of ATOS from 1985 until 1988. He was the ATOS Secretary from 1993 until 2006. He was elected as the ATOS Honorary Lifetime Member in May 1994, and inducted into the ATOS Hall of Fame in July 2008.  He was also inducted into the Theatre Organ Society International (TOSI) Hall of Fame in August 2008.

      During high school and college, he was always in demand to perform on the organ and/or piano at social functions, as well as concerts in local churches, auditoriums, and theatres. In 1960, he went on a family tour of Europe during which time he was able to play at such famed places as Westminster Abbey in London and the Pantheon in Rome. Jack became the 2nd military person to perform in concert at the Chapel of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1972.

      He has performed and given concerts in most of the famous movie palaces and auditoriums across the country. Most recently he appeared at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in a gala concert.  Other venues include the famed Carnegie Hall Cinema Theatre in New York, the Rahway Theatre in Rahway, New Jersey, the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama, the Temple Theatre, Meridian, Mississippi, played several organ concerts in the restored Saenger Theatre in Biloxi, Mississippi, re-opened the Saenger Theatre with its restored theatre pipe organ in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and played to capacity crowds in the War Memorial Auditorium in Trenton, New Jersey on their mighty Moller Theatre Pipe Organ. From 1972-1973, he was the head organist at the Shakey's Pizza Parlour in Anaheim, California playing their Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. He has been featured on the TV programs "CBS Evening News" with Walter Cronkite and "Good Morning America",  St. Louis television news programs, as well as many other television and radio programs in support of the American Theatre Organ Society, the theatre organ, and its  music.  Most recently he has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), Voice of America, the CBS Early Morning Show, the CBS Evening News, Fox News, CNN, and numerous other radio and television program outlets as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles mostly in support of the concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in August 2008.

      He was the founder of the River City Theatre Organ Society, an ATOS Chapter in Omaha, Nebraska in 1984 and performed in eight extremely successful concerts on the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ in Omaha's Orpheum Theatre. He has performed on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ in the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis and appeared with Bob Ralston of Lawrence Welk fame in Omaha, Chicago, and Meridian, Mississippi, and performed on the mammoth Kimball Concert Organ in the St. Louis Scottish Rite. He has also performed at the famed Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, the Redford Theatre and Senate Theater in Detroit, and played at the Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, Illinois in May 1988 and September 1992. In May 1991, he rededicated the Grand Barton Theatre Pipe Organ (originally from the Orpheum Theatre) in the Springfield, Illinois High School to a capacity crowd after it had been rebuilt and improved. In October 1992, he made his second appearance playing with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra on the Omaha Orpheum Theatre's Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ during their Halloween Pops Concert Series, his first appearance being during the Christmas Concert Series in 1988. In November 1992, he had the honor of doing the first concerts for the official unveiling of the American Theatre Organ Society Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed in the Towe Ford Museum in Sacramento, California. In December 1992, 1993, and 1994, he performed Christmas Concerts at the famed Rialto Theatre in Joliet, Illinois on their Grande Barton organ. He has also been a favorite at many organ clubs wherever he has been stationed with the Air Force and since. He has made many appearances in Phoenix, Arizona for their organ clubs. These are just a few of the many places that he has performed in the past years.

      Jack has combined his musical interest and electrical engineering background to put together an elaborate Theatre Organ instrument (both electronic and pipe) in his home in O'Fallon, Illinois. He consistently shares his organ and talent with many groups around the St. Louis area and beyond.

      Jack Moelmann is currently an active member in the Joliet Area (Joliet, Illinois), Dairyland (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), River City (Omaha, Nebraska), Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicagoland, Chicago Area, Central Illinois (Springfield, Illinois), Central Indiana (Indianapolis, Indiana), La Crosse Scenic Bluffs Chapter (La Crosse, Wisconsin) and Magnolia (Meridian, Mississippi) Chapters of ATOS. You will find him at most of the American Theatre Organ Society Annual and Regional Conventions not only as an attendee but on several occasions as the Master of Ceremonies or as an artist at the various Jam Sessions. He is an Honorary Lifetime member of the River City (Omaha, Nebraska) ATOS Chapter. He has held ATOS Chapter affiliations with the Connecticut Valley, Los Angeles, New York, Garden State Chapter (New Jersey), Alabama Chapter, and Charter member of the Magnolia Chapter (Meridian, Mississippi), River City Chapter (Omaha, Nebraska), Central Illinois Chapter, and Kansas City Chapter. He served as President of the Garden State Chapter in New Jersey from 1982-1983. He has been listed in Who's Who, the Dictionary of International Biography, and Notable Americans.

JACK MOELMANN
1015 Matthew Drive
OFallon, Illinois 62269
Phone: (618) 632-8455
FAX: (618) 632-8456
E-mail: JackMoelmn@aol.com


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