Month: August 2012


Hello Again!
As the summer draws to a close and the kids head back to school, we have some great information in this edition of GTP to get everyone back in the swing of things. Physical fitness and exercise is important for everyone, it keeps minds sharp, muscles strong, and bodies lean. No one knows better about this subject than Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Professor, Todd Pisarich of Ocean Springs. For seventeen years he has coached and groomed MMA athletes through his Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Read his exclusive story here!
Get to know Vincent Creel, our Mover and Shaker for the month of August. He is the Public Affairs Manager for Biloxi and he knows the city inside and out!
Nancy’s Celebrity Chat is back with special guest, Sam Loeffler of Chevelle. The band is hard at work in rehearsals, preparing for their Carnival of Madness Tour and CPR Fest 16. Don’t miss this rare interview.
An exciting new restaurant and market just opened this summer and Taste Buds will take you there. It is the first of it’s kind on the Coast!

All This…And So Much More

Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

Vincent Creel, Public Affairs Manager for Biloxi

Vincent Creel has a love affair with Biloxi that began when he was boy. He grew up on the Back Bay and on Point Cadet. As a result there is little he doesn’t know about the crown jewel of the Coast. He has always lived here, attending Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston (Perk) and USM in Hattiesburg. During college he began working at the Sun Herald newspaper part time on weekends, writing obituaries. Creel was always interested in writing and this position taught him the importance of accuracy in spelling and reporting information correctly. When a position became available at the Sun Herald full time, he left USM and became the Editor of the Entertainment section, Marquee. Eventually, Creel was named the Features Editor as well, which focused on very specific sections of the newspaper. The job entailed organizing all the information as well as overseeing the staff, and it was quite an endeavor. “I was with the Sun Herald for thirteen years and I learned a lot of things, got to know a lot of people and made a lot of friends. I was quite taken with the colorful history of Biloxi, particularly in the realm of entertainment…so many famous people have been here at the height of their popularity,” he said.

2012 Long Beach Band Festival

We are excited to announce the 2012 Long Beach Band Festival will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012, in Long Beach. Founded in 2008 and sponsored by the LBHS Bearcat Band, the Long Beach Band Festival brings the entire Gulf Coast community together for summer fun and entertainment! Bring your family and friends and join us for a fun-filled day of great music, waterslides, street vendors, Kiddie Village, car show, exhibitions, performances by talented youth from across the Gulf Coast, and much, much more! Our band line-up includes a variety of musical genres from Southern Rock, Indie-Band, and Christian Rock. Please come and check out these local bands from across the Gulf Coast: Foresight, Ricky Rowan, Where The Water Meets The Land, Suthurn Touch, Dustin Kahlil, StereoHype, and Hanover Drive! (more…)


For sixteen years 97.9 WCPR and Mississippi Media have been hosting some of the biggest and most exciting Rock concerts in the southern region. It’s hard to imagine that this long standing Coast tradition began so many years ago. Director of Operations for Mississippi Media, Kenny Vest had this to say about the CPR Fest legacy, “We optimistically envisioned CPR Fest would grow when we first started out but had no idea it would turn into what it is today. We are so pleased at how it has evolved over the years. Music fans come from all over the South to attend each year, which in turn hopefully helps local businesses on the Coast.” (more…)


Todd Pisarich is a Renaissance man. He is well educated and excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields. He is a veteran who deeply loves his country and is not afraid to speak his mind. He is a loving husband and father, as well as a respected mentor to his many students. This is a man who has paid his dues, a proud US Marine who has always welcomed challenges and never backed down regardless of the circumstances before him. Todd Pisarich is also an expert in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has carved out a remarkable career for himself over the past seventeen years. (more…)

Sophi’s Mediterranean Cafe’ & Market

If you like food from exotic places like Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Morocco then you will love Sophi’s Mediterranean Café’ and Market in Biloxi. Sophien and Leila Bouhjar opened the restaurant and colorful market on the Fourth of July this year. They are serving wonderful food and the market is stocked with specialty grocery items that you can’t find anywhere else on the Coast. (more…)

Back Bay Mission – Celebrates 90 Years of Service

For 90 years Back Bay Mission has been in the business of helping those less fortunate. The story of the mission began simply in 1920’s era Biloxi when the congregation of a local Evangelical Synod (council of the church) saw great need among the poorest of the community. Many of the families served were workers in the booming seafood industry in Biloxi, where pay was low and the hours long and grueling. Most of these hard-working families came from Eastern Europe specifically to lend their talents to the seafood industry.
Pastor George M.L. Hoffman and synod member, Louise Andre McDonnell, began visiting the worker camps along Back Bay and found a family in need. Ms. McDonnell began driving the children to church every Sunday and soon there were more and more children making the trip. A truck was purchased to drive the kids to and from services. Soon two chapels and a health clinic as opened on Back Bay for the families.
This outreach program became known as Back Bay Mission. The Evangelical Church supported the mission and the people in the camps on Back Bay, financially and with food and clothing to meet the great demand. (more…)


The Carnival of Madness Tour and CPR Fest 16 will bring back one of the Coast’s favorite Alternative bands, Chevelle. They have sold over 3 million albums in the United States alone, and are currently enjoying tremendous success again with their most recent release, “Hats Of To The Bull.” Chevelle is a family affair, with brothers Pete and Sam Loeffler, and brother-in-law, Dean Bernardini. They play hard hitting, chest pounding, in your face music, that grabs you and doesn’t let go – these guys are phenomenal. Sam Loeffler, the drummer of Chevelle, is my very special guest. (more…)