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Dr. Charles T. Gabrielle Ampitheater now known as the  Alan Smolen Ampitheater/ Alan Smolen Center

Flagler Palm Coast Ampitheater:
The first classes for D.B.C.C. - Daytona Beach Community College began in the Publix Shopping Center in Palm Harbor. Then in the 1980's the Flagler Palm Coast Campus came into being at its present site with 100 acres donated by I.T.T. within the Community of Palm Harbor  for this Campus.
 

Charles T. Gabriele Ampitheater
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This 100 acre ITT Donated site later became known as the Alan Smolen Campus for Daytona StateCollege

DBCC relives 30 years in pictures
 
By: Jim Miskelly
PALM COAST - Daytona Beach Community College celebrated its 30th Anniversary, complete with an art exhibit, historic photos depicting the 30 years of growth of the college and a concert by the DBCC Concert Band under the direction of Douglas Peterson.
The Art exhibit included 186 paintings and pencil drawing by DBCC students of art instructors Pam Greisenger and Barbara Craig. Many of the paintings were for sale. Dr Paul Thompson, vice president in charge of all DBCC Campuses, displayed a framed sketch on napkins, with the inscription : "Flagler Palm Coast Center"  Original Plan, approved in concept by Dr. Charles H. Polk, Pine Lakes Country Club.  Nov. 1982. by Paul Thompson, DBCC, Jerry Full, ITT, Gary Walters, ITT."  Thompson said the original plan followed the concept of    Merriweather Post's   'Wolftrap'  open air theater in Virginia.
Attendance at the evening holiday concert was quite sparse, due to the cold weather.  The band's opening number was Leroy Andersons' 'Sleigh Ride."  Charles T. Gabriele conducted the band during the performance of his composition originally played at the dedication of the Flagler Campus,
 
"Palm Coast Festival Park March."
 
Several Christmas numbers and a sing-along entertained the audience, Sharon Crow, alumni affairs director representing the DBCC Foundation and Alumni Association, and vice president Dr. Len O'Hara presented two full art scholachips  to the DBCC campus. Contact Larry Goodemote at 445.4030.
Guest Conductor - Professor Charles T. Gabriele conducts his own composition.
Flagler Palm Coast News, Wednesday, December 23, 1987.

Navy Band Orlando Thrills Capacity Crowd at Center
 
By Jim Miskelly
PALM COAST -  It was a first for Palm Coast. In and ideal setting for a Sunday afternoon band concert, an overflow crowd estimated at nearly 1,000 packed the Daytona Beach Community College Flagler Center's new outdoor theater for the performing arts for a performance by the Navy Band Orland, under the direction of Lt. William D. Myers.
Palm Coast Professor Charles T. Gabriele conducted the band in playing his own composition " Naval Training Center March," and the premier performance of his "Palm Coasts Festival Park March." commemorating the opening of the Cultural Arts Pavilion.  Gabriele, former composer in residence of the Naval Academy Band, earned a standing ovation from the audience and the band alike. Gabrielle dedicated the march to ICDC President Alan Smolen, who in turn shared the honor with ICDC Executives Gary Walters and Vince Viscomi for their part in planning the center.
The program opened with the 'Star Spangled Banner," setting the pace for a patriotic afternoon. Center Director Larry Goodemote welcomed the audience and County Commission Merle Shoemaker read a Flagler County Commission resolution proclaiming May 20, 1981 as  "American Legion Flagler  Post 115 Day."
The American Legion Post, chartered in 19919 is the oldest veterans ' organization in Flagler County and was a sponsor of the concert with the cooperation of DBCC's Flagler Center and ICDC Shoemaker noted this was the first event at which all local veterans' organizations were represented and welcomed .  American Legion Flagler Post 115.  Palm Coast VFW Post 8696 , Flagler County FW Post 5213. DAV Chapter MOWW. Shoemaker presented a copy of the resolutions to the American Legion Post Adjutant Cora Buckles.
Rear Adm. Pauline M. Hartington, USN, congratulated Professor Gabriele for his years of service in the Navy and cited him for his compositions.
The concert concluded with 'Servicemen on Parade," a medley of familiar service songs with an invitation for former veterans to stand when their service connected song was played.
 
Wednesday May 23, 1984 - Flagler Palm Coast News Tribune

We will remain Stewards of this Heritage and History hoping for a Certified Local Government like most Florida Leadership Cities already are; hoping for a Museum like Flagler Beach already has.