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First Fun Friday concert to feature quartet

The opening performance group of Tyrone’s Fun Friday concert series, A Few Good Reeds, brings together the vast talent of four area musicians.
Organized by Tyrone Area High School’s instrumental director, Aaron Patterson, this talented quartet features musicians who attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania with Patterson. The program will reflect a wide range of musical interests with numbers ranging from the classics to contemporary.
Members of A Few Good Reeds includes Patterson on the soprano saxophone. Originally from Carlisle, he graduated summa cum laude from IUP with a music education degree and recently finished a graduate degree in saxophone performance.
Kurt Cessna, originally from Indiana, PA, performs on the alto saxophone. Cessna is currently the choral and band director at Berlin Brothersvalley School and has been a featured soloist with many ensembles and bands.
Musician Steven Fitzgerald, a graduate of IUP, will highlight the tenor saxophone. Currently Fitzgerald is pursuing a Masters degree in saxophone Performance from the Hartt School of Music and has performed in New York City and George Mason University.
The final member of the quartet is Jennifer Shuty on the baritone saxophone. Originally from Portage, Shuty is currently band director for Portage Area High School. Also pursuing a degree in saxophone performance, she has performed at Governor Rendell’s inaugural party, won the Bronze medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and performed as featured soloist for many area orchestras.
Fun Friday concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the City Hotel Park located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street in downtown Tyrone. In the event of rain the program will be held in the TCP building on Logan Avenue.
The Fun Friday schedule includes:
• June 23 – “Second More Than Forever” Youth Concert
• June 30 – EBC Praise Team (gospel / inspirational) and Family Movie at Dusk
• July 7 – Michael O’Brian Band (Irish)
• July 14 – Dennie Huber: Music and Magic
• July 21 – Family Movie at Dusk
Also, Summer Sundays at Reservoir Park’s amphitheater will feature the music of the big bands, Dixieland, rock, and country. On July 9 the energetic music of Dixieland, Ragtime and the Blues will open the series as the Summit City Saints Dixieland Band performs. The 17-piece “Big Band Sound, Inc.” will bring back the glory days of the forties with that incomparable big band sound on July 16.
“Keystone Society of Swing” will continue the music of the big bands on July 23 with an eighteen-piece orchestra. Classic rock, and country is the specialty of “Broken Penny” who performs on July 30. The consummate performer “Zupe” will entertain on August 6 with his special stage show.
The Reservoir Park series concludes with the one and only “Lou Stein Band” featuring musicians from across the country.
Summer Sunday concerts begin at 6 p.m. and in the event of rain will be held at the Lutheran Church on Logan Avenue. August 20 will be the annual “Organ and Voice Concert” beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lutheran Church.
Summer concerts are made possible by a grant from the PA Council on the Arts, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Tyrone Borough and the Tyrone School Employees Charity Fund.
For additional information on this concert or the series, call the Arts Line at 684-ART2.