Tickets still available for Lettermen concert

BUCYRUS — Tickets are still available for the “Christmas with the Lettermen,” concert that will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Bucyrus Elementary School Auditorium.

The event is sponsored by the Crawford County Community Concert Association.

“We still have good seats available,” said Tom Holtshouse, president of the concert association.

The letter sweaters may only make a brief appearance but The Letterman harmony is non-stop. From their first hit in 1961, “The Way You Look Tonight,” through current hits of today, the sound is undeniably Letterman. Eighteen Gold Albums worldwide and scores of top singles attest to a popularity that has endured through several generations.

Whether singing acapella or backed by an entire symphony orchestra, The Lettermen theme remains “the love song”. Lending that well-known harmony to every arrangement, they have proven love ballads have an appeal that knows no boundaries and will continue to stand the test of time for many years to come.

After their first hit, the beautiful voices of the singing trio, The Lettermen quickly hit with another chart topper, “When I Fall In Love,” and were voted best vocal group of that year. The original singers: Tony Butala, Jim Pike and Bob Engermann continued to stay on top with beautiful harmony and love songs, while becoming one of the top college concert attractions of the 1960’s. They brought words to the Percy Faith hit: “Theme From a Summer Place,” revived the classic Charlie Chaplin song, “Smile,” warmed us with, “Our Winter Love,” they begged, “Come Back Silly Girl,” made everyone’s “Graduation Day,” memorable. In 1966, the group released one of the most loved holiday albums ever record, “For Christmas This Year.” Late 1967 brought about a live album, and perhaps the groups most loved and requested hit, “Goin’Out Of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

In 1967, Engemann left the group and was replaced by Jim’s younger brother, Gary Pike, and the magic continued with hits like, “Up, Up and Away,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “Shangri -La.” In 1973, when Jim left the group, the youngest Pike brother Donny took over, and more magic was made. The current Letterman consist of Tony Butala (the group’s founding original member), Donovan Tea (an accomplished singer and songwriter who joined the group in 1984) and Bobby Poynton (who first joined the Lettermen in 1989 and recently returned to the group).

The Bucyrus Elementary School is located at 245 Woodlawn Ave., in Bucyrus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For additional information on this show and ticket information go to the “Membership/Tickets” tab on Concert Association website at: or by calling 800-965-9324. “Student Special” – Half price tickets for this show for children 18 years old or younger are also available.

Staff report